What's On in the North East | March 2024

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March 2024 Highlights 


(ad) Discounted Alton Towers Tickets (less than £25) 



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Tickets have been reduced by 30% and are available on selected dates for less than £25. This deal needs to be booked before 31 March and can be used to book visits between 24 March and 14 April 2024. 

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(ad) British Science Week at Life Science Centre



9 & 10 March - To celebrate British Science Week, award-winning and Guiness World Record Holder the Highland Joker will be taking to the stage at Life Science Centre with his spectacular Bubble Show for one weekend only. 

The Bubble Show is a brilliant mix of storytelling, science and bubble art. All ages will be impressed with the animal bubbles, giant bubbles, bouncy bubbles......and of course the science behind it all. 

Audiences will even get to witness a fire bubble as part of this interactive show that's not to be missed. 

These shows are included with regular admission/membership but do book your space on arrival (first come, first served basis). Find out more & book: https://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/event/bubbles-show/






16 March - The British Science Week celebrations continue with this special day at Life Science Centre which is dedicated to the science of colour. 

This is your chance to meet REAL scientists from both Newcastle and Northumbria University and ask them any questions you have about colour. They'll also be on hand to share their knowledge and fascinating facts. 

Get hands on with pigmentation and Cell Detectives - this activity is a chance to take a real look at colour under the microscope. 

Plus you can help to unravel the links between colour, space and emotion and take part in tests to find out how you react to different colour patterns. Will your reaction differ from others? 

Don't forget to pick up your own colour passport on arrival and collect stickers as you make your way around the centre and complete the various tasks. 

All activities are included with regular admission/membership. Find out more and book: https://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/event/spotlight-on-colour/

(ad) Newcastle Puppet Festival 

Newcastle Puppet Festival runs from 30 March to 7 April. There are 100s of events to enjoy across the city including some cracking events over opening weekend. 



Opening Weekend Highlights include: 

Make sure you check the full schedule of events taking place across nine days here: https://www.movingpartsarts.com/whats-on


AD ๐ŸฅNorth East National Trust - What’s On : Easter Holidays ๐Ÿฅ





All events are available on a drop in basis with no pre-booking required unless stated otherwise. National Trust Membership / Admission fees also apply. Pet dogs on leads are permitted in most of the outdoor areas and cafes. See individual properties for exact info.

This year, National Trust sites are offering unique trails with their own activities - they'll all be a little different. So why not plan to make the most of your membership and visit a few different sites over the Easter break?

Where a chocolate egg is provided, dairy, free from and vegan options are available.

๐Ÿ‡Gibside ๐Ÿ‡

Join in with Gibside’s Easter Egg Hunt from 23 March - 2 April. There will be games for the whole family to enjoy along the way as you explore the Walled Garden and Stables. It’s £3 to join in and this includes a trail sheet, bunny ears and a chocolate egg at the end.

Then from 3 April - 14 April, return and enjoy Gibside’s seasonal Spring Nature Trail. This trail is included with admission / membership and takes you on a sensory journey around Gibside with nature facts along the way.

Find out more, check opening hours, access and more things to do: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/north-east/family-friendly


๐Ÿ‡Seaton Delaval Hall ๐Ÿ‡

An Easter Trail takes place at Seaton Delaval Hall between 23 March and 14 April. Expect to try lots of fun activities including wheelbarrow racing, seed planting and egg and spoon races plus learn how to monitor the weather using a weather station. It is £3 per trail and includes a trail sheet, bunny ears and a chocolate egg at the end.

Find out more, check opening hours, access and more things to do: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/north-east/family-friendly


๐Ÿ‡Cragside ๐Ÿ‡

Find the Easter Bunnies at Cragside. This self-led trail is included with membership / admission from 29 March - 14 April. See if you can spot them all during your visit.

Then over Easter weekend (29 March - 1 April), join in with Cragside’s Easter Trail with 10 activity stations to try. Some of the activities include an egg and spoon obstacle course, giant noughts and crosses, paper blossom and bird nest making. Once the trail is complete, you can collect a chocolate egg from the team. £3 per trail - collect from the visitor centre.

There will also be the chance to join the gardening team in the formal garden and plant your very own flower to take home. Suggested donation of £3.

Find out more, check opening hours, access and more things to do: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/north-east/family-friendly


๐Ÿ‡Wallington ๐Ÿ‡

An Easter Egg Hunt takes place at Wallington over Easter weekend (29 March - 1 April). The trail will take you around the courtyard and West Wood and includes a host of activities such as target practice, wild art, music making and hopscotch. It’s £3 per trail which includes a trail sheet, bunny ears and a chocolate egg at the end.

Cycle hire also re-opens on Easter weekend (additional charges apply) and there will be a lamb spotting trail around the house - can you spot them all hiding in the rooms?

Find out more, check opening hours, access and more things to do: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/north-east/family-friendly


๐Ÿ‡Crook Hall Gardens ๐Ÿ‡

Join Crook Hall for an Easter Trail throughout their gardens between 31 March and 1 April. Activities include finding the middle of the maze, blossom flower making and bird watching. Trails are £3 per child and include a map and chocolate egg.

Find out more, check opening hours, access and more things to do: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/north-east/family-friendly


๐Ÿ‡Washington Old Hall ๐Ÿ‡

An outdoor Easter Trail runs on 29 & 30 March. Expect a host of Spring activities to try with the family. Trails are £3 each and include a map and chocolate egg.

Find out more, check opening hours, access and more things to do: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/north-east/family-friendly



๐Ÿ‡Ormesby Hall๐Ÿ‡

The Easter Trail at Ormesby Hall takes place between 23 March and 7 April. Activities include welly throwing, seed planting and wheelbarrow racing. It’s £2.50 per trail including a map and pencil.

Find out more about all of the above events, check opening hours, access info and directions here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/north-east/family-friendly

As you can see, there are LOADS of activities to choose from! This is on top of the fantastic playgrounds, walking routes, cafes and houses to explore too.




(ad) Inevitable? by Mortal Fools 




Inevitable? by Mortal Fools is perfect for young people aged 11+ and adults. This funny, unfiltered and thought-provoking show explores life as a 17 year old on the cusp of adulthood. 

Expect original music and bold sets alongside insights from a group of talented young people in Northumberland. This show is a MUST watch for parents/carers of teenagers, anyone who works with young people and of course, young people themselves. 

Tickets are super affordable at just £4/£6. You can catch Inevitable? in the North East at YMCA Ashington on Saturday 23 March and Gosforth Civic Theatre on Wednesday 3 April. 

Find out more and buy tickets here: https://www.mortalfools.org.uk/inevitable.html

(ad) Easter Weekend at Beamish 






Good Friday
๐ŸฃTake part in the Beamish Easter Egg Championships! Find the twelve Easter eggs hidden across the museum to earn a stamp on your certificate, will you find all the eggs and get a gold stamp? Pick up your trail from the Main Entrance when you arrive.
๐Ÿฃ Head to the Board school in The 1900s Pit Village and learn about Good Friday
๐ŸฃCreate a finger puppet at The 1940s Farm

๐Ÿฃ Craft Easter animal pom poms at Spain’s Field Farm

๐Ÿฃ Give egg catapulting a go at the welfare hall in The 1950s Town
๐Ÿฃ  See traditional baking demonstrations and food displays across the museum. From lamb dinner and fish and chips to Simnel cake and hot cross buns, find out what Easter food would’ve been enjoyed in each area of the museum.

Easter Saturday, Sunday & Monday
๐Ÿฃ Take part in the Beamish Easter Egg Championships! Find the twelve Easter eggs hidden across the museum to earn a stamp on your certificate, will you find all the eggs and get a gold stamp? Pick up your trail from the Main Entrance when you arrive.
๐Ÿฃ Make Easter wreathes in The Board School
๐Ÿฃ Try your hand at egg jarping at Pockerley Old Hall. Jarping is a game a little like conkers but with eggs!
๐Ÿฃ Enjoy egg rolling in The 1900s Town Park
๐Ÿฃ Create a finger puppet at The 1940s Farm.
๐Ÿฃ Craft Easter animal pom poms at Spain’s Field Farm.
๐Ÿฃ Give egg catapulting a go at the welfare hall in The 1950s Town (Saturday) and get ready to run with an egg and spoon race (Sunday and Monday - weather permitting)
๐Ÿฃ  See traditional baking demonstrations and food displays across the museum. From lamb dinner and fish and chips to Simnel cake and hot cross buns, find out what Easter food would’ve been enjoyed in each area of the museum.

All of these traditional Easter Celebrations are included in museum admission and are free to Beamish Unlimited Pass holders and Friends of Beamish members, pay once and visit free for a year!

Dogs on leads welcome in the outdoor areas, Sun Inn Pub and transport at conductor’s discretion.

Beamish is open daily from 10am-5pm. No need to book in advance. There is free onsite parking. If you’re visiting for the first time, it’s usually quicker to purchase your unlimited pass online before you visit, although you can purchase on arrival if you prefer.

I would recommend using public transport where possible (do check Bank Hol timetables).

(ad) FREE Spirit of Invention at Discovery Museum Newcastle 




A brand new exhibition is opening at Discovery Museum of 16 March. 

Spirit of Invention is a family-friendly exhibition suitable for all ages and has been inspired by the 1000s of inventions which have been registered with the Board of Trade from 1839 onwards. 

Expect to see a bit of everything from contemporary inventions to those which are a little more 'out there' including a Victorian Era Top Hat with it's own ventilation. 

There will hands on and interactive activities plus a chance for visitors to get hands on and try out their own inventions too. Entry is FREE and the gallery is accessible. Just drop in during normal museum opening hours. 

Find out more: https://discoverymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/spirit-of-invention

PS - If you visit during the Easter holidays from 30 March - 14 April, why not try the museum's Ingenious Inventor's Trail? All entries have a chance of winning a chocolate hamper. 

The Discovery Museum is closed on Bank Holidays. 


(ad) Kids Fun Zone at Brocksbushes 



The popular Kids Fun Zone at Brocksbushes is BACK this Spring. Each session lasts for 2 hours and includes: 
  • UNLIMITED Rides 
  • UNLIMITED Inflatables 
  • UNLIMITED Trampolines 
  • UNLIMITED Garden Games 
  • UNLIMITED Mini Golf 

For just £10.99 per child / £1 per adult. Find out more and book: https://www.brocksbushes.co.uk/2024/03/05/easter-fun/


Dates:
  • Daily from 29 March - 15 April 
  • 20 & 21 April 
  • 27 & 28 April 
  • 4-6 May
Characters will be appearing at intervals on the following dates at NO ADDITIONAL COST: 
  • Transformers - Daily from Good Friday to Easter Monday 
  • The Bubble Man 4th/5th/11th/12th/13th/14th/20th/21st/27th/28th April and 4th/5th/6th May 
Plus there may be a few surprise guests too........

Dedicated toddler days for ages 2-5years are available on 28th March, 26th April and 3rd May although of course, toddlers are welcome at the main sessions too. 

Extend the day......... Brocksbuses will also be operating their own Easter activities on a drop in basis from 28 March-14 April. Expect eggs-cavation stations, Egghead relays and more. Additional charges may apply.

 OR you may remember we teamed a recent visit to Brocksbushes with a trip the The Museum of Classic Sci-Fi and Doctor Who. Why not do just that and make a day of it? 


(ad) Easter at Raby Castle & High Force 






๐ŸฆŒ Raby Castle Deer Park ๐ŸฆŒ

An Easter Family Fun Trail will run across the 14th century estate’s parkland daily from 23 March - 14 April.

Discover farmyard animals including Ducks and Swans as well as Raby’s famous Fallow and Red Deer. Collect a trail sheet from the arrival kiosk - it’s included with admission. Dogs on leads are welcome to join you in the deer park and the paths are surfaced / accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. It’s a stunning walk and one of our favourites.

๐Ÿชบ Plotters’ Forest ๐Ÿชบ

At the Plotters’ Forest, families will have the chance to seek out colourful Easter Eggs hidden in Raby’s wooden adventure playground as part of their ‘Eggcellent Eggs in the Plotters’ Forest’ event. From 23 March - 14 April, visitors can collect the clues to spell out the Easter Bunny’s new name. This trail is included with Plotters’ Forest admission.

๐Ÿฐ Kids Go Free - Raby Castle ๐Ÿฐ

As an extra special treat, throughout the holiday period, kids can visit Raby Castle FOR FREE with a valid Plotters’ Forest and Deer Park ticket. This is a lovely opportunity to explore inside the castle walls - don’t forget to collect your Castle Quest sheet on arrival.

๐ŸฐHigh Force Waterfall & Hotel ๐Ÿฐ

Enjoy a fun and friendly ‘Bunny Hop Trail’ at the stunning High Force Waterfall from 23 March - 14 April. Follow the bunny footprints to find the High Force Easter Bunny. This trail is included with waterfall admission and dogs on leads are welcome. Why not pop to the High Force Hotel for lunch or drinks afterwards?

Pre-booking is recommended for all of the above, however walk-ins may be available subject to availability. It’s quick and easy to book ahead online, even on the same day, and I would recommend this to avoid disappointment.

Find out more and book: https://www.raby.co.uk/whats-on/








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This post was published in February and full opening hours may not have been announced. It's SUPER important you check up-to-date opening hours & info with venues direct before heading out, especially over Bank Holidays. 





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