Credit: www.snopes.com

It’s almost Easter Weekend, where many of us have an extra day or two off work or the kids to entertain. So what activities and events are going on locally that may offer some enjoyment for children small and big? Well, the good news is that there are some cracking local things to get involved with across the region and here are some below:

Northumberland

Hip Hop Hooray Easter Party, Venue, Cramlington: A scheduled night of music and vibrant vibes from the function band who specialise in Hip Hop covers from some of our favs such as Jay-Z, Outkast and Notorious B.I.G. Performing on the evening of Saturday 16th April, show only tickets cost £15 or you can add on £10 for food on the night also.

More info at www.eventbrite.co.uk

Easter Crafts, Cramlington Library: Visit the library on Thursday 21st April from 2-3pm for free crafts and company.

More info at www.northumberland.spydus.co.uk

North Tyneside

Spanish City Easter Fair: From Friday 15th through to Thursday 21st April, the Spanish City Fair is in town. After the event being cancelled the last two years, this will be a welcome return in the lovely beachside venue that can become a full day out. With traditional and new rides, fairground games, free face painting and free easter egg ,it could be a perfect choice for a great day out!

A money off voucher and more info at www.eventbrite.co.uk

Easter Family Weekend – Couple’s Banquet: On Saturday 15th April from 4-7pm, the RCCG Restoration Chapel, Norham Road, North Shields, will host a couples banquet. Consisting of three course meal, couple’s gameshow, ball and talks. Childcare is also available.

More info at www.eventbrite.co.uk

Newcastle

Central Park Times Square Newcastle: New, pop-up entertainment venue launching Easter weekend. With opening offers of street food, drinks, entertainment and music, this sounds like a great place for all the family to soak up the atmosphere and hopefully the warmer temperatures.

More info at www.centralparknewcastle.co.uk

Wylam Brewery Battle of the Burger: Based in Exhibition Park, Wylam Brewery has a family friendly vibe that promises an exceptional burgers and craft ales. Set in the lovely park, it’s an ideal location to eat then digest as you walk around Exhibition Park. On Friday 15th at 12 noon, they are hosting a competition for the best burger in the business and they want you to be involved. Go with an empty stomach!

More info at www.wylambrewery.co.uk

 Good Friday Race Day, Newcastle Racecourse: The All Weather Championship Final and Family Funday are happening this weekend, making the Good Friday Race Day certain to be plenty of amusement for the whole family. With a funfair, mini golf, children’s character guests and horse races, this could be a good bet!

More info at www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk

Great North Museum – Open 10am-5pm on Good Friday, this free museum is one of Newcastle’s bests in culture, education and entertainment. With current exhibitions including “Mouse House” and the “History of Medicine,” The Great North Museum offers hours of fun and learning.

More info at www.greatnorthmuseum.org.uk

Hair of the Dog – A Doggy Social. Anarchy Brew Co, Benfield Road. If you are in the area or a dog lover, why not visit this free event on Saturday 16th April from 11am. The Doggy Social promises to provide a friendly, enjoyable day for dogs and owners. Featuring local trainers, walkers, groomers and pet vendors as a celebration of everything dog! With advice, tips and treats on offer there will be networking galore. A bonus is that The Doggy Social have chosen Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter as their chosen charity.

With food for two and four legged friends on the day, you’d be barking to miss it!

More info at www.eventbrite.co.uk

Mini Bots Big Bash, Alice in Wonderland: This Easter party in Walker on the afternoon of Sunday 17th, has tickets starting from £4.90. With fun, laughter and engaging entertainment guaranteed, booking is advised.

More info at www.eventbrite.co.uk

Credit: www.freeworldmaps.net

Gateshead

Baltic Centre CCA: With a variety of activities running until Wednesday 20th April including arts, music and crafts galore, the Baltic is a great place to visit. The sessions are for children aged 5-11 years old.

More info at www.baltic.art

Sports Camp – Cleveland Hall, Low Fell: Offered for 6-12 year olds, up until Friday 22nd April, Cleveland Hall are providing a daily sport camp and packed lunch to participants. A great opportunity to keep the kids entertained, socialise and exercise.

More info at www.gateshead.gov.uk

Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road: Are offering family art sessions and projects throughout the Easter holidays with local artist contribution and displays.

More info at www.shipleyartgallery.org.uk

South Tyneside

Easter Trail, Souter Lighthouse: On Friday 15th April from 11am-4pm, explore the outdoor and complete the trail! Tickets cost £3.

More info at www.southtyneside.gov.uk

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park – Meet Peter Rabbit: A free entry into the park (fairground rides subject to charge) with Peter Rabbit making a guest appearance for photos and fun. Competitions are to be held on the day and families can visit the lovely South Shields coastline to extend their day if desired.

More info at www.oceanbeach.co.uk

Sunderland

Easter Special, City Life Church, Sunderland: City Life Church welcomes you to join them on Sunday 17th April from 5-7pm. With local people sharing stories of change and hope and food offered to all, including children.

More info at www.citylifeuk.online

BID Easter Workshops: Free events on Tuesday 19th, Thursday 21st and Saturday 23rd April. Help find the hidden eggs on this treasure hunt adventure.

More info at www.eventbrite.co.uk

Durham

Mr Rabbit Easter Show, Rainton Arena, Houghton Le Spring: A wonderful show with Mr Rabbit and his friends as they search for the Golden Easter egg. Audience participation and enjoyment guaranteed. Showing on Monday 18th from 11am. Children’s tickets £10.50, adult tickets £6

More info at www.raintonarena.co.uk

Oriental Museum: This free entry display looks like a stunning, cultural array. Available for viewing up to two hours on Saturday 16th April and Saturday 23rd, booking is required.

More info at www.eventbrite.co.uk

With loads more going on in the region and things you can do yourself at home such as Easter crafts, treasure hunts and games, we hope you have an Easter eggstravaganza!


Helen Aitchison

Helen is a journalist for Radio Gateshead, a local lass who has spent the last two decades working in health and social care. She has recently set up a community interest company called Write on the Tyne which amalgamates her passion for supporting and empowering marginalised groups to thrive with her love of writing. Her debut novel, The Dinner Club, was released in March 2022 with UK based Cahill Davis Publishing, and her second book The Life and Love (Attempts) of Kitty Cook will be released in March 2023.