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Best Ways to Keep Busy Outside


There is no doubting that the world is in a scary state at the moment. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the rules and restrictions that have been put in place in by the government due to the spread of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Despite this frightening and uncertain time, there are still opportunities to have fun with your family. Let’s have a look at what you can do while in the North East during the pandemic.

Activities in the North East

Newcastle, Gateshead and the surrounding North East areas have been classified as Tier 2 – High in the COVID-19 restriction categories. This means that you can still socialise outside and in public areas as long as there is only six people in your group. Parks and beaches are still open, unless specified otherwise, so a picnic in Newcastle’s Jesmond Dene Park or a stroll on Northumberland’s Alnmouth Beach could be right up your street if you’re looking for a relaxing, outdoor family past time. If you’re feeling like getting some exercise, activity classes and organised sports will still be taking place outside so a children’s class could be a great way to keep the kids entertained while staying fit and healthy.

Businesses and entertainment venues such as bowling alleys and cinemas will continue to operate too. There is a 10pm curfew but a lovely day with the family is possible if you stay safe by following government legislation. If you’re up for a meal, restaurants will be operating via bookings of six people maximum. Staying away from home may be a little more frightening than usual, but you can guarantee that you’ll have a safe stay at certain hotels and bed and breakfasts if you want to get out and about. Hedgefield House is a great option if so. The business has removed their food services due to the pandemic but they are maintaining private rooms with en-suite bathrooms if you’re up for a weekend getaway.