Free things to do in Newcastle over the Easter Holidays

Entertaining the kids over the Easter Holiday with the changeable weather can be costly as sometimes it’s just too cold to be enjoying places like parks. That being said there are a great number of free family-friendly places you can visit in Newcastle!

You can really fill your day with fun quite easily with the following.

Great North Museum: Hancock

 The museum is full of natural history, archaeology, geology and world cultures. Learn about wildlife and it’s habitats, fossils and even ancient Egyptians. My girls love it here. Nice and central close to the shops and we parked at Eldon Square Multi Storey as then it’s only a 5-minute walk up the road to the Museum.

Over the Easter Holidays, they also have a relaxed early viewing for visitors with autism, learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorders, plus their carers. More details can be found here. Really pleased to hear of more places offering this as when the kids are off it’s busy and places can be overwhelming for some children.

They are open as usual on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. They also have a Meet the Minibeasts with Bugsnstuff on Tuesday 10th April.

Their address is –

Great North Museum: Hancock

Barras Bridge

Newcastle upon Tyne


Discovery Museum

The Discovery Museum is a huge hit with our family. The variety is just WOW! From the popular All The Fun of The Fair (not long left to catch that one) to the Play Tyne (small charge), there is something for all ages to enjoy. Lot’s of the areas involve hands-on interactive play, I’ve added a few photos to give you an idea. The museum is spread out over 3 floors with a lift.


Over Easter they have a variety of workshops and activities being held some have sold out already so be quick to take a look but the good news in some are drop-in activities and free, they can be found here.

Their address is –

Discovery Museum
Blandford Square
Newcastle upon

Limited parking is available in front of the building too.

Jesmond Dene

A gorgeous woodland valley with a play park, scenic paths for a walk by the river and the popular family favourite pets corner. The pets corner can be found near the entrance and has a variety of farm animals, a lovely start to your visit to Jesmond Dene. It is well worth a walk along to the picturesque old mill and there is a nature trail that can be followed available here from the Friends of Jesmond Dene. We visited with 5 children and a variety of ages had a fantastic if not a bit muddy time and ask often when can we go back.

The Friends of the Dene have an Easter Treasure Hunt and Campfire event coming up on the 6th April more details can be found here.

Jesmond Dene’s address is –

Jesmond Dene,

Newcastle upon Tyne,

Tyne and Wear,


The Quayside Seaside

Why not squeeze in a visit to the beach whilst in Newcastle. You might think what beach? But head on down to the most iconic area in Newcastle and at the Quayside you will find golden sand, palm trees, striped beach huts and deckchairs all ready for you to enjoy. They even have a little play area for the younger ones and a climbing wall. Lots of buckets and spades ready for your kids to enjoy too.

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Now I know it’s not Newcastle and is in Gateshead but a quick walk across the millennium bridge and you are the Baltic’s door, inside on level 3 Infinity Pitch is a colourful and fun three-week exhibition of making & doing where you are encouraged to play by your own rules! We were lucky enough to get to go to the preview event and you can read about it here.

They have several different free events coming up on various dates up to the 14th April that is part of  Infinity Pitch they can be found here.

They have also released inclusive access booking, suitable for anyone with specific needs. Information can be found here.

Of course, there is so much more to see in the Baltic and a great place to link a visit to the Quayside Seaside too being so close.

Open Daily 10.00-18.00
Except Tuesdays 10.30-18.00
Last entry 15 minutes before closing time

The Baltic can be found at –




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