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11 Places we can't wait to revisit once Lockdown is over




We are really looking forward to the day the restrictions are lifted, the day we are allowed to travel outside of our area. To be honest there are a few eyebrows being raised over what's to come 29th of March because the rules are not that clear. However we are dreaming of the days when we can go a bit further than our local parks, although we love Sunderland and it's green spaces, we are raring to go and explore further.


We have loads of places that we love to visit throughout the year so this was a difficult one to narrow down to just 11.


Remember to abide by the rules though and keep checking the Gov.uk website for up to date info on what we can and can't do yet. Each place is also different and will have certain measures in place, so please check websites to clarify. (Most of these places are also pre booked only)



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Beamish - Reopening April 12th, pre booked tickets only, even if you are a member. NO indoor spaces are open, no transport unless you need the disabled bus. Food is takeaway only. You are welcome to explore the outdoors at Beamish. We LOVE Beamish and visit often and have done for many years, so this is first on our list. Find out more HERE




Wolds Way Lavender - I have chosen Wolds Way because we always have so much fun here, there's loads to see and do and the lavender is just stunning. I have actually chosen Wolds way a few years running for my Birthday day out, I just love it here. Also a great spot to have a picnic. Find out more HERE





York maze - The boys insisted I added York Maze to the list. It is hands down one of the best days out we ever had. They boys were in their element all day and we stayed from opening til closing time. So much fun to be had and loads and loads to do here. Personal favourite is the house of Illusions. Find out more HERE





Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens - Belsay is a love of mine. I absolutely love the walk through all of the gorgeous trees and flowers down to the castle. We have been visiting Belsay for so many years now and we still love it! Also check out the jams and chutneys, they are to die for.

Find out more HERE




Rievaulx Terrace and temple - Yes another Yorkshire entry here, but trust me, Rievaulx Terrace and Temple is absolutely gorgeous. If you can get there during Spring (I know it might not be possible this year) It is just fantastic. You get amazing views over Rievaulx Abbey too (Also worth a visit) There is a little wooden play area for the kids and some giant outdoor games too. Find out more HERE




Cragside House and Gardens - A must if you love a good walk, you can explore the lovely grounds, which has various different sections to it along the car drive, including a labyrinth, kids play area, a beautiful Lake to walk around and a quarry. You can also stay closer to the house and explore the grounds directly from the house. The house is stunning with some pretty interesting collections. Find out more HERE




Howick Hall and Gardens - We have been annual pass holders for a few years now and love visiting Howick throughout the seasons. It is amazing throughout the year with its range of plants. You can also visit the sensory garden which is super relaxing. There are a few walks you can try too which take you around the Garden. Don't miss out the church, where you can find some lovely postcards and other goodies for sale. Also a delicious Tearoom. (Highly recommended by us.)Find out more HERE




London Zoo - We were invited to visit London Zoo on a press trip last year, I have been many times throughout my childhood and I have always thought it is just an amazing place to learn and explore about some of the most majestic animals on the planet. I am a huge supporter of the work these guys do. However, we visited in the middle of July and it was flipping sticky to say the least. So maybe a visit for when it's not so warm. (They have fantastic Social distancing in place, I promise!) Find out more HERE




The Scottish Owl centre - This was such a lovely place to visit, When we last went there were only a few other people walking around. They have some of the most stunning Owls here and they do a great job looking after them. You can also take a seat and enjoy the live show, which is full of facts and flying owls all around you. (They actually touch you as they fly over you!) Gorgeous kids play area and a seating area for picnics. Find out more HERE




Preston Park Museum and Grounds - Another one from my childhood. It has always been a great place to head for a wander and a look around the museum. You could also pop into Butterfly World, although that is at extra cost, lots of grounds to explore, feed the ducks and don't forget to call into the tea room for a slice of heavenly cake. Find out more HERE





Raby Castle - Always been one of my favourites since I was a little girl, I just love coming here. I love the gardens, the castle and the deer! Lots to see but I prefer just wandering through the gardens and relaxing. We last visited during the Summer Lates sessions and it was just superb. The flowers were in full bloom. I highly recommend you visit one of their Summer Lates. Find out more HERE




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