Newcastle & the coast for young children – for free

26/02/2015 11:20

Written by Gemma Hall

Visiting Newcastle with children? Here are some of our favourite free, family-friendly activities in and around the city.

St Marys lighthouse Whitley Bay Northumberland England UK by Dave Head ShutterstockRockpooling around St Mary's lighthouse is a great family activity © Dave Head, Shutterstock

- Walk to the Shoe Tree in Heaton Park.

- Spot the Vampire Rabbit above a doorway behind St Nicholas’s Cathedral.

- 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.

- See Fenwicks’s Christmas window on Northumberland Street.

- Cross the stepping stones in Jesmond Dene

- Visit the Discovery Museum.

- Count the Long Stairs on the quayside. 

- Pet goats and pigs at the Ouseburn Farm.

- Go rockpooling at low tide around St Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay. 

- Sea the animals at Pets Corner, Jesmond Dene.

- Look down at the kittiwakes from the top of the Tyne Bridge (mid summer only).

- Find the Egyptian mummy in the 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.

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