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  • North East Falconry

    Heddon View, Ryton, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, NE40 3JB (By Appointment Only)

    With over 14 years experience in falconry, North East Falconry offer a number of unique falconry experiences. There’s something for everyone, Whether you just want a gentle walk alone or with family flying a hawk on a Hawkwalk , or one of the Introduction To Falconry courses where you learn all the aspects of owning a bird of prey. All courses […] More

  • Land of Oak & Iron

    Spa Well Road, Winlaton Mill, Blaydon upon Tyne, NE21 6RU

    The Land of Oak & Iron covers a 177 km2 area surrounding the Derwent Valley including Consett, Rowlands Gill, Prudhoe and Whickham. This beautiful steep sided valley has an abundance of natural woodland, rare and iconic wildlife. However, the natural beauty that you can see today was not always as it appears. Not so long ago […] More

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    Dunston Staiths

    Staiths Road, Dunston, Gateshead, NE11 9DR

    Dunston Staiths, on the River Tyne, is believed to be the largest timber structure in Europe. It is a Scheduled Monument, Grade II listed and is owned by registered charity Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust (TWBPT).  Opened in 1893 by the North East Railway Company, it was built to allow large quantities of coal […] More

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    Woodhorn Museum

    Woodhorn Museum, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF

    Woodhorn brings to life Northumberland’s proud mining heritage, alongside an ever-changing contemporary arts and event programme – making it a fun and cultural day out Did you know that at its peak, over 2,000 people worked underground at the site? A whopping 600,000 tonnes of coal was mined from the pit each year. Come along […] More

  • Etal Castle

    Cornhill on Tweed, Northumberland, TD12 4TN

    Set in the charming village of Etal by a ford over the River Till, this Northumberland castle is the ideal location for a family day out. Built by Robert Manners as a defence against Scots raiders in the mid 14th century, it fell to James IV’s invading Scots army in 1513, immediately before their catastrophic […] More

  • Go Ape Matfen

    Matfen Hall Hotel, Newcastle, NE20 0RH

    Go Ape at Matfen Hall is nestled within one of the UK’s most unspoilt areas of natural beauty. Located just 15 miles west of Newcastle in the charming village of Matfen, swing through the trees and fly down the zip wires while lapping up some of the finest scenery in Northumberland. Matfen is also one […] More

  • Binchester Roman Fort (April – October)

    Binchester, Bishop Auckland, DL14 8DJ

    Binchester Roman Fort gives you an insight into what life was like for the Romans in County Durham. Explore the exceptionally well-preserved remains of not just one but two bath-houses. One lies inside the fort and has one of the most intact hypocaust (underfloor) heating systems in the whole of Britain. The protective structure over […] More

  • Chopwell Woods

    Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, NE39 1LT

    Chopwell Wood really is a wood for everyone. This 360-hectare mixed woodland is a real gem, set right on the fringe of Gateshead. Miles of paths allow fantastic access, walking and cycling into the heart of this fascinating woodland. As well as walking and cyclcing, Chopwell is also great for Horse Riding, Orienteering and Geocaching. […] More

  • Brocksbushes

    Brocksbushes Farm, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE43 7UB

    Brocksbushes has evolved over the last 25 years from an acre of soft fruit with a tiny farm shop which was open for 8 weeks in the year to a thriving rural Retail Centre with an award-winning Farm Shop, Tea Room, Pick Your Own and Garden/Gift Centre. There is plenty of free parking and is […] More

  • Diggerland

    Langley Park, Co. Durham, DH7 9TT

    Diggerland theme park is the perfect destination for action, fun and thrill packed family days out. Fun for all ages (subject to height restrictions), Diggerland with its 20 different rides and drives and an array of additional activities is the ideal theme park for small to large groups looking for something exciting and truly unique. […] More

  • Causey Arch

    Causey Arch, Causey Road, Stanley, NE16 5EJ

    The world’s oldest surviving single arch railway bridge stands high above a wooded gorge. The arch spans over 100ft,stands 80ft tall and beneath it runs Causey Burn. If you stand under the archway it sounds as though the water is running above your head! Ralph Wood, a local master mason, built the arch in 1725-26 […] More

  • Washington Wetland Centre

    WWT Washington, Pattinson, Washington, Tyne and Wear, NE38 8LE

    Get close to rare and exotic birds, mammals and different wetland habitats. Walk with a warden, bug hunt or tour the duckery. You’ll also see colourful flamingos and the rarest goose in the world! Get set for 103 adventure-filled acres of wildlife. Spend some quality time with our beautiful ducks and geese, discover new wildlife […] More

  • Ocean Beach Pleasure Park

    Middle Arcade, Sea Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 2LD

    With over 40 rides, attractions and arcades, Ocean Beach Pleasure Park in South Shields is a fun-filled family day out with something to do for all the family. Ocean Beach Pleasure Park is FREE to enter you only need purchase tickets, tokens or wristbands if you wish to go on the rides. Smaller children’s rides […] More

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    Saltwell Park

    East Park Rd, Gateshead, NE9 5AX

    Nestled in the heart of Gateshead, Saltwell Park is one of Britain’s finest examples of a Victorian park and a perfect place for the whole family to enjoy. Its historical and peaceful grounds have earned many awards such as Green Flag and Britain’s Best Park. Relax and unwind in the beautiful green space; bring the […] More

  • Heatherslaw Light Railway

    Ford Forge, Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland, TD12 4TJ

    Travel on our 15 inch gauge railway, pulled by our steam locomotives “Bunty” and “Lady Augusta” or our diesel engine “Binky” between Heatherslaw Station and Etal Castle on a return journey of 4 miles. Our rolling stock offers a choice of fully enclosed or partly glazed coaches to keep you dry, even on the wettest days. […] More

  • Bowes Railway

    Springwell Village, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE9 7QJ

    Bowes Railway was originally a colliery railway built to carry coal mainly from pits in north west Durham to the Tyne at Jarrow. The earliest section was designed by George Stephenson and opened on 17 January 1826, making it one of the world’s first modern railways. It was 15 miles long when completed in 1855. […] More

  • Down at the Farm

    Stoneygate Lane, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, DH5 8JG

    Down at the Farm is a small family run farm which has been in the Sunderland area since 18th century. Over the years the family has been involved in many types of farming from milking Friesian cows, growing potatoes, crops and rearing cattle. Only 20 years ago, Down at the Farm was a large cattle […] More

  • Durham Botanic Garden

    Hollingside Lane, South Road, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3TN

    Durham University’s 10 hectare Botanic Garden is set amongst beautiful mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham city. Open to the public, the Botanic Garden offers a wide variety of landscapes to explore and discover, with guests young and old visiting throughout the year. Wander through the alpine garden, winter garden, bamboo grove, glass […] More

  • White Water Rafting

    Tees Barrage, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, TS18 2QW

    Experience white water rafting at Tees Barrage International White Water Centre — the leading watersports destination in north-east England. White water rafting is a fun, fast and unforgettable activity for people aged 14 and you don’t need any prior experience. We have a friendly, highly-trained team here to help you get to grips with the […] More

  • High Force Waterfall

    Forest in Teesdale, Middleton, County Durham, DL12 0QG

    High Force is an incredible sight at any time of the year, however the Winter months can be when you are able to see it at its most powerful, especially after heavy rainfall when it flows with tremendous force.  If we have had a prolonged period of severe cold, you might even be lucky enough […] More

  • Tanfield Railway

    Old Marley HIll, Marley Hill, Tyne and Wear, NE16 5ET

    When was the world’s first railway laid? No one is quite confident on a precise date but simple rails have been used to guide vehicles for centuries, definitely as far back as the middle ages and possibly even in ancient Greece. What is certain is that in the early 1600s a Nottinghamshire businessman called Huntingdon […] More

  • Stephenson Railway Museum

    Middle Engine Lane, North Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE29 8DX

    Re-live the glorious days of the steam railway at Stephenson Railway Museum in North Shields. George and Robert Stephenson spent 20 years in North Tyneside developing their pioneering ideas which helped spread railways and locomotives around the world. Today the Museum celebrates their achievement. A range of fascinating locomotives are on display including George Stephenson’s […] More

  • Falconry Days

    Lady Hill Farm, Simonburn, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 3EE

  • Hall Hill Farm

    Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester, County Durham, DH7 0TA

  • Adventure Valley

    Brasside, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5SG

    If you’re looking for the ultimate day out with the kids, then look no further than Adventure Valley. More to Follow More

  • The Alnwick Garden

    Alnwick Garden, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1YU

    The Alnwick Garden is one of the world’s most ambitious new gardens. The Duchess of Northumberland’s vision for a forgotten plot is now a truly 21st century experience full of imagination, inspiration and fun. Designed by Jacques and Peter Wirtz, The Garden is a wonderful combination of spaces, themes, quirkiness and play. From the tranquility […] More

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    Alnwick Castle

    Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1NG

    Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England; it has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percys, for over 700 years. The castle’s rich history is brimming with drama, intrigue, and extraordinary people; from a gunpower plotter and visionary collectors, to decadent hosts and medieval England’s most celebrated knight, Harry […] More

  • Finchale Priory

    Finchale Priory, Finchale Avenue, Framwellgate Moor, County Durham, DH1 5SH

    On the banks of the River Wear, in a beautiful wooded setting, stand the extensive remains of Finchale Priory. It was founded in 1196 on the site of the hermitage of St Godric, a retired sailor and merchant, who settled here after a life of adventure and travel. The priory was an outpost of Durham […] More

  • Watergate Forest Park

    Whickham Highway, Lobley Hill, Gateshead, NE9 7EQ

    Watergate Forest Park is located on the site of the former Watergate colliery. Following reclamation work in the 1990’s the site has been transformed and now provides a haven for wildlife and a great recreational site for visitors. A series of trails and paths take you through woodland, around the lake and through wildflower meadows. […] More

  • Heaton Park

    Heaton Park View, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5JA

  • Rising Sun Country Park

    Whitley Road, Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 9SS

    The Rising Sun Country Park is a green oasis of 162 hectares, set in the heart of North Tyneside. Boasting a nature reserve with ponds, woodlands and extensive grasslands; a farm and Countryside Centre, the site is a haven for wildlife and an ideal place to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Admission is free. […] More

  • Path Head Water Mill

    Path Head, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 4SP

    The Water WheelRecovered from Guyzance Mill in 1994 it was stored and refurbished in the stables at City Farm before it was installed in our restored wheel pit at Path Head in 1997, ready for the mill opening in March 1998. His Grace the Duke of Northumberland, who donated the wheel, officially opened the mill […] More

  • Segedunum Roman Fort

    Buddle Street, Wallsend, Tyne & Wear, NE28 6HR

    In AD122 the Emperor Hadrian ordered a mighty frontier system to be built across Britain to defend the Roman Empire from the barbarians to the North. The result was Hadrian’s Wall, a 73 mile barrier stretching from the River Tyne in the east to the Solway Firth in the west. Segedunum, which means ‘Strong Fort’, […] More

  • Newcastle Castle

    Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ

    Steeped in history this imposing Norman fortress, in the center of Newcastle Upon Tyne, is a rugged reminder of northern England’s turbulent history. This was no baron’s stately home. Newcastle Castle is a grim reminder of royal authority where armies gathered, and criminals were imprisoned and executed. It is where the story of Newcastle began, […] More

  • Beamish Museum

    Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG

    Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s. Discover life in a North East town in the years leading up to the First World War in the 1900s Town. Take a step back in time and watch delicious bread, cakes […] More

  • Millennium Bridge

    Gateshead Quays South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA

    Opened for the public in 2001 the Millennium Bridge or the “Blinking Eye” is a pedestrian and cyclist tilting bridge spanning the River Tyne between Gateshead and Newcastle. If you are travelling by car, South Shore road car park is the best one to park at. You can find up to date prices and information […] More

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    Heddon on the Wall

    Hexham Road, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland, NE15 0ED

    Most of Hadrian’s Wall from the outskirts of Newcastle as far as turret 33b further west lies under the Military Road, built in the aftermath of the Jacobite uprising of 1745. At Heddon, though, for a short distance the road turns slightly north, and stretches of Hadrian’s Wall 220 metres long and of the Wall-ditch […] More

  • Tynemouth Priory and Castle

    Pier Road, Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear, NE30 4BZ

    Tynemouth Castle and Priory on the coast of North East England was once one of the largest fortified areas in England. Overlooking the North Sea and the River Tyne, it dominates the headland. With its 2000 year history and beautiful views it is the perfect location for a family fun day out. A popular spot […] More

  • St Paul’s Monastery

    Church Bank, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, NE32 3DY

    St Paul’s Monastery, with its twin, St Peter’s at Wearmouth, Sunderland, was one of Europe’s most influential centres of learning and culture in the 7th and 8th centuries. The remains standing today are from the medieval monastery, re-established in the 11th century. Part of the Anglo-Saxon monastery survives today, however, as the chancel of St […] More

  • Hadrian’s Wall and Housesteads Fort

    Near Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 6NN

    Witness the stunning views, explore natural wilderness and become immersed in the history while visiting Hadrian’s Wall and Housesteads Fort. Hadrian’s Wall, an epic structure, kept the unwanted out and the welcome safe. Making use of the natural Whin Sill escarpment, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the Roman Empire’s best-maintained outpost in northern Europe.  […] More

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    Cragside

    Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7PX

    Enter the world of Lord Armstrong – Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius. Cragside house was truly a wonder of its age. Discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. It is crammed full of ingenious gadgets – most of them still working. The gardens are incredible. One of the largest […] More

  • Wallington

    Cambo, near Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 4AR

    Gifted to you by Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan, Socialist MP and ‘illogical Englishman’, our 13,000-acre estate has something for everyone. Visit the impressive home of Sir Charles and discover more about this remarkable man and his unconventional family.  You can explore the history of Northumberland in huge pre-Raphaelite paintings around the Central Hall or take time to discover […] More

  • Seaton Delaval Hall

    The Avenue, Seaton Sluice, Northumberland, NE26 4QR

    Seaton Delaval may have been one of the architect Sir John Vanbrugh’s smallest country houses; but it was home to the larger than life Delaval family. The house and surrounding landscape were in keeping with the style expected in Georgian society, yet behind the formality lies a story of theatrical mischief. Known as the ‘Gay […] More

  • Penshaw Monument

    Chester Road, Penshaw, Tyne & Wear, DH4 7NJ

    On top of Penshaw Hill sits the Earl of Durham’s Monument. Better known as the Penshaw Monument, this 70 foot high monument is a replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens and can be seen for miles around. It is considered to be Wearside’s most beloved landmark, even appearing on the badge of Sunderland Football […] More

  • Washington Old Hall

    The Avenue, Washington Village, Washington, Tyne & Wear, NE38 7LE

    At the heart of historic Washington village this picturesque stone manor house and its gardens provide a tranquil oasis, reflecting gentry life following the turbulence of the English Civil War. The building incorporates parts of the original medieval home of George Washington’s direct ancestors, and it is from here that the family took their surname […] More

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    Gibside

    Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE16 6BG

    Gibside is one of a few surviving 18th-century designed landscapes and was fashioned with two things in mind: spectacular views and ‘wow’ moments. The estate, commissioned by coal baron George Bowes, offers a glimpse into the past and the compelling story of heiress Mary Eleanor Bowes. Here, you can escape the hustle and bustle of modern […] More

  • Hall Hill Farm

    Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0TA

    Set in the beautiful rolling hills of County Durham, Hall Hill Farm is an award winning mixed farm of 290 hectares – a great day out for children and schools with loads of great things to do and see. There are an abundance of things to do at this farm to keep the kids happy […] More

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    Bill Quay Community Farm

    Hainingwood Terrace, Bill Quay, Gateshead, NE10 0UE

    Bill Quay Farm is a small farm with plenty of animals both indoors and outdoors for all of the family to enjoy. It is a member of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust meaning you can see rare breeds of Pigs, Sheep, Goats, Chicken, Ducks and Geese. Bill Quay Farm is a treasured green space on […] More