8 Places to Take Your Kids This Weekend

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From furry to fishy, creepy to crawly, the North East is teeming with great places to take a walk on the wide side

Washington Wetland Centre
Washington www.wwt.org.uk 
At this classic North East attraction, a number of wetland habitats play host to all manner of creatures from otters to geese. The Wetland-themed play area of WWT’s Washington reserve guarantees a great day of fun for young members of the family, and the presence of the reserve’s flamingoes will also induce some wide-eyed looks of interest. Don't miss the opportunity to feed the gentle Hawaiian geese during your visit.

Andy Howey’s Birds of Prey Centre
Berwick-upon-Tweed www.andyhoweysbirdsofprey.com
This centre allows both adults and children to interact with the a befuddling bevvy of birds, ranging from Luna the Barn Owl to Mitchell the Harris Hawk. If you are looking for something a bit more grounded, the skilled trainers will be more than happy to introduce Miss Truffles the hedgehog, or, Bob the tarantula.

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens
Kirkley www.kirkleyhallzoo.co.uk
Step into this most magnificent menagerie, and be spellbound by the great variety of exotic and native animals that inhabit it. With more than 200 species, you’ll stare in wonder at the wildlife on show. Whether it be the African porcupines or the South American tamarins, something will catch your eye. 

Hall Hill Farm
Durham www.hallhillfarm.co.uk
Nestled within the green and gentle slopes of County Durham, this farm of 290 hectares has an abundance of animal activities available to entertain its visitors. From lamb-feeding to chick handling, there are many opportunities to indulge in the pastoral pleasures of farm life. 

RSPB Salthome
Teeside www.rspb.org.uk
The reserve at RSPB Salthome is not only full of interesting bird life such as the Lapwing and the Peregrine, but also is well equipped to welcome visitors of all ages, from the most observant of ornithologists to the budding Bill Oddies. Whatever your age or experience, the reserve will conjure up some glorious natural sights. The Visitor Centre’s freshly baked cakes will attract the gaze of even the most devoted bird-watcher.

Whitehouse Farm Centre
Morpeth www.whitehousefarmcentre.co.uk
The Whitehouse Farm Centre in Morpeth complements its wildlife section with a fantastic outdoor adventure park, complete with slides, tunnels, and climbing frames. There are plenty of opportunities for the kids to get involved with farm animals, with the option available to feed smaller animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits. It’s a great destination for families who like a hands on day out. 

Blue Reef Aquarium
Tynemouth www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk
An excellent submarine experience, perfectly positioned on Tynemouth’s Grand Parade, Blue Reef will captivate all those who visit. From an abundance of Nemo’s clownfish kin, to iguanas and Asian short-clawed otters, this is a great place to get up close and personal with all kinds of aquatic animals and sealife. 

Tweddle Childrens Animal Farm
Hartlepool www.tweddlefarm.co.uk
The star attraction of this child-friendly farm has to be their llamas – these long-necked animals are not your usual Northumbrian dwellers, and are quite a sight to see. For those who are slightly older, the farm’s go-karting track has a safe and well-monitored facility for a more high-octane activity.

Published in: May 2017

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