Days Out

Farms, Zoos & Aquariums

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🙂

📌 Union Hall Farm, Brasside, Durham, DH1 5SG
📆 Open daily (closed Tues-Wed during Nov-Feb, exc school holidays)
🕗 10am-5pm
👉 Book here

Adventure Valley is North East’s biggest Family Adventure Park! With over 50 activities and attractions, themed events every school holiday, 18,000 sq feet of indoor play, plenty of cute and cuddly friends at the Farm Yard and acres of more, including:

🔸Mini Train Ride🔸Adventure Golf🔸Indoor Play Town🔸Wild West Saloon🔸Café Italia🔸Undercover farmyard & Creature Corner🔸Aviary, wildlife pond, paddocks & goat mountain🔸Outdoor adventure play and Runaway Races Slide🔸3D net climb, jumping pillows, dragon swing, sand pits, under 5’s area🔸Pedal go-karts🔸Tractor and trailer rides

🎫Ticket Prices
Child/Adult/Concessions: from £8.95 – £13.50
Carer: £5.95 – £9.50
Term Time Passes: £30 pp per year
Annual Pass: £60-£65 pp
Babies & 1 year old’s: Free

0191 386 8291
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Bill Quay Community Farm

Hainingwood Terrace, Bill Quay, Gateshead, NE10 0UE
Tel: 0191 441 9715

An organic rare breeds farm with large and small animals, ran by Chrysalis Services. Free to visit, plus regular events and activities and Bill Quay Cafe on site.

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).

Broom House Farm & Forest Adventure

Farm/Coffee Shop daily: 9am – 5pm
Forest Adventure (weather permitting):
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm
(Daily during Summer/Autumn school holidays).

Broom House Farm, Near Witton Gilbert, Durham, DH7 6TR
Tel: 01913 718382

A working farm with hens, piglets and cattle (no charge to view animals however no feeding/petting). Plus grassy play area and forest adventure, with puzzling quiz trails, zip wires and tunnels.

Farm: free
Forest Adventure: £5.50
Family (2 adults, 2 kids): £20
Under 2 years: Free

Down at the Farm

Feb – March & Oct, weekends: 10am – 4pm
April – Sep, weekends: 10am – 5pm
Closed Nov – Jan (excluding bookable Christmas events)
School holidays Feb-Oct open daily, see website.

Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, DH5 8JG
Tel: 0191 5841873

Large and small domestic and exotic animals, with handling/feeding sessions. Plus plenty of outdoor activities including two outdoor adventure play areas, jumping pillows, sandpit, tube maze, tractor-trailer rides, quad biking, barrel ride and racing car track.

From £6.45
Family from £23
Under 2 years: Free

Hall Hill Farm

10.30am – 4pm
(Open daily throughout summer, selected dates on weekends & school holidays in winter)

Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0TA
Tel: 01388 731333

Over 700 acres with plenty to do, including: lamb feeding, donkey rides, baby chicks & rabbit handling, feed the animals, puppet shows, tractor & barrel train rides, crazy golf, outdoor play area, indoor soft play and tea room.

Prices: £7.75 – £8.50.
Under 2’s: FREE.
Family Saver prices available.

Jarrow Hall

📌 Village and Bede Museum, Church Bank, Jarrow, South Tyneside, NE32 3DY

Museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Venerable Bede along with Anglo-Saxon dwellings, set in 11 acre grounds including a farm with rare-breed and rescued animals.

👉 For more info, visit @JarrowHallOfficial
🎫 From £3-£5 pp / Family from £16
*Opening hours vary seasonally, check with organiser – closed mid Dec until Feb

Jesmond Dene

Park: open access
Pet’s Corner, daily: 9am – 4.30pm

Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear, NE7 7DA
Tel: 0191 281 2082

Woodland stretching over three kilometres with streams, waterfalls and a network of paths and bridges. Some parts of the stream are suitable for paddling. There’s a visitors centre, café and outdoor play area with slides and nest swing. Plus ‘Pet’s Corner’ with pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits and birds.

Free, donations welcome.

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens

Term Time, weekends: 10am – 5pm
School Holidays, daily: 10am – 5pm
Winter Term Time, weekends: 10am – 4pm

Kirkley Hall, Ponteland, Northumberland, NE20 0AQ
Tel: 01670 841235

Over 130 species of animal, including reptiles, lemurs, monkeys, wallabies and alpacas, with regular talks and smaller animal feeding/handling sessions. There’s an outdoor activity centre with a rock climbing tower and 120m zip wire.

From £4.95
Under 3’s: Free
Family from £21.95

North East Falconry

Monday – Sunday: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Heddon View, Ryton, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE40 3JB
Tel: 07592 932533

Offering unique falconry experiences from a number of locations. Watch demonstrations with a variety of hawks and owls, take part in courses or take a Hawk Walk through the woodlands where you can take one of the birds for a private flying experience.

Prices start from £50pp, by appointment only.

Mention ‘Gateshead Mumbler’ on booking for a discounted price on the falconry experience at only £20pp.

Northumberland Country Zoo

29th Oct – Feb, daily: 9.30am – 4pm
March – 28th Oct, Mon – Sat: 9.30am – 5pm
Sunday: 9.30am – 4pm

Eshottheugh Farm, Eshottheugh in Felton, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 9QH
Tel: 01670 787778

A wide range of exotic and domestic animals, with regular talks and feeding sessions. Also an outdoor play area, pedal tractors and miniature electric tractors. Indoors there’s a tea room, tractor museum and displays’ building, plus indoor and outdoor picnic areas.

From £6.25
Family Tickets from £27
Under 3s: Free

Ouseburn Farm

Tuesday – Friday: 9.30am – 5pm
Weekend: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Monday: Closed (excluding school holidays)

Ouseburn Road, Ouseburn, Newcastle, NE1 2PA

A not-for-profit charity with pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, lizards and tortoises, and animal feeding and petting. Plus a garden and orchard and a cafe serving homemade delights.

Free, donations welcome.

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

WWT Washington Wetland Centre

Nov – March daily: 9.30am -4.30pm
April – Oct daily: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Pattinson, Washington, County Durham, NE38 8LE
Tel: 01914 165454

Rare wildfowl, flamingos, cranes and otters with talks, walks and animal feeding. Plus adventure playground with waterwheels, scramble nets and swings.

Adults: £9.72
Kids (4-16): £5.54
Family (2 adults, 2 kids): £26