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  • 29th Mar 2024
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What to do in the North East over the Easter holidays

Whether you fancy lunch and drinks, getting outdoors or having fun with the family, here are some ideas for enjoying the Easter holidays and beyond in the North East.


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Easter Sunday at HWKRLAND

Hillgate Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2FD

The launch weekend of Adventures in HWKRLAND is here. Head down to check out the refresh of our beloved HWKRMRKT – expect food from stalls including Circo Pizza, Acropolis and Smoke and Sear, as well as a dedicated wine lounge, 15 different draught beers, entertainment and plenty of seating.

We can’t wait to have a slice and a beer by the Tyne again – welcome back HWKRLAND.


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Lunch at Roof Thirty Nine

Roof Thirty Nine, Fenwick Newcastle, 39 Northumberland Street, NE1 7AS

It’s back. Fenwick Newcastle’s alfresco drinks and dining option re-opened on Thursday 28th March. Open from sunrise to past sunset, start your day with a coffee and a pastry or head there for a sundowner.

With its Josper grill, the food offering is insane (p.s. don’t forget to try the rosemary potatoes). The wine, cocktail and snack selection is elite, so whether you’re having a date night, a catch-up with friends or some solo chill time, this is the place to visit.



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See the Daffodils at Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, NE66 1NQ

Speaking of re-openings, after its winter break, Alnwick Castle re-opened its doors to the public again on Thursday 29th March. Surrounded by a beautiful field of 250,000 daffodils, this is a gorgeous spot for nature lovers and the perfect way to embrace the start of spring. If you fancy heading inside, there are a range of fun activities which are great for kids and adults – including an alchemist, medieveal artisans and longbow demonstrations. Definitely worth a visit.


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The Teesdale Way – Piercebridge Circular

Piercebridge, DL2 3SW

Thinking of getting out in the spring weather but don’t want a walk that’s too challenging? We’ve got you.

The Piercebridge Circular is a short 1 km walk exploring the roman history of the important River Tees Crossing point. Most paths are grass; tarmac surface on road crossing Piercebridge Beck at Carlbury Bridge.

This historic walk will take you past Roman forts, bridges and medieval remains – whilst taking in the beautiful Tees Valley scenery. Plus, there’s a great pub (The George Hotel) to get that post-walk lunch in, you’ve earned it.


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Visit Cragside

Cragside, Rothbury, Morpeth NE65 7PX

Thinking of getting out in the spring weather but don’t want a walk that’s too challenging? There are lots of options at Cragside.

Our top choice? Nelly’s Moss Walk.

This 1½ mile circular walk takes you around Cragside’s twin lakes and is a great walk for families. It’s reasonably flat, has some incredible views and isn’t far from the play area and labyrinth.

It’s the perfect Easter day out for you and the kids.


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Easter at WWT Washington Wetland Centre

WWT Washingston Wetland Centre, Barmston Ln, Pattinson, Washington, NE38 8LE

One of our favourite outdoor activity centres is gearing up for the better weather with its activity trail, running from 23rd March to 2nd June. Designed to spark curiosity and ignite imaginations, this trail starts with a colourful handout as your guide. Set off on an adventure through the wetlands, discovering wildlife along the way.

And while you’re at Washington Wetland Centre there’s plenty more to discover.  Dive into daily hands-on activities, from pond dipping to art workshops. And don’t forget to meet some adorable animal families, including Asian short-clawed otters and Chilean flamingos. A super cute day of fun for the whole family to enjoy.

HLN TOP TIP: Download WWT Washington’s new app to pre-book your tickets and enjoy a 10% discount on admission – follow this link.



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3-day art camp at Laing Art Gallery

Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge St W, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG

Running on two sessions (Tuesday 2nd April – Thursday 4th April) and (Tuesday 9th April – Thursday 11th April), this Easter holidays, 7-10 year olds can take part in a three day art course at Laing Art Gallery.

Hosted by a professional artist, little ones will learn skills and create their own work over three days between 10am – 3.00pm (early drop-off and late pick up is available for an additional charge).

The course is £75 for the three days and pre-booking is essential.


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Discover the Spirit of Invention 

Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA

This super cool exhibition has just launched at the Discovery Museum, showcasing contemporary technology alongside eye-catching inventions from the Victorian era – including a ventilating top hat and a typewriter for visually impaired people.

With hands-on interactive activities, visitors of all ages can try their hand at designing and inventing.


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Edward Scissorhands at Newcastle Theatre Royal

Newcastle Theatre Royal, 100 Grey St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BR

Tickets are still available for this world-class production of Edward Scissorhands, showing at Newcastle Theatre Royal until 6th April.

Based on the classic Tim Burton movie and featuring the hauntingly beautiful music of Danny Elfman and Terry Davies, Bourne and his New Adventures Company return to this witty, bittersweet story of an incomplete boy left alone in a strange new world. Hauntingly beautiful.


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The Three Bears at Gosforth Civic Theatre

Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 3HD

This fun retelling of The Three Bears is perfect for children aged 6 and under – and their grown-ups, of course. Join Mammy, Daddy and Baby Bear as they try to navigate the colourful whirlwind that is Goldilocks. The story is brought to life with original music, beautiful puppetry and quirky props for a friendly, engaging theatre experience.

Bank Holiday Monday at 11.00am.


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Laura is the Founder and Editor of High Life North. She had the idea to set up an exclusively digital women’s magazine after feeling there was a gap in the market in the North East. With over 10 years of experience in marketing and PR, Laura had a very clear…


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