A Family Weekend Away in Newcastle

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BBC Tour

The BBC building in Newcastle is home to Look North, Sunday Politics and the radio station BBC Newcastle. They have a special children’s interactive tour designed for children aged 6-12 and their families. On this tour step into the famous BBC news studio and find out how everything works behind the scenes.

The tours last 1.5 hours and are a unique and exciting way to spend a family break in Nottingham.

The Great North Museum

There’s so much content that it’s easy to spend a couple of hours with the kids at the Great North Museum, the permanent displays include natural science, world culture, archaeology and geology.

There are live animal tanks and displays which are always a big success with the kids and a virtual aquarium, plus full sized models of an elephant and a great white shark.

Seven Stories

Seven Stories is a one of a kind space for kids to enjoy reading, to explore different kinds of children books and partake in themed activities.

For lovers of literature, Seven Stories collects all sorts of material relating to children’s, all that goes into the making of a book. Their collection includes things such as rough artwork, draft manuscripts, dummy books, correspondence, editors’ notes, proofs, which explore how books are created. The Seven Stories Collection includes material by over 250 authors and illustrators from authors such as Enid Blyton, Philip Pullman, Robert Westall, Judith Kerr and Kaye Webb.

Jesmond Dene Park

Jesmond Dene is full of outdoor activities for kids and families; walk along the waterfall, got to the petting zoo, have a picnic or go for a walk. There’s a lot to see in this wooded valley, aside from the raw beauty it is home to a number of wildlife such as Kingfisher, the Red Squirrel and many woodland birds. The park also has a play area, boating lake and pet’s corner.

Beamish Open Air Museum

Beamish Museum is ‘the living museum of the North’ because it has recreated what life was life in the North-East of England during the early 1800s and 1900s. It really feels like you’ve stepped back in time once you enter the museum, you get to watch sweets being made, visit an authentically recreated Masonic Hall and take a ride behind a replica of Puffing Billy, one of the world’s oldest surviving steam locos at Pockerley Waggonway. It’s full of great activities for kids to take part in and at the same time learn some history of the times gone by.

Laing Art Gallery

Located in the centre of Newcastle, Laing art gallery houses a vast collection of sculpture and art which is on show throughout the season, including landscapes by John Martin and sculpture by Henry Moore. They have a number of temporary exhibitions from local and international artists. The Laing is an ideal family attraction for kids as well as adults, as they host a number of arts and crafts classes and interactive exhibitions.

The Discovery Museum

Step inside the museum to learn all about life in Newcastle and Tyneside. From the area’s celebrated maritime history and science and technology through to the fashion and military past, the Discovery Museum offers something for everyone. The museum strives on hands on interactive exhibitions which make it one of the perfect things to do this weekend in Newcastle.

The museum attracted 467,000 visits in the last year, the star of which is Turbunia, Charles Parsons’ 34 metre steam powered ship that was once the fastest ship in the world and thus an iconic part of Tyneside’s history.

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