Top 10 things to do for free this summer

TOURISM bosses have released a list of their top 10 free attractions in the North-East.

TOURISM bosses have released a list of their top 10 free attractions in the North-East.

With the school holidays under way, parents and children may be wondering where best to spend their time at minimal cost.

And the options, listed by regional development agency One NorthEast, are wide ranging – from cathedrals and museums, to stunning beaches.

For those with a passion for culture, the top 10 includes Newcastle’s Discovery Museum, Middlesbrough’s Institute of Modern Art, as well as Durham Cathedral, The Angel of the North and Woodhorn coal-mining museum in Northumberland.

Nature lovers are catered for with the North Pennines, County Durham’s stunning waterfall High Force, Bamburgh Beach and Red Kite country in the Derwent Valley.

There’s even a mention for shopping – of the window variety – at Gateshead’s MetroCentre. The list was released as tourism chiefs at ONE are promoting their Save Your Summer campaign, which is offering 15% off selected accommodation and £50 off self-catering.

Helen Bull, UK brand manager at ONE, said: “With the summer holidays under way, we know the kids need entertaining and the great thing about North-East England is that from our art galleries, museums, walks and stunning natural attractions, you will never run out of things to do in the region.”

And Alec Coles, director of Tyne and Wear Museums, said: “Three years after its redevelopment, Discovery Museum is still the North-East’s biggest and most visited free museum.

“We have had a busy summer so far and with a packed programme of events ahead, we’re looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors in August.

“If people are looking for fun ideas for days out during the summer holidays, they should visit the new North-East museums website,”.

For more details about the Save Your Summer offers, visit


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