Top spring 50 things to do in the North East
Pull on your wellies and let's go on an adventure.
Have you tried any '50 Things to do before you're 11¾' activities? Some of the exciting things to tey include (#27.) star gazing and (#34.) tracking wild animals to (#47.) cooking on a camp fire and (#30.) holding a scary beast. There are so many fun ones to do - like (#13.) making a mud pie - and here's a few more that you can do right here in the North East...
#1. Climb a tree
Big and tall, Wallington's Nootka tree is perfect for ticking off number 1 on the '50 things to do before you are 11¾' list. There's lots of branches and they're close together, plus the really smooth bark makes climbing it easy peasy.
#4. Build a den
Many of the wonderful woodlands that we care for offer the perfect place to build a den. Imagine, your very own den... Opt for Allen Banks woodland or maybe West Woods at Gibside? The choice is yours...
#5. Skim a stone
There's a knack to this one, but with a little practice you'll soon have those stones bouncing across the water. Apparently it's not just the technique but the type of stone you use - will you find the right one?
#6. Run around in the rain
What better way to embrace the unpredictable British weather than enjoying it? Perhaps when it's next raining don't run for cover indoors - run around in it, splash in the puddles and laugh with your friends while doing it. Tick!
#23. Visit a farm
Head to Wallington for a true lambing experience at the nearby Broomhouse Farm, which offers the chance to become a real-life farmer. You might just be able to see a lamb being born, feed the lambs and spend a little time with them.
#24. Go on a walk barefoot
There's plenty of wonderful walks on offer at Cragside, with some places suitable for a walk barefoot. Take off your shoes (or wellies) and make your way across smooth rocks, on lush grass or over spongy peat.
#31. Hunt for bugs
Lift rocks, search under leaves and explore inside a tree (#22.) at Penshaw Monument to hunt for bugs. Use a magnifying glass to examine them and find out what they are. There are plenty of other places with lots of nooks and crannies to search in too...
#37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool
Head to the Northumberland Coast and see what crazy creatures there are in the rock pools! Search for little and big ones, ones with legs and ones without. The best places in particular are Lindisfarne Castle, the Farne Islands and Souter Lighthouse and The Leas.
#44. Go bird watching
It's breeding season in March and April at the Farnes, so you can expect puffins, arctic terns, shags, guillemots and razorbills. There's the rare Little Terns at the Northumberland Coast, and a wildflower nut orchard at Washington Old Hall...
#49. Find a geocache
If you haven't tried this outdoor digital treasure hunt, then now could be the time. Head to Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Roman Fort on a search for a hidden geocache. It's a great day out and there's plenty more places to find them...