Some ideas below for free days out in Gateshead, plus there are lots of free outdoor activities listed in Parks, Playgrounds & The Outdoors
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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Durham Road, Low Eighton, Gateshead, NE9 7TY
A regional landmark with a wingspan of 54 metres, it’s a fun photo-op and a pleasant short paved circular walk around the base on a panoramic hilltop.
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.
Closed from 28th Sep 2019 until further notice
Hainingwood Terrace, Bill Quay, Gateshead, NE10 0UE
Tel: 0191 441 9715
Previously an organic rare breeds farm with large and small animals, workshops, farm shop and cafe. However Bill Quay Community Farm Association struggled to raise enough funds and the farm is now in the process of being transferred to Chrysalis Services – who focus on education about farming and opportunities for vulnerable people – with the expectation that the farm will reopen in some form in the near future.
Monday – Friday: 10.30am – 5.15pm
Saturday: 10am – 5.45pm
Sunday: 11am – 4.45pm
(soft play opening hours)
Metro Park West, Gateshead, NE11 9XS
Tel: 020 3645 0000
Free supervised soft play area where kids from 3-10 years old can spend up to 1 hour while you shop, plus an in-store restaurant and a small outdoor play area.
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)
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).
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.
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm
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.