School holidays in the North East

Make the most of the school holidays and enjoy an adventure this half term. There's plenty of fun to be had in nature’s playground throughout the holidays. Explore your wild side with some ’50 things to do before you're 11 3/4’ activities, plan an action-packed day in the great outdoors or simply enjoy family time with a crunch through the leaves at your favourite places in the North East.

Family with dragon heads on Wallington's lawn

Head to Wallington for outdoor adventures this October half term. Set off on a spooky Broomstick trail around the courtyard or explore the estate with a spin around the Dragon Cycle trail – hire a bike or bring your own. Get closer to nature in the new Little Acorns natural play space: run through the willow tunnel, tiptoe across the wooden steps and peep through the viewing screen to watch the birds.

Family walking at Cragside

Go on a sculpture hunt at Cragside this half term and see if you can find the wise owl in the Formal Garden, 'Douglas' hiding in the Pinetum and the wizard guarding the entrance to the Labyrinth. Bring your binoculars for wildlife spotting at Nelly's Moss - look out for frogs and toads on the lakeside and the geese family paddling across the water.

A young girl enjoying the autumn leaves dressed as a witch for Halloween

Ghastly goings on at Gibside this half term  

Challenge the creativity of young witches and wizards on this spooky Halloween trail at Gibside. Venture on a quest through the West Wood and help Ghastly Griselda collect magic items to conjure a grizzly pet. Creep towards Griselda’s lair and create a scary monster using twigs, acorns, leaves and more - from spindly arms and scruffy hair to yellow fangs and eyes that glare!

A family runs towards the red and white striped tower of Souter Lighthouse in wintry sunshine

Half term adventures at Souter Lighthouse  

Bundle up for an outdoor adventure at Souter Lighthouse and the Leas. Climb to the top of the lighthouse, fly a kite in the Welfare Field or try different exercises on the Active Mile trail. You can also get into the spirit of Halloween with a spooky outdoor trail and pick up a pack of creative crafts to take home on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October. If you need to warm up after a blast of chilly North Sea wind, why not treat yourself to a luxury hot chocolate while you’re there?

Children at a Halloween event

Enjoy Halloween Happenings at Ormesby Hall  

Let your imagination run wild this half term as Ormesby Hall comes alive for Halloween.....Follow the Potions and Poisons trail through the house and garden to find out about the darker side of nature, learn the witches' dance and enjoy spooky storytelling by the fire in the kitchen. On Sunday 31 October, Kirkleatham Owl Centre will be visiting too, with a collection of fun but frightful creatures and creepy crawlies.

a family walking through the rock garden at Cragside

Family activities in the North East 

Enjoy family adventures in the North East this winter. Go on a wildlife walk, find play areas galore or explore the best beaches - whatever you fancy, there's plenty of fun for all the family.

 Visitors enjoying an autumnal walk beneath the autumn trees on the estate at Hardwick, Derbyshire

Autumn activities for all the family 

Vibrant colours, bold trees and rich harvests... explore the best experiences of the season with our range of autumnal activity packs. Whether you're after family fun or some quiet time, there's something to enjoy for all ages and tastes.