The living Museum of the north, Beamish open-air museum is a must visit on your family break. Set in 300 acres of County Durham countryside, the museum preserves an example of everyday life in the early 20th century.
Get a unique inside view of a 1900’s pit cottage, visit the animals on the 1940’s farm and ride the traditional tram between attractions. Plenty of food and drink on offer too from fish and chips, to the bakery and the essential old fashioned sweet shop.
Mr Mulligans Space Golf
Only 2 minutes from the hotel find yourself lost in the interstellar world of Mr Mulligans, minigolf with a twist enjoy a range of courses to test your skills and get some family competition going. Choose from 3 galactic themed 9-hole courses and refuel at the café.
Much more than just ten pin bowling, Lane 7 has a range of family activities under one stylish roof. Enjoy traditional ten pin bowling, some games of ping pong, a spot of American pool for the older kids and don’t forget to snap a pic in one of the photobooths. Lane 7 also offers a wide range of food and drinks to fuel your games at the in-house restaurant and bar.
Centre for Life
The centre for life is a must do for families visiting Newcastle. Directly next to Central station, it’s bursting at the seams with information, activities and wonderful experiments. With a curiosity zone, a brain zone and even a young explorer’s area for the little ones you can spend a full day exploring. The Centre is also the locations for Newcastle’s winter Ice rink running from November to February.
InflateSpace is fun for kids of all ages. Imagine a huge arena, then fill it with inflatables from assault courses, wipeout challenges and slides. Try your luck on the astroballs, enjoy some space jam slam dunking or challenge the family to a gladiator battle. Be prepared to get moving and enjoy and an amazing day out whatever the weather
Seven stories, the national centre for children’s books is nestled in Ouseburn Valley, an area of cultural regeneration located about half a mile from Newcastle’s city centre. It’s seven floors are full of exhibitions, coveted book collections and make and do fun activities. Visits from Children’s authors are pencilled in throughout the year alongside professional animation classes for the bigger kids!
Immerse yourself in the history of North Tyneside told through permanent displays and visiting exhibitions. Come face to face with Turbina, Charles Parson’s iconic steam powered ship as you enter and climb the floors to find More maritime history and even a mock model of the River Tyne for the little ones to play in. The top floor is the home of scientist discovery with experiments, tricks and an interactive maze.
The discovery museum is free entry but welcomes donations for their upkeep.
Go Ape Matfen
Go Ape, located in the charming village Maften, is just 15 miles from Newcastle City. This outdoor adventure park is a great day out for families who are looking to be active while also having plenty of competitive fun. You can swing through the trees on rope swings and fly down zip lines while taking in some of the beautiful surrounding scenery.