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  • Writer's pictureKelly

Things to do indoors when the weather is rubbish -North East

Winter is fast approaching and indoor attractions are looking more and more appealing. I have had lots of messages for ideas on places people can go to escape the weather and I have put together this handy list. I actually enjoy going out in the crisp cold weather and wandering, however I'm not a fan of wandering when its raining. Hope these ideas give you a bit of inspiration. To read more just click on the GREEN links


You could head to one of the many fantastic Museums we have across the North East Read more about our favourites HERE

Our top 10

Discovery Museum - We love exploring this vast museum

Great North Museum Hancock - Elliot loves visiting the Dinosaur section

Grace Darling Museum - Small but really interesting

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery - A hidden gem in my opinion. I love the Catherine Cookson section and Animal corner

Dorman Museum - We love visiting Dorman Museum and Albert Park in Middlesbrough currently have a great Egyptian exhibition

Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds - Great place to explore and find out more about the local heritage.

Locomotion - We are a family of train lovers!

Bowes Museum - A great museum especially if you love art.

North East Land, Sea & Air Museum - This one is for transport fans

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens - Some great local history here

Use any annual memberships you may have.

Winter is a good time to head along to places like National Trust properties who have winter specials. Read more HERE for Annual pass attractions

Our Top 6 Annual pass attractions

Preston Park Museum & Grounds - We visit throughout the year and there's always lots to see and do.

Beamish Open Air Museum - One of the North Easts most loved attractions.

Ormesby Hall National Trust - My personal favourite I jut love everything about it

Wallington National Trust - A must, especially at Christmas

York Castle Museum - A bit further out but this is absolutely worth the visit.

Life Science Centre - I would recommend to families with children under 12. Lots to see and do here.

Other Ideas

The Sill Northumberland - We usually visit when we head to Hadrian's wall, lovely café, shop, gallery & exhibition space. You can also get some fab views from the rooftop.

Tynemouth Aquarium - I think Tynemouth Aquarium is a fantastic attraction and your ticket lasts the full day so you can come and go.

Supertramp Sunderland - Something a bit different from soft play, trampoline fun.

Bowling - Quite a few to choose from, we love Sunderland bowl as there's more than just bowling.

Cinema - If all else fails, head to the cinema to see the latest movies.

Namco Gateshead - Arcade/Games, Hours of fun all under one roof

You could embrace the cold wet weather and head out for a lovely crisp walk.

More ideas for walks HERE

Our 10 favourite places to go for a walk include

Hawthorn Dene - Read more HERE

Hamsterley Forest - Read more HERE

Doxford Park - Read more HERE

Sunderland Sculpture Trail - Read more HERE

Elba Park - Read More HERE

Tunstall Reservoir - Read more HERE

Hannah's Meadow Read more HERE

Headley Hall Woods - A lovely hidden gem not far from Beamish. We loved our little visit last year

Chopwell Woods - Always a popular choice with the kids, we love to hunt for different coloured leaves.

Bolam Lake - We only just started visiting last year and we love the walk around the lake

Coxgreen- a local favourite of ours, perfect for walking with the dogs and kids. Plus you can have cake at the end from the horse box!

For more rainy day ideas read more HERE


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