North East Puddle Jumping Championships
Washington, Sunderland NE38 8LE
0191 416 5454
Make a splash down at the Washington Wetland Centre at the North East Puddle Jumping Championships. With a programme packed full of fun activities, race your friends and family through the Welly Boot Camp obstacle course (complete with puddle jumping finale), wang a welly or decorate a ceramic boot. Wind down with a spot of bird-watching as the WWT is home to several exotic birds, including the flamboyant Chilean flamingos.
Belsay Hall, Nr Morpeth NE20 0DU
Learn all about life ‘downstairs’ in this grand Georgian stately home, surrounded by 30 acres of gorgeous gardens. Take lessons in table etiquette and learn all about tea ceremonies and other important servant’s duties, taught by Belsay Hall’s very own resident butler. After a hard day’s work, refuel in the Victorian tea room before breathing in the exotic plants growing in the Quarry Garden or take in the stunning view from the top of castle tower.
How To Be A Roman Soldier
Chesters Roman Fort and Museum, Hexham NE46 4EU
0800 015 0516
Chesters Roman Fort is the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain – the perfect place to prove yourself as a ruthless soldier. Taught by their resident Roman, learn and practise your marching moves in the drills session before donning your armour and holding history in your palm as you handle fascinating Roman objects. History then comes alive through storytelling as you learn all about life in the army.
Greatham TS25 2ES
Hidden away in the private grounds of the Hospital of God, this spectacular garden of snowdrops is open to the public just one day a year. Visitors can follow a yellow straw trail, which provides a temporary path to the field of fresh white flowers that signals the start of spring. Make sure to grab a refreshment from one of the stands before listening to a story about the 746-year-old hospital in the tranquil Georgian Chapel.