6 weeks can feel like a long time especially when thinking about your kids, entertaining them and making sure they are having as much fun as possible. It can be difficult to think of ideas for everyone to enjoy however, here are 5 things that you can do with your kids, friends, family or by yourself during the summer holidays in the North East whatever age you are.
1. Arts Centre, Washington
The Arts Centre in Washington have an abundance of options for all ages all year round however thrive during the summer holidays. They offer event types from exhibitions, theatre, music, films and more. So whatever your passion or hobby is the Arts Centre is bound to have an exciting day planned for you. On August 2nd they are holding a ‘Creative You Summer Festival’ which is a day jampacked of free drop-in workshops, performances and screenings located at Washington Old Hall. As well as this they are holding an event called ‘Creative You Junior Animated’ on the 15th, 17th, 22nd and 24th August for 8–10-year-olds where they can create their own animated stories and develop filmmaking skills. So, if you know someone creative and someone who would love these events let them know about a summer full of fun at the Arts Centre Washington.
2. Alnwick Gardens
Alnwick Gardens are well known for their poison gardens, beautiful scenery and for having the largest wooden treehouse in the world. During the 6-week summer break Alnwick have so much for you to explore and have many activities planned to keep children entertained. Throughout this period, they have Lazer Quest, Splash Alnwick, Wind in the Willows Outdoor Theatre, Lego Workshops and Inflatable Assault Courses. Now if that doesn’t sound like a load of fun, I don’t know what does.
3. Wheelbirks Parlour
Wheelbirks Parlour is an award-winning ice cream parlour located in the Northumberland countryside and provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere. They provide a large range of flavours for all family members to enjoy and offer the best quality and locally sourced ingredients. You will be able to indulge yourself with ice cream, milkshakes and luxury ice cream desserts all produced just a few hundred yards from your seat. As well as this they also serve a range of fresh food, coffees, speciality teas and cold drinks. The parlour overlooks the beautiful views of the countryside and offer a fantastic family day out with play areas to suit all ages. Younger children can enjoy the excitement of an indoor pre-school play area, while older children can run safe and free in the orchard playing area which is full of adventure and thrills.
4. Adventure Sunderland
Adventure Sunderland offer a great deal of indoor and outdoor experiences for many ages to enjoy. They offer Paddle Boarding, Adult Kayaking, Sea Kayaking, Power Boating, Canoeing, Pier Jumping, Surfing, Body Boarding, Raft Building, Fencing, Archery and much more. They specialise in water activities so if you are a bit of an adrenaline junky then this is the place for you. With the number of activates they offer you can go time and time again trying out new things or sticking with the thing you know, love and enjoy.
5. Escape Key Newcastle
For older kids and teenagers Escape Key is such a good way to spend a day out with friends in the city centre. Escape Key is an escape room located in Newcastle and have many different rooms to test the brain and stimulate the mind. They have four handcrafted escape experiences with innovative puzzles that will thrill everyone. The good thing about this escape room is you can go back multiple times to complete all four rooms or repeat the same rooms you have already done to try and beat your escape time. This escape room is branded the best in Newcastle, so if you want a storytelling immersive experience, this is the place for you.