We hope you have lots of fun trying out some of the activities listed below.

National Trust – Lego Competition

This summer, National Trust are teaming up with LEGO to find the first #LEGOYoungExplorer– a young person with a passion for nature and the creativity to match. Create your adventure in an outdoor space you love and help care for, perhaps a garden, a local park or even a window box. Nowhere is too small for a LEGO adventure. You won’t need much to get started just some LEGO bricks or minifigures, a camera and your own imagination to build the play-cation of your dreams. Once your creation is complete, don’t forget to take every piece home with you. To be in with a chance of winning the title and a prize bundle, head on over to LEGO‘s Facebook page here: http://ow.ly/4RAz50AOZTR.

Newcastle’s Best Summer Ever

Newcastle’s Summer of Change is in full swing and activity packs have started going out to help families to have fun and stay active at home through the summer. They’re giving away some great kit including art and craft supplies, books, recipe and activity cards and much more. To find out more or register for the program, visit https://www.streetgames.org/nbse-get-involved.

The Online Ballet Academy

Weekly ballet class with Miss Nicola – The online ballet academy are currently offering free online ballet classes weekly on YouTube, just visit their YouTube link by clicking the button on the link below to like and subscribe and join in! (Time doesn’t suit you? Don’t worry, you can take the class at your own convenience as we leave each class on their YouTube channel).

The online ballet academy offers beautiful, live, fun, creative ballet classes for kids. Their programme provides children with the opportunity to learn ballet no matter where they are in the world. The main aim of the online ballet classes is to encourage children to learn basic ballet technique, follow instruction, and foster their imagination while learning in your own comfortable environment. 

https://www.theonlineballetacademy.com

Tynemouth Treasure Trail

Wander through the streets and discover hidden treasure along this three mile route through the town and historic borough. Trails can be done at your own pace with children as young as six able to participate, it’s the perfect way to explore parts of Tynemouth! The booklets are a set price, with one booklet enough for four to five people. There are other mysteries spread across Tyne and Wear, if you fancy taking on a trail closer to home.

treasuretrails.co.uk/tynemouth

Gibside

Explore the beautiful estate of Gibside, walk through the gardens and enjoy a range of activities put on throughout the year. From trying your hand at archery, to identify different plants and listen to live music there is plenty of outdoor adventure to be had! To ensure families are able to make the most of Gibside, there is also a range of free activities during school holidays. Admission to the National Trust estate of Gibside is based on age, with gift aid prices and standard prices offered.

nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside

Tynemouth Priory and Castle

Discover a piece of history Tynemouth Castle and Priory, which is one of the largest fortified areas in England. You will be able to explore the ruins, look out at the expansive landscape and learn about the 2000 year history of this particular location. Taking you back to its original beginnings as an Iron Age settlement, an Anglo-Saxon monastery, a royal castle and a coastal defence! Admission is based on age, with family passes available. Those who are members are allowed in free.

english-heritage.org.uk/tynemouth-priory-and-castle/

Chopwell Woodland Park

Wander through miles of paths and old colliery railway tracks in this woodland park perfect for an outdoor family adventure. Families can choose four different routes, which are also perfect for bike trips if you want to make the trip fast and exhilarating. The picturesque views will be worth soaking up, and families can find a quiet spot to have a picnic. Entry to the woodlands is free.

newcastlegateshead.com/chopwell-woodland-park-p522361

The Forbidden Corner

The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created within a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales. A tourist visitor attraction unlike anywhere that you have been before, ideal for the adventurers and those young at heart! To access the website, please click here.

The Alnwick Garden

Families and children can run freely throughout The Garden playing on mini diggers and interacting with daily Summer street theatre programme. At other times of the year, The Garden is a peacful and tranquil haven to spend hour after hour wandering amongst the Roses, the Ornamental Garden and the Cherry Blossom or just kicking back to take it all in on one of the 50 swinging benches. They have made some changes to The Alnwick Garden experience that will help keep all visitors safe. All bookings must be made online or by telephone and the site will also be cashless. Visitors will be required to book their tickets online. For more information, please click here.

Tynemouth Aquarium

Tynemouth Aquarium are thrilled to open to the public once again. Following government guidance, during closure Tynemouth Aquarium meticulously reviewed every part of the visitor journey and has undertaken new measures to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience with them. They are also taking part in the ‘eat out to help out’ scheme. Please click here to access their website.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art 

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art will reopen from Monday 10th August. They are asking all visitors to book free tickets in advance for an allocated time slot. For more information or to book your visit, please see the link below:

https://baltic.art/whats-on/book-your-visit

We hope that all families and friends of St Alban’s are safe and well and enjoying the summer holidays.