Dippy on Tour - What's on in Newcastle and North East England
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
18 May - 6 October
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.
Activities running throughout the exhibition
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.