Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Days Out: Steam in to See Pretty Flamingos

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Days Out: Steam in to See Pretty Flamingos

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THE summer holidays are almost over but there's still time to get out and about in North East England.

Here's a selection of great places and attractions to visit.

WILDFOWL AND WETLANDS TRUST, Washington:

Learn about wetland birds in this 100 acre nature reserve, get close to dozens of species of wildfowl in the Close Encounters area where some are tame enough to be fed by hand. See rare and endangered ducks, geese and swans, a colourful colony of flamingos, the largest nesting colony of grey herons in North East England, and a Splash Zone for 3 to 5-year-olds to play in - so take your wellies! More details at www.wwt.org.uk

STEPHENSON RAILWAY MUSEUM, North Shields:

Relive the glorious days of the steam railway at this museum which is home to George Stephenson's Billy, a forerunner of the world-famous Rocket and Jackie Milburn, named after the Newcastle United legend. See steam trains shunting up and down the track and discover the story of coal and electricity's impact on ordinary people's lives. Details at www.twmuseums.org.uk/stephenson

WASHINGTON OLD HALL:

Open Sunday-Wednesday, 11am-5pm, this delightful stone-built 17th century manor house stands on the site of the home of George Washington's ancestors - it is from here that the family surname came. There is a fine collection of oil paintings and heavily carved oak furniture, giving an authentic impression of gentry life following the English Civil War. There are formal gardens including a knot garden, parterre garden and a nuttery with wild flowers.

DISCOVERY MUSEUM

Explore the history of Newcastle upon Tyne, featuring fun and fascinating scientific exhibitions, important collections of maritime history, fashion and regimental life, see Tyneside inventions that changed the world. Home to Turbinia, the world's first turbine-powered vessel, the display now features exciting interactive activities and information on the ship's history. From robot home-helps to prosthetic limbs and intelligent clothing, the exhibition Our Cyborg Future? …

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