Summer Holidays

Free Summer Events


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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 Meets Play Exhibition Launch (Thought Foundation)

Saturday 27th July, 10am – 5pm

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

The launch of our Summer Exhibition, Art Meets Play, with free artist led workshops. Come create art to be hung in the exhibition, play music with a super sound machine and eat some delicious treats on offer. All welcome.

Free. Recommended for ages 5+.

Be Creative – Autism Friendly (BALTIC)

Saturday 3rd August, 1pm & 2pm

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

A relaxed and engaging activity for families and friends on the autistic spectrum. Capacity is limited and activities include sensory elements. Support is provided from an artist with experience of working with children on the Autistic spectrum.

Free (voluntary donation), booking essential. Ages 5-13.

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.

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.

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.

Family Social (The Nest)

Wednesday 14th August, 11.30am – 3.30pm

The Nest Café, 417-419 Durham Rd, Low Fell, Gateshead NE9 5AN
Tel: 0191 4414590

Have fun with the kids at our family social. The event will run throughout the day with crafts, play all the games and dance to the music. Lets have some old fashioned family fun.

Free, drop-in. All ages.

Freelancers Networking Days (Shipley Art Gallery)

Fri 26th July & Wed 21st August
11am – 4pm (drop-in session)

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

A child friendly co-working day with free WIFI and activities to keep kids entertained so that you can get some work done. Creative play mats/play area for under 3s, toys and activities for 3-6 years, arty activities for 7+ years. Refreshments provided at 12.30pm.

Free (donations welcome), booking required.

Parental supervision required.

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.

Mini Beasts Wildlife Watch (Watergate Cafe)

Saturday 27th July at 10.30am

Watergate Forest Park, NE11 0AN

We will be going on a Sneeky Safari in the Park, looking out for all the hidden life that we usually find difficult to see. These are creatures that pollinate wildflowers and food plants, and do a massive amount of recycling in nature. They help make our soil healthy and rich.

Free.

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.

St George’s Kids Mega Makers Holiday Club

Tuesday 27th – Friday 31st of August, 10am – 2.30pm
(Thursday 3.30pm finish)

St George’s Church, 1-9 Inskip Terrace, Gateshead, NE8 4AJ
Tel: 0191 340 4844

A range of activities including: drama, games, challenges, arts & crafts, sports and songs. On Thursday there will be a trip to the beach. Anyone going into Y1 – Y6 in September is invited. There is a voluntary contribution of £20 per child (also offering free places and the option to sponsor a place).

Stay for a Play (Shipley Art Gallery)

Fridays 1 – 2.30pm
From 21st June

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

Explore the gallery in a fun and relaxed way with our magical magnifiers, art bears and backpacks. Play mats and materials for your little ones to use will be available in our early years area.

Free, drop-in.
Ages 2-5.

Stay & Play & Well Child Clinic (Deckham Children’s Centre)

Tuesdays 1.30 – 3pm
Mon 22nd July – Fri 30th August

The Elgin Centre, Elgin Road, Gateshead, NE9 5PA
Tel: 0191 433 6300

Baby weighing and advice from health professionals and a fun, friendly drop in play session.

Free, drop-in.

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 (Birtley Community Partnership)

Mon-Tues & Thurs-Fri: 10.30am – 2.30pm
From Monday 22nd July for 4 weeks (exc 25th July)

Activities held at various venues across Birtley:
Birtley Leisure Centre, Barley Mow Children’s Centre, Barley Mow Village Hall
Tel: 0191 492 0434

Free programme of activities for children and families, which may include: cooking, sport, dance, arts, crafts, drama and competitions. Packed lunches provided.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (Chopwell Community Centre)

Mondays – Thursdays: 10am – 2pm
From Monday 22nd July for 4 weeks.

Derwent Street, Chopwell, NE17 7HS
Tel: 01207 562462

Free programme of activities for children and families, with a sports camp and stage school organised by the community centre and local primary school. 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 (Gateshead Stadium)

Mondays: 10am – 2pm
22nd July, 29th July and 5th August

Neilson Rd, Gateshead, NE10 0EF
Tel: 0191 433 2910

Free programme of activities for children and families, with fun and games run by qualified coaches from Gateshead Storm Rugby Club. Activities will take place indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. 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 (Leam Lane Community Centre)

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10am – 2pm
From Tuesday 23rd July for 4 weeks.

129 Cotemede, Leam Lane Estate, Gateshead, NE10 8QH
Tel: 0191 597 7964

Free programme of activities for children and families, including: games, art and cooking. Packed lunches provided.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (Parkhead Primary School)

Tuesday 27th August – Friday 30th August: 10am – 3pm

Park Lane, Winlaton, Gateshead, NE21 6LT
Tel: 0191 433 4150

Four day football camp for children and families. Packed lunches provided.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (Pattinson House)

Mondays – Thursdays: 10am – 2pm
From Monday 22nd July for 4 weeks.

Pattinson Gardens, Gateshead, NE10 0AL
Tel: 0191 438 0047

Free programme of activities for children and families, including: fitness, family fun and cooking sessions. Lunch is 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 (Whitehall Rd Methodist Church)

Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays: 11am – 3pm
From Monday 22nd July for 4 weeks.

Whitehall Road, Gateshead, NE8 4LH
Tel: 07595 300 326

Free programme of activities for children and families, with arts, crafts and games from the Peace of Mind group that supports children of refugees and asylum seekers. Lunch is provided, including culturally appropriate food.

Free, contact to book a place.

Summer Fun & Food (Whitehills Community Centre)

Mondays & Wednesdays: 10am – 2pm
From Monday 22nd July for 4 weeks.

Whitehills Drive, High Heworth, Gateshead, NE10 8XU
Tel: 07736 036 547

Free programme of activities for children and families, including: indoor and outdoor games, sports and fitness activities. Packed lunch is provided.

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.

Wonder & Wander Tour (BALTIC)

Tuesdays 11.30am
All year round

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

Join a member of BALTIC’s Learning team for a tour where you and your toddler can discover exhibitions through sensory exploration using materials, movement and sound. Meet in Quay, Level 2, to join the tour.

Free, drop-in.
Under 5 years.