Family day at Beamish Museum for February half term in NewcastleGateshead

Whether it’s fulfilling your lip syncing performance dreams or becoming a champion Puddle Jumper – there are plenty of things to do with the kids during February half term in Newcastle and Gateshead. We’ve pulled together a list of brilliant family-friendly events taking place at top venues and attractions in the North East so you will have something to do every day of February half term.

Maps Festival

  • 📍  At venues across Newcastle and Gateshead
  • ⏰ Saturday 15 – Monday 24 February 2020
  • 🎟️ Some events need to be booked in advance 

Maps Festival is the little dash of colour, sparkle and creativity that will set you up with all the vibes you need for 2020. MAPS Festival is a must-do for families this February half term at venues across Newcastle and Gateshead. Get ready for Lip Sync Workshops, Lizzo Appreciation Society, playful protests and even a Womble Club!

Explore another world

  • 📍 Life Science Centre, Newcastle
  • ⏰ Open all week
  • 🎟️ Admission tickets apply

Life Science Centre are going up, up and away with a rocket-fuelled extravaganza for February half term. Join the must-see attraction for a family day out and explore their brand new Space Zone too. Get your skates on and take a final spin on the outdoor ice rink before it closes for the season.

Wish Beamish a very happy birthday!

  • 📍  Beamish Museum
  • ⏰Open all week
  • 🎟️ Admission tickets apply but one day ticket can become a full year pass.

Celebrate Beamish Museum’s 50th birthday during February half term. The award-winning outdoor attraction is the perfect place to while away a full day out with the family. Explore North East life throughout the years and take part in party games and activities across the whole site… we’ve even heard rumours of birthday cake! Beamish is a popular place to make sure you get there early to make the most of your day. It’s also your last chance to skate outdoors this season at Beamish.

Become a Puddle Jumping Champ!  

  • 📍  WWT Washington Wetland Centre
  • ⏰ Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 February 2020
  • 🎟️ Admission applies. Book online before you visit and you can save 10%.

If you've ever wanted to add "Champion Puddle Jumper" to your CV - WWT Washington have just the thing. The Puddle Jumping Championships is a great event for anyone looking to get outdoors and bounce off some energy whatever your age or “jumping ability.” While you’re at WWT Washington, make sure to pop along to their Guide in a Hide events or take a Walk with a Warden to find out more about the wildlife on the reserve.

Make a difference at Seven Stories

  • 📍  Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books
  • ⏰ Events and activities throughout half term
  • 🎟️ Some events are ticketed - check their website for specific details.

Seven Stories is open every day during February half term and invite families to discover more about what they can do to help shape the world around them in a series of fun, interactive events. Enjoy themed activities all week and explore Seven Stories’ exhibitions, meet authors and illustrators, listen to a story and relax with a cup of tea. You can even join them to plant your own tree in the Ouseburn on Thursday 20 February (£5 per person) and help make the cultural hub even greener. There’s lots of family-friendly things to do in Ouseburn which makes it a great day out. Why not try something different while you’re there like bouldering at The Valley Climbing Centre?

Wrap up warm for a Frozen Sunday Lunch

  • 📍  The Vermont Hotel
  • ⏰ Sunday 23 February 2020
  • 🎟️ Get in touch with the hotel directly to book at table.

Tuck into a hearty Sunday Lunch at The Vermont Hotel where little ones will be entertained by games and a rather famous pair of frosty sisters. If ever you needed an excuse to pull out your fancy dress, this event is for you.

TWO Free days of family fun on the Quayside!

  • 📍 BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
  • ⏰ Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 February 2020, 10am – 6pm
  • 🎟️ Free!

BALTIC have got a whole heap of fun planned for you over two days during February half term and yes, did we mention, it's all free? Always offering a quality day of family fun, BALTIC won't let you down this February Half Term when they roll out the activities. Join artist Richard Bliss and get creating with colour, texture and words.  This is your chance to explore BALTIC’s brilliant exhibitions too - Animalesque and Play Rebellion (which closes on 23 February).   

Joseph in full technicolour

  • 📍 Sunderland Empire
  • ⏰ Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 February 2020
  • 🎟️ Ticketed, book in advance.

If you’re looking for a treat during February half term, take the kids to a colourful performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Sunderland Empire. You’ll be singing all the way home!

Outdoor Cinema in the Square

  • 📍 Times Square Newcastle, opposite Life Science Centre
  • ⏰ Friday 14 – Sunday 23 February 2020
  • 🎟️ Ticketed event, we’d suggest you book in advance.

Enjoy some of the best family films on the big screen. The line-up includes Incredibles 2 (19 Feb), Toy Story 4 (21 Feb), Beauty and the Beast singalong (23 Feb), The Greatest Showman (23 Feb) and the first Harry Potter film (22 Feb) to name just a few. Tickets vary from completely free to £12 depending on whether you want to sit on a bench or snuggle around a firepit. Street food and snacks are on hand to keep you well fuelled during your movie watching.

Fire and Ice in Durham  

  • 📍 Durham city centre
  • ⏰ Friday 21 – Saturday 22 February 2020
  • 🎟️ Free and unticketed

If you're looking to go further afield on a day out during February half term, head to neighbouring Durham and wander through the historic streets as you follow the impressive trail of ice sculptures.

Meet the River Giants

Meet the latest residents at the newly refurbished Tynemouth Aquarium. Discover the river giants, explore the new exhibits and take in the new experiences along the way.

Become an Explorer

  • 📍 Great North Museum: Hancock
  • ⏰ Tuesday 18 February 2020, 11am – 4pm
  • 🎟️ Free, drop in event

Great North Museum: Hancock is open every day during February half term with plenty of things to discover but why not drop in on Tuesday 18 February for Explorer’s Day? Collect a special explorer’s passport when you arrive and start your adventure.

Get hands on with history

  • 📍 Belsay Hall, Castle and Garden
  • ⏰ Open every day during February half term
  • 🎟️ Admission applies

Go in search of fairies in the gardens of Belsay Hall. Collect a trail sheet when you arrive and begin your adventure. This is a brilliant family day out for those who are full of imagination and are looking for some fresh air! If you’re an English Heritage member, this event is free.

Take a look at our What’s On pages or get some inspiration of places to explore in Newcastle and Gateshead. There are also plenty of family-friendly restaurants and cafes to refuel during February half term.  

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