We have put together a small list of Summer holiday activities and events that may interest you:

Gateshead Libraries are so excited to reveal the theme for the Summer Reading Challenge 2022!

Get ready for Gadgeteers, arriving online and in your local library this summer.

Science is all around you! What do you love doing? Are you a brilliant baker? Or a mega music fan? Are you the tech wizard amongst your friends? Join the Gadgeteers for the Summer Reading Challenge to discover the amazing science and innovation behind the world around you, including some of your favourite things!

Curious? Perfect! Your imagination can unlock endless possibilities… They are teaming up with Science Museum Group for a very special science-themed Challenge that will inspire you to use your imagination and creativity!

Gadgeteers will feature amazing books, awesome rewards, and plenty of ideas for cool experiments and activities to discover the science all around you. The Challenge will be brought to life by top children’s writer and illustrator Julian Beresford.

Summer Reading Challenge

The challenge will feature amazing books and the chance to win some awesome rewards including an exclusive MakerPlace workshop for up to six people, worth £100. There’s also plenty of activities planned across Gateshead including:

Super Summer Coders

Take part in interactive, hands-on computing projects and learn how to code your own games, animations and more! Suitable for beginners.

For age 8+

Free – Pre-booking essential

Super Summer Coders Link

Ring Wing Gliders

Create and race your gliders inspired by NASA designs. See which design will fly the furthest and there will be a prize for the winner.

Suitable for ages 7+

Free- pre-booking essential.

Ring Wing Glider Link

Spy Science Coding

Could you be the next master code breaker? Learn the art of spy craft as you create cyphers, programme code and test your memory skills at this exciting workshop!

Suitable for beginner coders

For age 7+

Cost £3.00

Spy Science Coding Link

Rocket Mice and Catapults

How many mini marshmallows can you get into the target area? Will your rocket mouse really fly to infinity and beyond? Create and make your catapult and rocket mouse and see how well you do in your challenges.

For ages 5+

Free – pre-booking essential.

Rocket Mice & Catapults Link

Big Bang Science

Come and join Big Science for an hour of fun with hands on science experiments. Every child will carry out their own fizzing ,popping and colour changing reactions. There will also be some Big Science demonstrations making science look like magic, as well as getting things to fly.

For age 5-11 years

£3 per child. Pre booking essential.

Adults FREE. If possible please keep to 1 adult per family.

Big Bang Science Link

Draw Along with Liz Million

Learn how to draw wacky characters and explore your own weird and wild inventions with our favourite illustrator and author Liz Million. From skateboarding scientists to rusty rabbit robots! She’ll tell you all the tips and techniques in this hilarious, interactive draw-along session.

For ages 4+

£3 Pre-booking essential

Draw with Liz Million Link

The Horrible Science Show

THE HORRIBLE SCIENCE SHOW Brings the multi-award winning Horrible Science series to life using experiments, games and quizzes and lots of comedy. Nick Arnold is the world’s bestselling children’s Science author. He has presented public shows all over the world including most major Literature and Science Festivals.

Cost – £3.00

Horrible Science Show Link

Animal Antics

Your chance to learn about and get hands on with amazing animals in this jam packed session. Get close to rabbits, mice, a pygmy hedgehog, corn snakes, bearded dragons and not forgetting an owl!

For age 4-11 years.

Cost – £3.00

Animal Antics Link

The Science of Harry Potter

Put yourself in the picture with a green screen app, try out the invisibility cloak and see yourself disappear.

For age 8+ years.

FREE – pre booking essential

Science of Harry Potter Link

Opening hours are 10am to 5pm.   We are open seven days a week during school holidays.

 Entry to the museum is free.  This includes all galleries and the coffee shop, cafe and bookshop. See our trailer for a peek inside the building or take a 360 video tour of levels 3, 4 and 5.

Places at special events and workshops are ticketed with prices starting from £5.50pp.

You can see all upcoming events on the homepage. These are booked via the website, at Reception in the Visitor centre in Ouseburn, or by calling us on 0300 330 1095.

Here are some of the events they have on over the summer:

Cartooning with Suzy Varty

Introduction to Cartooning, with cartoonist Suzy Varty!

(For 8-12 year olds)

2nd and 16th August, 11am-1pm

A fantastic chance to learn from a professional cartoonist. Learn how to draw simple cartoon faces and bodies, experiment with expressions and movement and create your own character to star in their own story. 

Two Little Mice Storytime with Northumberland author Monique Scott

Friday 12th August, 1pm

Inspired by her pet mice, she wrote and illustrated her story of two hard-working little mice who build their own dream home. Join us at Seven Stories for a reading of the book, and her new book Kiwi’s Pebble, as well as a craft session for children to make their very own paper pet mice. 

All materials will be provided. 

For ages 6+

Storytimes with Ouseburn Farm

Tuesdays in the summer holidays, 11am-11.30am and 12.00pm-12.30pm
Join us for a delightful story telling adventure with some special farmyard friends! Meet some of the newest members of the farmyard, the chicks and ducklings, and find out all about where they go to sleep, what they eat and what their favourite story is.
These storytimes take place at Seven Stories (the ducklings and chicks will waddle over to join us).

Take the kids for free this summer

Up to three kids aged 11 and under can travel for free on Metro and the Shields Ferry, all day, every day when accompanied by a fare-paying adult, and that includes anyone aged 18 or over using:

Nori Novelly is a famous author…WAS a famous author! For the past year they just haven’t been able to decide on a good idea for a story. Nori’s head is such a jumble of weird and wonderful things that they just can’t put pen to paper and decide on one. Perhaps you could help?

An introduction to story making! This fun and interactive workshop designed to unleash a child’s imagination through a range of improvisation, devising and writing exercises. Explore character creation, setting and decision making. Children will be left bursting to write their own stories.

Sessions take place on the following date and times:

  • Wednesday 3 August, 10.30am-11.30am
  • Wednesday 3 August, 2-3pm

Suitable for children aged 7-11. 

Parents/guardians are required to stay in the building whilst the session is happening.

The Word – “Tell Me a Story” Link