What's On in the North East | March 2024

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16 Things to Do in Sunderland with Kids

This post was published in February 2024. Always check with venues direct for the most-up-to-date info before heading out, especially regarding opening hours. 

16 Things to Do in Sunderland with Kids

Most of the places mentioned in this post are in the City Centre and easy to walk to on foot however a few are located on the outskirts and a quick bus/Metro ride may be easier with little legs. 

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Thompson Park Sunderland Guide

This post is based on a visit in February 2024 and information/facilities can change over time. Please check with venues direct for the most up-to-date info. 

Thompson Park Sunderland Guide


Thompson Park in Sunderland has recently received a substantial £740,000 investment and is a fantastic place to spend the day. 
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North Shields Fish Quay to Tynemouth Market Weekend Walk Idea

 
North Shields Fish Quay to Tynemouth Market Weekend Walk Idea

This is such a lovey weekend walk idea to try as a couple, with friends or kids. It's dog friendly too. We park at Low Lights Car Park on North Shields Fish Quay which is free and walk up to the market then back again.

It's around 3k in total so not a big walk but it is up hill on the way there (although there are seats and I've managed to push a buggy up here a few times). 
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Blast Beach to Seaham Harbour 5km Pushchair Friendly Walk

This post is based on multiple visits over the years and was published in February 2024. Please check with venues direct for the most up to date info. 

 
Blast Beach to Seaham Harbour 5km Pushchair Friendly Walk



This is a lovely pushchair friendly walk to enjoy along the Durham Coastline. It should be suitable for some wheelchair users too - there is a very slight incline along the walk but it's a surfaced path.
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10 of the Best Swimming Pools in North East England

Thanks to our writer Bethanie for this post which was published in February 2024. Prices and info were last checked in February 2024 and will change over time so please check with venues direct (we have added their links) for up-to-date timetables, prices and policies before heading out. Over to Bethanie........ 





A few years ago we made the new year's resolution to take the kids swimming more. It’s a great option for a wet weekend or for filling in a couple of hours during the school holidays.


In doing so we discovered some new swimming pools and soon found which ones were our favourites and why.
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A Farm Stay with Games Barn & Eco Spa (Yorkshire Hideaways)

This is an advert for January 2024 and based on a visit in January 2024 by our writer Gaia. Any edits / shares beyond this date have not been asked or paid for. As always, check with venue direct for the most up to date information. 




Yorkshire Hideaways offer hand-picked cottages across Yorkshire. Expect personal service and a team who will go the extra mile with local knowledge, exceptional reviews and 24/7 support. Gaia booked with Yorkshire Hideaways and stayed at West Shaw Cote Cottage - a stunning dog friendly cottage on a farm in the Yorkshire Dales. Here's how she got on........ 

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What's On in the North East : February 2024 (inc Half Term)

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ALWAYS check details with venues direct by clicking the blue links before heading out, especially opening hours and booking details. Information can change. 

What's On in the North East : February 2024 (inc Half Term)
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The Treehouse Softplay Whitley Bay Review

This is an advert for January 2024 and based on a visit in January 2024 by our writer Gaia and her 5 year old daughter.

Any shares / edits beyond this date have not been asked or paid for. Please always check with venues direct before visiting for the most up to date info, especially regarding opening hours and prices as these can change over time. You can do that here:
https://www.treehousewhitleybay.co.uk/. Over to Gaia: 

The Treehouse Softplay Whitley Bay Review



If you're looking for a soft play that's perfect for little ones then the Treehouse Soft play in Whitley Bay is it! With a play structure that's perfect for under 7s, talking trees, ride on toys and a separate area for non-walking babies (on selected days), it's the perfect option for babies, toddlers pre-schoolers and young children. 

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Bamburgh Playground | All You Need to Know

This post is based on a visit in January 2024. Please check for up to date info with venues direct before heading out (especially bus timetables). 


Bamburgh Playground | All You Need to Know


Why we love this playground: 

  • Perfect for under 8s 
  • Fully enclosed with a rubber base
  • Beautiful castle views 
  • Excellent condition and fairly new 
  • Pirate ship 
  • Tractor 
  • Fairly accessible - there is an accessible swing, space for a wheelchair user on the roundabout and the pirate ship features ramped access. 
  • A proper see-saw 
  • Basket swing 
  • Bus stop outside 
  • Benches inside and lots of seating next to the playground overlooking a large grassed area 
  • Very close to the beach and nice cafes / pubs nearby 
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A FREE Day Out at Baltic

*This post is based on a visit in January 2024. Exhibitions do change over time and information can change too. It's important you check details with venues direct before visiting for the most up-to-date info. 


A FREE Day Out at Baltic

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Kiki's Kabin North Shields Review

This post is an advert for January 2024. Any shares/edits beyond that date have not been asked/paid for. Information correct as of January 2024. This post was published by our writer Gaia who visited with her daugher Ada (5). 


It's important to check with venue direct for the most up-to-date info before heading out, especially regarding prices and opening times as information can change over time.  You can do that here: https://www.kikiskabin.co.uk/

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How to Spend 5 Hours in Amsterdam with Kids

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This post was published in Jan 2024. Prices and info were last checked on this date and are subject to change - check with attractions direct for the most up-to-date info. 


13 Things to do in Amsterdam with Kids (when taking the DFDS Mini Cruise)




The DFDS Mini Cruise is a cheap way to enjoy a weekend away with kids. You get two nights on board a ship and time in Amsterdam. It is best to see this as a full trip away - your break starts from the second you step on board, rather than just a few hours in Amsterdam.
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9 Northumberland Coast Playgrounds to Visit

This post was published in Jan 2024. Please check with venues direct for the most up to date info. 


8 Northumberland Coast Playgrounds to Visit


You can access most of these playgrounds (I feel like Druridge Bay is the only one that would be tricky) by bus. Check out the Arriva X18 service timetable and you can read my blog about Visiting the Northumberland Coast by Bus. 

If you'd like to see a map with the locations of these playgrounds, I have added one at the bottom of this post. 

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Explorer Trail Circular Walk at Gibside

 
We love this walk at Gibside and have enjoyed it a fair few times now. It's one of our go-to walks with Fozzy as there is lots for him to sniff, the paths are mostly wide, it's pretty quiet and it includes the dog exercise field at the Stables where he can safely run around as we enjoy a coffee. 

Access to this walk is included with National Trust Membership / admission to Gibside. 




  • 2.2 miles / 3.52km circular route 
  • Dogs welcome on leads (there is an enclosed exercise field where you can let them off lead en-route)
  • Lots of activities to try en-route including a play area, animal sculptures, den building zone and low ropes course 
  • Cafe at the start/end
  • Pushchair accessible - step-free, roughly surfaced paths with a few steep gradients
  • Suitable for a powered mobility vehicle - there are two available to hire 
  • Toilets at the start/end, Strawberry Castle Play Area and Stables 
  • Well signposted route 
  • Should take 1 hour but you can easily extend this by spending time on activities 
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Tynemouth Aquarium Review

 This post is based on a visit in November 2023. Please check with venue direct for the most up-to-date information, especially regarding prices and opening hours. 



Tynemouth Aquarium Review



One of the first posts on this website was a review of Tynemouth Aquarium (back then it was Blue Reef). 10 years ago, I paid £18 (with some money off vouchers) for us to visit and felt like it was a bit of a rip off. 
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Whitburn to Seaburn Pushchair Friendly Walk

This post is based on a visit in November 2023. Please check with venues direct for the most up to date info. 

Whitburn to Seaburn Pushchair Friendly Walk

We are gradually trying to walk the full North East Coast with Fozzy. In this post, I'm going to share the stretch between Whitburn and Seaburn. 

It's 1.2 miles each way and should take around an hour to walk there and back. This walk is very easy to continue onto Roker. If you did this, it would be around 2 miles each way and take around 1hr 20 mins and you'd pass a further two playgrounds.
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Cawfield Quarry Walk, Stargazing & Picnic Spot

This post is based on a visit in January 2024. Please check with venues direct for the most up to date info as this can change. 

 
Cawfield Quarry Walk, Stargazing & Picnic Spot

Cawfields is a free entry section of Hadrian's Wall which is open 24/7. There's a car park and it's accessible by bus. It's the easiest way to reach a Milecastle by car (Milecastle 42 is a very short walk from the car park) and a fantastic place to start a walk along Hadrian's Wall with excellent views. 

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Newbiggin-by-the-Sea Walk with Playgrounds

This post was published in January 2024. Please check with venues direct for the most up to date info. 


Newbiggin-by-the-Sea Walk with Playgrounds 

This is a lovely walk along Newbiggin prom with plenty to see and do along the way. I'd definitely recommend giving it a try. It's around 2km each way (it's linear so you walk there and back). 
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20 Indoor Attractions Open in January across North East England

Are you looking for some indoor fun this January but you're not sure where to visit? This list is for you. I have checked all of the attractions below and they are open in January but do check direct before visiting as some are open on reduced hours / days over the winter months. 


20 Indoor Attractions Open in January across North East England


All of these venues are accessible by public transport - click on their website links for more information. 

Do check my full guide to rainy day ideas in North East England and if you're looking for specific events, you can read my guide to what's on in January across North East England.


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Cub Play Cafe Blyth Review

This post was published by Bethanie and is based on a visit in October 2023. Please check with venue direct for the most up to date info (especially regarding pricing and opening hours). Over to Bethanie: 

 
Cub Play Cafe Blyth Review


In October I took my youngest daughter along to the Cub Play Cafe which is in Blyth. We both had a really enjoyable morning, playing and snacking, so I wanted to share with you our experience and what to expect from your visit. 

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What's On in the North East | January 2024 ( for Kids and Teens)

 Always check with venues direct for up to date opening hours and event info before heading out as information can change. 

What's On in the North East - 20 & 21 January 


Throughout January I will be sharing over 20 walks to try on my Instagram. Make sure you care following along here: www.Instagram.com/northeastfamilyfun 



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