May half term at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

A sunny day, a child crouches on a cliff top path looking back at Souter Lighthouse in the distance.

There are plenty of activities to keep the kids busy during May half term at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas.

Souter is a very special lighthouse to visit, it was the first in the world designed and built to be powered by electricity. You can discover how lighthouse keepers lived and how they helped to keep ships at sea safe. Get hands on with interactive activities and climb 76 steps to the top of the tower, where you’ll find Souter’s huge, powerful lamp and views stretching for miles.

With the Foghorn Field outside and over two miles of open grassland on The Leas, there’s plenty of space to run, play and picnic.

What's on?

You'll find craft activities in the Education Room (upstairs from the admissions area): between 11am and 4pm on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 June we're making kites (£1.50 each) and on Friday 3 June it's Jubilee crowns (£1 each). 

On Friday, 11am - 4pm, you can also join in with free mini sports in the Foghorn Field. 

Self-led adventures

Any day the lighthouse is open, you can grab an activity pack from the admissions desk, providing everything you need for rock pooling (depending on the tides), bird watching, pond dipping and bug hunting.

Younger children aged 2 or over can borrow a balance bike to explore the traffic-free trails of The Leas and Whitburn Coastal Park. Free. Please ask at the admissions desk.

You can tick a few outdoor mini-adventures off your 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ list any time you visit. You could fly a kite, catch a crab, explore on wheels, watch a bird or go paddling for starters. Never mind if you’re over 11 ¾ - parents and grandparents can join in too.

Print our nature wheels before you go for a walk, then try to spot as many things as possible to match each texture and colour:

Nature Texture Wheel (PDF / 1.7MB) download

Nature Colour Wheel (PDF / 1.3MB) download

If you fancy a fun way to keep fit, give our Active Mile course a go at any time. From the starting point near the car park, follow way markers around the coastal park, pausing at each one to give a different exercise a go. 

Souter's Active Mile trail will keep you on your toes
A way marker sign shows a graphic of a person performing a star jump
Souter's Active Mile trail will keep you on your toes

Where to next?

Once you've searched Souter's rock pools, explored the lighthouse and roamed free on The Leas, you could bimble for bees at Gibside.

A girl walking with a stick

May half-term at Gibside

Sometimes the little things in life make a BIG impact, so this May half-term we're on a hunt to find out more about busy bees as we bimble our way around the garden. Get your explorers ready and come along to enjoy free activities every day of the school holidays.