October Half Term

Thurs 24th 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.

Basic listings are free, information on upgraded listings (with up to 200 words, social media links & photos) can be found here.

Aladdin (Caedmon Hall)

Thurs 24th Oct: 11.30am & 2pm
Duration 55 minutes

Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Central Library, NE8 4LN
Tel: 0191 440 4124

Large scale contemporary Shadow Puppet theatre tells of a poor street boy who falls in love with a Royal Princess.  Follow his wild adventures as he gets caught up in excitement way beyond his control. Find out more about Shadow Theatre after the show.

£4 – £6, online booking. Ages 4+.

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

Breastfeeding Together Group (Thought Foundation)

Thursdays 10.30 – 12.30pm
All year round

Clarity House, Durham Road, Birtley DH3 2TB
Tel: 0191 691 0203

A gathering of breastfeeding mums to support one another. Amanda Dunbar (Lactation Consultant from Milk & Mums) will be on hand to answer breastfeeding questions and support you through any difficulties. There is a imaginative play space for the little ones and cafe serving lunch and treats.

Free, drop-in.

Crafts & Gardening (Shipley Art Gallery)

Tues 22nd & Thurs 24th Oct, 10am-2pm 

Prince Consort Rd, Gateshead NE8 4JB
Tel: 0191 477 1495

Gardening, crafts and family fun! On Tuesday create your own bird feeder to hang up at home, and explore our garden looking for treasure and clues along the way. On Thursday design and create your own canvas banner to hang on your wall or door.

£3 per family, drop in.

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

Family Days & Film Screening (BALTIC)

Wed 23rd – Thurs 24th Oct, 10am – 6pm

BALTIC, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA
Tel: 0191 478 1810

Two free days of creativity and play. Explore making, painting and movement with artist Emma Cousin, plus activities and performances by local community groups. Explore a selection of artists’ films for children featuring animals in connection with the exhibition Animalesque, open in BALTIC’s Level 4 gallery.

Free, drop-in. For families with children of all ages.

Graveyard Trail (St Mary’s Heritage Centre)

Tues 22nd Oct – Sat 2nd Nov, 10am – 4pm

Oakwellgate, Gateshead, NE8 2AU
Tel: 0191 433 4699

Take part in our fun graveyard trail, find the clues hiding around the building and the graveyard to win a small prize.

Free, drop in.

Halloween Decoration Workshop (Watergate Cafe)

Thurs 24th Oct, 11am – 2pm

Watergate Forest Park, NE11 0AN

Cut out your own clay Halloween Decoration, decorate and embellish it to take home with you.

Drop in, £2 per decoration.
Please register interest on Watergate Cafe’s Facebook event just for planning resources.

Halloween Fun! (Leam Lane Community Centre)

Thurs 24th Oct, 1 – 2.30pm

129 Cotemede, Leam Lane, Gateshead, NE10 8QH

Join us this half term for some Halloween fun at Little Treasures Playgroup! Messy play, arts and crafts and more!

Fancy dress optional. Children up to age 8 welcome.

Halloween Party (Whickham Glebe Sports Club)

Thurs 24th Oct, 1.30 – 3.30pm

Whickham Glebe Sports Club, Rose Ave, Whickham, NE16 4NA
Tel: 0191 420 0186

Best lantern, best costume, games and prizes.

Tickets £3, available from bar during regular opening hours.

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.


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).

Spooktacular Messy Play Time (Gateshead Children’s Centres)

Thurs 24th Oct: 1.30-3pm
Blaydon Winlaton Children’s Centre, Shibdon Bank, Blaydon, NE21 5EZ

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.

Spooky Biscuit Decorating (The Nest)

Thurs 24th Oct: 2.30 -3.30pm

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

Spooky biscuit decorating at The Nest.

Booking required.

Spooky Crafts (St Chad’s Community Project)

Thurs 24th Oct, 10.30am – 1pm

21 Liddell Terrace, Gateshead, NE8 1YN
Tel: 0191 490 1032

Halloween inspired arts and crafts and party games. All ages welcome. Fancy dress optional, prize for best dressed. Free lunch included.

Booking essential.

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.

Tuneful Tiny Humans (Thought Foundation)

Wednesdays 10 – 10.45am
All year round

Clarity House, Durham Road, Birtley DH3 2TB
Tel: 0191 691 0203

Join our wonderfully magical muscian Paige as she takes your tuneful tiny humans on a muscial journey with her guitar, ukulele and other acoustic instruments. The sessions are filled with singing, dancing, movement and fun!

£5 (siblings £3).
Under 5 years.