Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get out and about to Explore Amazing Region

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get out and about to Explore Amazing Region

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FROM theme parks and farms to beautiful halls, gardens and a fabulous railway museum, the North East is home to some excellent family attractions - so why not plan a few days out during the summer holidays? HOWICK HALL GARDENS AND ARBORETUM BEAUTIFUL gardens, woodland walks, a prime minister and a famous cup of tea... Howick Hall is a perfect day out for all the family.

Howick was the home of the 2nd Earl Grey, for whom the famous tea was blended and he was also the Prime Minister whose monument stands in Grey Street in Newcastle.

The borders bring the summer beauty in June and the Bog Garden is at its best from June to September. It contains many unusual herbaceous plants grown from seed collected in the wild on plant hunting expeditions abroad.

The arboretum covers 65 acres of woodland walks and contains 1,800 species of trees, most of them labelled. The arboretum and the gardens are worth a visit in the late season when the autumn colour is brilliant.

Families can take on the Howick Family Explorer Challenges - seasonal nature trails which meander through woodland - look out for red squirrels, swans, ducks and herons.

The Earl Grey Tea House in its elegant setting offers light lunches and teas - Earl Grey ,of course. And the new visitor centre is designed to give an insight into how this beautiful place has gently evolved over the years.

Open from February to mid November daily 10.30am-6pm (last entry 5pm). Entry: Adults PS7.70, over 60s PS6.60, children free.

For more details, visit NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM AT SHILDON IT's time to go loco with the family... and head to The National Railway Museum at Shildon.

It was from Shildon in 1825 that the world's first steam hauled passenger train departed on its historic journey.

Now Locomotion - The National Railway Museum at Shildon celebrates the region's key history in the development of the railways. There are more than 70 vehicles from the National Collection on display, including the Deltic prototype, British Rail's Advanced Passenger Train and the iconic LNER locomotive Green Arrow.

In addition, Shildon offers an exciting programme of special events and exhibitions throughout the year.

Get all steamed up for family fun on Sunday and Monday August 28-29, with storyteller Captain Raggybeard, family-friendly craft activities and steam train rides.

Don't miss the Autumn Steam Gala on Saturday and Sunday September 17-18, featuring guest steam locomotives including Agecroft No. 1, displays by heritage railways, trade stands and miniature railway rides.

The fun Steampunk Spectacular on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 -25, will feature performances of A Few Feet Up - an eccentric pair with a magical periscope for visitors to try.

An ideal destination for all ages, the museum offers excellent facilities. …

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