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Family activities and food

We are delighted to be able to provide free activities for children and families during the school holidays, thanks to Government Funding from the Department for Education's Holiday Activities and Food Programme.

Hundreds of children have joined in our Brighten the Day programme during the Easter and summer holidays. The programme provides healthy food and fun activities for school aged children across Gateshead. Brighten the Day will be back for summer with new activities and lots more planned. 

Below you will find links to online and outdoor activities that are available to all Gateshead families. The activities range from bike rides and nature walks to healthy cooking ideas and much more. 

You can get in touch with us by emailing 


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Get a taste of Brighten the Day

See what Gateshead families got up to in out last Brighten the Day holiday activities and food programme during the school holidays.

Watch the video
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Walking and cycling

Discover new walking and cycling routes as part of the Brighten the day leaflet series.

Walk and cycle routes
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Have fun trying some of these craft ideas from things you might have in already or that you can find outside.

Spring crafts
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Art Gems

Art Gems brings you ideas for arts activities to try at home.

Be inspired
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Food Nation

Visit the Food Nation website for recipes and cooking ideas.

Visit the website
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Cook 'n' eat

Why not try cooking up some new recipes? You could learn new skills and enjoy some great food together over the summer.

Choose your recipe
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Life Science Centre

Life Science Centre has lots of activities for you to try at home. Explore topics such as green energy, future foods and sustainability through a range of clever crafts!

Find out more