Take a look below for loads of fantastic things to do with kids in Northumberland for you to browse easily & quickly. If you know of any other great family days out not listed below, please get in contact
Things To Do & Days Out in Northumberland
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Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre With regular flying demonstrations, handling sessions and loads to learn not just about the birds themselves but the captive breeding and conservation programmes, this is a fascinating day out for bird lovers of all ages.
Eshottheugh Animal Park Eshottheugh Animal Park covers 14 acres of beautiful countryside with a wide range of domestic and exotic species of animals including Meerkats & Raccoons as well as friendly Donkeys, Ponies & Goats. We also have a Tea Room & outdoor play area for the kids. NEW for 2015, Mini-Golf and Electric Tractors!
Falconry Days A professional bird of prey centre that provides a range of different experiences, from falconry days to owl encounters. Family Activity Experience available. Over 75 birds from around the world. Visitor centre and picnic area.
Whitehouse Farm Centre With indoor and outdoor play facilities; hands on animal petting and feeding sessions; loads of creatures to visit with and lots of it under cover, this is an all weather treat that ticks all the boxes!
Chain Bridge Honey Farm Family friendly working bee farm, with a great visitor centre from which you can learn and observe the foundations of the work. A most popular display is the observation hive where a living colony of bees can be viewed behind glass.
Bailiffgate Museum is a museum and gallery telling the history of Alnwick and district with colourful displays and activities. It is an indoor attraction.
The Heritage Centre at Bellingham A fabulous local history facility with oodles of interactive bits for younger kids to break up the visit. Regular events held, contact for details.
Newbiggin Maritime Centre Discover life in a historic fishing village through the interactive exhibitions and thoughtful exhibits. It's next to a play park and a sandy beach with rock pools, so take a picnic and make a day of it!
Grace Darling Museum Learn the story of Grace Darling and discover the details of what happened that stormy night in 1838 when she and her father risked a terrible storm to help those in danger. A RNLI facility.
Prudhoe Waterworld A large leisure pool with wave machine, aqua slide and beach area where children and adults can swim, play and relax, or while the children are playing in our Space Jack's Soft Play area, you can enjoy a drink or something to eat in the cafe.
Swan Centre For Leisure Features a 25m swimming pool which include inflatables, waves and flume sessions plus lessons, lane swimming, age zoned sessions and more besides. Friendly, warm and great exercise!
Concordia Leisure Centre features an interactive kids' leisure pool with squirtums, sensory boards and underwater artwork. There is also a huge indoor play area for children with bouncy castles, Little Tykes climbing frames and more.
Haltwhistle Swimming and Leisure Centre Leisure centre with 3 outdoor pools, a 25 metre pool with giant flume slide, dedicated learner pool, and tots' paddling pool with fun toys for toddlers and babies. There is also a great adventure play area.
Banana Beach Indoor Adventure Play A tropical themed indoor play area with only a few levels but well themed and constructed with plenty to do for the smaller kids and an inflatable shark whose mouth you can slide out of!
Bounce Indoor Play Centre Cool multi level adventure soft play structure with great slides, toddler zone, sports court, bounce house, inflatable fun arena and pretty good coffee! What more do you want?
TJ's Jungle The toddlers' area is strictly for under 4s and has a slide shooting into a ball pool, soft toys and a climbing area while the bigger kids' play area has 5 levels with 5 different slides, 4 ariel runways, large ball pool and a tree house with jungle sound effects!
Castle Mania Indoor Adventure Play Massive indoor adventure play centre! Adventure play frame and go karts.
Space to Play Bedlington Exciting woodland themed play frame for kids up to the ages of 10. Separate toddler and baby areas, plus dressing up area, and Cosy Corner with books. Birthday party packages offered too.
Treasure Island is an indoor soft play centre, cafe and party venue with a giant frame and pirate ship for the kids and reasonably priced food, free Wi-Fi and decent coffee for the adults. We also run weekly classes during term and special events during the school holidays.
The Funstation Offers a multi level adventure playframe with giant 4 lane slide, spiral slide, football area, aerial skyglide and a fantastic baby and toddler area with interactive ball juggling machine and more!
Crackers Soft Play Multi level indoor play centre with fun features for all plus a sensory room! Particularly popular restaurant facility.
Chillingham Castle Take a tour, freely explore or bring a notepad and learn absolutely loads of fascinating history. Keep an eye out for their resident ghosts or even take a nighttime guided ghost walk! Plus see their herd of special cattle that are rarer than giants pandas!
Alnwick Castle A worthwhile experience from several angles: historically significant and luxuriantly furnished with antiques plus art and artefact exhibits on the one hand, and an adventurous Knight's Quest adventure full of immersive interactive activities from the dress up through to the dragon!
Bamburgh Castle dominates this part of the beautiful Northumberland coast and is perfect for exploring with the kids! There are 14 public areas to tour, live archaeological excavations to watch and loads of fascinating history to learn!
Lindisfarne Castle Time your trip wisely across the tidal causeway and you'll be rewarded with a charming castle with sympathetic furnishings surrounded by a walled garden and the headland beyond, plus Family Trail and the chance to sea seals on the beach!
Hexham Old Gaol Tour the Old Gaol built in 1330 with a rich history of plagues, bribed guards and jail breaks for your discovery amongst many other interesting stories! Semi interactive displays help keep kids interested. A welcoming environment!
Woodhorn Museum and Gardens A great attraction for the whole family with hands on activities, an events programme and that all important cup of tea! Don't forget to enjoy a trip on the Woodhorn Railway Society's Narrow Gauge Train.
Vindolanda A Roman encampment site with adjacent museum combine to make a memorable day genuinely enjoying learning! Offers a captivating insight into the garrisons of Hadrian's Wall.
Hadrians Wall and Fort The inspiration for the now infamous Game of Thrones series, this is an 80 mile long wall of wonder with intriguing archaeological remains, the infamous Sycamore Gap and amazing views worth taking a camera for.
Kielder Observatory A public astronomical observatory under some of the darkest skies in Europe. Open most evenings for a variety of different events. Interactive and informative. Weekly family Astronomy evenings, plus special events during school holidays.
Hexham Abbey A stunning abbey with over 1300 years of history to discover. An interactive exhibition, full of facts and things to do. Anglo Saxon crypt, medieval stairs plus a monastic herb garden to explore.
Lindisfarne Centre A great little place to find out about the history of Holy Island, from viking attacks to wildlife, the land, and its people. Interactive displays, plus activities for kids. Check tide times for visit.
Preston Tower An ancient tower and clock, surrounded by garden and walks. Guardroom, prison, plus rooms furnished as they may have been around 1400. Fascinating displays and information. Great view from the top.
Dunstanburgh Castle An iconic castle surrounded by rock pooly beaches and pleasant walks surrounded by livestock, boasting a tall tower, giggle worthy garderobes and a resident ghost. Charming, atmospheric and great for kids!
Go Ape Matfen The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
The Bike Place in Kielder Bike hire centre located in superb habitat for rare birds and animals. Varied range of trails available to cycle along, suitable for all abilities. Trail maps and helpful free advice available.
Wicked Wizard of Alnwick Treasure Trail Get out with the kids and explore Alnwick with a self guided detective style Treasure Trail. Follow the Trail route whilst hunting around for the answers to the clues to solve the mystery, all whilst learning about Alnwick!
The Seahouses Treasure Trail Can you and the kids solve the mystery of the Golden Kipper? Follow the Trail to find and solve the clues as you explore Seahouses on this self-guided treasure hunt themed Trail.
Golden Gate Boat Trips For boat trips you'll always remember. Explore Grace Darling's Lighthouse on Longstone Island, the Inner Farne Bird Sanctuary and Staple Island Bird Sanctuary and see grey seals, puffins and shags.
Heatherslaw Light Railway A weatherproof or sun loving 15 inch gauge steam rail ride, with fully enclosed, partly glazed, and fully open carriage options! Travel alongside the River Till and do some otter spotting or jump off at the stations and explore!
Puffin Cruises Take a boat trip around Coquet Island to see the puffins, terns, ducks and seals. Also a lighthouse, built by monks and ruins of a monastery window is visible.
The Alnwick Garden One of the most exciting contemporary gardens to be developed in the last century, it is a magical landscape of unique gardens, features and structures, with walkways in the sky, rope bridges and a Woodland Walk.
Chillingham Wild Cattle Park Come and visit the only herd of purebred Wild Cattle left in England! Truly wild they're a little dangerous and have to be approached with a professional guide: exciting! There are also Roe and Fallow Deer to spot, plus over 50 types of bird so bring your binoculars!
Farne Islands Explore above and below the water with guided cruises around the islands and diving tours of shipwrecks! Plus see loads of seals, sea birds and other natural wonders.
Druridge Bay Country Park 3.5 miles of beautiful beach and sand dunes, plus a large freshwater Lake surrounded by woods and meadows. Visitor centre, cafe, shop and a young children’s play area: sounds good to us!
Ridley Park Comprises a water play area, two big playgrounds well equipped for differing age groups, tennis courts, putting and bowling greens. Part of Sustrans National Cycle Route 1 too!
Hauxley Nature Reserve The reserve is closed until Summer 2016 while we build our new Wildlife Discovery Centre! The entire reserve is classed a construction site. There are Open Days on 13 September, 11 October, 8 November and 13 December, 10.30am to 3.30pm.
Tower Knowe Visitor Centre One of three visitor centres in Kielder Water and Forest Park. Great for walks, biking, sailing and fishing. Explore Centre, ferry and sailing club. Great place for a family day out.
Leaplish Waterside Park One of three visitor centres in Kielder Water and Forest Park. A number of activities including archery, fishing and snorkelling. Great place for a family day out or an active holiday.
Kielder Castle Visitor Centre One of three visitor centres in Kielder Water and Forest Park. Exhibition to see. Centre for cycling, Salmon centre, plus squirrel room and viewing hide. Great for mountain biking and forest activities.
Kielder Art and Architecture A number of self guided trails including interactive art and architecture, through Kielder Forest and Water Park. Includes Minotaur Maze, Mirage Deck and Kielder column. Three main trails with free online guides to download.
Carlisle Park A beautiful park that is free to visit. Contains an aviary, an 11th century motte and bailey, an herb garden and woodland. Play areas, paddling pool plus a skate park. Free to visit.
Northumberlandia Explore the 4 miles of trails around the body of an enormous lady reclining on the countryside, sculpted from 1.5 million tonnes of ground! With visitor centre, cafe and friendly experts to chat with, this is a walk you simply won't forget. Unique!
Amble Links Beach Sand and shingle beach with nearby medieval monastery and the first Hogwarts. Home to the UKs largest colony of puffins.
Bamburgh Beach Miles of sandy beach looking up at Bamburgh Castle. Swimming, surfing and windsurfing permitted but no lifeguard cover. A walk to the south may reveal seals!
Beadnell Beach A magnificent golden sandy beach with watersports including, diving, sailing, surfing, windsurfing, sea canoeing and waterskiing. Good cycling and rambling routes.
Pots and Paws - is a spacious ceramic pottery painting studio in Rothbury. Drop in and paint a piece of pottery from our huge range. We also have a fantastic gift area which also has upcycled furniture and homeware.
Cragside House and Gardens Visit the world's first hydroelectrically lit house, see Britain's tallest tree, get lost in the labyrinth and enjoy the adventure playground, plus spot green woodpeckers, red squirrels and dragonflies!
The Bunker Giant indoor soft play area, 18 hole crazy golf and the best fish n chips in town! Worth a walk around the area too as stunning ocean views.
Dinosaur Encounter Adventure Golf is a fun filled 12 hole adventure golf course with moving and roaring dinosaurs! Loads of fun for kids of all ages and great for a family tournament.
Slate Hall Riding Centre A riding centre offering lessons, beach rides and treks through beautiful beaches and countryside. All weather arena for lessons. Families are welcome, something for all levels of ability.