Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cheap Days out over the Holidays

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cheap Days out over the Holidays

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ARE you looking for some family fun this Easter without breaking the bank? There are hundreds of ways to be thrifty without compromising on fun. You can find exciting activities, whatever the weather and whatever the budget.

The brand new Let's Go With The Children' Guide books cover 14 regional areas of England and offer endless ideas on places to go and things to do with the family this summer. Your biggest problem will be deciding where to go first! Here are a few suggestions in the North-east, Yorkshire and Cumbria on how to nurture your child's hidden passions or talents, while ensuring the whole family has hours of fun during the Easter break.

HEXHAM PARK 01434 652121 Small but perfectly formed Green Flag award winning park beside stunning Hexham Abbey with play and picnic areas, boarding and BMX facilities.

NEWCASTLE DISCOVERY MUSEUM 0191 232 6789 www.twmuseums.org.uk Discover all about life in Newcastle and Tyneside, from maritime history and world changing science and technology through to fashion through the eras and military history.

The museum is bursting with interactive displays; the perfect place to learn and have fun..

0191 515 5555 www.nationalglasscentre.com Take a fascinating tour, see glass artists at work and walk across the glass roof.

Children's workshops during school holidays.

The National Glass Centre promotes the art, history and science of glass in a context that is relevant to place, through a programme of exhibitions, new commissions and that fosters meaningful debate and participation between artists, audiences and educators..

www.forestry.gov.uk/hamsterleyforest 2000 hectares of mixed woodland lying between the Wear and Tees valleys on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Hamsterley is a delightful oasis of broadleaved and coniferous woodland, sprawling along the sides of a sheltered valley. With way marked walks, cycle and horse riding trails, all levels of fitness and ability are catered for..

CONSETT TO SUNDERLAND RAILWAY PATH 0845 113 0065 www.sustrans.org.uk Part of the award-winning C2C route, this popular traffic-free cycle route is 21 miles long using former railway lines with lots of fascinating flora, fauna and public works of art along the way.

There is plenty to visit along the route.

Between Stanley and Beamish you pass the intriguingly named Hell Hole Wood, managed by the Woodland Trust and part of the Great North Community Forest.

CAPTAIN COOK BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM, MIDDLESBROUGH 01642 311211 www.captcook-ne.co.uk Experience life below the decks and find out about the world famous navigator through interactive displays. It is housed in a purpose-built building close to the granite urn marking the site of Cook's birthplace cottage in Stewart Park, Marton. …

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