Around Gateshead

North Tyneside


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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).

Brewers Fayre, Royal Quays

Sunday – Thursday: 9.30am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 9.30am – 9pm

Coble Dene Road, North Shields, North Tyneside, NE29 6DL
Tel: 0191 258 0287

Brewers Fayre pub with large multi-tiered soft play, with slide, ball pit, climbing, bridges and toddler area. Serving pub classics.

90 minutes of play: £3

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.)

Cullercoats Beach

Open access.

Cullercoats Bay, North Tyneside, NE30 4BY

A sandy bay enclosed by two piers, with nearby dining options including cafe, takeaway and pub. Moderate coastal walks of around 3-4 miles to Whitley Bay beach or Tynemouth beach.

Free.

Evan’s Bistro

Thursday: 5.30pm – 11pm​
Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 11pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
(Monday – Wednesday closed for events)

201 Whitley road, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 2SY
Tel: 0191 252 6532

Restaurant with small indoor play area with baby/toddler toys, including vehicles and road mat. Serving lunch and main meals.

Free.

Fuzzy Ed’s, North Shields (Harvester)

Monday – Saturday 10am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Preston North Road, North Shields, North Tyneside, NE29 9DN
Tel: 0191 257 6821

Pub with soft play including giant slide, ball pit fun and house, plus a separate toddler area. Serving pub classics.

Kids: £3
Under 2’s: Free

KiKi’s Kabin

Weekdays: 9.30am – 6pm
Weekend: 10am – 6pm

34 Albion Road, North Shields, North Tyneside, NE30 2RQ
Tel: 0191 296 4944

An old church with three-tiered soft play, two separate toddler areas, car track, large ball pool and bouncy castle. Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, main meals and treats.

Under 4’s: £3.95
4+ years: £4.25
Under 1’s: Free

Littley Bay

Monday – Saturday: 9.15am – 5pm
Sunday: 9.15am – 2.45pm
90 min sessions starting at: 9.15am, 11.15am, 1.15pm, 3.15pm.
Advance booking recommended.

9 Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 1LY
Tel: 0191 389 6434

Role play cafe including supermarket, cinema, doctors, American diner, beauty salon, ice cream palour, dress up and ride on toys and road. Cafe serving snacks and treats.

Under 1: £2
Over 1: £5
(0-6 months free with paying sibling)

 

Longsands Beach & Tynemouth Park

Beach: open access.
Mini-golf, daily: 9am – 4.30/5pm
Inflatables/Scavenger Hunt, weekends/holidays: 10am – 5pm

Grand Parade, Tynemouth, North Tyneside, NE30 4JL
Tel: 0191 258 7593

Beach with around a mile of dunes and cliffs. Tynemouth Park with boating lake, dinosaur themed mini-golf, pirate themed maze & scavenger hunt, and inflatable play areas for toddlers and older children. Cafe serving snacks and takeaway serving fish & chips.

Free.
Pedalos/Golf/Inflatables/Scavenger hunt: from £3

ODEON Silverlink

Film times vary, see website for details.

Osprey Drive, Wallsend, North Tyneside, NE28 9NP
Tel: 0333 006 7777

‘ODEON Newbies’ are regular baby-friendly screenings of the latest releases with softer volume and slightly brighter lights for the comfort of under 2’s. ‘ODEON Kids’ are special value screenings every Saturday and Sunday morning, plus throughout the school holidays.

Pixie’s Play Den

Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 9.30am – 3pm
Tues: 9.30am – 2pm
Sun – 10am – 2pm
Saturday: Closed

Saville Street West, North Shields, North Tyneside, NE29 6QU

Role play cafe including supermarket, woodland picnic, fire engine, construction, sand pit and water play. Also baby area, dolls house and various table-top toys. Regular messy play and craft sessions and seasonal events.

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.

Richardson Dees Park

Daily 6.30am – 6.30pm
Café, daily: 10.30am – 4pm
Opening may vary seasonally, check with organiser.

North Road, Wallsend, North Tyneside, NE28 8RH
Tel: 0191 643 7897

Victorian park with formal gardens, lake and woodland walks, sports courts, skate park and playground with swings, slides and toddler playframe. Plus a water play feature with trough and pump. Cafe serving snacks and treats.

Free.

Rising Sun Country Park

Open access.

Cafe opening:
Weekdays 9am – 3.30pm (4.30pm during holidays)
Saturdays 9am – 3.30pm
Sundays 10.30am – 3.30pm

Rising Sun Countryside Centre, Whitley Road, Benton, North Tyneside, NE12 9SS
Tel: 0191 643 2241

162 hectares of woodlands, grasslands, farmland and nature reserve with ponds. Walking and cycling trails, play area and a hillside water play feature with shallow stream, mini waterfalls and pebble mosaics. Cafe with terrace.

Free.

Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum

June – mid Sep, daily: 10am – 5pm
Times change seasonally, see website.

Buddlestreet, Wallsend, North Tyneside, NE28 6HR
Tel: 0191 236 9347

The most excavated and developed fort along Hadrian’s Wall, featuring a 35m high observation tower, Roman garden and colliery. Museum displaying Roman artifacts with interactive displays, kids craft activities and cafe.

Adults: £5.95
Under 16: Free

St Marys Lighthouse & Island

Open daily, tides permitting.

Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 4RS
Tel: 0191 200 8650

St Mary’s Island is reached by a short causeway covered by tides twice a day, with exhibits on the lighthouse’s history and surrounding Nature Reserve, including cliffs, grassland, beaches and rock pools. Brave the 137 steps to enjoy spectacular views from the top.

Adult: £3.30
Child: £1.70
Family: £7.70

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)

The Keel Row

Daily: 11am – 11.30pm

Foremans Row, Whitley Bay, Seaton Delaval, North Tyneside, NE25 0QG
Tel: 0191 237 0060

Pub with enclosed outdoor play area with slide and swings, plus indoor area with play kitchen, trolley, tent and drawing and colouring. Serving breakfast, lunch and main meals.

Free.

The Splat Centre

Monday – Thursday: 9am – 5:30pm
Friday: 9am – 3.30pm
Saturday: 10am  – 3.30pm

Unit 1 at 305 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 2HU
Tel: 0191 447 9191

Cafe with three-tiered soft play, plus separate baby/toddler area with toys and sensory corner. Regular activities such as crafts and stories included with entry fee. Additional classes for babies to teens offered. Shop selling traditional toys and children’s wear. Cafe serving snacks, lunches and treats.

£2.50 – £4.50
Under 1s – Free

The Whitley Bay Treehouse

Weekdays: 9am – 6pm
Weekends/bank holidays: 10am – 6pm

1a Claremont Crescent, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 3HL
Tel: 0191 251 4422

Three-tiered soft play with rope bridges and slides, plus toddler area with log climb and slide and baby area with play mats and toys. Story time on Mondays and Fridays included in entry fee, also two resident talking trees. Cafe serving lunch and main meals.

£3.50 to £4
Under 1 Year: £1
Toddler discount selected times Tuesdays/Thursdays: £2

Tynemouth Priory & Castle

April – Sep, daily: 10am – 6pm
Oct, daily: 10am – 5pm
Nov – March, weekends: 10am – 4pm

Pier Road, Tynemouth, North Tyneside, NE30 4BZ
Tel: 0870 333 1181

An English Heritage site on the headland of Tynemouth, with fantastic views overlooking the river Tyne and North Sea. There are interactive exhibits on the history of the site, including the ruined castle, priory, 15th century chapel, restored gun battery and cannon.

Adult: £6.30
Child (5 to 17 years): £3.80
Family: £16.40

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

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

Whitley Bay South Beach & Water Park

Open access.

Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 4RS
Tel: 0191 2008535

A long sand and rock beach, with a tearoom, pancake house and restaurant within the seafront Spanish City dome, which hosts an annual fun fair in late August. Nearby is Whitley Bay Water Park playground & sports area, with sand pit and water splash pad, including a variety of spray features and a paddling pool.

Free.