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Heart of Hadrian's Wall

...a day is never long enough

Families enjoy the Heart of Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian’s Wall and its surrounds has a great variety of attractions to suit families with young children, families with older children in fact, children of all ages!

Many of the historic sites and museums offer exciting activities for children, learning about Roman history the interactive way, while further afield lovely beaches provide hours of seaside fun.

As well as family friendly walks and cycle routes, the local cinemas and swimming pools will also keep children entertained.

Have a look at a selection of family attractions below... and remember a day is never long enough...

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Start Date
December 07, 2019
End Date
December 08, 2019
Wrap up warm and enjoy this annual outdoor Christmas Shopping treat with lots of festive cheer. Featuring: Gift shopping stalls Delicious food Carol singing Mulled wine and mince pies Carnival rides...
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Start Date
December 07, 2019
End Date
December 08, 2019
The popular North Shields Victorian Christmas Market returns in 2019 with over 100 stalls offering crafts, gifts and food. Local choirs and schools will perform Christmas carols throughout the weekend.
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Start Date
October 05, 2019
End Date
October 05, 2019
With tractor and trailer rides taking place every half an hour (£2 per adult, £1 per child), walking farm tours around the farm buildings, the opportunity to sit in a combine harvester (surely most young people's dream), the chance to see the cows being milked, and a bouncy castle...
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Start Date
August 23, 2019
End Date
August 26, 2019
There will be your usual family favourites from the Waltzer, Dodgem, Licensed To Thrill Crazy Frogs, Experience Miami, Runaway Train Roller Coaster, plenty of Children’s rides and Hook a duck stalls. Also the Giant Mad Mountain Slide and Bungee Trampolines.
Northern Craft Fair - Gateshead
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Start Date
October 05, 2019
End Date
October 06, 2019
We will have 50+ tables featuring the finest crafts in the North & beyond, as well as workshops & a bunch of other interactive elements for all the family.
Hexham Continental Street Market
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Start Date
August 30, 2019
End Date
September 01, 2019
The popular Continental Street Market event is on its way to Hexham this August for its first visit. Expect to find a mix of quality international-themed traders from around the world. The event will feature a mix of tasty hot food treats, sumptuous food to take home, as well...
Heritage
Tynemouth Castle and Priory on the coast of North East England was once one of the largest fortified areas in England. Overlooking the North Sea and the River Tyne, it dominates the headland. With its 2000 year history and beautiful views it is the perfect location for a family...
Edlingham Castle
Forts and Castles

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Edlingham Castle dates mainly from the 14th century, although a manor house of the 13th century is probably concealed beneath the later building. The earliest standing remains are those of the hall house, built about in 1300 by Sir William Felton at a time when Northumberland was relatively peaceful....
Newcastle Castle
Forts and Castles
A hugely important structure in Newcastle's history, Newcastle Castle has had a chequered history, but the site itself has been in use since Roman times.
Warkworth Castle
Forts and Castles

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The pre-Norman history of the site at Warkworth is still not entirely clear, but it's fairly likely that there was a settlement there back to at least the 8th century, probably utilised by the Anglo-Saxon Earls of Northumbria. The first written record of Warkworth Castle occurs...
Norham Castle
Forts and Castles

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For 450 years Norham Castle, first built in the 12th century, was one of the great English strongholds along the river Tweed, a barrier against the Scots. The Scots besieged it nine times, capturing it on four occasions. The remains of the impressive great tower still reveal signs of...
Etal Castle
Forts and Castles

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Set in the charming village of Etal by a ford over the River Till, this Northumberland castle is more important that the current ruins imply. Built by Robert Manners as a defence against Scots raiders in the mid 14th century, it fell to James IV's invading Scots army in...
Dunstanburgh Castle
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An awe-inspiring sight, Dunstanburgh Castle stands proudly at the edge of the coast, and although is now in ruins, has been proven in the last one hundred years to have been in use for much longer than originally thought. Built in the early 14th century by...
Bamburgh Castle
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Bamburgh Castle has a long and fascinating history, with the area being occupied from pre-historic times, to the Votadini, the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, and Normans, to the present day, where as well as being an imposing and remarkable structure, it is also a family home to the Armstrong family. ...
Events

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Start Date
September 14, 2019
End Date
June 15, 2019
A joyful weekend packed with sustainable arts, crafts, music, fashion, food, entertainment, shopping, demos, workshops and upcycling inspiration, the hugely popular Festival offers a weekend of free eco-friendly fun in the the wonderful woodland surroundings of Kirkleatham, near Redcar on the North East coast. #thriftfest
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Start Date
November 07, 2019
End Date
November 10, 2019
It's our annual Christmas Fayre! We will have large marquees full of wonderful things for Christmas - unusual gifts, food and wine!
The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre
Museums

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The Sill features exhibitions, learning & event spaces, café, a world-class Youth Hostel, business hub and a shop showcasing local crafts and produce. The Sill is the UK’s National Landscape Discovery Centre at Once Brewed in the Northumberland National Park. The building is the result...
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Start Date
September 07, 2019
End Date
September 08, 2019
Over this weekend, soldiers from the Eighth Legion reenactment group will be visiting Vindolanda. The Eighth Legion may have provided the Emperor Hadrian’s military escort during his famous visit to Hadrian's Wall. These veteran legionaries all have valuable skills to demonstrate; there will be a military surveyor, a shoemaker,...
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Start Date
September 14, 2019
End Date
September 14, 2019
Get Active, have fun, make memories together crawling, climbing and sliding your way around the course that is all about fun and having a go. Whether you are a serious athlete or a complete beginner, you’ll love our giant-obstacle challenge along an open 3km route around Walltown. ...
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Start Date
June 22, 2019
End Date
December 31, 2019
Cumbria Wildlife Trust have loads of fantastic events on over the year, covering themes as diverse as watercolour painting, conservation days, guided walks, wildlife evenings, an plenty of kids events too.   mail@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk
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There are tonnes of events happening in the region on a daily basis. For a detailed breakdown, check out https://www.visitcumbria.com/whats-on/
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Start Date
April 08, 2019
End Date
September 20, 2019
During 2018 and 2019 the excavations at Vindolanda are concentrated on the excavation of the Northernmost ditch dating to the Severan period (c. 200-212 A.D), located north of the 3rd century bath house. Weather permitting, come and watch the excavations as they take place. https://www.vindolanda.com/Event/excavations-2019...
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There are plenty of amazing events held by Kielder Observatory, aimed at everything from families to interested parties, to astronomers to photographers, to physicists. Absolutely there is something for everyone.  
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Start Date
June 28, 2019
End Date
December 14, 2019
A perfect introduction to astronomy for all members of the family, this event is on 3 or 4 times each month until December. With a team of astronomers to help and guide you, sessions include how to navigate the constellations, phases of the Moon, the Solar System, meteorites and...
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Start Date
November 02, 2019
End Date
November 02, 2019
Annual Hexham Round Table Bonfire and Fireworks event for 2019. Large crowds are expected, so please arrive in good time. Limited parking will be available at the Wentworth car park near Waitrose. However due to the number of people expected to attend it's encouraged to use public transport where...
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Start Date
October 26, 2019
End Date
October 26, 2019
The event is centred around Beaumont Street, Market Place and the Abbey Grounds with fairground rides, hot food, fancy dress competitions for all ages (there's even a best-dressed pet category!), pumpkin and turnip carving and spooky dancing around the bandstand. Many other organisations - Hexham Abbey, Forum Cinema and...
Hadrian's Wall

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Built around 122AD, Willowford Bridge was used to carry both Roman soldiers across the River Irthing, and, excavations have shown that it also supported Hadrian's Wall across the river too. 
Heritage

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The largest Iron Age hill fort in Northumberland, Yeavering Bell sits at the top of a high hill on the edge of the Cheviot Hills, within Northumberland National Park. The 'Bell' is actually the entire hill, at the top of which is an area of about 5.6 hectares surrounded...
Natural History

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The Sill is the UK’s National Landscape Discovery Centre at Once Brewed in the Northumberland National Park. The building is the result of an innovative partnership between Northumberland National Park and YHA England and Wales. The Sill is a showcase of local pride and passion. It...
Museums

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Free to enter, this is a firm favourite for both North East residents and visitors alike. 
Museums

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The Great North Museum: Hancock was purpose built in Newcastle as a natural history museum in 1884 to house the growing collections of the Natural History Society of Northumbria.  
Forts and Castles

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Wall section and a surviving piece of turret two and a half metres high, built by men of the Twentieth Legion.
Leisure Activities

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Founded in 1909, and designed by James Braid, Brampton Golf Course is blessed with beautiful panoramic views of the Lake District mountains, the North Pennines, Talkin Tarn and the Southern Uplands of South West Scotland. A hidden gem of a golf course, it's a good challenge...
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Tynedale Golf Club is a 9 hole set along the banks of the River Tyne, with stunning views, and whilst a good test for all golfers, it's a gentle undulating course, and suitable for golfers no matter what handicap. Visitor Rates are very reasonable, and the...
Heritage

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The birthplace of Thomas Bewick, the cottage and farmhouse of Bewick is perhaps Northumberland’s greatest artist: a wood engraver and naturalist who revolutionised print art in Georgian England. Set in a tranquil garden with views across the Tyne Valley, Cherryburn is surrounded by the natural world that inspired his...
Forts and Castles

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Thriving communities built up around Hadrian's Wall, with settlements and forts being established to both feed and provide for both soldiers and the extended community around them. Corbridge was one such flourishing town, and was a vibrant community right up until the end of Roman Britain in the early...
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With plenty of space for little ones to run, jump, climb, and crawl to their heart's content - Crackers is a popular destination for parents and their children, especially on a cold and wet day. With three separate play areas designed specifically for different ages, as...
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With two swimming pools with moveable floors, a large and well-equipped gym, regular fitness classes held in dedicated studios, a tenpin bowling centre and Jungle Jack's, a children’s softplay area.
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With 3 outdoor pools featuring a water slide and giant inflatables; a large sports hall which can be booked for activities such as badminton, basketball, and bowls; a fully equipped fitness suite; and a hall which can be booked out for parties, Haltwhistle Swimming & Leisure Centre is a...
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Start Date
December 02, 2019
End Date
December 02, 2019
Christmas lights, street food vans, craft and food stalls, shops open late, Santa Claus, carol singers, brass band and other music - this all adds up to the long-established event that is Christmas in Corbridge. In St Andrew's Church you will find nearly 100 beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Additional...
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Glendale Pool is a self contained, indoor, heated swimming pool, available for private hire. L10m x W5m x D1.9m Water temp 31oC floats and toys available Family friendly all weather activity
George Stephenson’s Cottage
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This quaint small stone cottage was built circa 1760 to accommodate mining families. The furnishings reflect the year the great rail pioneer, George Stephenson, was born here (1781), when his whole family lived in the one room. The property is managed by the National Trust. Don't miss...
Beamish Museum
Museums

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Beamish is a wonderful place that brings history to life but you must allow a full day to fully experience the extent of the exhibits, and even then you may not see everything in one visit! Beamish Museum contains an operational tramway with historic trams which...
The Cumbrian Coast Railway
Railways
The Cumbrian Coast Line, as its name suggests, hugs the scenic coastline between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. For much of the route, the line runs very close to the coast and links the waters of the Solway with those of Morecambe Bay; both sites of special scientific interest (SSSI). Not...
Settle to Carlisle Railway
Railways
This historic and scenic route was one of the last main line railways built in Britain. It was built by the Midland Railway to allow it to have its own route into Scotland, rather than having to depend on its rival, the LNWR. The line was opened...
Vindolanda
Vindolanda Featured
Forts and Castles

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Vindolanda is a fascinating Roman fort and civilian settlement lying just to the south of Hadrian's Wall. You can watch the archaeologists, who are on site seven days a week (weather permitting) from April to mid-September and see artefacts as they are discovered as well has having the opportunity...
South Tynedale Railway
Railways

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The North of England’s double gold award winning narrow gauge railway winding from Alston into the South Tyne Valley in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Tanfield Railway
Railways

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With an unparalleled history dating back to 1725, spectacular scenery and a truly unique atmosphere, it is no wonder that the Tanfield Railway is the North East's biggest and most popular steam railway.. Less than half an hour from Newcastle and within easy reach of Tyneside,...
Weardale Railway
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The Weardale Railway, situated in County Durham, was a mothballed branch line from Bishop Auckland following the River Wear westwards to Eastgate-in- Weardale, a distance of approximately 18.7 miles. The line was originally built by the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 1847 to transport limestone to the...
Aln Valley Railway
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This is the most recent of the heritage railways in the area and only opened in 2012. The Aln Valley Railway project is an ambitious plan to reopen the branch line from Alnmouth to Alnwick, the old county town of Northumberland and the ancestral home of the...
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