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Newcastle & the coast for young children – for free

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

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

– 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.


Hoping to find out more about Northumberland? Why not take a look at our comprehensive travel guide:

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