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noenergy Sun 25-Feb-18 08:42:29

Going to Newcastle for a week over Easter. Looking for inspiration of where to take the kids as haven't been since I was a child and that's when we used to visit Metroland and Whitley Bay.

Anywhere up to an hour away.

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LilliesAndRosess Sun 25-Feb-18 08:44:28

Centre for Life, Beamish, Whitley Bay Lighthouse is always good (or anywhere along that part of coast - Tynemouthnis beautiful), Pets Corner in Jesmond Dene or Kirkley Hall Zoo in Ponteland smile

LilliesAndRosess Sun 25-Feb-18 08:44:49

P.s. unsure if you're aware but metroland isn't there now x

JimboDoesTheLimboInHawaii Sun 25-Feb-18 08:45:34

How old are the kids?

MargotLovedTom1 Sun 25-Feb-18 08:49:38

Museum of the North (formerly the Hancock Museum); Discovery Museum; Laing Art Gallery; the Baltic; trip to Durham on the train; Adventurelands play farm; various castles in Northumberland (easiest if you have a car); plenty of National Trust places if you're a member.

MargotLovedTom1 Sun 25-Feb-18 08:50:57

Good point Jumbo! My list is probably geared towards under 10s.

MargotLovedTom1 Sun 25-Feb-18 08:51:21

Jimbo, sorry.

LilliesAndRosess Sun 25-Feb-18 08:52:47

I second the Baltic!

soapboxqueen Sun 25-Feb-18 08:52:55

Metroland doesn't exist anymore. It's a cinema and restaurant area so if you're wanting a meal and a film 😁

Centre for life (interactive science museum)
Discovery museum (free)
Hancock museum (free - called great North museum now but I refuse to change)
Segedunum, vindolanda, arbeia (various roman forts/museums)
Seven stories (children's book museum v. Nice also next to a small city farm)
Blue Reef aquarium
St. Mary's light house
Alnwick Castle/gardens (often have harry potter stuff on)
Obviously various castles and stately homes (bambrough, cragside, Wallington etc etc)
Whitehouse Farm
Kirkly Hall zoo

I know in going to hit post and remember something else...

soapboxqueen Sun 25-Feb-18 08:53:35


MargotLovedTom1 Sun 25-Feb-18 08:55:13

Ah yes, I got the Hancock's new name wrong.

ScarlettDarling Sun 25-Feb-18 08:55:29

Seven stories (centre for children's books,) White House farm in Morpeth, walk along the quayside and stop off for lunch, see a show at the Theatre Royal.

IggyAce Sun 25-Feb-18 08:58:07

Beamish, great day out I recommend the gingerbread from the bakery.
St Mary's Lighthouse has great rock pools and just down the road is Seaton Deleval Hall which is national trust.

JimboDoesTheLimboInHawaii Sun 25-Feb-18 08:58:18

Free stuff:

Newcastle castle
The Baltic art gallery
Discovery Museum
Beaches - there are now a LOT of nice places to eat at the Coast too. Go when the ride is our and you can spend a lot of time mooching around the rock pools
Bolam Lake
Laing Art Gallery
Hancock Museum
Great North Museum

Paid stuff:
The Sage (obviously check events listings, they often have kid workshops etc)
Seven Stories
Wet n Wild/Waves/other swimming pool etc
Beamish - also around Beamish there is a Go Ape / Falconry centre
Whitley Bay ice rink
Mini golf - Tynemouth
Alnwick - Barter Books/Alnwick Castle and/or Garden
Just on the very edge of your prepared travel distance - boat trip to Farne Islands

JimboDoesTheLimboInHawaii Sun 25-Feb-18 08:59:41

Ride is our?

Tide is out. One day I will learn to proof read.

CazY777 Sun 25-Feb-18 09:05:38

Depends on the age of your kids, my 3 year old loved
Kirkley Hall Zoo
The aquarium and beach at Tynemouth
Running around at Northumberlandia
Chesters Roman Fort

Gibside (NT) apparently has a great playground but we haven't been there yet, Beamish is also next on our list

noenergy Sun 25-Feb-18 09:10:10

Kids r 4,5 and 8.

Thanks for the suggestions, will look into them, didn't think there was much there, that's why I asked on here.

Only found out metro land is not there anymore.

Is South Shields worth going to for rides.
An essential for my kids is a water park or theme park if we go anywhere.
And Diggerland?

Mumsnet is great for info.

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LilliesAndRosess Sun 25-Feb-18 09:16:43

Wet n Wild is a water park. There is also a swimming pool called "Waves" at Whitley bay so you could do that and the lighthouse in one day smile

Anythingforacatslife Sun 25-Feb-18 09:19:49

Digger land is at Langley Park near Durham, it’s not far from Newcastle. Wet n Wild would be your waterpark.

ScarlettDarling Sun 25-Feb-18 09:22:47

Wet n wild is a bit grim actually. Your dc would probably enjoy it but it's overcrowded, horrendously noisy, not the cleanest and there are ALWAYS slides out of action.

ShangriLaLaLa Sun 25-Feb-18 09:26:07

If you’re thinking about the red bus tour, check that there aren’t major roadworks in the centre. We crawled through Newcastle the last time we did it (DS’s favourite thing in the world 🙄) and it was breathtakingly cold.

noenergy Sun 25-Feb-18 09:42:43

Just looked up wet n wild n although the slides look great the changing areas look grim and dirty.

Anyone been recently?

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soapboxqueen Sun 25-Feb-18 09:53:52

I've literally never been. My dh took ds a few years ago and he said it was grim.

Anythingforacatslife Sun 25-Feb-18 09:56:11

It had a refurbishment a few years ago and it’s much better than it was.

PurpleAlien Sun 25-Feb-18 10:02:38

I wouldn't bother with DiggerLand, it's way over priced.

Beamish is amazing, my kids absolutely love it. Buy your ticket online in advance to beat the huge queue!

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