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Family activities and food 2021

Free activities for Gateshead families

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.

This year's #BrightentheDay programme builds on many years of work across Gateshead to provide much needed food and activities during the summer holidays. We have worked closely with our partners, including schools, local charities and community organisations to plan a programme of activities, many of which are accessible to all families in Gateshead.

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. We understand that it has been a difficult time for all families, and we hope that by providing these activities we can help you enjoy the summer holiday period.

You can get in touch with us by emailing 

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Book a bike safety test

Get a free bike safety check. Sessions take place across Gateshead this May. Make sure your bike is fit for the road.

Book a bike safety check
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Spring crafts

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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Food Nation

Visit the Food Nation website for online cookery videos

Visit the website
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Walk and cycle routes

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

Walk and cycle routes
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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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