Around Gateshead

All Rainy Day

Some ideas below for rainy days in and around Gateshead, plus there are lots of indoor activities listed in the sections below:

Arts, Crafts & Gaming
Cinema & Theatre
Play Cafes
Soft Play Areas


If you run a relevant activity or business that’s not listed yet (or if you’re a parent with a recommendation) please feel free to get in touch with details.

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Adventure Valley

Summer Opening – Daily: 10am – 5pm
Term-time: 10am – 6pm
Winter – Early Closing Mon-Thurs: 10am – 4pm

Brasside, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5SG
Tel: 0191 386 8291

Large soft play with separate toddler area. Outdoor play with toddler area, sandpits, slides, swings, go-karts, jumping pillows, adventure golf and tractor-trailer rides. A range of farm animals indoors, with animal handling sessions. Daily theatre shows.

Prices: £4.95 – £11.95.
Under 2 years: Free.

AMF Bowling Washington

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 1am
Sunday: 10am – 12am

Galleries Retail Park, Washington, Sunderland, NE38 7RZ
Tel: 0844 826 3035

Tenpin bowling, arcade games and ‘Pacman Smash’. Amateurs, experts and everything in between are invited to take a swing and compete for the top spot.

Adults from £5.79
Kids from £4.79
Families from £18.29

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Wednesday – Monday: 10am – 6pm
Tuesday: 10.30am – 6pm

Gateshead Quays South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Tel: 0191 478 1810

You can enjoy a changing programme of exhibitions, stunning views, a cafe bar and gift shop. There’s also an open area on Level 2 where kids can get creative with crafts and toys, plus a sensory room and sensory wall for infants.

Free.

Battlezone Laser Gateshead

Monday – Friday: 9am – 11pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 11pm

K83 Third Avenue, Team Valley, Gateshead, NE11 0PR
Tel: 0191 482 2222

Pick up a laser pack and get blasting in a 15,000 square foot arena! With hefty and atmospheric obstacles to utilise (cower behind) including abandoned vehicles and buildings, plus camo uniforms, face paint, special effects and other surprises.

£12.00 per game. 6 years+.

Blue Reef Aquarium Tynemouth

Daily: 10am – 5pm

Grand Parade, Tynemouth, North Tyneside, NE3O 4JF
Tel: 0191 2581031

Over 40 different displays, from local waters to the more exotic, including black tip reef shark and cownose rays. Watch colourful fish all around as you walk through the ocean tunnel.

Prices: £8.50 – £10.95
Family: from £37.90
(show bus/metro ticket when purchasing your tickets to save £2 pp).

Clip ‘n Climb

Monday – Friday: 4pm – 8.30pm
Sat – Sun: 9.30am – 5pm
(Last admittance 1.5h before closing)

Gateshead Leisure Centre, Alexandra Road. Gateshead. NE8 4JA
Tel: 0191 433 5733

Featuring 25 climbing lines across 21 unique challenges, perfect for children and adults. Solve puzzles and navigate around different shapes, textures and difficulty levels on your way to the summit 25 feet high.

Adult: £12.00
Children: £10.00
Leap of Faith / Vertical Drop Slide: £2.50

Discovery Museum

Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
Weekend: 11am – 4pm

Blandford Square, Newcastle, NE1 4JA
Tel: 0191 232 6789

Exhibitions on local maritime, scientific and technological history. Plus a water play room with a mini River Tyne replica (£1.50), and a ‘play+invent’ space for older children to explore and build inventions (drop-in sessions free, facilitated activities-£1.50).

Free, donations welcome.

Durham Climbing Centre

Monday – Friday: 10am – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9.30am – 6pm
(8pm weekend closing throughout winter)

St Johns Road, Meadowfield Industrial Estate, Durham, DH7 8TZ
Tel: 0191 378 9555

Catering for every level of climber, the Advanced area (ages 12+) has a good selection of routes in coloured circuits, the Junior wall has easier problems and gentle slopes. There are Parent and Toddler sessions on weekdays mornings on the Junior wall.

From £3.50.

Dynamix Skatepark

Open daily, times vary, check with organiser.

Ablbany Road Junction, A184 Felling bypass, Gateshead, NE8 3AT
Tel: 0779 304 5420

Indoor skate park plus circus skills and performing arts training company!
There are a variety of sessions available to welcome everybody, from open mixed sessions to beginner specific times and slots for the more experienced.

From £5.00. No booking required (apart from groups). Age 9+.

FlowRider®

Monday – Friday: 9am – 7.30pm 
Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 3.15pm
(last admittance 1h before closing)

Heworth Leisure Centre, High Lanes, Gateshead, NE10 0PD
Tel: 0191 433 5715

The ultimate surfing and body-boarding experience suitable for children and adults, and holds up to eight people at a time so your friends can all get involved.

Adult £12.00
Children £10.00.
Age 5+ (plus height restrictions)

Haven Point Swimming Pool

Weekdays: 10am – 8pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 5pm
Sunday: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Pier Parade, South Shields, South Tyneside, NE33 2JS
Tel: 0191 424 7800

Indoor swimming pool with large twisty flume slide, family bubble spa and a water play area for younger children with bridges, slides, jet sprays and bubble features. Cafe serving snacks.

Adults: £5.35
Kids (5-17): £3.85
Under 5’s: £1.15
Family: £18.55
Cardholder discount available.

Infinite Air

Monday – Sunday 10am – 6pm

New Ferens Park, Durham, County Durham, DH1 1GG
Tel: 0333 344 2220

16,000 sq ft of trampolines (over 80 trampolines!), with tumble tracks, raised platforms and box sections. There are 3 performance trampolines to teach you wall running and 2 differing heights to practice on.

£11.95 per hour.
Ages 8+.

intu Metrocentre

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

intu Metrocentre, Gateshead, NE11 9YG
Tel: 0191 493 0200

There’s a small free toddler area with soft play shapes upstairs in the Forum, and a free outdoor play area outside the Qube entrance for ages 3-10. ‘Fun Buggy’ ride-on cars can be hired from customer service desks, and for older children there are bungee trampolines in Exhibition Square. From here you also can take a train drive around the centre.

Free play areas.
‘Fun Buggy’ hire: £3 – 4 per hour (£10 returnable cash deposit)

 

Karting North East

Monday – Sunday: 9am – 10pm

Warden Law Motorsport Centre, Hangmans Lane, Sunderland, SR3 2PR
Tel: 0191 521 4050

One of the largest karting circuits in the UK, with a highly experienced team, paintball (age 8+), competitive archery and tomahawk games (age 8+) and the fastest hire off-road rage buggies in the UK (age 12+).

From £25.

Laing Art Gallery

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4.30pm
Sunday: closed

New Bridge Street, Newcastle, NE1 8AG
Tel: 0191 278 1611

Art and sculpture galleries, including a play space for toddlers with toys, books and dress-up, and weekly pre-school workshops with gallery exploration, practical art activity and story time (term-time only, booking required). Also regular Saturday art classes for 10-15 years (booking required). Cafe serving hot and cold meals.

Free, donations welcome.

Laser Battlefield

Opening hours varies, booking required.

Eden Hill Plantation, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0HU
Tel: 0800 652 1394

Laser tag is a realistic, super safe zero contact combat gaming experience played with infra red equipment. There are indoor and outdoor courses to choose from.

Adults: from £18
Children: from £13
Morning or afternoon special: £15 per session pp.

Laser Quest Sunderland

Monday – Friday: 11am – 9pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 9pm
Bank & School holidays: 10am – 9pm 

30 to 32 John Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RH
Tel: 0191 565 2916

An action packed sci-fi adventure for all ages, played with state of the art infra red equipment and a futuristic body pack! Navigate the Labyrinth, with mazes and catwalks on two levels and swirling fog and other effects.

Prices from £4.50.

Life Science Centre

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Outdoor Ice Skating: mid Nov – mid Feb.

Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
Tel: 0191 243 8210

Fun and interactive science exhibitions, including a Planetarium and 4D-motion ride. Tuesday preschooler discount, with half price adult ticket and special activities, such as music workshops and mini-beast handling.

Adults: £15
Kids (5-17): £8
Family: £34
Under 4: Free

Mr Mulligan’s Space Golf Newcastle

Monday – Wednesday: 11am – 11pm
Thursday – Friday: 11am – 12am
Saturday: 10am – 12am
Sunday: 10am – 11pm

The Gate, 117 Newgate Street, Newcastle, NE1 5RZ
Tel: 0191 453 7870

Three space-themed courses, with atmospheric surroundings including a secret airship hangar and a crash landing on the moon. Each course has 9 holes designed to suit all ages and abilities.

12+ years: from £6.25.
Under 12s: from £5.
Family tickets available.

National Glass Centre

Daily 10am – 5pm

Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Tel: 0191 515 5555

Gallery exhibitions, daily glass making demonstrations and a virtual glass making game, plus borrow a kids adventure backpack with activity cards and colouring activities (£5 refundable deposit, ages 4+). Regular family workshops including glass painting, glass fusing and sandblasting. Cafe serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Free, donations welcome.

Newcastle Climbing Centre

Monday – Friday: 10am – 10pm
Saturday: 9am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 8pm
(may vary seasonally)

St Marks Church, 285 Shields Rd, Newcastle, NE6 2UQ
Tel: 0191 265 6060

This listed building provides a spectacular climbing environment with over 1200sqm of climbing walls for roped climbing, lead wall and bouldering, from novice to expert level.

Bouldering: £6
Adult: £8-9
Child/Senior: £6-7
Ages 5+.

No Limits Paintball and Laser

Monday – Sunday: 8am – 8pm

Unit 4, King Street, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE8 2Y
Tel: 07464 482410

Indoor paintball, laser tag, or airsoft and experience different action-packed scenarios. Gear up and enter a 2-floor arena and battle your way as a team through the different game zones with cool full-size props.

Laser Tag from £12.00
Paintball from £25.00
Airsoft from £35.00
Age 4+.

Override Indoor Skatepark

Monday, Thursday & Friday: 10am – 8pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday: 10am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 8pm

Unit 8a Shaftsbury Avenue, Jarrow, South Tyneside, NE32 3UP
Tel: 0191 420 8156

There are a variety of levels and ramps suitable for all ages and abilities to practice and improve their skills. Beginner Scooter, Skaters and Boarder sessions are also available. A range of good quality gear is available to hire.

Prices from £3.50.
Age 4+.

Quasar Elite

Monday – Friday: 12 – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday 11am – 7pm

Sea Road, South Shields, South Tyneside, NE33 2LD
Tel: 0191 455 3885

A fun indoor game ideal for kids and adults of all ages, including a Laser Maze feature! Located within Ocean Beach Pleasure Park which is packed with attractions, rides and food outlets.

Prices from £5.
Party/group discounts available.

Riverside Bowling

Monday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm

Unit G on Colima Avenue, Sunderland, SR5 3XB
Tel: 0191 549 6778

This family friendly centre offers 19 lanes of modern tenpin alleys with light balls, gutter guard bumpers and smooth ball ramps to help the kids. There’s a cafe style seating area with hot and cold drinks and snacks.

From £2.

Sage Gateshead

Open from 9am, 7 days a week

St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
Tel: 0191 443 4666

Enjoy fun, creative and engaging family concerts and workshops. You can also make a visit for the free children’s playspace, crafts, and cafe.

Free entry for visit, performances prices vary.
(FREE metro travel to/from Gateshead, retain concert ticket for inspection on Metro).

Seven Stories

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Monday: closed (excluding school holidays)

30 Lime Street, Newcastle, NE1 2PQ
Tel: 0300 330 1095

The National Centre for Children’s Books, with interactive exhibitions, craft activities and regular family events. Level 4 has a play room with sensory toys and a train set, you can also borrow a sensory backpack from reception. Cafe serving lunches and treats.

Kids/Adults: from £6.60
Toddlers (1-3): £2.50
Under 1’s: Free
Families: from £23.10

Shipley Art Gallery

Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Monday & Sunday: Closed

Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road, NE8 4JB
Tel: (0191) 477 1495

Five gallery spaces showing a range of exhibitions, with regular events including family activities. There is a children’s play space with toys and books, plus you can request a ‘Magic Carpet’ play mat or Toddler Backpack with additional toys and creative activities.

Free entry, donations welcome.

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 11am – 4pm

Ocean Road, South Shields, South Tyneside, NE33 2JA
Tel: 0191 456 8740

Works of art and interactive exhibits on local social, industrial and maritime history, and 20th century author Catherine Cookson. Plus Creature Corner with live reptiles and insects and free family activities during school holidays. Cafe serving hot and cold refreshments.

Free, donations welcome.

St Mary’s Heritage Centre

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: closed

Oakwellgate, Gateshead, NE8 2AU
Tel: 0191 433 4699

Medieval, grade one-listed building formerly a parish church, with displays about local history and a heritage bookshop. Also events and workshops including children’s activities, local history talks, tours, concerts and performances.

Free.

Stephenson Railway Museum

April – Oct, weekends: 11am – 4pm
Plus bank holidays and school holidays.

Middle Engine Lane, North Shields, North Tyneside, NE29 8DX
Tel: 0191 200 7146

Steam railway museum with interactive exhibitions and a range locomotives and carriages. On Sundays, bank holidays (and selected dates) take a four mile return trip on a vintage locomotive in 1950s passenger carriages.

Free, donations welcome.

Train ride: £5 – £7
Under 5 years: free
Family: £17
(pay once, ride all day)

Sunderland Wall

Monday – Friday: 10am – 10pm
Saturday -Sunday: 10am – 7pm

Doxford Works, Pallion Quay, Sunderland, SR4 6TQ
Tel: 0191 5144 234

Boasting a 23 metre lead wall, over 900m2 of climbing and bouldering and over 120 routes, suitable for all abilities. There’s a range of classes and kids clubs, including a bouldering class for ages 3 – 7 years. Equipment hire available on site.

Adults: £7.
Child: £5.
Concession: £6.
Age 3+.

TeamSport Indoor Karting Newcastle

Opening times vary, contact to book.

Unit B, Armstrong Works, Scotswood Road, Newcastle, NE15 6UX
Tel: 0844 9980 000

With two multi-level race tracks, each accommodating over 16 karts at a time, you can race against friends and friends. TeamSport’s Cadet Karts are especially designed to be safe and comfortable for kids from 8 years..

From £20.
Ages 8+.

The Great North Museum (Hancock)

Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Barras Bridge, Newcastle, NE2 4PT
Tel: 0191 208 6765

Interactive displays on Natural Science, Living Planet, World Culture, Archaeology and Geology. Plus a Planetarium, live animal tanks, virtual aquarium, and full sized elephant and shark models. There are regular baby/toddler/family workshops and events.

Free, donations welcome.

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.

Free.

Top Gear Karting

Monday – Friday: 12pm – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 9pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Unit 13 Rennys Lane Ind. Est., Gilesgate Moor, Durham, DH1 2RS
Tel: 0191 386 0999

Karting in a disco atmosphere with ultra violet tubes, strobe and spotlights with music and smoke machines. Competition sessions or basic open sessions, designed to just enjoy or to improve your racing techniques.

Starting form £20.

Victoria Tunnel

Weekends: 1h tours
Wednesday – Monday: 2h tours
Times vary, see website.

53-55 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle, NE1 2PQ
Tel: 0191 2304210

Guided tour of the Victoria Tunnel, used to transport coal under the city during the 1800s then converted into an air raid shelter during World War 2. Learn what colliery life was like and listen to ghostly tales.

Adults: £8
Ages 8-15: £4
2h tour not suitable for younger children/babies.

Waves Swimming Pool

Public swim times vary, check with organiser.

The Links, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 1TQ
Tel: 0191 643 2600

Swimming pool with wave machine and flume slides, and children’s play pool featuring pirate ship with small slides. Compact two-tiered soft play, gym, spa and coffee shop serving snacks and treats. Also after school and school holiday activities offered.

Adult: £1.80 – £6.50
Child: 70p – £4.40
Family: £9.30 – £21.70
Cardholder discounts

Wet ‘n’ Wild

 Weekends/holidays: 10am – 5pm

Royal Quays, North Shields, North Tyneside, NE29 6DA
Tel: 0191 296 1444

Indoor water park with wave pool, lazy river and 10 flume slides (including 2 suitable for smaller children when accompanied). Plus Discovery Play Island for under 10 years with slides and splash jets. Cafe serving lunch and treats.

Under 1.2m: £4.95
Over 1.2m: £9.95
Under 3: £1.20
Spectator: £2.50

Whitehouse Farm Centre

May – Sep, daily: 10am – 5pm
Open selected dates Oct – April.

North Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 6AW
Tel: 01670 789998

Family run farm with a range of large and small animals and petting/feeding sessions. Indoor racing cars and 3-tiered soft play with toddler area. Outdoor tractor-trailer rides, pedal go-karts and tractors, frisbee golf, maze, trampolines and adventure playground. Cafe serving breakfast, lunch and main meals.

From £8.25
Family from £32.25
Under 2 years: free

Whitley Bay Ice Rink

Monday – Sunday: 10am – 9pm

Hillshead Road, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE25 8HP
Tel: 0191 291 1000

Open all year round for fun, exercise and developing skills. There are open sessions and various classes, including a gentle introductory class for 2-6 year olds. There is a weekly skate disco on Friday nights. You can also watch Whitley Warriors Ice Hockey team matches.

Prices from £6.50