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
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📌 Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG
Open air museum set in 300+ acres recreating life in the early 1800s and 1900s. Take a trip down a drift mine, watch sweet making, visit a Masonic Hall and ride a replica steam train.
👉 For more info, visit @BeamishLivingMuseum
🎫 Unlimited annual pass £11.50-£19.50 pp / Family £36.50-£51 (under 5s free)
Open selected dates throughout the year, see website for schedule.
Springwell Village, Gateshead, NE9 7QJ
Tel: 0191 416 1847
Originally a colliery railway built to carry coal, it’s an exciting visit for train and history enthusiasts. Including old disused trains, model trains and a toy train set, plus events and workshops.
Aged 16+: £2.00.
Aged 5+: £1.00.
📌 Exhibition Park, Claremont Road, Newcastle, NE2 4PZ
Park with grassland, woodland and lake, plus crazy golf, skate park, sports courts, water play trough and playground with sandpit and mini diggers. There’s a Military Vehicle Museum, a cafe and Wylam Brewery serving main meals. Behind the brewery is a miniature train track with free rides 11am-3pm first Sunday of each month (April-Sep plus seasonal specials).
👉 For more info, visit Newcastle City Council
🎫 Donations welcome for train rides, more info @TynesideSocietyMEE
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)
📌 Sea Road, South Shields, South Tyneside, NE33 2JS
Park near the sea front with formal gardens, play area with sandpit, lake with ducks and pedal boats, miniature ride-on steam train and art trail with ten sculptures. Cafe serving snacks and treats.
👉 For more info, visit South Tyneside Council
📌 Roker Park Road, Sunderland, SR6 9NB
Miles of sandy beach with wide promenade and restored pier, with various cafes and restaurants at Pier Point. Easy seafront walk to Seaburn beach and beyond. Nearby is Roker Park, with formal gardens, lake, sports courts, two play areas and a miniature train ride.
👉 For more info, visit Sunderland City Council
Daylight access (changes seasonally)
East Park Road, Gateshead, NE9 5AX
Tel: 0191 433 7000
A Victorian park with well-kept gardens, streams, sports facilities and lake with pedal boats for hire. Plus there is a small maze, a pet’s corner and toddler and junior play areas, including a sand pit. You may also find bouncy castles and a Thomas train ride which drives around the park.
📌 Middle Engine Lane, North Shields, North Tyneside, NE29 8DX
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.
👉 For more info, visit @stephensonrailway
🎫 Museum free (donations welcome).
Train rides from £5-£7 pp / Family from £17 (under 5s free)
Seasonal opening, typically closed Nov-Jan (excluding special events)
Runs on selected dates, see website for schedule.
Old Marley HIll, Marley Hill, Gateshead, NE16 5ET
Tel: 07508 092365
Steam trains run Sundays and Bank Holidays for a 6 mile round trip on the world’s oldest railway. Explore Europe’s oldest working engine shed and the world’s oldest railway bridge.
Family (2 & 2): £27.50
(unlimited all day travel)