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.
Monday – Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Hainingwood Terrace, Bill Quay, Gateshead, NE10 0UE
Tel: 0191 441 9715
Come and learn about the importance of protecting rare breeds and the difference this makes to organic farming. There are pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, ponies and a range of small animals.
Free, donations welcome.
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.