July 2024
July 2024

Seven half term family trips out – with a spook factor!

With Halloween fast approaching and kids being the curious, brave and bold little things we encourage them to be – we got thinking about spots for the half term, with a bit of a ‘spooky’ factor.

1. Victoria Tunnels in Newcastle 

Hidden away in the Ouseburn – on the edges of Newcastle City Centre is The Victoria Tunnel.

Originally built in 1842 to transport coal from Spital Tongues to the river you can imagine it’s history, stretching from the Town Moor to the Tyne river!

You can visit the Victoria Tunnel through guided tours or through the Virtual Victoria Tunnel Experience – an online event which you can watch from the comfort of your home!

Making a day of it? You could grab a pizza and ice cream from the legendary Di Meo’s to take out or sit and watch the ducks swim by before or after walking along the Ouse to the tunnels. 

You could even wave at the pigs in Ouseburn Farm on the way – or if a pub lunch is more your cuppa, then the Ship Inn does a great vegan menu. 

2. Chillingham Castle in Northumberland

Many say that this is Britain’s most haunted historic castle with two of the most talked about being the White Pantry Ghost and The Blue Boy!

There are regular ghost tours and some all-night vigils to try and catch a glimpse of the paranormal. You can also stay in the castle hotel if you’re feeling brave.

The Tankerville Arms in Wooler is a great pub for food, also stooped in history and have you heard of – The Chillingham Cattle –  a unique breed of cattle that have existed since the Middle Ages! White cows with coloured ears, very rare.  What’s fascinating is that they are living as a wild, untamed species – equal in male and female and there is only about 120 of them. 

Like a coffee while your our? Grab a great one at Doddington Dairy Milk Bar. 

3. Whitby Town, Cemetery & Harbour in North Yorkshire 

Whitby town is the perfect setting for a ghost story and always a great trip out. Full of gothic vibes with some lovely little shops for presents, or window shopping. 

You can meet the scary pirates on one of the 30-minute boat trips, take a walk to Whitby Cemetery, meander up and down the water edge or an easy hour in the arcades.

If you make it past the shops and amazing selection of fish and chip restaurants you can climb the 199 steps, which Dracula bounded up in the form of a black dog, to the clifftop graveyard which overlooks the red tiles of the town and the sea beyond. 

Trenchers is a top spot for well plated fish and chips – highly recommended. 

4. Newcastle Halloween Activity & Ghost Walks

We’ve been told on very good word that there are in fact real witches that walk up and down Newcastle Quayside! This Autumn you can embark on a ghost walk through the cobbled streets of the old city buildings which date back to the 1500s. newcastleghostwalks.co.uk 

On October 29th.  The Discovery Museum are calling for kids who love to get dressed up for ‘creepy crafts and ghoulish games’. 

If you can get a babysitter and get a taste for a little night out on 30th October The Rocky horror Picture Show is in town!  The Tyne Theatre are inviting you to come and sing along to The Timewarp again! 

5. Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle might not be seen as the most haunted place in England, but there have been some strange goings on over the years. Rumour is there is an Alnwick Vampire!

There are lots of special events at the castle each month – Alnwick Castle After Dark: Below Stairs?  The event is running throughout October and could be the perfect warm up for Halloween, allowing you to adventure through the secrets of this medieval castle. There is also a Medieval Medicine event that caught our eye! 

Tickets now on sale!