14 Things to Do in Hexham Town Centre with Kids (2022)

Hexham is a picturesque market town in Northumberland. Regularly voted as one of the happiest places to live in the UK, it's a lovely place to visit for a day out. 

14 Things to Do in Hexham Town Centre with Kids

Hexham is super easy to get to by public transport - there is a bus and train station in the centre of town. We usually park in Wentworth Car Park (NE46 1QE) which is free with a Northumberland Parking Disc - just make sure you park in the correct colour zone for your length of stay. 
4 Reasons to Visit Hexham with Kids 

  1. Easy to visit by public transport and free parking 
  2. Two lovely playgrounds within walking distance of each other
  3. Plenty of things to do when it rains including Old Gaol, the cinema and bowling 
  4. Lots of independent restaurants and shops to support 

14 Things to Do in Hexham Town Centre with Kids (2022) 

Tyne Green Park 

Tyne Green Park Obstacle Course

I will start with Tyne Green Park which is around a 10 minute walk from the train station (but also has free on site parking if you'd prefer to drive). Tyne Green is one of my favourite parks in the North East.

There's an obstacle course. enclosed playground, plenty of green space, picnic tables and benches, ice cream van and loos. You can read my full guide to visiting Tyne Green Park here

Hexham Old Gaol 

Hexham Old Gaol

Hexham Old Gaol is said to be England's oldest purpose-built prison. It's in the heart of Hexham Town Centre and an interesting place to visit with hands on activities.

You can guess the medievil punishment, put yourself in the stocks, take the glass lift down to the dungeon, play dress up and check a list of troublesome families in the area and see if your family is on the list. Find out more here. 

Hexham Abbey 

Hexham Abbey with Kids

Hexham Abbey is a beautiful building and free to visit. Children are very welcome to visit and it's worth popping in.  There is a child-friendly exhibition inside with dressing up, interactive displays, lights and hands on activities as well as a programme of events across the year. Find out more here. 

Forum Cinema 

Forum Cinema with Kids
Credit : Forum Cinema Hexham 

Forum Cinema is a single screen independent cinema in Hexham's historic marketplace. They run parent and baby sessions and Tuesday mornings and show a range of new and classic films. Find out more here

Queen's Hall Arts Centre 

Queen's Hall Arts Centre

Queen's Hall Arts Centre is a lovely venue in the heart of the town. You can expect a range of theatre, performances, cinema and exhibitions. Check what's on here. 

Sele Park 

Sele Park Playground

Sele Park is just behing Hexham Abbey. There are nice gardens, an enclosed playground, skate park and public toilets. Find out more here. 

Molly Moo's Ice Cream Parlour 

Molly Moo's Ice Cream Parlour

Molly Moo's Ice Cream Parlour is the place to go in Hexham for ice creams, sundaes, milkshakes, hot chooclate floats and a variety of sweet treats. Find out more here. 

Ten Pin Bowling 

Ten Pin Bowling in Hexham

Ten Pin Bowling is available in Wentworth Leisure Centre. Find out more and book here.

Inspired Pots Pottery Painting 

Inspired Pots is a dedicated paint-your-own ceramics studio in Hexham. Children, teens and adults are all welcome and you can stay for as long as you like. Find out more and book here. 


Swimming Pool in Hexham
Credit : Active Northumberland 

There are two swimming pools inside Wentworth Leisure Centre. Find out more here. 

Mr Wolf Toy Shop 

Mr Wolf's Toy Store in Hexham

Please note this is an old photo and Mr Wolf has now moved locations (still in Hexham). Wow what a gorgeous shop it is though, you must visit. It's a treasure trove filled with beautiful traditional toys and super helpful staff. Find out more here. 

Churros from Little Mexico 

Churros from Little Mexico

Little Mexico is a top-rated restaurant in Hexham/ They offer some cracking lunch deals and kids will love their Churros. Find out more here. 

Hexham Car Boot Fair 

Hexham Car Boot Fair is the biggest car boot fair in Northumberland. There are indoor areas if the weather is bad too. Find out more here. 

Riverside Walk 

Riverside Walk Hexham

There are quite a few different walks to enjoy in Hexham, this one along the river at Tyne Green Park is ideal for kids - nice and flat and you can bring your bikes. 


One thing I love about Hexham is their wide range of events across the year from Hexham Book Festival to their Christmas Markets and Bonfire night. You can check what's coming up here. 

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