The Seven Stories bookshop on the Ouseburn. I buy my own books online or download on Audible, but always buy in person when it comes to children’s books. Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children’s Books – we have an annual pass so go a few times a year. Its fab, they take well-known kids books and bring to life through exhibitions and live story-times. Their book shop is the perfect way to end the day – we normally cosy up in a corner, read a couple of stories before the kids choose a book each to take home.
The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. I love making a day of it with the kids on a Sunday – bargain hunting on the quayside market, followed by a stroll over the Millennium bridge for a coffee and loo stop at Baltic Kitchen. Then up the fast lifts to take in views of the Tyne, before wandering the galleries and arguing with my husband about whether he really could ‘have don’t that himself’. Our kids always seem that little bit more feral when I’m with them in the BALTIC but it’s a great day out, plus it’s free.
I Love Gibside. It is only 15 minutes drive from where I live but is still a full day out. The views are stunning, there are ruins to explore, loads of woodland walks with lots of wildlife to spot, great picnic spots and their Strawberry Castle play area is one of best adventure playgrounds we’ve been to. I have two sons and two stepsons, aged between 2-15. Gibside gets us all off our screens, it’s great.