Events, Workshops & Fun Days (view by week)

Week 5 (w/c 19th August)


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3-2-1 Blast Off (Gateshead Libraries)

Leam Lane Library: Fri 26th July
Crawcrook Library: Wed 31st July 
Pelaw Library: Mon 5th August
Chopwell Library: Tues 13th August
Birtley Library: Tues 20th August
Blaydon Library: Thurs 29th August

All sessions 10.30 – 11.30am

Design your own rocket, stars or planets and launch them in the wind tunnel.

£3, book in advance. 5+ years.

ABC 123 (Central Library)

Tuesdays 5 – 5.45pm
Weekly throughout July & August.

Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Rd, Gateshead NE8 4LN
Tel: 0191 433 8420

Stories for families with English as an additional language.

Free, drop-in. All ages.

Art Club for Young Humans (Thought Foundation)

Saturdays 10 – 11.30am (6-9 years)
Saturdays 12 – 1.30pm
(10-15 years)
All year round

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

Weekly art classes which explore the work of artists & their techniques, develop sketchbooks & improve skills.

£10 per human.

Beebots in Space! (Gateshead Libraries)

Birtley Library: Thurs 25th July
Chopwell Library: Thurs 1st August
Wrekenton Library: Wed 7th August
Blaydon Library: Mon 12th August
Crawcrook Library: Mon 19th August, 2.30-3.30pm
Leam Lane Library: Wed 21st August
All sessions 10.30 – 11.30am unless stated otherwise.

Create a planet and programme the beebot to travel around the galaxy.

Free, book in advance. 2-6 years.

Bouncy castles and soft-play (Birtley Leisure Centre)

Wednesdays: 9.30am – 1.30pm
Fridays: 12.30 – 3.30pm

Durham Rd, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 2TB
Tel: 0191 433 5797

During school holidays the sports hall at Birtley Leisure Centre is transformed into a children’s paradise, with two bouncy castles and a fun soft-play arena.

£2.50. Up to 8 years.

Creation Station Family Fun (Teams Children Centre)

Monday 19th August: 10am – 11am

Teams Children Centre, Rose Street, Gateshead, NE8 2LS
Tel: 07452 815 444

Summer family fun session with arts and craft activities based on the Sam and Poppy farmyard books.

£5 per child (siblings £2.50). Ages 2-10 years.

Family Fun Day (The Coach and Horses)

Sunday 25th August, from 12pm

The Coach and Horses pub, Leybourne Hold, Birtley, Gateshead, DH3 1QF
Tel: 0191 492 3999

Alzheimers Society charity event with bouncy castles, music, BBQ and pizza making competition at a family friendly pub, with a large enclosed outdoor area with slide and swings plus a designated toddler area.

Family Quest (BALTIC)

Saturdays 11.30am
All year round

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

Spend some creative time with BALTIC Crew to find out more about contemporary art in an informal and imaginative way. Families can take mini tours, play games and enjoy fun creative activities all linked to our current exhibitions.

Free.
Ages 13 and under.

Gateshead Summer Fest (Gateshead RFC)

Sat 25th – Sun 26th Aug, 12pm – late

Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 5UB
0191 420 0207

Beach party style festival with live music on two stages, BBQ and summer dishes and range of alcoholic drinks. Family entertainment with arts & craft class on Saturday, and on Sunday a magic show & game show, children’s comedy show, arts & craft class, glitter make-up and Go-Karts.

Ticket £10 pp per day.
Available online and from Gateshead RFC or the Dotty House (1-3 Dryden Rd, Gateshead NE9 5HP)

Get Crafty (Shipley Art Gallery)

Thursday 25th July (Cardboard)
Thursday 1st August (Clay)
Thursday 8th August (Textiles)
Thursday 15th August (Glass)
Thursday 22nd August (Metal)
Thursday 29th August (Origami)
All sessions 10am – 2pm

Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4JB
Tel: 0191 477 1495

Fun filled drop-in craft days. Work with a different material each week to design and make a range of things, including giant cardboard structures, glass lantern, miniature metal robot and origami spiral spinners and dress you favourite bear in a new handmade outfit.

£3 per family, drop-in.

Meet & Make (BALTIC)

Sundays 2 – 4pm
All year round

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

Activity with an artist, inspired by BALTIC’s current exhibitions. Every Sunday join us to try a new activity. You and your family could be constructing giant sculptures, animating objects, drawing with light or making moves to music.

Free, drop-in.
Up to 13 years.

Messy Family Fun (St Alban’s Centre)

Tues 20th – Thurs 22nd August: 10.30am – 1.30pm

St Alban’s Centre, Millview, Windy Nook, NE10 9SU
Tel: 07940 194 154 / 0191 469 9620

Arts, crafts and games with themed days, including: gardening safari, recycling plastic challenge and Rock Pool School. Includes juice/coffee, biscuits & lunch for all the family.

Free, donations welcome. Booking required.

Metrognomes Summer Shows (Metrocentre)

Monday – Fridays: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
Saturdays: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
Sundays: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
Bank Hol (26th Aug): 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
Mon 29th July – Mon 26th Aug 2019

Exhibition Square, intu Metrocentre, St Michael’s Way, Gateshead, NE11 9YG
Tel: 0191 493 0200

The metrognomes characters join the circus for their greatest adventure yet. Be entertained by circus performers, fun tricks,  jugglers… as well as Herbert, Sherbert, Rusty and Maggot! A different show starting each week.

Free, everyone is welcome.

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.

Rainforest Animals Show (Watergate Cafe)

Monday 19th August, 1 – 2pm

Watergate Forest Park, NE11 0AN
Tel: 07960 90 43 92

For Paws presents a workshop on rainforest animals. Come and meet our friendly jungle creatures from the 4 different rainforest layers. Who resides in the gloomy forest floor and who dwells 200ft high?

£4 (plus booking fee). Online booking required via Eventbrite.

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.

Space Camp: Coding (Gateshead Libraries)

Blaydon Library: Fri 26th July
Pelaw Library: Thurs 1st August
Birtley Library: Tues 13th August
Crawcrook Library: Thurs 15th August
Chopwell Library: Thurs 22nd August
All sessions 10 – 11.30am

Out of this world coding with our Digital Team.

Free, book in advance. 7+ years.

Space Camp: Hologram Animation (Gateshead Libraries)

Blaydon Library: Tues 30th July, 10.30 – 11am
Leam Lane Library: Fri 23rd August, 10.30 – 11am

Tel: 0191 433 8420

Create your own animation and turn it into a hologram.

£3, book in advance. 7+ years.

 

Space Chase (Central Library)

Thursday 25th July (Junk Model Alien Robots)
Tuesday 6th August (Planets & Constellations)
Tuesday 13th August (Galaxies & Solar System)
Tuesday 20th August (Space Tech)
Thursday 22nd August, 10.30am – 11.30am (Big Bang Science)
All sessions 10.30am – 12pm unless stated otherwise

Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Rd, Gateshead NE8 4LN
Tel: 0191 433 8420

Space-themed crafts and activities. Make a spinning galaxy pinwheel and cookie solar system, alien junk robots, paper planets & marshmallow constellations and gummy greenhouse gases. Plus action-packed space themed science demonstrations.

£3*, book in advance. 5-12 years.
(*22nd Aug £5)

Star Wars Themed Crafts (Gateshead Libraries)

Crawcrook Library: Wed 24th  July
Blaydon Library: Mon 29th July
Birtley Library: Tues 30th  July
Chopwell Library: Tues 6th August
Leam Lane Library: Fri 9th August
Pelaw Library: Thurs 22nd August
All sessions 10.30am – 11.30am

Design a Star Wars themed t-shirt or bag, make a lightsaber and create a window sticker.

£5, book in advance. 6+ years.

Summer Fun & Food (Birtley Community Association)

Tuesdays – Fridays: 10am – 2pm
From Tuesday 30th July for 5 weeks.

Ravensworth Road, Birtley, DH3 1EN
Tel: 0191 410 2343

Free programme of activities for children and families, including: cooking, football, table tennis, competitions and outings. Cooked meals and packed lunches provided.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (Chopwell Methodist Church)

Sundays: 3pm – 4pm
From Sunday 21st July for 7 weeks.

2 Tay Street, Chopwell, NE17 7DG
Tel: 07588 130 070

Free programme of activities for children and families, with fun informal activities.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (Dunston Activity Centre)

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: 10am – 1pm
From Monday 22nd July for 6 weeks.

Ellison Road, Dunston, NE11 9SS
Tel: 0191 425 2222

Free programme of activities for children and families, including: soft play, bouncy castle and special arts and crafts. Packed lunches provided.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (Felling Community Centre)

Wednesdays: 12 noon – 2pm
From Wednesday 7th August for 4 weeks.

Crowhall Towers, Crowhall Lane, Gateshead, NE10 0NF
Tel: 0191 433 2910

Free programme of activities for children and families, including indoor sports and circus skills with Felling Food Network. Lunch is provided.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (Gateshead Central Library)

Mondays – Thursdays: 10.30am – 2.30pm
From Monday 29th July for 4 weeks.

Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4LN
Tel: 0191 433 8494

Free programme of indoor and outdoor activities for children and families, including: laser tag, face-painting, animal encounters and a unicorn day. Packed lunches provided.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (Highfield Centre)

Mon-Tues & Thurs-Fri: 10am – 2pm
From Monday 29th July for 4 weeks.

Highfield Children & Young People Centre, Whinfield Terrace, Pipe Bridge Estate, Highfield, NE39 2JY
Tel: 0191 464 0010

Free programme of activities for children and families, including: arts, crafts, nature exploring, sports, day trips and games delivered by Groundwork NE. Packed lunches provided.

Free, contact to book a place.

 

Summer Fun & Food (Rutherford Football Club)

Mondays – Thursdays: 10am – 2pm
From Monday 29th July for 4 weeks.

Beggarswood Park, Coach Road, Lobley Hill, NE11 0HH
Tel: 07527 857 968

Free programme of indoor and outdoor activities for children and families, including: pool, table tennis, football, basketball, netball, rounders and den building. Lunch is provided.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (St Chad’s Church)

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
From Tuesday 23rd July for 6 weeks.

Westminster Street, Bensham, Gateshead, NE8 4QE
Tel: 0748 323 8774

Free programme of creative youth sessions for children and families, including: arts and craft activities and indoor and outdoor games. Cooked meal or sandwiches are provided.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (St Chad’s Community Project)

Tuesdays & Fridays: 12 noon – 3pm
From Tuesday 23rd July for 6 weeks.

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

Free programme of activities for children and families, with a collective multi-stage art project including textiles/dyeing, construction/woodwork, mosaics, fabrics & painting. Lunch is provided.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (St Chad’s Community Project)

Wed 14th August & Wed 21st August, 10am – 1pm

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

Free programme of activities for children and families, with a family stage school delivered by Side by Side Arts. Lunch is provided.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (St Chad’s Community Project)

Thursdays: 11am – 1pm
From Thursday 25th July for 5 weeks.

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

Free programme of activities for children and families, with parent and toddler activities. Lunch is provided.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (Teams Life Centre)

Tuesdays- Fridays: 10am – 2pm
From Tuesday 6th August for 4 weeks.

Askew Road West, Teams, Gateshead, NE8 2PW
Tel: 0191 478 1003

Free programme of activities for children and families, with a stage school during the first week then games and arts and crafts activities for the following 3 weeks. Lunch is provided.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (The Ark)

Mondays: 10am – 12.30pm
From Monday 22nd July for 5 weeks.

Main Road, Crawcrook, Ryton , NE40 3UG
Tel: 0191 413 1339

Free programme of activities for children and families, with soft play for younger children run by the Methodist Church. Packed lunch is provided with tea and coffee available for parents.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (The Carer’s Building)

Wednesdays: 10.15am – 1.30pm
From Wednesday 24th July for 6 weeks.

The Old School, Smailes Lane, Highfield, NE39 2DB
Tel: 07889 052 028

Free programme of activities for children and families, including: sports, crafts, music and drama. Breakfast and a healthy lunch provided.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (The Elgin Centre)

Mondays – Fridays: 10am – 3pm
From Monday 22nd July for 6 weeks (exc bank holiday)

Elgin Road, Gateshead, NE9 5PA
Tel: 0191 433 5080

Free programme of activities for children and families, including arts, crafts, sports and indoor and outdoor games. Monday-Tuesday sessions are for children 5-7 years, Wednesday-Friday sessions for 8-12 years. A healthy meal is provided.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (The Winlaton Centre)

Friday 23rd & 30th August: 10am – 2pm
Thursdays: 12pm – 4pm

Mondays: 10am – 2pm
From Thursday 25 July until the end of August. 

North Street, Winlaton, Gateshead, NE21 6BY
Tel: 0191 414 4718

Free programme of activities for children and families, including: sports, crafts, nature walk, picnic, cooking, dance and games. Meal provided for parents and children, with barbeque on Friday sessions.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (Windmill Hills Centre)

Tues, Weds, Sat: 10.30am – 2.30pm
Fridays: 10am – 3pm
From Tuesday 30th July for 4 weeks.

Chester Place, Bensham, NE8 1QB
Tel: 0191 447 7801

Free programme of activities for children and families, including gardening, forest school and creative activities with the Comfrey Project (set up to work with families from the refugee and asylum seeking community). Lunch is provided.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer of Making (BALTIC)

Wednesdays 10.30am – 1pm
Throughout the Summer Holidays.

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

Try your hand at some experimental making techniques in artist-led workshops inspired by current exhibitions, including: planning practical jokes, mixing slime, building inventions or getting crafty with recycling. Themes are: making noise, making mess, making jokes, making things up, re-making, making even more mess.

Free, drop-in. Recommended for 4-11 years, but everyone welcome.

Summer of Music (Thought Foundation)

Wednesdays 10.30am – 2.30pm
31st July – 21st August

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

Create artwork inspired by the album covers, outfits, song lyrics and music videos of these musical superstars.

Brit pop – 31st July
Spice Girls – 7th August
Lady Gaga – 14th August
The Hits of 2019 – 21st August

£25 each, booking required. Lunch included.
7-15 years.

Summer Stitch School (Thought Foundation)

Mondays 1 – 2pm
22nd July – 26th August

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

Join us each week to discover a range of textile techniques including sewing, knitting, dying and fabric manipulation. The sessions will be ran by our TF’s Charlotte, a textile design graduate from Chelsea college of art.

£6 per person. Ages 7-14.

Sunday Family Film Club (Thought Foundation)

Sundays 1 – 3pm
All year round

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

Keep your little humans entertained and enthralled with our weekly ‘big screen’ cinematic offering while you enjoy everything else Thought Foundation has to offer! For info on movies to be screened, visit our facebook page.

£1 per little human, drop-in.

Warhammer Club (Central Library)

Alternate Thursdays, 5 – 6.45pm
All year round

Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Rd, Gateshead NE8 4LN
Tel: 0191 433 8420

Warhammer is a tabletop battle game. Get army advice, paint your collection, discuss tactics or battle with other players.

£1, drop-in.
10-17 years.