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Trails to Enjoy with the Kids - North East





We have so many fantastic trails across the North East to enjoy. Most are free to take part and some are low cost making them an ideal thing to do during the school holidays.

I am going to update this post when new trail details are released. Seasonal trails will also be added to this post so save bookmark it to come back to.

Click on the BLUE links to find out more



Sunderland's Jurassic Jungle AR Trail running until 4th September - Download the Sunderland Experience app to take part and to find exclusive discounts

Hunt for Jurassic creatures around the city centre. AR Trails are different every school holiday, so keep an eye out for new ones. More info HERE



The National Glass Centre - Seaside Trail running until 5th September. Pick up from the customer service desk. More Info HERE


If you are up for a walk after your visit to The National Glass Centre you could try out the Sunderland Family Sculpture Trail, leading you down to Roker Beach. You can find a leaflet at the customer service desk in the Glass Centre More info HERE



Forestry Commission Trails are some of our favourites and this year has seen Superworm set up. You can find these trails at Kielder Forest, Hamsterley Forest and Guisborough Forest. You don't need to spend any money but if you do have a few ££ spare it is worth getting the little pack which includes a trail sheet, activity booklet, mask, pencils etc. These are usually around £3.50. Trails are running throughout the year. There are also various free walking trails to try. More info HERE *parking charges also apply



Northumberlandia's Enchanted Woodland Trail.

You could also have a wander around the lady. Running until September More info HERE




Ushaw Historic House - Room On The Broom Trail. You do need to pay entry to do this trail, however the trail is included in admission. Find out more HERE *charges apply We visited during The Christmas light trail and it was gorgeous.




The Bowes Museum have a lovely Free Nature trail you can enjoy through the woodlands.

(Bowes are also offering free entry during Heritage Week ) Find Out More HERE *charges apply if you want to enter the museum


Credit- The Bowes Museum


RSPB Saltholme - The Pollinator Trail which is £3.50 and available from main entrance they also have the Adventure Lab Trail ( Geocaching ) The app is free to download but the trail costs £2 Running until September More info HERE *parking charges apply




The Lowry Trail - Free to do and is on all year round. Find your way around Berwick, Spittal and Tweedmouth. The trail is more suitable for older kids and has a total walking time of 3 hours. Running throughout the year More info HERE



Art In Action Trail at The Baltic Newcastle - Collect your free map from The Baltic, free activities and free hot drinks Wed-Sun. Find out more HERE

Credit - The Baltic


Summer Safari Trail at Raby Castle - Follow the map and uncover the mystery of the lost items. The Trail is free with Deer Park tickets Running until September. More info HERE *charges apply



Dinosaur Discovery Trail at High Force Waterfall - Entry is £1 per child and £2.50 per adult and includes the trail Running until September

You can also find the Adventure Trail at High Force Waterfall which is also free with entry. More info HERE *charges apply

Credit High Force Waterfall

Kirkharle Courtyard was somewhere we stumbled apron and I am so glad we did, as they do the best Hot Chocolate we have ever had. You can find a trail up to the church and there's a family trail which includes a map, quiz, word search and more. There's also a scavenger hunt for younger kids and can be collected from the courtyard. More info HERE



Download the Love Exploring App to go on an epic adventure at Hardwick Park



Wynyard Walled Garden is one of my favourite places to have a wander and recharge. It s such good value at £20 for an annual family pass although its not open for the full 12 months, you can still get your moneys worth. You can try out the Superworm trail which takes you through the woodlands but please note it is steep in places and some patches don't have a path More Info HERE




Download the Teesside Treasure Trail which encourages you to get out and explore more.


Lego Mini Figure Trail is at Discovery Museum Newcastle until September. The museum is also huge and you can easily spend half a day there. Not bad for free. More Info HERE



Head to Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and try out the brand new Pyrex Trail - Running until October and entry to the museum is free but the trail is £2.50, this includes a small prize at the end. More Info HERE



Teessaurus Park is a fantastic free Dino Trail. Download the App to try out the AR Features. More Info HERE



WWT Washington have a whole host of activities throughout the summer holidays including Bug hunts, scavenger hunts and Bat hunts. *Entry fee applies. They always have some great Halloween and Christmas trails too. More info HERE



East Grange Sunflower Trail - 2.5million sunflowers are waiting to be picked! There's also a kids trail. *Entry fee applies More Info HERE

Credit - East Grange Farm

Chopwell Woods has a wellbeing trail for you to enjoy for free. More Info HERE




Kirkleatham Museum is another fantastic free museum in Redcar, You can find a few trails to choose from inside the museum and you can also do the woodland trail. More info HERE




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Check out these other posts

Our favourite Woodland Walks

Our favourite Autumnal walks

Hidden Gems Sunderland Edition

North East Reservoirs to have a wander















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