top of page
  • Writer's pictureKelly

Our Mega What's On Guide for May Half Term

Updated: May 23, 2023

Cragside National Trust

We are almost into May half term, so we have put together an extensive half term what's on guide. I have gone with half term dates for the North East area (Northumberland have slightly different dates) The below events are based on the 26th May - 4th June

If you have a family friendly event that you would like us to include in this post please complete THIS FORM

*This post contains Ads and Affiliate links

Half Term at Seven Stories


Join the dino-detectives at Seven Stories for ROAR-some adventures across the half-term holidays for all the family to enjoy!

🦕ROAR Like a Dinosaur: Interactive Storytime Adventure £9.50 per child (+ one free adult), suitable for all ages 🦕Fantastic Fossils: Craft Workshop £6.50 per child (+ one free adult), suitable for all ages 🦕Jurassic Jars: Craft Workshop £6.50 per child (+ one free adult), suitable for 6+ To Book these activities please visit HERE

Gross and glorious science and lots of hands-on fun 27th-4th

From amazing shows in the region’s biggest planetarium, to thrilling, interactive exhibits in Wow Zone, families can experience a day out that you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, enjoy hands-on experiments and making activities, and a gross and glorious live show about what makes you, YOU! At Life, one ticket gets you everything – so it's great value, too. Highlights include:

•NEW live show: Gross and Glorious Me – Explore the weird and wonderful workings of the human body. How does your body battle against germs? What makes you break wind? And what does the colour of your wee say about you? It’s (s)not for the squeamish!

•Meet real scientists from Durham University – Take part in real scientific research about how you perceive your body in a virtual world. You'll also have the chance to ask any questions about what they do, how they do it and why it’s important!

•Make your own badge in the Making Studios - Create a design that shows what YOU are all about, then take it home to show your friends!

•Be a forensic detective in Experiment Zone – Solve a mystery by using a magnetic powder to examine fingerprints. (Ages 7+)

•Experience Wow Zone interactives – Bend beams of light, see yourself in an infrared camera, and operate our 6-metre-tall ‘Big Machine’... plus much more!

•Immerse yourself in the region’s biggest planetarium – Take a tour of the night skies as they will look that night in Constellation Close-Up. Or go stargazing with Little Bear – an enchanting show especially for under-7s. Life uses Digistar 7, the world’s most advanced planetarium system, to guarantee stunning imagery and sound for a truly immersive experience.

•Space Zone – be the boss in Mission Control and check out how astronauts poo in space. Space-walk through our replica of part of the International Space Station and present your own weather forecast!

•Under-7s fun including Play Zone, discovery backpacks, a special planetarium show and pop-up play areas.

Grange Fest

The Newton Grange, Brasside Durham - 3rd June

Free entry, starting from 11am we have a bouncy castle, face painting, live music (2-9.30), character appearances, local market stalls

Our Mega What's On Guide for May Half Term

26th - Tots Plots - Seaton Delaval Hall INFO

26th Needle Felt Bird & Butterfly Mobile - Shipley Art Gallery INFO

26th-4th Alnwick Untamed - Alnwick Gardens INFO

27th - Nature Explorer Day - Ormesby Hall NT INFO

27th- Whitley Bay Carnival INFO

27th A monster head plant pot - Baltic Centre INFO

27th Treasure Island - Mother Shipton's INFO

27th Shipbuilder trail - Discovery Museum INFO

27th Car Show - Ushaw Hall INFO

27th Northumberland County Show INFO

27th Pond Dipping - WWT Washington INFO

27th-28th Malton Food Lovers Festival INFO

27th-28th - Comic Con NE - Utilita Arena INFO

27th-28th Machine Meet - Eshott Airfield INFO

27th-28th Amble Puffin Festival INFO

27th-29th Pirates at Whitby Abbey INFO

27th-29th Sheep Shearing - Hall Hill Farm INFO

27th-29th Great North Feast in the park - Bents Park INFO

27th-31st Dragonflies Themed activities and Trail - RSPB Saltholme INFO

27th-31st When the birds sang - Hullabaloo INFO

27th-2nd Pond Dipping - Ormesby Hall NT INFO

27th-4th Sensational Science - Locomotion INFO

27th -4th Dinosaurs, Dragons & Fairies - Whitehouse Farm INFO

27th-4th Flower Trail - Wallington NT INFO

27th-4th WW2 Activities - Tynemouth Priory INFO

27th-4th Roman Activities - Chester's Roman Fort INFO

28th Wild Walk Willow Tit - WWT Washington INFO

28th Natural Printing - WWT Washington INFO

28th Folk Festival - Jarrow Hall INFO

28th Stewart Park Farmer Market INFO

28th World Ocean Day - St Marys Lighthouse and visitors centre INFO

28th Car Show Auto Jumble - NE Restoration Club INFO

28th Italian Cars & Motorcycles - Newby Hall INFO

29th Meet Marley the pony - Bamburgh Castle INFO

29th Monkeying around the museum - The Bowes Museum INFO

29th Pond Dipping with Crafts - WWT Washington INFO

29th - 31st Souter Lighthouse Sports INFO

29th-1st Duck Race - Wallington NT INFO

29th-2nd Planting Activity - The Auckland Project INFO

29th - 4th Coronation Street Party Trail - High Force Waterfall INFO

30th Schools out soft play party - Eldon Square INFO

30th Giant ceramic painting workshop - Washington Leisure centre INFO

30th Beginners Bird walk - Gosforth Nature reserve INFO

30th Family Nature Crafts & Stories - Northumberlandia INFO

30th Seascapes Beach Tots - Meet at Roker Pier INFO

30th Family Arts Festival - Floral Wreath & Collage - Shipley Art Gallery INFO

30th Moss Troopers - Hancock Museum INFO

30th Discovery Days Shipshape Crafts - Discovery Museum INFO

30th Grooving with Pirates - The Fire Station INFO

30th Kids Grumbler workshop - Lanchester Garden Centre INFO

30th Monkeying around the museum - The Bowes Museum INFO

30th Children's art workshop Otter - WWT Washington INFO

30th Barbie Party - Wheatsheaf Benton Square INFO

30th Children's dragon egg workshop - Lanchester Garden Centre INFO

30th Intro to Pottery - The Biscuit Factory INFO

30th Tractor & Digger Day - Darlington Market Square INFO

30th Kite Making Souter Lighthouse NT INFO

30th Ben Fogle WILD - Stockton Globe INFO

30th-4th Scarborough Museum Trail INFO

31st Bronze Age Vessels - Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens INFO

31st Glass painting - National Glass Centre INFO

31st Storytime in the walled garden - Wallington NT INFO

31st Incredible Insects, Queen Bee & Minibeast Kingdom - Hardwick Park INFO

31st Pond dipping activities - Northumberland Wildlife trust INFO

31st Northumberland Zoo family day INFO

31st Mini Pride Kirkleatham Museum INFO

31st Pond dipping - WWT Washington INFO

31st Are you a smoo or a smed Forest school - Lanchester Garden centre INFO

31st Awesome Archers - Oriental museum Durham INFO

31st Mermaid Breakfast Lanchester Garden centre INFO

31st Crafty Romans - Fabulous Flora - Arbeia INFO

31st The boy who sailed the world - Discovery museum INFO

31st Moss troopers - Hancock Museum INFO

31st Seascapes beach tots - Trow Quarry Car Park INFO

31st Pond dipping - St Nicholas Park Gosforth INFO

31st May HT Fun day - Thompson Park INFO


1st Poetry Workshop - Wallington Wall Garden INFO

1st Family Arts Festival Watercolours & Pastel Flower pictures Shipley Art Gallery INFO

1st Bowlees Explorers INFO

1st Kids wildlife walk - Raby Castle INFO

1st Fairies & Dragon trail - Paxton House INFO

2nd Plant Mania - Sunderland Museum & winter gardens INFO

2nd Glass Painting - National Glass Centre INFO

2nd Fossil frolics - St Marys Lighthouse INFO

2nd Pond dipping - WWT Washington INFO

2nd Monkeying around the museum - Hancock Museum INFO

2nd Family trail - Fountains Abbey INFO

2nd Mini Bug house crafts - Fountains Abbey INFO

2nd-3rd Darlington sustainability event INFO

3rd Bioblitz NWT - Whittle dene Prudhoe INFO

3rd Tunes in June - Arbeia INFO

3rd Willow weaving Dragonflies - Dalton Moor Farm INFO

3rd Sacriston Party in the park INFO

3rd Pond dipping with crafts - WWT Washington INFO

3rd Young Creators art club - The Bowes Museum INFO

3rd June Market - Kayll Road Library INFO

3rd The Greatest Showman on big screen - Herrington park INFO

3rd Picnic in the park - North square - North Shields INFO

3rd Windows into strange worlds - Sunderland Museum & winter gardens INFO

4th Encanto on the big screen - Herrington park INFO

4th Watch house crafts fair - Cullercoats INFO

4th Nature journaling with Steve Pardue - WWT Washington INFO

4th Freight & demo - Stephenson railway INFO


Dino Week - Adventure Valley INFO

Science Now Hub - Life Science Centre INFO

Myth Quest - Hancock museum INFO

Sun & Seasons trail - Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens INFO

WOW week - Tynemouth Aquarium INFO

Zog Trail at Hamsterley Forest, Guisborough Forest, Dalby Forest and Kielder Forest. INFO

Half term fun at Piglets adventure farm INFO

Free glass demos at National Glass Centre INFO

Daily Otter & Flamingo talks at WWT Washington INFO

Saturday outdoor markets Durham INFO

Beautiful Birds Trail - Botanic Gardens Durham INFO

Bluebell Walks - Botanic Gardens Durham INFO

Zog trail - Forest

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

PAY ONCE for the year at £40 each with kids going free. You can also explore the loco sheds and try out the brand new station stories app INFO

Half term with National Trust INFO

Washington old hall - Games

Gibside - Explorer trail, games den building and more

Nunnington hall - Nature trail

Half term with English Heritage INFO

Kids Rule at

Tynemouth Priory


Chester's Roman Fort

Warkworth castle


Scarborough castle

Whitby abbey - pirates

Did you know that most of my content is brought to you with no financial incentive? If you appreciate my posts, why not buy me a virtual coffee?

More Ideas

Spring walk ideas

For more great ideas, check us out on Facebook, Instagram or twitter

bottom of page