Free Places to Visit in the North East During May Half Term

Published: Thursday 12th May 2016

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

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The May half term holiday is just over 2 weeks away. For those who are looking for things to do with the kids there are plenty of free things to do throughout the North East. These things to do won’t break the bank and will keep them entertained.

If you enjoy the great outdoors, go exploring in Chopwell Woods or the Rising Sun Country Park, where you may even catch a glimpse of its stag. If you love history then visit Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum in South Shields or Hadrian’s Wall to learn about life in Roman times. If you are animal lovers, visit Ouseburn Farm where you can see pigs, goats, chickens and sheep.

There is a lot of choice in the area and definitely something for everyone. Your children shouldn’t get bored during their school holidays with all these places on offer.

Have a look at these following free family days out to get some inspiration.

  • Gibside Beer Garden, Gateshead

While you normally have to pay to go to Gibside, entry to its Friday evening beer garden event, Sun Down at Gibside, is free. You can wander around the walled garden with its flower borders, herb beds and vegetable patches. There is a relaxed family-orientated feel and there are snacks and ice creams available for the children.

  • The Causeway to Holy Island, Northumberland

This is a day out unlike anything else you can do in the world. Read the crossing time guide and make your way across the tidal causeway to Lindisfarne, surrounded by stunning coastal scenery. There are plenty of free places to go such as the museum of the Coldstream Guards, and while you need to pay to enter Lindisfarne priory, it’s still worth seeing from the outside.

Discovery Museum is made for families. Parents and children will all enjoy seeing the display of science and engineering triumphs, with a particular slant on what the North east has contributed to the world.

  • Washington F Pit, Washington

Learn all about the North East’s coalmining heritage at Washington F Pit. Sunk in 1777 and closed in 1968, it was the most productive pit on the site by the late 19th century. Washington F Pit museum includes the winding gear that took miners down to the coalface.

  • Hamsterley Forest and Escomb Church, County Durham

The 2000 hectares of Hamsterley Forest are great for all sorts of activities. As well as the walking and biking trails, there is a children’s adventure playground and a Rainforest Rescue Discovery Trail, where you can hear the sounds of the rainforest.

  • Stephenson railway Museum, North Shields

Every young boys dream; steam train rides and lots of locomotives. Stephenson Railway Museum is also home to George Stephenson’s ‘Billy’, a forerunner of the world famous rocket. There are events throughout the school holidays, such as a journey back to the 1940s to experience home life during the war and army drills.

  • Castles Tour, Northumberland

See how many of the free castles you can fit into one day. You will have to drive but they are an impressive site. They are each picturesque, picnic-perfect setting belying their violent pasts. There are over 70 castles in Northumberland. The most popular ones to visit are; Dunstanburgh Castle, Berwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Alnwick Castle, Warkworth Castle and Chillingham Castle.

You could always see what late availability self-catering cottages are free for booking. This will enable you to make a week of it exploring all that Northumberland and the North East has to offer.


The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Grace Darling Holidays Team

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