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 Shutterstock© Dave Head/Shutterstock

- Walk to the Shoe Tree in Heaton Park. (www.seenewcastle.com)

- Spot the Vampire Rabbit above a doorway behind St Nicholas’s Cathedral. (stnicholascathedral.co.uk)

- 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.

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