Newcastle’s fantastic range of family activities were made to banish Easter boredom! Famed for its Geordie spirit, Newcastle offers a variety of sights, sounds and experiences that will charm even the seasoned traveller. A rejuvenated city whose newfound sophistication is embodied in its boutique hotels, excellent restaurants, numerous art galleries and a fantastic concert hall. Rest assured you’ll be leaving Newcastle with a family full of smiling faces!
Great North Museum
Natural history lovers will delight in a visit to the Great North Museum, where they can investigate a range of animal-themed displays as well as mummies from Ancient Egypt and even an interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall. The museum also features a planetarium for star-struck visitors and live animal tanks containing creatures such as snakes, scorpions and lizards! Running until May 2016 is an immersive exhibit on Polar Explorers aimed at families with younger children; if your children fancy themselves as a daring adventurer then there’s no better place to bring them! There is always of course the Beamish Museum as well.
If football rather than the Arctic holds a fascination, then why not pay a visit to the home of the Magpies? Tours of St. James’ Park are available using cutting edge technology utilising audio and visual effects throughout the visit. You’ll be taken to the highest point of the stadium for a true Magpie’s view and also will be able to see the home dressing room, media suite, dugouts and more. It’s a must for footie fans.
The Seven Stories Centre
There aren’t many cities that can claim to offer a dedicated attraction for bookworms, but Newcastle does. The Seven Stories centre opened a decade ago offering a great day out for families wishing to explore the amazing world of children’s literature. The name comes from the saying that there are only seven stories in the world, but a thousand ways of telling them. These thousand ways are showcased in a wide range of exhibits, activities and special events. The place even has its own theatre using dress-ups and drama to bring the stories’ magic to life.
Castle Keep and Black Gate
And it’s name? Well, that’s because of the castle, of course. It’s not been considered new since mediaeval times, but these days the combined attraction encompassing the Castle Keep and Black Gate is very popular with visitors. Over the years, it’s been a royal fortress, border stronghold, gruesome dungeon and even a slum, all of which makes this a captivating place for all the family.