Rainy day adventures in the North East

Stuck for something to do on a rainy day? In the North East there's lots of activities to try, houses to explore and ways to have fun - even if the sun isn't shining. Here's our top pick of wet weather adventures.

Children fascinated by taxidermy at Cragside, Northumberland

Explore a house of invention at Cragside  

Explore the home of Lord and Lady Armstrong and discover rooms packed with special inventions before letting your inner inventor run wild in the Young Engineers' Zone. Experiment like Lord Armstrong Try your hand at your own engineering project and get creative with LEGO™, cogs and more. Don't forget... you can also keep dry and explore the estate by car on the carriage drive.

Explore the kitchens at Wallington

Enjoy indoor crafts at Wallington 

Explore the family home of the Trevelyans. Discover the Doll’s House room, with 18 houses on display, toy soldiers and a secret space for children to explore, there’s plenty to feast your eyes upon. Follow the signs to the indoor playspace at Toobelz House where you'll find nature-themed crafts, creative play and a good book to snuggle down with during the holidays.

A boy explores Souter Lighthouse

Explore an engineering marvel at Souter Lighthouse 

Discover why Souter Lighthouse, the first ever purpose-built lighthouse, truly was 'a Marvel of its age'. Climb the 76 steps to the top of the tower and take in the amazing views of the coastline. Learn about the life of a Lighthouse Keeper and his family, find out how the Engine Room provided power for the light and foghorn and have fun with the interactive objects in the Compass Room.

Young girl paints at Ormesby Hall

Discover Ormesby Hall's hidden gems  

Have a go at being a railway controller and enjoy the running model railways in the old servant’s wing at Ormesby Hall. You can even find Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends whizzing round the tracks. Enjoy some creative playtime and dressing up in the family space or relax with a book in the second hand bookshop.

young girl reading a book

Lose yourself in a book at Gibside  

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than losing yourself in a good story on a rainy day. Settle down for story time at Renick's second hand book shop in the stables at Gibside. Grab a snack, hot drink or treats from the café across the courtyard and get cosy while the rain falls outside.