Art and Culture Days Out in the North East

We’re always very proud to be based in the North East of England, the people are great and there’s always lots going on. With half term coming up (and Valentines, if you fancy an art and culture day out, much more original than a set menu meal) we thought we’d share our top creative things to do in the region.

Go to an art gallery – There are so many incredible galleries on the doorstep, there’s something for everyone. If you like paintings with a little class, what about Bowes Museum? Set in breath-taking grounds, they have fine art, furniture, fashion and textiles and the infamous golden swan all on display. Modern art more your thing? Check out The Baltic in Newcastle for exhibitions from some of the biggest names on the scene, and Mima in Middlesbrough for up-and-coming names to know. If you’re taking the family, it’s worth checking online to see exactly what’s on at both, as some exhibitions aren’t suitable for smaller children.

Go back in time – Not just for the little ones, Beamish Museum (not far from our Chester-le-Street office so you can call in and say hello too!) is a fun and historical day out. It’s a rare combination! Step back in time and ride the trams and see how life used to be. And be sure to visit the sweet shop and pub too, because you deserve bonbons and a pint after learning all those history facts.

Go see some great architecture – There are some amazing sights in the North East, but too often we don’t enjoy them and write them off as touristy. We say embrace your inner tourist! For a perfect architecture day out, try Durham. The cathedral and castle are both perfect for a weekend stroll, whether you’ve got the family in tow or it’s just you and someone special.

What are your favourite things to do in the North East? Answers on a postcard – or in the comments below! Thanks 🙂


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