Dippy on Tour - What's on in Newcastle and North East England

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Join Dippy as he explores the North East with arts and crafts, exhibitions and displays, and inspiring activities and adventures in local nature open to all.

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Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle

18 May - 6 October

Free

Visit Dippy in Newcastle and find out about how life on planet Earth has changed over time and the changes it faces now. Discover more about the iconic wild creatures that have lived in the North East for thousands of years and the challenges they now face because of humans.

The exhibition will also highlight how climate changes dramatically shaped the landscape of ancient Britain and see how this epic story is recorded in the rocks of the North East. 

Find out more on the Great North Museum: Hancock website

Activities running throughout the exhibition

WILD: A celebration of the Natural History of the British Isles

Palace Green Library, Durham

18 May - 6 October, 10:00 to 17:00

Free, visit any time.

Palace Green Library is being taken over by animals this summer; from soaring birds to swimming fish and everything in between. This new exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to see some of Britain’s most elusive animals including the red fox, red squirrel, barn owl and great crested newt up close and personal.

Find out more on the Palace Green Library website.

The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre

Northumberland National Park

Open daily, 9.30 - 18.00

Free, visit any time.

The Sill is Northumberland National Park’s new visitor attraction and will excite and inspire people of all ages to explore the landscape, history, culture and heritage of Northumberland. Discover your gateway to the great outdoors.

Find out more on The Still National Landscape Discovery Centre website.

Live Skies


Life Science Centre, Newcastle 

Weekends and bank holidays during term time, every day during school holidays, 16.00 and 17.00

Normal admission fees apply, however children go free until 24 May.

Sit back, relax and explore our universe in the North’s biggest planetarium. In this live, presenter-led show, our science explainers will take you on a tour of the night sky.

Find out more on the Life Science Centre website.

The Colliery Experience and Coal Town

Woodhorn Museum, Ashington

Open daily from 10.00 - 16.00

Children 16 and under free, adults £7, concession £6; 12 months of unlimited free returns.

Come and explore the best-preserved Victorian coal mine in England and uncover the miners’ extraordinary tales in The Colliery Experience. You can also discover the true story of coal mining in Northumberland through the lives of the people who worked here in our engaging and interactive permanent exhibition Coal Town.

Find out more on Museums Northumberland website.

Urban Nature

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

1 May - 31 October, 7.00 - 19.00

Children £1, adults £5, visit any time.

From bitterns to badgers, roe deer to reed warblers, Gosforth Park Nature Reserve is home to an incredible array of life. Purchase a day pass, don your binoculars and experience some of this for yourself.

Find out more on the Natural History Society of Northumbria website.

Osprey Watch

Kielder Waterside, behind the boathouse

Weekends from 20 April to 18 August, 10.30 - 17.00

Parking charges apply.

You can see all the action close up through a live camera feed and even spot the birds on their nests using high-powered telescopes with trained volunteers.

Find out more on the Northumbria Wildlife Trust website.

May and June activities

Bluebell Walk

Delf Burn, Wallington Estate

Tuesday 14 May and Tuesday 21 May, 13.30 - 15.30

£10 per person, booking essential. Normal admission fees to Wallington apply.

Join a ranger from the Countryside team for a trip to the Delf Burn, where a carpet of bluebells awaits you. No dogs please.

Find out more on the National Trust website.

Go with the Flow

Wallington

Saturday 25 May - Sunday 2 June, 11.00 - 15.00

Normal admission fees to Wallington apply. Activities free but £1 per duck entry into the duck race.
Drop in, booking not necessary.

Take part in the water-themed activities this May half-term! With activities including mini-raft-building and a duck race on the river Wansbeck, there’s plenty to keep you busy all week long. Dogs on a lead welcome for activities outside the house.

Find out more on the National Trust website.

Downy Duckling Days

WWT Washington Wetland Centre

Saturday 25 May - Sunday 2 June.  Sessions to visit our outdoor nursery from 12.00 - 14.00; talks from 13.00 - 14.00

Normal admission fees apply, drop in.

Bring your little ones to meet ours. Get up close to fluffy youngsters and learn about our duckery and the vital conservation work WWT is involved in around the world.

Find out more on the WWT Washington website.

Pond Dipping

WWT Washington Wetland Centre

Saturday 25 May - Sunday 2 June, 10.30 - 11.30

Normal admission fees apply, drop in.

Grab your nets and explore the underwater world at our Pond Zone and search for water boatmen, great diving beetles and their formidable larvae.

Find out more on the WWT Washington website.

Saltholme’s tenth anniversary

RSPB Saltholme

Monday 27 May - Sunday 2 June, 9.30 - 17.00

£5 per car for non-members, free for members, visit any time.

Enjoy activities including pond dipping, meadow sweeping, den building, leaf prints and family bird walks.  

Find out more on the RSPB website.

Den Building

Northumberlandia, Cramlington

Tuesday 28 May, 11.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 14.00

£3 per child.

Challenge yourself and friends to construct a den in the woods to shelter you from the natural elements!

Find out more on the Northumbria Wildlife Trust website.

Bird Box Making

Northumberlandia, Cramlington

Wednesday 29 May, 11.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 14.00

£8 per child. Suitable for ages 8+

Make a bird box using one of the kits provided. Take the box home with you and observe over time whether a feathered friend takes up residence.

Find out more on the Northumbria Wildlife Trust website.

Big Wild Weekend: Wonderful Worms in your Garden

Northumberlandia, Cramlington

Saturday 15 June and Sunday 16 June, 11.00 - 14.00

Free, donations welcome.

Come and take part in a worm-themed trail and learn more about how valuable gardens are for wildlife. This is an outdoor event. Dogs on a lead welcome. 

Find out more on the Northumbria Wildlife Trust website.

Gosforth Park Exploration Day

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

Saturday 22 June, 10.30 - 15.30

Free, drop in. Sorry, no dogs.

Get up close and personal with the flora and fauna of one of the city’s most loved wild places. Friendly experts will deliver a range of activities suitable for all ages, including pond dipping, birdwatching and moth identification.

Find out more on the Natural History Society of Northumbria website.

Discover the World of Honeybees and Bumblebees

Elsdon Village Hall, Northumberland

Sunday 23 June, 10.00 - 14.00

£10 per person, booking essential.

What’s that buzz? Learn about bumblebee biology and how to identify common garden species.

Find out more on the Natural History Society of Northumbria website.

Sealwatch

Greatham Creek, near RSPB Saltholme

Sunday 30 June, 10.00 - 14.00

Free, drop in.

Join our friendly, knowledgeable guides at the newly built seal viewpoint to learn about these amazing animals and see them in their natural environment.

Find out more on the RSPB website.

July activities

Wetland Explorers

WWT Washington Wetland Centre

Saturday 20 July - Tuesday 3 September, 9.30 - 17.30

Normal admission fees apply, drop in.

Pick up a trail map and enjoy exciting wetland challenges and fun activities including popular pond dipping, mini-beast hunts and den building. 

Find out more on the WWT Washington website.

Bioblitz

RSPB Saltholme

Saturday 20 July, 10.00 - 16.00

£5 per car for non-members, free for members.

Drop in, booking not necessary.

Join us as we spend the day searching for, finding and counting as much of our amazing wildlife as we possibly can. 

Find out more on the RSPB website.

Owl Pellet Dissection

Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre

Thursday 25 and Friday 26 July, 11.00 - 12.00

Suitable for ages 5 - 12.

£4 per child, adults go free, booking essential.

Join us to find out what our barn owls had for lunch. Dissect a real owl pellet and identify the contents.

Find out more on the Northumbria Wildlife Trust website.

Minibeast Hunt

Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre

Thursday 25 and Friday 26 July, 13.00 - 14.00

Suitable for ages 5 - 12

£4 per child, adults go free, booking essential.

Join us in search of the mini-beasts that call Hauxley home. Armed with magnifying pots and nets, we will scour the reserve in search of interesting insects. No dogs please.

Find out more on the Northumbria Wildlife Trust website.

Go Wild at Saltholme

RSPB Saltholme

Saturday 27 July - Sunday 1 September, 9.30 - 17.00

£5 per car for non-members, free for members, drop in.

We’ll be having a wild summer at Saltholme. We’ll have pond  dipping, adventure trails, den building and friction-fire lighting!

Find out more on the RSPB website.

Sealwatch

Greatham Creek, near RSPB Saltholme

Sunday 28 July, 10.00 - 14.00

Free, drop in.

Join our friendly, knowledgeable guides at the newly built seal viewpoint to learn about these amazing animals and see them in their natural environment.

Find out more on the RSPB website.

August, September and October activities

Wetland Explorers

WWT Washington Wetland Centre

Saturday 20 July - Tuesday 3 September, 9.30 - 17.30

Normal admission fees apply, drop in.

Pick up a trail map and enjoy exciting wetland challenges and fun activities including popular pond dipping, mini-beast hunts and den building. 

Find out more on the WWT Washington website.

Go Wild at Saltholme

RSPB Saltholme

Saturday 27 July - Sunday 1 September, 9.30 - 17.00

£5 per car for non-members, free for members, drop in.

We’ll be having a wild summer at Saltholme. We’ll have pond  dipping, adventure trails, den building and friction-fire lighting!

Find out more on the RSPB website.

Bird Bingo

Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre

1, 2, 22 August, 11.00 - 12.00

Suitable for ages 5 - 12.           

£4 per child, adults go free, booking essential.

Join us as we spot as many birds as we can on the reserve.

Find out more on the Northumbria Wildlife Trust website.

Animal Tracks and Trails

Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre

Thursday 1 and  Friday 23 August, 13.00 - 14.00

Suitable for ages 7 - 16.         

£4 per child, adults go free, booking essential.

Learn how to spot signs of animal activity by looking at real evidence  on the reserve. No dogs please.

Find out more on the Northumbria Wildlife Trust website.

Minibeast Hunt

Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre

2, 8, 9, 16, and 22 August,
13.00 - 14.00
15, 29 and 30 August, 11.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 14.00

Suitable for ages 5 - 12.

£4 per child, adults go free, booking essential.

Join us in search of the mini-beasts that call Hauxley home. Armed with magnifying pots and nets, we will scour the reserve in search of interesting insects. No dogs please.

Find out more on the Northumbria Wildlife Trust website.

Owl Pellet Dissection

Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre

Fridays 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 August, 11.00 - 12.00

Suitable for ages 5 - 12.           

£4 per child, adults go free, booking essential.

Join us to find out what our barn owls had for lunch. Dissect a real owl pellet and identify the contents.

Find out more on the Northumbria Wildlife Trust website.

Forest Friends: Clarts n Crafts

Northumberlandia, Cramlington

Wednesdays 7, 14 and 21 August, 11.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 14.00 

£6.50 per child, adults go free, booking essential.

Woodland-based activities at Northumberlandia. 

Find out more on the Northumbria Wildlife Trust website.

Explore Northumberlandia

Northumberlandia, Cramlington

Friday 9 August, 11.00 - 12.00

£3 per person; ticket includes tea or coffee.

Join one of our knowledgeable volunteers on a guided walk around Northumberlandia. Learn about the wildlife and the site while enjoying the fresh air and benefits of walking. 

Find out more on the Northumbria Wildlife Trust website.

Treasure Hunt

Northumberlandia, Cramlington

Tuesday 13 August, 11.00 - 14.00

£3 per child, adults go free.

Follow clues as you explore the woodland and see some of nature’s treasures along the way. Make a woodland animal sculpture from the treasure to take away with you. Dogs on a lead welcome.

Find out more on the Northumbria Wildlife Trust website.

Gosforth Park Exploration Day

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

Saturday 24 August, 10.30 - 15.30

Free, drop in. Sorry, no dogs.

Get up close and personal with the flora and fauna of one of the city’s most loved wild places. Friendly experts will deliver a range of activities suitable for all ages, including pond dipping, birdwatching and moth identification.

Find out more on the Natural History Society of Northumbria website.

Minibeast Safari

Northumberlandia, Cramlington

Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 August, 11.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 14.00 

£3 per child, adults go free.

Come and explore at Northumberlandia and see which mini-beasts live among the dead wood and leaves in the woodland and out in the meadow. Dogs on a lead welcome.

Find out more on the Northumbria Wildlife Trust website.

Nauseating Nature

WWT Washington Wetland Centre

1 - 31 October, 9.30 - 16.30

Normal admission fees apply.

Uncover the icky, disgusting and frankly foul truth about the world of wetland wildlife on this trail and risk a trick or a tantalising treat.

Find out more on the WWT Washington website.

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