Discover castles, houses and open spaces then lose yourself in the dunes of the Northumberland Coast. There's always something to inspire your day out in the North East.
With 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ challenges, self-led activities and workshops a-plenty across our places, there's no need to be stuck for things to do this half term.
Join a rockpooling adventure on the Northumberland Coast, make your own pirate friend at Souter Lighthouse or take the 50 things challenge at Wallington.
We think these gardens look blooming great at this time of year.
Admire the formal gardens, clamber through the rock gardens and explore the pinetum.
Wander through the walled garden and allotments, and admire the well-manicured formal gardens.
Hidden at the edge of the woods, the Walled Garden is an unexpected gem to discover.
No day is the same in this 18th century landscape garden with grand vistas and intricate details....
- Go on a really long bike ride – Cragside, Rothbury
- Build a den – Allen Banks and Staward Gorge
- Climb a tree – Wallington
- Cook on a campfire – Cherryburn
- Hunt for fossils and bones – Northumberland Coast
- Discover what’s in a pond – Washington Old Hall
- Track wild animals – Gibside
- Hold a scary beast – Souter Lighthouse
- Go bird watching – Farne Islands
- Go on a walk barefoot – Lindisfarne Castle
Festival of the North East
This June will see a celebration of all that's special about the North East. Lots of our places are involved in the programme of events celebrating creativity and innovation.
The Souter Lighthouse foghorn will be the principal instrument in this unique performance also featuring brass bands and an armada of ships
11 June - 3 November
At Cragside, there'll be new temporary artworks from four artists to celebrate the Festival and Cragside's 150th anniversary.
Heavy Plant Crossing at Wallington
21 and 22 June
Join artist Julia Barton and her 'plant', a mechanical creation on wheels made from recycled objects, on a plant-finding expedition with a difference.