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3 autumnal day out destinations in the North East

Perfect for blowing those cobwebs away.

Written by High Life North
Published 11.11.2021

The Bowes Museum 

The stunning 19th century architecture here, framed by landscaped gardens and water features, is impressive enough, but what we love here are the opportunities we get to travel back in time, thanks to the help of the 30,000 treasures found at every turn inside.

With the strong love for our quilts this chilly season, why not check out Bowes’ North Country Quilts exhibition that celebrates the quilting traditions of northern England by showcasing historical and contemporary quilts? And while you’re there pop by Paul Scott’s New American Scenery exhibition that showcases his latest ceramic works featuring historical transferwares that have been updated for today’s audience.

All that time-travelling will work up an appetite though. So treat yourself to a homemade cake or scone at Café Bowes. Of course, we’ve tried them just for you – after all, a day out isn’t complete without a cheeky slice of cake!

Hancock Gallery

During these cold, dark autumn days, it’s safe to say that all we want to do is hibernate indoors. So, an art gallery is perfect for this time of year. But Hancock Gallery isn’t any old gallery.

Home to evolving exhibitions and specialist collections, Hancock Gallery is filled with contemporary art celebrated by locals and artists worldwide. From original oil paintings to collectable limited editions and sculptures, you’ll find pieces that you’ve never seen before inside these four walls.

Right in the heart of Newcastle, this gallery is an oasis from the hustle and bustle outside. Whether you’re an art connoisseur or just love discovering new creative pieces, feel inspired by marvellous masterpieces in this friendly, relaxed and zen space.

Hancock Gallery, 2 Jesmond Road West, Newcastle, NE2 4PQ

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

We love being able to experience something new and, at Thorp Perrow Arboretum, we can! Take a walk on the wild side and meet exotic birds and animals (our faves are the mischievous meerkats), or go for a cheeky walk with the friendly wallabies. Yep, you heard right – how often can you say that you’ve walked with a wallaby?!

One of our favourite parts of this season is those stunning autumn leaves. Take time to explore the 100 acres of stunning woodland at the Arboretum that’s home to some of England’s largest and rarest trees.

After your refreshing walk you’re probably in need of little fuel, so treat yourself to lunch or a warm cuppa at The Tearoom before continuing to explore these gorgeous grounds.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2PR

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