Fun Family Days Out

If you’re looking for great family days out, look no further as the Summer of Fun continues! We have some fantastic fun ideas that you can do in and around the North Tyneside area.

Quick and Easy Ideas

  • Ourseburn Farm
  • Heritage Train Rides
  • Jesmond Dene
  • Rising Sun Country Park
  • St Mary’s Lighthouse
  • Northumberland Park
  • Screen on the Green
  • Tynemouth Treasure Trail

Ouseburn Farm

Children love animals, and here they will have a chance to meet various creatures, including Susie the Psychic Pig who was a star with her match predictions during the Euros.

The farm near Byker has lambs, goats, several varieties of chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs. It’s free entry but donations are welcome.

Heritage Train Rides

Re-live the glorious age of steam with a four mile return trip following the route of the coal trains from the collieries to the River Tyne behind a vintage locomotive in our 1950s passenger carriages.

After your train ride, visit our museum which is home to Killingworth Billy, the world’s third oldest surviving steam locomotive. The recently installed displays and information panels tell the story of railway pioneers George and Robert Stephenson who spent almost 20 years on North Tyneside. 

On your way out, don’t forget to drop into the shop for that all-important souvenir of your visit. The Waggonway Tea Room is open for hot and cold drinks, light snacks and cakes which can be enjoyed on our new picnic benches next to the garden.

Screen on the Green

Why not pack a picnic and, if you’re quick, bag a few of the deckchairs set up in Old Eldon Square to enjoy a free film screening.

The six-week Screen on the Green film programme will feature family favourites throughout the school summer holidays and the bill includes Godzilla vs Kong; the recent instalment of the DC Comics extended cinematic Universe; Trolls World Tour and Tom and Jerry The Movie.

There will be two film screenings a day, with family-focused choices at 12noon then a real mix of styles and genres to follow each evening at 6pm.

St Mary’s Lighthouse

Visitors can cross the short causeway to visit St Mary’s Island and explore the the beach’s rockpools, clifftop grassland, and recently-created wetland habitat. If you want to explore indoors, you could climb all 137 steps to the top!

Rising Sun Country Park

The 400-acre green oasis is located in the heart of the North Tyneside and is open all year round. Visitors can enjoy the park’s rich and diverse wildlife and if can be lucky enough to spot its resident stag. At the centre of the park is a lake area, which is designated as a Local Nature Reserve. There are lots of different habitats to explore throughout the park including grassland, woodland, pond, wetlands and a lake.

Tynemouth Treasure Trail

Wander through the streets and discover hidden treasure along this three mile route through the town and historic borough. Trails can be done at your own pace with children as young as six able to participate, it’s the perfect way to explore parts of Tynemouth! The booklets are a set price, with one booklet enough for four to five people.