What's better than a great day out with the kids? A free day out with the kids of course! Luckily you can book a Travelodge for comfortable, good value family accommodation, before you head off to try out some of these great ideas for a fun (and free) day out:
This park, in the east end of Newcastle, is a jewel waiting to be discovered - with a popular craft fair on Sundays, a coffee shop, a restaurant, plenty of space to play and even a petting zoo, which offers free entry. Jesmond Dene also houses the remains of Newcastle's oldest religious building, the beautiful, but now derelict, St Mary's Chapel. It's a wonderful place in which you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and spend a few hours with the children enjoying the outdoors.
Bill Quay Farm
On the banks of the River Tyne lies Bill Quay Farm, a great little farm right near the heart of Gateshead. You'll get to see Longhorn Cattle, Tamworth Pigs, Hebridean Sheep, Scots Grey Chickens, Bagot Goats, as well as lots of cute and cuddly chicks and rabbits. If you want to stay close to the city, yet experience a little of the nature in the surrounding countryside without going too far, this is for you.
Druridge Bay Country Park
Not your usual country park, this beautiful area includes woodlands, meadows, a lake and even sand dunes and over three miles of glorious sandy beaches - it's a fantastic day out for all the family. Druridge Bay Country Park is a huge favourite among locals and visitors to the area alike - you can feed the birds on the lake, take a paddle in the sea, build sandcastles, picnic in the meadow, play hide and seek in the woods and try your hand at watersports on the lake, like sailing or kayaking. There are two playgrounds, a visitors’centre and a cafe, so you really can spend an entire day enjoying the area as a family – for free!
Paddy Freeman's Park
To the North of Newcastle city centre is Paddy Freeman's Park, a wonderful park in which to spend a few hours getting active with the kids. You’ll find tennis courts, bowling greens, playgrounds, a model boat club and a cafe to enjoy here.
South Marine Park
Situated in South Shields you'll find the South Marine Park. This is the place to relax in South Shields and has been for over a hundred years. It's hugely popular with families, walkers, runners and joggers who enjoy getting outside and enjoying the beautiful views. There are lawns, pathways, a bandstand, an art trail and even a miniature railway. Add to that the boating lake, feeding the ducks and the popular play areas and you'll have a sure fire hit with the kids.
It just goes to show that you don't have to spend a fortune on a day out with the kids, from parks and farms to museums and beaches, the North East has something for everyone.