Days Out Attractions & Buildings
Tarset Village Hall
Middlesbrough’s best kept secret. A 10-acre park populated by gigantic steel dinosaur sculptures erected in the late 70s. A fantastic place for birdwatching and imitating scenes from the Jurrassic trilogy. Don’t go into the long grass!
This incredible piece of public art by internationally acclaimed sculptor Anish Kapoor and leading structural designer Cecil Balmond (them what built Orbit — that huge red swirling tower in London’s Olympic Park), stands almost 50 metres high and 120 metres long. It rubs up against the Transporter Bridge and the Riverside Stadium as one of the defining icons of the town. The Dock has been cleaned up wonderfully in recent years and makes for an ideal evening stroll.
The Alnwick Garden
Open: Every Day except Christmas Day. Please check website for opening times, prices and events. The Garden Shop, restaurant and cafes are open during Garden opening hours. The Treehouse is also open for evening dining.
The Black Gate
A medieval gatehouse to the Castle Keep surmounted by a 17th century house.
The Blue Carpet
Situated outside the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle. The Blue Carpet is a completely functional urban area, created using purposemade blue tiles laid across the square to draw the buildings together to create an intimate space for both performance and play.
The Boathouse, Elvet Bridge
Rowing boats: Adults £5.00, children £4.00, under-4s free (£10 deposit, rates for one hour’s boat hire) River cruise: call above number for prices. What better way to take in Durham’s beauty than by rowing boat? Get your friend to row, drape your hand in the water and admire the view. Alternatively, if you’d both rather relax then hop on board the Prince Bishop River Cruiser for a boat cruise around the city.
The Bowes Museum
Barnard Castle, County Durham
Open: Daily 10am-5pm. Adults £9, Conc. £8, Student £4.50. The Bowes Museum is a hidden treasure, a jewel in the heart of beautiful Teesdale. The magnificent building stands proud in the historic market town of Barnard Castle housing internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts.
The Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas
Newcastle upon Tyne
Mon-Fri 7.30am-6.30pm; Sat 8am-4pm; Sun 7.30am-7.15pm. Dating mainly from the 13th and 14th centuries this is a magnificent building with its most distinguished feature being the Lantern Tower (1448), a prominent landmark for over five hundred years.
The Cheese Farm
Blagdon Estate, Northumberland
Northumberland Cheese Company's Cheese Farm encompasses a working traditional cheese dairy, a small farm shop and the quaint Cheese Loft Cafe. The cafe offers a naturally cheese-based menu alongside homemade cakes, scones and afternoon tea. The dairy is open to the public, although tours must be booked in advance.
The Church of St Thomas the Martyr
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
St Thomas' is one of the most fascinating churches in Newcastle, and we hope this short guide will help you to appreciate some of the main points in its history. The first church (a pilgrim's chapel on the old bridge over the Tyne) was built soon after Thomas a Becket was murdered, which was in A.D. 1170. It may have been built as an act of penance by Hugh de Melville (one of the knights who killed St Thomas). The Pope made Thomas a saint three years later. On the current site of the church, there used to be a hospital for lepers. The hospital was dedicated to Mary Magdalen, the first person to meet Jesus after he rose from the dead. You will find Mary in two of the windows, and also Jesus healing lepers.
The Church of the Divine Unity
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
Newcastle city centre's only Art Deco church. Home to Newcastle Unitarians. The building also comprises Durant Hall and Turner Hall, popular venues for local university examinations.
The Gateshead Millennium Bridge
The stunning bridge takes walkers and cyclists over the river into the heart of the Gateshead Quays and on to BALTIC Square and to BALTIC The Centre for Contemporary Art. The bridge opens and closes like a gigantic eyelid to let shipping pass; the technology is a world first and at night the coloured lighting is spectacular.