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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 outdoor activities that are available to Gateshead families, some of which are available to book online. 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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Summer holiday activities

Find out about free activities being held by various organisations across Gateshead during the school holidays.

Summer holiday activities
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Sports activities

Popping up outdoors during the summer holidays different local venues, with sports coaches to organise fun, informal physical activities and encourage children to join in and be active.

Find an activity
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Fun in the parks

Popping up outdoors during the summer holidays at different local parks, fun, informal physical activities encouraging children to join in and be active.

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Gateshead Harriers Athletics Holiday Camp

Find out about the free athletics summer camp being held at Gateshead International Stadium this summer

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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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Summer reading challenge

Children are being encouraged to go wild for reading this summer by joining the hugely popular annual Summer Reading Challenge, taking place at all Gateshead Council libraries from 10 July until 4 September. This year's challenge is 'Wild World Heroes' and is aimed at encouraging children aged four to 11 years to engage in fun reading activities focused on real world environmental issues, such as climate change, wildlife decline, plastic pollution, and deforestation.

Join the challenge
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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.

Summer 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 a packed summer of activities for you to try at home. Explore topics such as green energy, future foods and sustainability through a range of clever crafts!

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