Things to do in and around Newcastle this October half term 2021

The first school holiday of the year is approaching, and there are plenty of options to keep the kids entaertained.

Families have plenty of options for days out around Newcastle this October half term.
Families have plenty of options for days out around Newcastle this October half term.

This year’s October half term break clashes with Halloween celebrations across the city, meaning there is plenty to do during the one week break given to students.

We’ve already put together a list of Halloween family activities ahead of the week off which includes Newcastle castle spooky walking tours and more, but there is still plenty more for families to get involved ith.

Segedunum Roman Fort is having to deviate from the regular hosting of the site’s marvellous Mondays craft sessions this half term, but families are still able to explore the area and museum as well as having the chance to take away a goodie bag with everything they’ll need to create their own Roman head at home.

Over at the Metrocentre, the shopping centre’s mascots will be handing out gift packs to kids with the best costumes. The site is also wanting shoppers who dressed up to get involved on their social media platforms.

Ouseburn Farm are also preparing for an influx of midweek visitors with a series of events involving the site’s animals throughout the week. Guests can walk goats, bathe reptiles pet and groom guinea pigs and rabbits and more.

In addition to their plethora of Halloween activities, Times Square’s Life Centre have welcomed the incredible Gaia – a scaled down seven metre replica of Earth produced by artist Luke Jerram. The centre are also welcoming back their planetarium and the two family friendly shows which come from that following the lifting of coronavirus restrictions – one show caters for the older children while the other is recommended for under 7s.

The city centre also has a space zone, experiment zone and creativity studios ready for half term.

The Great North Museum: Hancock offers families a second planetary option. The site reopens their planetarium on 23 October in addition to a series of other events including a marine day, a revamped under 5s mouse house and a series of exhibitions ready for the week long holiday.