Half-term fun in the North East

Go on an outdoors adventure this spring. With wildlife encounters and nature crafts, sports and science there’s plenty to keep you busy at places near you this May half term.

Family Pond Dipping in Spring at Cragside, Northumberland

Make a splash at Wallington  

It’s all about water this May half term at Wallington. Build your own mini raft and see how well it floats, challenge your family and friends to a duck race on the river Wansbeck or stretch your legs on the River Walk. Home to otters and crayfish, you never know who you might spot.

A girl walking with a stick

Unleash your imagination at Gibside  

Celebrate the humble stick at Gibside this half term. Set off on the stick-themed scavenger hunt, go for a walk and make a story stick out of what you find along the way and head into the woods to build a huge den using giant sticks.

Two girls kayaking at Fell Foot

Grab a paddle at Cragside  

Whether you fancy getting adventurous on a kayak, or peacefully paddling a canoe with your family around Tumbleton Lake, there's watery fun for everyone to enjoy. If you prefer dry land, follow in Lord Armstrong's footsteps and get hands-on with some super science.

Meeting curious creatures on Wildlife Explorer Day at Ormesby Hall

Wildlife explorers at Ormesby Hall 

Join us at Ormesby for a Wildlife Explorer Day where we will be joined by local wildlife experts and their feathery friends. Tick off one of your ‘50 things’ by finding hidden creatures, and discover which creepy crawlies get up to mischief inside the house.

Two boys playing in the grounds at Seaton Delaval Hall

No ordinary visit to Seaton Delaval Hall  

Things look a little different at Seaton Delaval Hall as work continues on our major conservation project. Visit the project hut to find out what we’ve got planned for young visitors. Get stuck into some outdoor activities in the paddock or enjoy a weekend crafternoon. in the paddock and we’re open for an extra day on Bank Holiday Monday so make the most of the spring weather with a picnic.

Boy bird watching

Enjoy creative fun at Cherryburn 

Visit the home of famous artist Thomas Bewick, for creative fun with printing and wild art this half term. While you’re there why not enjoy a spot of bird watching in the wild garden or climb a tree to ring the bell at the top.

Family rockpooling at Souter Lighthouse

Coastal adventures at Souter Lighthouse and the Leas 

Get some sea air at Souter Lighthouse and the Leas. Enjoy free sports including archery, badminton and football at Foghorn Field or take the plunge and join a family-friendly rockpooling adventure.

Girl looking for bugs

Get closer to nature at Washington Old Hall  

Make the most of the outdoors at Washington Old Hall. Head to the nuttery to hunt for bugs, set up a snail race, make a daisy chain or get creative with wild art.