5 Ways To Entertain The Kids In The North East During the School Summer Holidays

Published: Tuesday 19th Jul 2016

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

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So the school holidays are officially upon us. You are now left thinking of some things to do that will enable you to treat the kids but won’t leave you with an empty bank account.

A visit to the beach, or a trip to the local country park are great free options, but these may not get the whole family excited to set off for the day.

If you think outside the box, there are loads of great ways to keep the family entertained. Here is a guide to help you rediscover your inspiration.

Air Festivals

Who doesn’t appreciate these wonderful flying machines? Being able to fly passengers around the world is one thing, but the skill required to perform a range of stunts is simply awe inspiring. Air shows remain hugely popular that draw in big crowds and always make for a great day out for the whole family.

Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th July

Sunderland International Air show

Roker and Seaburn Seafront, City of Sunderland, SR6 9NS

With activities and entertainment on the ground and all the excitement in the air, there’ll be something for everyone at Sunderland International Air show 2016 – the ultimate free family day out.

Fun at the Fair

Who can forget going to the funfair when you were only a few feet tall? The candyfloss, the giant lolly pops, the old ramshackle ghost train. Ring any bells? In recent years the more modern amusement parks of today have become increasingly popular as they are that bit more advanced, but the excitement and anticipation of a funfair is something that will never fade.

Friday 15th – 25th August

The North East Funfair

Herrington Park opposite Penshaw Monument

This year’s funfair is bigger and better than ever before. There is free entry and loads of fun-packed rides, attractions and free entertainment for all the family. Attractions include giant Roller Coasters, White Knuckle rides and old favourites such as Dodgems, Waltzers and Carousels. There will also be character visits, stilt walkers, free face painting and much, much more.

Activity Days

Kids always seem to be bursting with energy so why not put these energy levels to the test.  Archery, flying fox, clay pigeon shooting, zip wires – the variety is endless and that is all part of the fun. An active day out can also result in a quiet car journey home and a restful night’s sleep.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure

Matfen Hall, Northumberland, NE20 0RH

Go Ape offers 2 – 3 hours of fun. It is a great way to get outdoors and have an adventure. The tree top adventure includes high wires, tricky crossings (using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels, rope and super-strong cables) and wind-in-your-face zip wires. Minimum age is 10years, Minimum height is 1.4m (4ft7”) and Maximum weight is 20.5 stones (130kg).

Historical Tours

Who says a little bit of history can’t be included in a fun day out. In fact, some of these days out turn out to be among the best. Exploring some vintage aircrafts or immersing yourself in the Victorian era may be right up your street. You may even find that you learn something yourself.

Wild Dog Outdoors – Tour

Haydon Bridge

The Bothy, North Bank, Haydon Bridge, Northumberland, NE47 6LX

Explore the stone monuments left by our ancient ancestors. Discover the Celtic cultures that occupied these lands before the Romans arrived. Unearth the secrets of Hadrian’s Wall. See the heritage left to us by the Saxons and Normans and learn what it meant to be a ‘borderer’ in medieval Northumberland. Tickets for this tour start at £20 each for a 2 hour tour.


Whether you become inspired or enjoy fits of laughter, an afternoon at the theatre is a great afternoon out. You will never be short on options with a plethora of local entertainment with easy reach of the Grace Darling Holiday cottages located throughout the North-East.

The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Grace Darling Holidays Team


Your team of holiday experts in Northumberland.


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