Best Summer Events North East 2021 | Family Friendly | Things to Do

Here it is, our list of the best summer events across the South East to keep you busy all summer. This list includes events in the North East – County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear. All events are family-friendly.

Please keep up-to-date with government guidance before booking or visiting. I am unsure of the following attractions policies on cancellations of events, please consider this before booking and check with them in advance. It may also be an idea to check with the attraction that everything is as advertised the day before you visit.

Things to do North East Summer 2021


Alnwick Castle – Outdoor Theatre – Northumberland

When? 7th and 8th August
Address: Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1NQ
A Bit About – Robin Hood outdoor theatre performance. “Prepare for a riotous summer adventure fit for all the family, as The Fools present battle to tell their own version of the legendary tale of Robin Hood. Expect fast-paced drama, plenty of musical instruments and many a quick costume change along the way!”


Alnwick Garden – We’re off to see the garden – Northumberland

When? July 16th – September 5th
Address: Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1YU
A Bit About – “Fun for all the family with this Wizard of Oz-inspired trail around The Garden. You’re not in Kansas anymore!”
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Bamburgh Castle – Various Events – Northumberland

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh, Northumberland, NE69 7DF
A Bit About – 23rd July – Outdoor theatre family-friendly Treasure Island. 13th August – Dirty Dancing open-air cinema (12A). 14th August – Grease open-air cinema (12A). Bohemian Rhapsody open-air cinema – 27th August (12A), Mamma Mia! open-air cinema (12A) – 28th August.


Beamish – Summer of Fun – County Durham

When? During local school holidays
Address: Beamish Museum, Regional resource centre, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG
A Bit About – “Enjoy fun-filled family activities from cricket and playground games to a summer trail, den building and toasting marshmallows in the woods.”
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Paxton House – Music at Paxton – Northumberland

When? 16th – 25th July
Address: Paxton House, Paxton, Berwick-upon-tweed, Berwickshire, TD15 1SZ
A Bit About – “Join us for a ten day festival offering a range of chamber music presented by talented musicians in an exciting and captivating programme performed in the fine acoustics of Paxton House’s Regency Picture Gallery. With performances from morning until dusk, there is something for everyone… concerts inspired by local events and personalities, folk music, a voice masterclass, our family concert in Kelso and – a festival first – fun music sessions for babies and toddlers!”
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Raby Castle – Various events – County Durham

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington, County Durham, DL2 3AH
A Bit About – Outdoor cinema Trolls World Tour – 13th August. Moana outdoor cinema – 14th August. Dirty Dancing outdoor cinema (12A) – 14th August. The Greatest Showman outdoor cinema – 15th August. Outdoor theatre in the walled garden, Mr Stink – 28th August.
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WWT Washington – Wetland Explorers – Tyne and Wear

When? 17th July – 5th September
Address: WWT Washington, Barmston Lane, Washington, County Durham, NE38 8LE
A Bit About – “Families can discover the wonder of wetlands this summer, with an adventure-packed timetable of Wetland Explorer activities throughout the holidays.” Plus other family-friendly activities such as den building, pond dipping and animal tracking.
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Best Summer Events North East 2021 – Things to do