5 Family-Friendly Activities in Newcastle upon Tyne - Newcastle is famed for its iconic architecture, wealth of rich history and vibrant nightlife, but this dynamic city is also packed full of an array of hidden gems that are waiting to be uncovered. Whether you want to make the most of the great outdoors or explore one of the city’s amazing museums, Newcastle upon Tyne is brimming with cultural activities that are perfect for all the family.
One of the best things about spending a long weekend in Newcastle is exploring the exciting activities the city has to offer. That’s why we’re bringing you a handful of family-favourites and hidden gems, so you can make the most of your time in this mesmerising metropolis. From enjoying the arts to getting up close and personal with nature, we’re showing you why a city break to Newcastle is the perfect choice for your next family getaway.
Take a trip to the Life Centre
Getting the kids interested in science couldn’t be easier with this fun, family-friendly museum. Located in the heart of the city, it is just minutes from Newcastle Central Station. The Life Science Centre provides an interactive experience that the whole family is sure to love. It boasts an impressive portfolio of attractions - like the 4D motion ride, live science theatre and planetarium. Visitors of all ages will find plenty of things to see and do here. For a winter break, make sure you take a trip to the Centre’s outstanding outdoor ice rink, open in Times Square from November to February.
Experience the world-famous living museum
Travel just 10 miles south from the bustling city centre to discover Beamish, the world-famous open-air museum. Step back in time and interact with live actors as you explore the story of life in the North East during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s. From shopping in the Edwardian-style town to travelling on the recreated tramways, combining fun with learning makes Beamish an excellent choice for the whole family.
Get close to nature at Jesmond Dene Park
This city is buzzing with history, heritage and stunning natural beauty at every turn - and that’s certainly true of the beautiful parkland of Jesmond Dene. Just a stone’s throw from the bustling city centre, and minutes from the affluent suburb of Jesmond. Stumbling across this unique haven of tranquility is an experience that you are sure to remember. From the rich history that surrounds the Dene’s Old Mill to the popular family-friendly petting zoo in the heart of the parkland, there’s plenty to explore in this area of breathtaking natural beauty.
Celebrate creativity at Seven Stories
Situated in Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley, Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children’s Books. From dressing up to getting creative with word play, Seven Stories is a hidden hotspot that’s dedicated to sparking the imaginations of visitors. Home to a visually spectacular display of original illustrations, manuscripts and multi-sensory activities, this unique museum celebrates British children’s books in an interactive way that’s fun for all the family.
Learn to ride at Stepney Bank Stables
Whether you’re an avid horse-rider or a complete novice, Stepney Bank Stables offers high quality riding lessons to both adults and children. Making it their mission to enhance lives through horses, the staff at this unique equestrian centre are committed to teaching valuable skills and encouraging confidence in each of their students. From the pony academy to private lessons, Stepney Bank Stables offers a family day out that’s truly one-of-a-kind.
Whether it’s exploring the city’s natural beauty or marvelling at interactive museum displays, Newcastle upon Tyne’s family-friendly activities are fun for all. From well-known attractions to the hidden treasures, make sure that you explore all that this stunning city has to offer this winter, and the best way to do it is to follow one of four Treasure Trails available around the city.
Amanda Ingham 6th December 2016