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Thrills, spills and not a fluffy bunny in sight this Easter in NewcastleGateshead

19th March 2010

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Thrills, spills and not a fluffy bunny in sight this Easter in
NewcastleGateshead…


Visitors to NewcastleGateshead are spoilt for choice this Easter. With everything from afternoon tea
in the tranquil setting of Jesmond Dene to white knuckle fairground rides at the coast in South
Shields, there’s something on offer to please everyone.

NewcastleGateshead, Sunderland and the nearby coast are home to some of North East England’s
top attractions and this Easter many of them are opening their doors with special offers and fun
filled events the whole family can enjoy.

From traditional Easter egg trails to something more daring, the options are many and include the
luxurious Jesmond Dene House set in the leafy suburb just outside Newcastle city centre where
afternoon tea with a difference can be enjoyed by busy parents while the kids are entertained with
face painting.

And at the nearby coast in Tynemouth, the undersea safari at Blue Reef Aquarium is opening its
newest exhibition, Amazing Amazon. Stepping into the incredible world of the tropical rainforest this
stunning new Amazonian feature includes a colony of adorable miniature monkeys, tiny pygmy
marmosets and comical‐looking cotton topped tamarins.

What’s more the newly launched Discover Pass is offering discounts at more than 60 attractions
across the area keeping great value at the heart of a family day out.

What to do this Easter?


Great North Museum, Newcastle
Eggsplore! More, 06 April
The city’s newest attraction is taking Easter Eggs to a different level with this interactive workshop
Eggsploring the fascinating natural world of birds. The exclusive event takes visitors on a spring time
adventure through the museum’s collection of bird’s eggs and baby animals.

The Great North Museum also offers a range of interactive exhibits including a large‐scale interactive
model of Hadrian’s Wall, the wonders of Ancient Greece and mummies from Ancient Egypt as well
as a life size T. Rex Dinosaur skeleton.
FREE www.twmuseums.org.uk/greatnorthmuseum

Seven Stories, the Centre for Children’s books, Newcastle
Where’s Wally Easter Egg Hunt 02‐05 April
Walker Picturebook Party 02‐18 April
The only attraction of its kind in the UK, step inside to celebrate the pleasure of reading and discover
how books spark the imagination. This Easter join Seven Stories' own Wally and Wenda as they lead the hunt in the Easter eggstravaganza – the Where’s Wally Easter Egg Hunt. Also Celebrate 30 years of Walker Books with an exciting Picture Book Party! Delve into some of thebest loved Walker books, including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Flyaway Katie and Gorilla. Join in
with stories, games and meet the famous Walker Bear!
FREE CHILD PLACE with Discover Pass www.sevenstories.org.uk

Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond, Newcastle
Easter Monday Family Afternoon Tea
Relax over a champagne afternoon tea served in the Great Hall with music and face painting for
children under 12 years, £26.75 In a quiet, woodland setting yet minutes from Newcastle city centre, Jesmond Dene House Hotel and Restaurant offers understated luxury, contemporary style and award‐winning food. www.jesmonddenehouse.co.uk

Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum, Wallsend
Meet a Gladiator 05 April
At the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall, Segedunum was home to 600 Roman soldiers. Walk around the excavated site of this important fort and view the original remains of Hadrian's Wall.

On April 05 prepare to go into the arena and meet a Gladiator, learn about the trials facing these
brave slaves and soldiers and make a gladiator mask.
Buy 1 get 1 free on adult and concession admission with the Discover Pass
www.twmuseums.org.uk/segedunum

Blue Reef Aquarium, Tynemouth
Amazing Amazon
Offering the ultimate undersea safari; enjoy close encounters with seahorses, sharks, giant octopus,
frogs, otters and hundreds of other incredible aquatic creatures. Entertaining talks and feeding
displays help bring the whole experience to life. Don't miss the amazing Seal Cove!

This Easter the Amazing Amazon exhibition is due to open its doors featuring a colony of adorable
miniature monkeys; including tiny pygmy marmosets and comical‐looking cotton topped tamarins.
The new display is also home to a variety of brightly coloured exotic rainforest fish, a waterfall and a
selection of living tropical plants.
2 for 1 on entry for Discover Pass holders www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk/tynemouth.htm

NORTH TYNESIDE 10k ROADRACE
from NORTH SHIELDS to WHITLEY BAY 04 April
Certainly a competitor for one of the most scenic road races in the UK, this popular 10k attracts
participants from across the country. Starting pistols are fired in North Shields and runners take in the Historic Fish Quay on the banks of the River Tyne, the ruined Tynemouth Priory and Castle in scenic Tynemouth Village, and continue along the stunning stretch of coastline before finishing across the tidal causeway to St Mary’s Island and Lighthouse. www.visitnorthtyneside.com

Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields
Viking Invasion 10‐11 April
A whole weekend of Viking invasion! Find out what life around 960 AD was like, including what
people ate, how they dressed and what they thought of the North of England. An exciting chance to
touch, hear and smell Viking England. FREE www.twmuseums.org.uk/arbeia

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, South Shields
Easter Weekend
Opening its doors for the summer season over Easter weekend this seaside funfair is the perfect
place to unleash the child in anyone. From hook the duck to white knuckle roller coasters there’s
plenty on offer for the whole family.
Get £25 of riding tokens for £15 with a Discover Pass www.oceanbeach.co.uk

The National Glass Centre, Sunderland
Easter Glass Fused Mosaics 07 April, Easter Glass Painting 6 & 13 April
Easter Sandblasting Workshop 14 April, Easter Egg Trail 02‐11 April
Celebrating the fascinating history of glass making in Sunderland, The National Glass Centre offers a
mix of interactive exhibitions and displays alongside workshops and live glass blowing displays.
This Easter explore glass making by creating unique pieces through mosaics, glass blowing and
sandblasting. www.nationalglasscentre.com

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland
Easter Family Fun Trail 02‐05 April
Playing host to an Easter Family Fun Trail visitors are challenged to help crack the clues and
complete an ‘egg‐citing’ trail to collect a special Easter prize!
Belsay Hall has something for everyone, with a fine medieval castle, a Greek revival villa and
outstanding, plant‐rich gardens to explore. Take this opportunity to see Stella McCartney’s Lucky
Spot. The crystal chandelier in the shape of a horse has attracted thousands of visitors and is on
display until the end of April. www.english‐heritage.org.uk

Experience more with a Discover Pass, offering exclusive money saving deals at over 60 of Tyne and
Wear's most popular visitor attractions. The Pass is available to buy online and from Tourism
Information Centres for just £2 www.discoverpass.co.uk

For more information on things to do in NewcastleGateshead got to
www.visitnewcastlegateshead.co.uk

Ends
Media Enquiries
Contact:
Shelley Staines, Media and PR Manager, Tourism Tyne and Wear
shelley.staines@tourismtyneandwear.com 0191 440 5739

Notes to Editors

Why 'NewcastleGateshead'?
You may wonder why the destination is described as NewcastleGateshead...
Newcastle (a city on the north bank of the River Tyne) and Gateshead (a town on the south bank of
the River Tyne) have been transformed into a single cultural and cosmopolitan visitor destination:
NewcastleGateshead (think Buda Pest).

The two places are closely linked - by seven bridges across the river – and visitor attractions and
events can be found on both sides. Visitors to the area are drawn to sample attractions, galleries, live
performances, sporting events, museums, restaurants, hotels and much more in both Newcastle and
Gateshead - with easy pedestrian access from one to the other in a matter of minutes via the
Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Three of the area's most high-profile contemporary attractions (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, international music centre The Sage Gateshead and world famous public art the Angel of the North) are all in Gateshead, while Newcastle brings a wealth of history and heritage (along with its worldclass contemporary developments), plus an incredible choice of cosmopolitan nightlife, to the
successful partnership: NewcastleGateshead.

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