Days Out

All Arts, Crafts & Gaming

COVID-19 UPDATE: There have been so many changes for businesses lately it’s hard to keep up! This section will be updated in due course as things return to normal, in the meantime you can use the ideas here as a rough guide or can check our A-Z of Days Out here for more recent info and links. You can also like our Facebook Page here for updates🙂

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📌 156a Front street, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, DH3 3AY
📆 Tues-Sat (closed Sun-Mon)
🕒 9:30am – 5:30pm (excl Thurs-later closing time of 7.30pm)
– 2h slots from 9:30am / 12:30pm / 3:30pm
👉 From £10. Message here to book

A friendly, family ran, non-profit children’s craft cabin in Chester-le Street, for children to come along and make crafts that they can take home. Including: pottery painting, slime making, sand art, wooden item painting & decorating, fabric bags and pencil case decorating, t shirts & much more!

Get crafty and messy at our venue rather than having to clean up at home, with crafty activities from approx 18 months to teens – and adults can join in too! Plus themed events, after school club, parties and individual takeaway boxes for virtual parties.

**serving hot & cold food & drinks from 25th May 2021!!**

07734 050 472
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Belong Gaming Arena

Monday – Friday: 11am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 7pm
Sunday: 11am –  5pm

Tel: 07484 925 086
Unit 23 A, Metro Centre, NE11 9YG

A social space for casual and competitive gamers to play with friends and compete against the country’s best. Even experience the latest in VR gaming! With custom high-powered YoYoTech gaming PC’s, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles and HyperX peripherals.

1 Hour: £5 – £7.
VR Experience: £2 – £5.

Canny Crafty

Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat: 10am – 5pm
Thurs: 10am – 8pm
Sun: 10am – 3pm

147 Salters Road, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 1DU
Tel: 0191 2845746

A family run paint your own pottery studio. You can capture baby prints or choose from a range of items such as mugs, plates, figurines or animals. Also offering occasional seasonal workshops and events. Drinks, snacks and treats are available.

Starting from £5.
(Booking recommended on weekends/school holidays).

Craft House

Wednesday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm

114 Park View, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 3QL
Tel: 07852 101 016

Arts & Crafts Studio offering drop-in craft & create sessions, Sunday workshops, pre-school sessions Wed-Fri mornings, parties & events and a monthly ladies night. Hot and cold drinks available.

Drop in sessions:
Adults: £6 per hour
Under 14 years: £3.50
Materials costs vary (e.g. canvases, MDF shapes, wooden letters, journals etc.)

Meeple Perk

Tuesday – Friday: 12 – 10pm
Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 10pm

89 Clayton St, Newcastle, NE1 5PZ
Tel: 0191 221 2323

Board game café with an extensive library of classic and modern games, for people of all ages to play in-house. All welcome, for beginners highly knowledgeable staff can recommend a game and teach you how to play. Serving breakfast, lunch and treats.

£3 per person for those participating in games.

Pots and Pancakes

Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Wednesday: 10am – 9pm

12a Russell Street, North Shields, North Tyneside, NE29 0BL
Tel: 0191 2728333

Offering sit in and mobile pottery painting services, with a wide selection of pottery to choose from, plus delicious pancakes! Various parent and child courses run throughout the summer holidays (6+ years), such clay building, mosaic and polymer clay.

Pottery from £4.

The Kiln Pottery Studio

Monday – Wednesday: Closed
Thursday – Friday: 12 – 5.30pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm

496 Durham Road, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 6HU
Tel: 0191 366 6375

Paint your own pottery studio & café where you can choose from a huge selection of items including mugs, plates, tea pots, money boxes, collectable animals, trinket boxes and pirates and princess pieces.

Pottery individually priced, starting at £5.

The Strategy Sunderland

Opening times vary, contact to book.

The Strategy, West Office, Pallion Residents Enterprise, Sunderland, SR4 6SN
Tel: 07789 766259

An immersive experience where you’re locked in a series of rooms and presented with a live escape game filled with clues and puzzles, you and your team must work your way out.

Prices start from £40.

The Word UK

Monday – Thursday: 9am – 7pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
Weekends: 10am – 4pm

The Word, 45 Market Place, South Shields, South Tyneside, NE33 1JF
Tel: 0191 427 1818

Various family-friendly activities, events and exhibitions. ‘Amazing Space’ exhibition includes space-themed stories and film (until 23/2/20). Also regular storytelling sessions with special effects (booking required), over 80 playable console games, and workshops using 3D printers and vinyl/laser cutters (booking required). Cafe serving breakfasts, lunches and snacks.