Whether you’re treating yourselves or pinching the purse strings, there’s something here for everyone.
5. Elmer's Great North Parade art trail
An elephant you'll never forget, Elmer’s Great North Parade art trail launched across the North East early in August.
Created in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice, it sees more than 50 sculptures placed in various locations across Sunderland, South Tyneside, Newcastle and Gateshead.
Described by organisers as the biggest and brightest art trail ever seen in the region, it runs until November 1, 2019.
Visit https://www.stoswaldsuk.org/elmer/art-trail/ to get the map, or use the specially created app.
Photo: Natasha Rowell
6. Lion Bridge and Alnwick Castle pictured by Jane Coltman
Alnwick Castle in Northumberland is steeped in centuries of history, but for most kids it will mean one thing: Harry Potter.
Take the children along to the 'on location' tour to find out how the castle has starred not only Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but made numerous appearances on the big and small screens - including ITV's Downton Abbey, Transformers: The Last Knight, and the first series of Blackadder.
Families can also take part in Dragons Quest, battling with mystical forces to come face to face with a terrifying monster which lurks in the castle's depths.
See https://www.alnwickcastle.com/ for times and prices.
Photo: Jane Coltman
7. Down at the Farm in Houghton le Spring, Sunderland
Enjoy a taste of life Down at the Farm in Houghton le Spring, Sunderland.
Open every day until September 1 from 10am-5pm, it boasts animals including alpacas, meerkats, Shetland Ponies and a python.
There's a daily timetable of activities, including cuddling the bunnies and feeding the lambs - plus play areas, quad biking and air bouncers.
For prices and times, visit www.downatthefarm.co.uk/
Photo: Peter Berry
8. Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Featuring a collection dating back to 1846, the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens is a treasury of the city's history - and all for free! (though bear in mind, donations are always welcome).
See Wallace the lion, preserved for more than a century, the first Nissan car to roll off the production line at its Washington site in 1986, and visit the art gallery.
And, with the weather set to cool towards the end of the final week of the school holidays, enjoy the tropical climes of the Winter Gardens amongst more than 2,000 plants.
Photo: Tim Richardson