What's On in the North East for Kids & Teens - July 2023

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What's On in the North East for Kids & Teens - July 2023

I'm pleased to share a bumper guide of events taking place this July in the run up to the kids breaking up from school.

As always, this guide has been written in advance and it is super important to click the links to the official websites and check for the most up-to-date information from venues themselves as the information provided in this post may have changed. 

This Month's Highlights 

AD - Mouth of the Tyne Festival 

What's On in the North East for Kids & Teens - July 2023

The Mouth of the Tyne Festival takes place in Tynemouth from 6 - 9 July. There are still a few tickets available to see The Proclaimers plus plenty of FREE drop in activities across the weekend. In fact there are over 100 FREE performances, activities and workshops to enjoy from street theatre and circus skills to community choirs and parades - you can check out the full line-up here. 

AD -The Fairey Band : The Wrong Trousers 

What's On in the North East for Kids & Teens - July 2023  - the wrong trousers

WFEL Fairey Band has teamed up with Aardman to exclusively bring this film with soundtrack performed live by a brass band to audiences across the UK. You can catch this fantastic performance at Gala Theatre Durham on 15 July as part of Durham Brass Festival. Book your tickets here. 

AD - FREE Durham Brass Festival Events 

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Durham Brass Festival takes place from 9 - 16 July and one of the unique aspects of the festival is that they reach out to communities and provide many FREE performances and events across the Durham region over the week. All of the following events are FREE outdoor performances with no need to book - just turn up. Here are some highlights: 

  • 15 & 16 July - Streets of Brass : A weekend of FREE music in Durham City 
  • 15 July - FREE Party in the Park at Wharton Park 

FREE Big Brass Bash & Mini Brass Bash Events: 
  • 11 July - Hackworth Park, Shildon 
  • 12 July - Glenholme Park, Crook 
  • 13 July - Spennymoor Marketplace 
  • 13 July - Trimdon Community College, Trimdon 
  • 14 July - Newton Aycliffe Town Centre 
You can find out more and check out the timings and line-up here: Durham Big Brass Outdoor Events 

AD - FREE Hullabaloo in the Park 

What's On in the North East for Kids & Teens - July 2023 - hulabaloo in the park

This FREE ENTRY Family Festival takes place in South Park Darlington from 26 - 30 July. There are lots of FREE drop in activities as well as bookable events with a small charge. Some of the free activities include a Giant's Picnic Play Area, Bugtastic Crafts, Beastie Boogie with the Baghdaddies and Storytelling Sessions. 

Bookable activities include Messy Play with Little Learners, the Tortoise and the Hare (with integrated sign language), Egg & Spoon Interactive Performance and Various Art/Craft Workshops. 

Find out more here: Hullabaloo in the Park Website 

AD - Demon Dentist at Sunderland Empire 

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Catch David Walliams' Demon Dentist live on stage at Sunderland Empire from 13 - 15 July. Suitable for ages 5+ with tickets available from £13. 

Join Alfie and Gabz as they investigate some strange goings on in their home town - children are leaving teeth for the tooth fairy but finding the strangest things being left for them under their pillow.

Follow the duo on their adventure as they get to the bottom of this very strange mystery. Find out more and buy tickets here: Demon Dentist at Sunderland Empire Tickets

AD - Sunderland Triathlon 

What's On in the North East for Kids & Teens - July 2023  - Sunderland triathlon

Fancy taking part in your first triathlon or getting the kids involved in a family challenge? The Big Swim Bike Run events are taking place at Roker in celebration of the World Triathlon Series taking place in Sunderland. 


Swim 50m and run 1km. Suitable for adults and children aged 4+. Entry is £30 for up to a family of 6. (There is no cycling is the mini event).


Swim 200m, Bike 10km, Run 2.5km. Suitable for young people aged 15+ and adults. Entry is £30pp.

Wetsuits and hemets are available to borrow free of charge. Sign up here before 14 July : Swim Bike Run Event Sign Up

AD - Save the Date - BIG Summer Event at PaddlePod 

PaddlePod (Killingworth) is hosting a FREE Summer Event for families with children aged 0-5 years on Friday 4 August. It is FREE to attend but there may be a small charge for some attractions. Here's a little look at what to expect: 

  • Taster Sessions 
  • Open Swims 
  • Fun & Games 
  • Soft Play 
  • Character Visits 
  • Stalls 
  • Raffles 
  • Face Painting & More 
Sign up here for FREE entry: BIG Summer Event Sign Up 

Below are some of the exhibitors who will be in attendance: 

What's On in the North East for Kids & Teens - July 2023

Dog-friendly events - dogs will need to be kept on a lead at these events and be aware that some events will be busy and noisy / not suitable for all dogs. Dogs may not be permitted in all areas. 

Looking for ideas for the rest of July and the Summer Holidays? Our Summer Holiday What's On Guide here: The Ultimate Summer Holidays What's On Guide. 


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