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What's on May Bank Holiday Weekend




May Bank Holiday is fast approaching and this year we only have one bank holiday in May because it is HRH Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee In June and the second May bank holiday would have been 30th May, so it has been moved to 2nd June to celebrate.

At the moment, the MET is saying it will be cloudy the whole weekend with no rain, so fingers crossed but do obviously check the weather before you set off out, especially if it's outdoors as our weather can be so unpredictable.


I always get lots of messages asking me for recommendations on what's on for the weekends, so I have put together this handy guide for those looking for things to do. I will of course add in any events that I spot in the run up to the Bank Holiday. But do let me know if I have missed something that you know about (Must be family friendly)

You can email me 👇

Kelly@northeastfamilyadventures.com


What's On

🚂Aln Valley - Steam Train Bank Holiday Weekend

Steam Trains and miniature railway will be running all weekend. Also a play area, Café will be closed on the Sunday. Fees apply



🌸The Alnwick Gardens Blossom Watch

The Blossom is in full bloom at Alnwick Gardens and you only have a short time frame to see it before it all falls off. Entry Fees Apply




⚔️Preston Park Museum and Grounds - Viking Weekend 30th April - 2May

Viking Re- enactors, Viking camp, Viking Cooking in the medieval kitchen, textile craft displays, warrior demos, storytelling, dress up. You can also enjoy everything the Museum usually ahs to offer plus a Viking exhibition brought from Jorvik. Pop into the Orchard and have a picnic if the weather is nice. (I think we might do this one day at the weekend!) Entry Fees apply



🎡Newcastle May Bank Holiday Fun Fair - Nuns Moor - Free Entry

Fun Fair Rides and Dino Encounters 27th April - 2nd May



🌻Discovery Museum - Lego Weekend 30th April - 1st May

See some of the newest models built by some of the best Lego builders, Expect to see cities to Ninjago, Friends and trains to spaceships and lots more. Take part in a range of fun Lego Stem and speed build activities. Free Entry


Credit Discovery Museum

🦕Great North Hancock Museum - Great Fun with Bio Diversity 30th April

An active, hands on experience involving games and activities. No booking needed. Drop in event. Please note the Mouse house will be closed. Free entry





🐰Kirkleatham Museum - Peter Rabbit Storytime Trail

To celebrate 120 years of The world of Peter Rabbit, Kirkleatham Museum is hosting an interactive Peter Rabbit trail.

Filled with interactive activities and photo opportunities for little ones such as crawling under the garden gate and hiding in a watering can. Also activity stations set up, story time corner, woodland trail, play area and the museum also has 2 trails you can do and it is all free entry.


🌻Ormesby Hall National Trust - Wildlife Explorers Weekend 30th April - 1st May

Meet some of the animals from Kirkleatham Owls, learn about bees and connect with Nature. Entry Fees apply



🐶Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens - Little Dog Trump Trail until 20st May

See if you can find little dog Trump hidden around the Museum, each dog has a small story and you need to collect the answers to get a prize at the end. £2.50 fee



🦆WWT Washington - Lego Brick Safari Trail

Grab a trail sheet and follow the map to find some of the amazing Lego figures around the wetlands. Collect the answers to get a sticker. Entry fee applies



🎭Hullabaloo Darlington - Squidge (ages 3-8) 29th April - 1st May

Squidge is an interactive dance show with live music and digital projection, which takes a look at our sense of touch and how it influences our everyday lives. Booking necessary

Credit Hullabaloo

🎭Hullabaloo Darlington - Slime Workshops 30th April

Create your very own slime in an interactive workshop. Booking necessary

Credit Hullabaloo

🚂Stephenson Railway - Victor & Vulcan Reunion Gala 30th April - 2nd May

Victor & Vulcan will be alongside each other for the first time since 1980s. Expect passenger Trains, Demo freight trains and vintage vehicles along with live music.

Fees apply

Credit Stephenson Railway

🌻Brocksbushes Farm Shop & Tea Room - Kids Fun Zone

Unlimited rides, Inflatables, mini golf, garden games £9.99 per child 50p per Adult Each Session last for 2 hours

Friday 29th is Toddler day


Credit Brocksbushes Farm

📚Seven Stories | The National Centre For Children's Books - 30th April - 2nd May

Hairy Maclary Story Time, Sessions include Story Time, Hot or Cold Drink, Cake and free Dog biscuit as dogs are welcome (One well behaved dog per booking) at this event. Booking is necessary. £9.50 per adult £5.50 per child.




Other Ideas

🌻Visit one of the many Museums in The North East - See our Guide HERE

⛱️Beach Walk and hunt for Sea Glass Find Out More HERE

🌻Go on a picnic, Those with younger kids tell them you're going on a bear hunt. For Picnic Ideas Click HERE

🥞Head out for an epic brunch date at Love Lily and then take a walk along Roker Pier or wander along the Marina Sculpture Trail.

🌻Ford & Etal offers a jam packed family fun day out. Click HERE to find out more

🌻For more Ideas Click HERE to see 60+ Family fun days out in The North East

🌻Go on an Epic Dinosaur adventure. Click HERE to see a list of DINO attractions.



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