Six Ways to Keep the Kids Entertained this Half Term | Living North

How to Keep the Kids Entertained this Half Term


Half term is here and we’re sure you’re trying to come up with ways to keep your children busy – check out our list of top activities both inside and outside


Out & About 

Take a Walk

30th October
Based in locations across Northumberland, the Lake District, North Yorkshire and the Scottish Borders, High Tide Adventure’s sessions boast plenty of exploring events. This half term’s adventure walk will take you around the countryside near Whitley Bay, where children can enjoy scrambling, bushcraft, navigation and orienteering as well as plenty of fun and games.
Ventnor Gardens, Whitley Bay NE26 1QB
07814 470893

Go Surfing
10am–12pm every day in school holidays
Enjoy two hours of fun at the beach, and in the sea, for children aged 6–18. They’ll learn the skills to catch waves and get up standing and riding to impress you this half term. The fully-qualified and well-experienced instructors cater for all abilities – so anyone can give it a go.
Sandhaven Beach Promenade, South Shields NE33 3NG
07583 144560

Head to the Farm
Meet the rabbits, chicks and donkeys, feed the baby lambs or ride the tractors at Hall Hill Farm. There's a play area for the kids and tea rooms in which to unwind with a hot drink or enjoy a spot of lunch, too.
Lanchester, Durham DH7 0TA
01388 731333

Crunch Leaves
Enjoy the last days of autumn by finding your way around Nelly’s Labyrinth, or taking a stroll through the tall trees in the Pinetum at Cragside. Don’t miss the caves at Slipper Lake, where the autumn leaves will crunch under your feet – then refuel with a hot chocolate in the tearoom.
Rothbury, Morpeth NE65 7PX
01669 620333

Search for Wildlife
Stroll along the woodland walk at Ormesby Hall and stop by Bugsby Hall – the bug hotel, where children can enjoy adding pinecones, twigs and leaves to the insects’ home. Along your walk, you’ll find sheep, cows and horses in neighbouring fields too.
Church Lane, Ormesby, near Middlesbrough TS7 9AS
01642 324188

Explore the Forbidden Corner
Set within a four-acre garden in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales, this unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and hidden surprises provides hours of fun for all ages. Unlike anywhere you’ve visited before, whether you’re exploring the Temple of the Underworld or marvelling at the huge glass pyramid, this attraction has twists ands turns around every corner. 
Tupgill Park Estate, Coverham, Middleham, Leyburn DL8 4TJ
01969 640638

Go Underwater
Take a tour of the world beneath the waves at Hull’s impressive aquarium, The Deep. It’s home to colourful tropical fish and corals, and some of the open water’s most incredible sealife, including sharks, Honeycomb Whiptail rays and sea turtles. Be sure to visit the Deep’s VIPs (very important penguins) too.
Tower Street, Hull HU1 1TU
01482 381000

Ride a Digger
Children can explore (and let off some steam) in the outdoor play areas, sandpits and a variety of rides while parents sit back and relax here – or join in with the fun. From trucks to JCBs, they can even dig for buried treasure – so they’ll be spoilt for choice at Diggerland.
Langley Park DH7 9TT
Willowbridge Lane, Castleford WF10 5NW
0871 22 77 007


Staying Home

Try a New Video Game
Okay, so we do tend to try and steer children away from getting addicted to video games all half term – but this one’s actually educational. Vindolanda: The Missing Dead has been developed by experts at Newcastle University and the Vindolanda Trust to take you back in time, from the discovery of the skeleton in 2009 to the 3rd century AD. Players must question the characters that appear in the game as they explore what life would have been like on the Roman frontier and learn about the diverse community that lived there.

Play a Board Game
Go classic with games and get the whole family involved. Dig out the old boards and, once you find the games you love the most, you’ll be sorted for the Christmas break too. From a long game of Monopoly to a creative game of Scrawl, there’s always something children will enjoy.
Click here for our favourites.

Live a Viking Life
Activities and downloads for little and not-so-little Vikings have been created online by JORVIK Viking Centre. There’s plenty of cool videos to watch, as well as colouring sheets for those who want to get creative.

Published in: October 2020

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