Visiting Newcastle with children? Here are some of our favourite free, family-friendly activities in and around the city.
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- Walk to the Shoe Tree in Heaton Park. (www.seenewcastle.com)
- Go treasure hunting along the River Tyne at low tide from the promenade.
- Fly a kite on the Town Moor or go sledging.
- Watch planes coming into land at the end of Newcastle airport’s runway (take the public footpath through fields at Low Luddick, Callerton Parkway).
- Roll down the hill at Tynemouth Priory. (www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/tynemouth-priory-and-castle)
- See Fenwicks’s Christmas window on Northumberland Street. (www.fenwick.co.uk/stores/newcastle)
- Cross the stepping stones in Jesmond Dene. (www.newcastleparks.co.uk/jesmonddene)
- Visit the Discovery Museum. (www.twmuseums.org.uk/discovery)
- Count the Long Stairs on the quayside.
- Pet goats and pigs at the Ouseburn Farm. (www.bykerbridge.org.uk/farm)
- Go rockpooling at low tide around St Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay.
- Sea the animals at Pets Corner, Jesmond Dene. (www.newcastleparks.co.uk/jesmonddene/pets-corner)
- Look down at the kittiwakes from the top of the Tyne Bridge (mid summer only).
- Find the Egyptian mummy in the Great North Museum. (www.twmuseums.org.uk/great-north-museum)
- Be the last one off the Millennium Bridge before it tilts.
- Feed the ducks at Newcastle’s Civic Centre.
- Run to the end of North Shields pier to the lighthouse.
- Build a sandcastle on Tynemouth’s Longsands.