Summer fun in the North East

Stuck for ideas for what to do during the summer holidays? Then let us help. Here’s a round-up of great days out for all the family in the North East...

Visitors in the forest at Cragside, Northumberland

Let your imagination run wild at Cragside  

An engineer, an explorer, or a whizz on the water... what will your little ones become this summer at Cragside? Try a different activity every day of the week: Experiment with electricity on Bright Sparks Mondays, make your own version of the Iron Bridge on Innovation Tuesdays, help out our feathered friends on Wildlife Wednesdays, explore on water on Make a Splash Thursdays, and try out a different activity on 50 things Fridays.

A family sitting by a tree watching open air theatre

Make the most of summer at Gibside  

Enjoy summer days and warm nights at Gibside with events to keep the whole family entertained. There are free family activities and outdoor adventures every day of the school holidays, including summer bingo, den building and wild art. With a ranger-led activity on Saturday 12 August, open-air theatre on Wednesday 23 August and late night opening every Friday and Saturday, you can enjoy the long summer evenings at Gibside too.

Children playing at Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland

Run wild at Seaton Delaval Hall  

The unruly Delaval children used to run wild at Seaton Delaval Hall and you can do the same this summer. From 50 things to family events, to geocaching to exploring the playscape, there’s lots of fun to be had at Seaton Delaval Hall.

Two girls building a den in the wood

Play out all summer at Wallington  

Go wild in the woods, explore further afield on two wheels and discover childhood past in the house. Plan a full day of fun, inside and out, at Wallington this summer.

A family in the play field in front of Souter Lighthouse

Enjoy seaside fun at Souter Lighthouse  

There’s no excuse for letting boredom creep in over the summer holidays. There’s so much to do at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas. New for 2017, Souter's Summer of Sport. Free sports activities and taster sessions for all ages, each Tuesday throughout the summer holidays. With regular activities include archery, badminton, orienteering, rounders, tennis and volleyball, we'll be on hand to help you try something new and improve your skills.

Children looking at creatures captured in pots

Relax at Cherryburn this summer  

Get away from the hustle and bustle this summer with a visit to Cherryburn. Relax on a deckchair, tuck into a picnic and enjoy games on the lawn and build dens, hunt for bugs and watch birds in the wildlife garden. Look out for the friendly animals in the farmyard too - there are donkeys, alpacas and chickens all waiting to say hello.

Children sitting at the North Gate of Milecastle 37

Have a family adventure on Hadrian's Wall  

Discover the past at Hadrian's Wall this summer. Follow in the footsteps of the Romans as you wander along Hadrian's Wall and explore Housesteads Roman Fort, where you can peer into the oldest loos you'll ever see and dress up as a Roman soldier. There's a mini play area at the Housesteads visitor centre too, plus there are geocaches hidden all along the Wall if you're after some 21st century fun.

Two children inspecting their pond dipping catch

Get back to nature at Washington Old Hall 

Mondays are all about nature at Washington Old Hall. Join in with Nature Nuttery days each Monday and tick off some '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' activities - hunt for bugs, look for birds and help to build a bug hotel. You can enjoy lots of other activities throughout the summer holidays too as well as exploring inside the old hall, checking out the orchard and veg patch and looking at the cool patterns made by the hedges.