100 FREE Things To Do In The School Holidays

This post has been updated for the Summer Holidays 2022 and contains adverts. I will add new events as I spot them so please do pop back. You can also check out my full guide to what's on in the summer holidays here. 



Ticketed free events do tend to go quickly so apologies if any of these have sold out. Ticketed events will remain on the list in case of any cancellations/last minute ticket allocation. Always check with venues direct for up to date info when setting out as the info in this post may have changed. 

  • Daily Monday-Saturday | FREE Drop in Indoor Imagination Playground at Theatre Hullabaloo - find out more here 

  • Daily FREE Jurassic Jungle AR Trail in Sunderland - find out more here 

  • Daily FREE Activities at Durham Cathedral across the summer holidays including a Bede the Bear Trail, Activities, Cathedral Colouring, Meet a Monk (Tuesdays) & Riverbanks Trails. Find out more here 

  • FREE Screen on the Green Outdoor Cinema in Newcastle. Check what's on here. 

FREE Game Changers Festival at The Common Room 



FREE STEM Activities to book across the holidays at The Common Room Newcastle (next to Central Station): 

  • FREE STAMP! Print Workshops - learn the art of printing, see real printing plates and discover how books were made long before computers. Recommended for ages 7+. Selected dates across the holidays. Book your FREE tickets here: https://thecommonroom.org.uk/programme/whats-on/
  • FREE Live Science & History Show (Do It the Safety Way) - discover the deadly dangers of the dark underground. Learn how to keep yourself unpoisoned, unsuffocated and unexploded in the perils of the pit in this fun, interactive show. Recommended for ages 5+ but all ages/younger siblings are welcome. Selected dates across the holidays. Book your FREE tickets here: https://thecommonroom.org.uk/programme/whats-on/
  • FREE School of Rocks Workshops - find out all about rocks, get your hands on some precious minerals from the Common Room's collection & learn a range of geological skills through games and activities to become a certified rock star. Recommended for ages 5-13 years. You'll receive a certificate at the end too. Selected dates across the holidays. Book your FREE tickets here: https://thecommonroom.org.uk/programme/whats-on/
  • FREE LEGO Mini Workshops - build your own LEGO models of some famous North East landmarks including The Swing Bridge and Stephenson's Rocket. Recommended for ages 5+.
    Selected dates across the holidays. Book your FREE tickets here: https://thecommonroom.org.uk/programme/whats-on/
  • FREE Heritage Tours - experience a unique hour-long tour full of tales of engineering excellence and innovation. Suitable for all ages. Selected dates across the holidays. Book your FREE tickets here: https://thecommonroom.org.uk/programme/whats-on/
  • FREE Game Changers Exhibition - I recommend tagging this onto any event you attend (or you can just visit the exhibition if you don't wish to add an event). Open on selected dates, this inspiring exhibition shares individuals, inventions and innovations from the North East over the past 170 years and looks forward to what we can expect in the future too. Book FREE exhibition tickets here: https://thecommonroom.org.uk/gamechangers/

  • Discounted Kids Meals - Every Tuesday in the school holidays, plus Sat 13th, Sat 20th August and Sat 3rd September, the Common Room will be running a kids eat for less offer in 5|Quarter – a discount on kids meals with the purchase of at least one full price adult meal.

    The offer is valid when you show confirmation of your event/activity booking, but you must redeem the offer on the same date as your booking.

Game Changers is possible thanks to National Lottery Players via the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Kids Eat Free/ for £1 Deals 

T&Cs / age and time restrictions apply to these venues and should always be checked when booking. You can find out more information about these deals here. 
  • Porkys 
  • Bella Italia Eldon Square / Metrocentre / Darlington 
  • Secret Garden Seaton Delaval
  • Dobson & Parnell 
  • Dobbies Gosforth / Morpeth / Ponteland / Birtley / Stockton / Thornaby 
  • Aneesas Buffet 
  • Village Hotel Newcastle 
  • The Amble Inn
  • The Commissioner's Quay, Blyth
  • The Kings Lodge Inn, Durham
  • The Seaton Lane Inn, Seaham 
  • Rio Steakhouse 
  • Fuime Washington 
  • Sizzling Pubs 
  • IKEA Gateshead 
  • Morrisons Cafes 
  • Yo Sushi Newcastle and Metrocentre 
  • Banyan Newcastle 
  • Morrisons Cafes 
  • Dunelm Pausa Cafes 
  • Umai Mi Eldon Square
  • Mister Twisters Soft Play 
  • The Real Greek Newcastle
  • Red House Farm Whitley Bay 
  • Asda Cafes 
  • Buddha Lounge Tynemouth 


FREE Events - 23 - 29 July 


FREE Events 30 July - 5 August 

FREE Events - 6 - 12 August 

FREE Events  - 13-19 August 


FREE Events - 20 - 26 August 



FREE Events - 27 August - 7 September 


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Screen on the Green 

The FREE Outdoor Cinema returns this summer with two/three films shown daily outside Old Eldon Square. They'll be releasing the listings soon, check here for more info. 

Read next: 50 FREE Days Out in North East England 

Other recommended FREE days out include: 

Love Exploring App 

BALTIC

Great North Museum 

Seven Stories 

Dorman Museum 

Morpeth Park and Outdoor Paddling Pool 

Splash Pads 

Shiremoor Adventure Playground 

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens 

South Shields Museum & The Word 

Kirkleatham Museum 

The Common Room 

Ford & Etal 

Holy Island 

Theatre Hullabaloo 

Rock Pooling 

Active Northumberland Events 

Hadrian's Wall 

Eshott Airfield 

Superworm Trail 

Arbeia Roman Fort 

Druridge Bay Country Park 

Plessey Woods 

Urban Green Events  

Ouseburn Farm 

Angel of the North and Saltwell Park 

Glass Hunting at Seaham 




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