We’ve rounded up some great places to visit in and around Sunderland and South Tyneside if you’re looking for ways to keep the kids entertained during the holidays.
1. Nelsam, Washington
North East Land Sea and Air Museum has reopened after lockdown. It's introduced a number of social distancing measures in order to adhere to government guidelines which includes hand sanitising stations, signs encouraging two metre distances, regular cleaning and doors being kept open to avoid contact. Check out some fantastic vehicles and aircraft, some of which date back to the site's wartime history as RAF Usworth. Pictured here is Jack Berry, 13, who was one of the first customers back post covid, with Maisie Jones, eight.
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2. Sunderland Culture activities
Sunderland Culture has programmed six weeks of exciting arts activity to encourage Wearside families to get outside and explore the wildlife and outdoor spaces on our doorstep. Inspired by Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden’s natural history and art collection, the programme features a range of themes including plants and gardens, rivers and seas, castles and outdoor photography. There's a different theme and activity each week of the holidays. View the programme at https://sunderlandculture.org.uk/summer-family-programme/
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3. Finchale Priory
Just outside Sunderland, en route to Durham, Finchale Priory is a beautifully tranquil spot, despite only being a short drive off the A690. Entry is free to wander the remains of this 13th century priory, founded on the site of a retired pirate's hermitage. There's also a great woodland walk to do following the path of the river.
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4. Down At The Farm, near Houghton
A raft of new safety precautions such as a one-way system have been introduced at Down at the Farm, near Houghton, to ensure customers can maintain social distancing. There's plenty to do at the interactive farm whose attractions include donkeys, alpacas, emus and meerkats. Book on line to go before 2pm. There is some capacity for visitors to pay at the gate after 2pm. It's open every day until August 31.
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