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What’s on this Summer in the North East


With summer approaching, it’s time to embrace the spirit of the season and take part in some outdoor events that are fun for all the family. But what’s on this summer in the North East? Here are just a few family-friendly days out to add to your calendar and some great ways to make memories on any budget.


Summer is a season of music and fun, so don your dancing shoes and join the Big Brass Party on 20th July at Wharton Park in Durham. Bring a picnic along and prepare to spend a day jiving along to the sound of various street bands.

One of the largest and most popular carnivals in the North East, the Summer Parade returns to South Shields on 6th July and this year it’s an out-of-this-world affair with the theme focusing on space. Kids will be dazzled by the floats, music, events and costumes that make their way through the streets ending at Bents Park.

Organised by the Wearside Rotary groups, there is a boat race with a difference due to take part at Hetton Lyons Country Park on 11th August. Families, friends or work colleagues can still register to take part in the event which sees traditional Chinese dragon boats racing in aid of their favourite charities. If you don’t fancy taking to the oars, you can still watch from the comfort of the park.


For those rainy days, Lego lovers will enjoy an afternoon at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle where they see lego masterpieces in the exhibition and have a go at making their own creations too.

Gaming fans can also take a trip to the Life Science Centre in Newcastle between May and September to take part in the Game On 2.0 exhibition which celebrates the history, culture and nature of gaming and technology. With modern and vintage arcade-style games, this will be a fun learning experience for all the family.