October Half Term

Mon 21st Oct

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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Art Lab (Birtley Children’s Centre)

21st, 22nd, 24rd & 25th Oct
10.30am – 2pm

Pembroke Avenue, Birtley, Gateshead, DH3 2DJ
Tel: 0191 492 0434

Four days of free activities. Explore the environment and climate change through a range of art activities, including a rain forest inspired mural and making shoes for the future. Lunch and a trip to Ouseburn Farm and the Baltic included.

Booking required. Contact Birtley Community Partnership Hub.
Under 10 years must be accompanied by an adult.


Birtley Swimming Centre

Weekdays: 11am – 3pm
Saturday: 11am – 1.30pm
Sunday: 10am – 1.30pm

Durham Road, Birtley, Durham, DH3 2PA
Tel: 0191 433 5775

At dedicated times throughout the holidays we transform our swimming pools into adventure play pools with flume slide, raft floats and rings.

From £1.70 – £4.80
Under 4s: Free

Blaydon Leisure Centre

Rafts & Rings
Weekdays: 10am-12pm & 1-3pm
Water Wobbler
Tues & Thurs: 10am-12pm & 1-2.20pm

Shibdon Road, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 5NW
Tel: 0191 433 5770

Throughout the holidays swimming pools are filled with raft floats and rings. Plus the Water Wobbler, stretching out nearly 15 metres into the pool, a fun test of speed, balance, agility and endurance.

From £1.70 – £4.80
Under 4s: Free

Dunston Leisure Centre

Weekdays: 1pm – 3pm

Dunston Bank, Gateshead, NE11 9PY
Tel: 0191 433 5757

At dedicated times throughout the holidays we transform our swimming pools into adventure play pools with raft floats and rings.

From £1.70 – £4.80
Under 4s: Free

Halloween & Glow in Dark Science (The Nest)

Mon 21st Oct, 10.30 – 11.30am
Hertfordshire House Community Centre, Rothbury Avenue, Pelaw, NE10 0QY
Mon 21st Oct, 1 – 2pm
Thought Foundation, Oct Clarity House, Durham Road, Birtley, DH3 2TB
Tues 22nd Oct, 11am – 12pm
The Nest Café, 417-419 Durham Rd, Low Fell, NE9 5AN

Tel: 07533 887500

Come and have some spooktacular science fun with us in our Halloween and glow in the dark inspired session 🎃 👻 Children will make slime to take home. Delivered by Science Buddies Ltd-Green Shift Education and Green Shift Education.

£8 per child. Booking required.
Ages 4-12 years.

Messy Play (The Nest)

Mon 21st Oct: 12.30pm

417-419 Durham Rd, Low Fell, NE9 5AN
Tel: 07949 039 270

Hands on messy play including edible dirt at The Nest.

£3. Booking required.

Minecraft Mondays (Leam Lane Library)

Mondays 5 – 6pm
All year round, exc bank holidays

Leam Lane Library, 129 Cotemede, Leam Lane Estate, Gateshead, NE10 8QH
Tel: 0191 433 6428

Minecraft activities, no TNT allowed though! Bring your own device or use one of ours (limited numbers).

Free, drop-in.
6-11 years.

Mini Meerkats (Gateshead Libraries)

Pelaw Library: Tuesdays 11.15 – 11.45am
Leam Lane Library: Thursdays 10 – 10.30am
Crawcrook Library: Thursdays 2.15 – 2.45pm
Birtley Library: Fridays 10.30 – 11 am
All year round, exc bank holidays

Tel: 0191 433 8420

Stories, rhymes, activities and crafts.

£1 per child, drop-in.
Under 5’s.


October Fun (Rutherford AFC)

Mon 21st – Wed 23rd Oct, 10am-2pm

Farnacres, Beggarswood Park, Coach Road, Lobley Hill, NE11 0HH
Tel: 0191 460 1868 / 07527 857 968

A variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities, including pumpkin carving, mini Halloween disco, cookie decorating & much more. Includes a free hot meal and drinks.

Free, booking essential.

Pumpkin Trail (Gibside)

Sun 20th Oct – Mon 4th Nov, 10am – 4pm

Rowlands Gill, Burnopfield, Gateshead, NE16 6BG
Tel: 01207 541820

Visit the National Trust site Gibside and follow a woodland trail to find a collection of scary giant pumpkins.

Free, drop in (regular admission applies, from £6).

Reading Hack (Gateshead Libraries)

Birtley Library: Mondays 4 – 5pm
Central Library: Mondays 4.30 – 6pm
All year round, exc bank holidays

Fancy doing some volunteering and helping plan events for young people? A great way to meet new people, get creative and gain marketing experience.

Free, drop-in.
Ages 12-18.

Rhymetime (Gateshead Libraries)

Wrekenton Hub: Mondays 9.30 – 10am
Leam Lane Library: Mondays 2.30 – 3pm
Blaydon Library: Tuesdays 2 – 2.30pm
Birtley Library: Wednesdays 10 – 10.30am & 11 – 11.30am
Central Library: Fridays 9.30–10am, 10.15 – 10.45am & 11.15 – 11.45am
Crawcrook Library: Fridays 10 – 10.30am
Pelaw Library: Fridays 10 – 10.30am
(all year round, exc bank holidays)

Reading, songs and rhymes.

£1 per child, drop-in (excluding Central, booking required).
Birth – 5 years old

Spooktacular Messy Play Time (Gateshead Children’s Centres)

Mon 21st Oct: 1.30-3pm
The Elgin Centre, Elgin Road, NE9 5PA
Mon 21st Oct: 12.30-2pm
Felling Children’s Centre, High Street, Felling, Gateshead, NE10 9LT

Halloween themed messy play activities, including spaghetti, slime, biscuit making a much more are being held daily throughout the half term across Gateshead Children’s Centres.

£1 per child, drop in. 0-5 years.

Star Wars Space Craft (Sage Gateshead)

Sat 19th – Sun 27th October, 11am – 2pm

St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
Tel: 0191 443 4661

Bring your little ones along to one of our Star Wars themed, free, drop in craft sessions on the concourse.

Free, drop-in.