Summer half-term holidays in Newcastle: What events are happening for families in and around Tyneside?

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There is plenty for families to enjoy over the next school break.

The final break of the 2021-22 academic year is nearly upon us, and as kids and school staff get ready for a week away from the classroom, eyes are turning towards how to make the most of the week off.

But what can families do this summer half term to make the most of the warmer weather?

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This year’s summer half term starts on Monday May 30 and runs until Friday June 3, and there is so much to do across the city.

What is going on across Newcastle this half term? (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)What is going on across Newcastle this half term? (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
What is going on across Newcastle this half term? (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Ouseburn Farm is open from 10:00am until 3:00pm across the week, including both weekends, aside from the bank holidays on Thursday June 2 and Friday June 3. The site has a series of animal sessions available to book including lamb feeding, goat walking, repltile bathing and so much more. Bookings can be made at the farm’s website.

That extended weekend is thanks to Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, and lots of Tyneside attractions are getting involved in the royal activities.

Staying in Ouseburn, the area’s Seven Stories has a couple of events with royal themes lined up. Sessions celebrating Nicholas Allan’s book The Queens Knickers including an interactive story time are available to book online. Families can also take part in bunting making sessions across June 2-5 with three time slots available on each day.

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Anyone looking for a traditional afternoon out comes from St Aidan’s Church in North Gosforth. The group are teaming up with local businesses to take over Brunton Park as a celebration of the Jubilee.

Another free option can be found at Saltwell Park where a public Jubilee lunch will be taking place with entertainment including live music and arts and crafts activities. Kids can also take advantage of a bouncy castle and face paint while a dressing up competition will also see prizes for the best dressed King and Queen.

Away from royal activities, kids with some energy to burn can head to Whickham Thorns Outdoor Activity Centre in Gateshead. The Site are offering a huge range of activities for kids this half term with bushcraft, climbing, laser tag, climbing and more available to book online.

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