Wednesday 28 March 2018

Things To Do This Easter In & Around Newcastle

Schools will be breaking up for the Easter holidays tomorrow (some have already broken up) and I have been thinking of what to do with my children during the time of school. I had great plans to go on egg hunts, enjoy an Easter pantomime, visit the beach for fish and chips and see Peter Rabbit at the cinema. However, my little boy woke up yesterday morning covered in chicken pox, so it looks like most of our plans sadly won't be happening now. 

Whitehouse farm feeding a white goat at Easter

If you are still looking for some ideas of what to do this Easter in and around Newcastle then read on to see some of the things we had planned. 

1.) Watch A Easter Pantomime. 

There are two Easter pantomimes on this weekend, there is Beauty and the Beast at the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle and also Alice in Wonderland at Whitley Bay Playhouse. 

Beauty and the Beast at the Tyne Theatre, Newcastle is running Saturday 31st March at 3pm and 7pm and Sunday 1st April at 1pm and 5pm. Starring Bobby Davro and Dani Harman (from Tracy Beaker) it is set to be a hilarious Easter panto the whole family will enjoy. Tickets are available to buy from the Tyne Theatre box office or online at 

Alice in Wonderland at Whitley Bay Playhouse is running on Monday 2nd April at 3.30 and 7pm and also on Tuesday 3rd April at 2pm and 5pm. Starring Leslie Ash as the Queen of Hearts and Britains Got Talent winner Ashleigh & her dog as Alice (and her dog) it is set to be a show the whole family will enjoy. Tickets are available from the Playhouse box office or online at 

2.) Visit Whitehouse Farm.

feeding a shetland pony in a field at whitehouse farm

You can't beat an Easter visit to the farm to see the baby lambs and chicks, as a family we love Whitehouse Farm in Morpeth and it is perfect for a family day out. This year they are hosting their Easter Eggstravaganza event from March 30th to April 15th and they have so many activities going on from bottle feeding baby lambs, cuddling bunnies to magic shows, Easter crafts and you may even spot the Easter bunny. You can read our review of our visit last Easter to see what we thought. Full details and opening times and prices can be found on the Whitehouse Farm website

3.) Visit Whitley Bay Fair. 

Once again the Easter fun fair will be returning to Whitely Bay seafront from the 30th March to the 5th April 2018. It will be open daily and will have rides for the whole family to enjoy, plus you can always visit one of the nearby fish and chip shops for a tasty good Friday chippy meal. 

4.) Ride On The Mad Hatters Land Train In Tynemouth. 

You can book a trip on the Mad Hatters land train which travels from Tynemouth Priory to North Shields Fish Quay and back again on a 50-minute journey. Children will receive an Easter treat to take home and tickets cost just £3 per person. The train will run from now until the 14 April and you do need to pre-book tickets online in advance at

5.) Afternoon Tea With The Easter Bunny. 

You can have afternoon tea or breakfast with the Easter bunny at Wyevale garden centre in Gosforth (Peter Barrats). We attended this event a few years ago and the children absolutely loved it, you can read what we thought here. Tickets do need to be pre-booked online and you need to be quick as they sell out quickly. You can check prices and book at

6.) Vist The Discovery Museum. 

The Discovery Museum in Newcastle has lots going on this Easter. Children can join in with an Inventive egg trail from 30th March to 15 April which costs just £1 with no need to pre-book. They also have some pre-bookable events on such as Sweet science workshops and magic schools, full details can be found at

7.) Ride The Easter Eggspress At Stephenson Railway Museum. 

On Sunday 1st April you can visit Stephenson Railway Museum in North Tyneside and ride the Easter Eggspress and take part in an Easter egg trail. Entry to the museum is free and there is no need to pre-book, although a  small charge does apply to ride on the heritage steam train. Full details can be found at

8.) Visit Beamish.

green steam train at station in Beamish museum Durham

Beamish in County Durham has to be my all-time favourite local day out, we visited last Easter. This Easter they have lots going on with an egg hunt happening from the 30th March to 15th April, traditional egg jarping on the 1st and 2nd April and Easter crafts from the 31st March to 2nd April. You can also treat yourself to some yummy traditional fish and chips from Davy's fish shop or hot cross buns or simnel cake from Herron's bakery. Check online for opening times and a full list of activities. 

9.) Visit Seven Stories.

We were planning on visiting Seven Stories this weekend to see the new comic exhibition, however, due to my son having chicken pox we have had to cancel. It sounds like a great exhibition for children to visit during half-term. 

10.) Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. 

National Trust properties are holding a Cadbury Easter egg hunt which sounds like fun for children. They will be taken place at Seaton Delaval Hall, Souter Lighthouse, Gibside, Cherryburn, Penshaw Monument, Washington Old Hall, Cragside, Wallington and Hadrians Wall and Housesteads Fort here in the North East. Full details can be found at

Have you got any Easter Plans? 



  1. Ah I am so excited there are just 2 hours of school left and the sun is shining! We have a couple of plans - the tyne theatre panto, a NT egg hunt and the Quayside Seaside. Oh Whitehouse Farm too! Can't wait x

    1. Hope you had a fab Easter, we had to cancel most of our plans due to chicken pox xx


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