The school holidays are nearly upon us, and these 6 weeks can feel like they’re going to last an eternity! It’s even trickier when you don’t know what the weather is going to be like! But fear not, ARTventurers have come to the rescue with our handy guide to lots of fabulous places to explore this summer throughout the North East! There are so many summer holiday activities to try.
For this blog I’m going to highlight a few fabulous places near the coast in North Tyneside. These are child-friendly places you can visit with your little ones.
On a sunny day I love going for a walk along the sea front in Tynemouth or Whitley Bay. I was born near the sea in Bournemouth so I’ve always been drawn to beaches and watching the waves crash and tumble. It’s so relaxing! And even better, a walk along the sea front or on the beach is completely free. You could even make a day of it by bringing a picnic along. Maybe grab a beach ball to keep the littlies entertained too.
Littley Bay is a coastal themed role play children’s cafe. It celebrates all things to do with Whitley Bay. There’s a mini Jam Jar cinema, a mini Di Meo’s Ice Cream Parlour and a very cute mini version of St. Mary’s lighthouse. It’s a new and brilliant place for children to unleash their imaginations. It’s definitely worth a visit! There is also a cafe too for you to grab some food after all the role play fun! Admission is £2 for under one’s and £5 for one and over.
Northumberland Park is a gorgeous and tranquil green space, nestled between Tynemouth and North Shields. In this beautiful park there is a variety of fun things to explore. There’s a multi-age play area, sculpture trail and lake to walk around. Also a butterfly meadow and woodland walks for your little explorers. There’s a fab tea room if you fancy a slice of yummy cake and a cuppa. Admission is free to the park so it’s great if you’re wanting somewhere to go on for free!
Blue Reef Aquarium
The Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth is a fab place to visit if your little one loves underwater creatures! You can view lots of different species of fish from around the world! From rays and coral reef fish, to seals there are plenty of amazing marine creatures to spot. They also have some cheeky little monkeys who live at the aquarium too! Daily shows and feeds are available to watch, which gives you the opportunity to get closer to these awesome creatures. Blue Reef Aquarium often have special offers on tickets, so check out their website or their facebook page for up to date offers and ticket prices.
The Keel Row
If you fancy going somewhere lovely for your tea after an adventure at the beach, The Keel Row in Seaton Delaval is a family friendly pub with delicious home made food. It’s one of my favourite places to go, and the food portions are enormous! There is both an outdoor AND indoor children’s play area, making it a great place to go to for some food and fun. They often have family fun days where there are lots of fab activities. Bouncy castles, face painting, slime making…they have so many FREE activities available, so if you’re ever looking for some family fun, check them out.
ARTventurers summery fun!
And don’t forget, we have some fantastic summer holiday classes available to book, with some cracking themes coming up too! Here’s what’s happening…
If you fancy joining the ARTy fun this summer, click HERE to book a ticket.
Our summer activities guide can be downloaded below: