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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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Events

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Start Date
December 14, 2019
End Date
December 14, 2019
Come out of the cold and join us for a Christmas treat. We offer a wide variety of stalls featuring gifts for the family, home-made treasures and beautifully baked delights! Why not take a seat, enjoy some fabulous food and soak up the special atmosphere in the Abbey. ...
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Start Date
December 14, 2019
End Date
December 14, 2019
Hexham Farmer's Market is always popular with locals and tourists alike, and the Christmas market is always a special event.
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Start Date
December 14, 2019
End Date
December 15, 2019
Talks and lectures - 1.30pm to 5pm Live music and DJ - 5pm to 11.30pm A selection of short films - 11.30pm to 1am Ticket prices: Full day - £13.00 Evening - £7.00 Sunday event: 3pm to...
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Start Date
November 21, 2019
End Date
December 22, 2019
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The Festival of Light is back for 2019 - with a new venue, new lights and new activities! Every Thursday - Sunday visitors will experience stunning new lighting features in a Winter Wonderland in Mowbray Park. The lights are complemented by a programme of extra special weekend...
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Start Date
December 15, 2019
End Date
December 15, 2019
Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat, come along to our Christmas micro market bash. With street food, mini festive market, carol singers, great beer in wonderful company
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Whitehouse Farm Centre is Northumberland’s largest family-run Farm attraction. A great place for families, as well as school and group visits, where you can see, handle and feed a wide variety of animals from traditional breeds to more unusual and exotic sp es. As well as...
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As well as being a hugely popular wedding venue and the campus of Northumberland College, at Kirkley Hall is also a fantastic family day out.    
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Beamish Wild Treetop Adventure course is set in the ancient woodland treetops in the heart of County Durham. The High Ropes Course is about 2 hours of non-stop fun and challenges.
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An up and coming family-run animal collection in the heart of Northumberland. The park currently has 17 acres for visitors to explore with over 50 species of animals to see. 
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Endless Adventure North East provides bespoke and individually adapted activities for Stag and Hen parties, Corporate, Education, Charities and Individuals looking for their own unique experience. The reviews they have are all glowing and are definitely a company to contact if you're looking for some adventure. There are also...
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Broomley Grange sits in 22 acres of private grounds - an outdoor activity centre for young people across the UK to enable them to learn and develop life skills and capabilities, in order for them to mature into responsible adults.
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A popular choice for Scottish and English schools and non-school groups, Dukeshouse Wood is situated on a beautiful fellside just outside Hexham, close to Newcastle and the Scottish Borders. The 18-acre activity park in an area of unspoilt countryside houses exciting adventure activities such as zipwire,...
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If you fancy a bit of outdoor adventure with a difference, then this is the place for you. A wide range of outdoor pursuits are yours to try, whether it's for a kids party, a stag or hen do, or a corporate outing designed to rejuvenate your team. ...
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Set in the grounds of Matfen Hall, this course is set high amongst the trees and is high energy fun. Designed to push you hard, this Treetop Challenge has high platforms, super speedy zips and stomach-churning Tarzan Swings. 
Heritage

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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. ...
The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre
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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...
Events

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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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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...
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...
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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.  
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One of the best-preserved turrets on the line of Hadrian's Wall, with a stretch of wall 70 yards long, and two and a half metres high, built by men of the Twentieth Legion. Brunton Turret is about 20 mins walk from Chesters Roman Fort.
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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...
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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...
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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