5 FREE Days Out for Toddlers in Northumberland

5 FREE Days Out for Toddlers in Northumberland

There’s no denying that summer can be an expensive time of year and it’s often difficult to come up with a new idea for somewhere to visit that doesn’t break the bank. With that in mind, Samantha from North East Family Fun has put together her Top 5 FREE Days Out for Toddlers in Northumberland:-

Get Stranded on Holy Island

north east family fun visit lindisfarne holy island in northumberlandHoly Island has some sort of magical and mythical quality about it and when you cross over the water it really does seem as if time stands still. Marvel at the Priory ruins, go plodging in the rock pools and spot birds from the wildlife hide. An afternoon spent on an island is a real adventure. Just make sure you check the tide times before setting off.

Trade Old Books for New at Barter Books

north east family fun outside of barter books in northumberlandYou are never too young to develop a love of reading and a good books and Barter Books in Alnwick is a special place where you can nurture this love. Children can take their old books that they’ve grown out of and ‘barter’ them for store credit. There’s a welcoming children’s area with hundreds of books to choose from starting at just 30p. Don’t forget to look up and watch the trains travel above your head too.

Climb the Lady of the North

north east family fun toddler over looking open cast mine at northumberlandia

If your toddler loves diggers, they’ll love the Lady of the North. Climbing her really is an adventure (you will need to have a firm grip of their hand in places) but the views of the nearby quarry with it’s dumper trucks and lorries hard at work feel as if Bob the Builder has been brought to life.

Complete the Stick Man Trail at Kielder

north east family fun at a stickman trail thanks to the forestry commissionStick Man is a favourite story of most toddlers and there’s a fantastic, easy to navigate trail through the woods in Kielder. Simply start at the castle visitor centre and follow the signs. There are activity boards along the way and it’s all completely free.

Feed the Ducks ‘Running Fox’ bread at Felton

north east family fun feeding ducks at felton with free bread from the running fox
The ducks at Felton must be the happiest ducks in the world. If you pop into the Running Fox Bakery by the river, you’ll find a basket of ‘duck bread’ by the door which is free for customers to take and feed to the ducks. It’s a lovely little spot and toddlers love it.

For more free ideas for days out in Northumberland, take a look at this post from North East Family Fun. For even more days out ideas around the north east of England and beyond, follow North East Family Fun on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.




  1. December 8, 2016 / 10:33 pm

    The book shop sounds like a great idea. I will definitely be searching for something similar in Leeds. My favourite days out are the free ones! A great resource for other Northerners looking for a great day out! #daysoutwithatoddler

  2. December 9, 2016 / 9:29 am

    These are some lovely ideas, we have a local stick man trail which was great fun. Love the barter for books idea as well #daysoutwithatoddler

  3. December 9, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Fab days out, I would love to climb the lady of the north x #daysoutwithatoddler

  4. December 10, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    We have ticked off two of these so far. Will definitely be visiting those ducks soon. #daysoutwithatoddler

  5. December 15, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Ooo I love the bakery providing free bread to the ducks (even though you aren’t meant to feed ducks bread now, but they LOVE it) #daysoutwithatoddler

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