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Newcastle 18th March - 12th May 2013

Issue 61

Unbeatable Coverage in the North East

Hi Everyone! Welcome to your most comprehensive Spring Guide! As usual it’s packed with great things to do, and some great money saving offers too! In this issue we are introducing our new DIY Science Column in partnership with Life Science Centre - each issue will have some cool facts and experiments for you to try out for yourself at home. This column joins our other regular features – Bee Diaries from Alnwick Garden and the Book Reviews by Seven Stories, all local partners who want to keep you informed and active too. We have some excellent competitions again in this issue, and be sure to make use of the email entry if you can, as it will cost much less than a postage stamp we’re sure! Also, don’t forget we now have –where you can upload your school’s videos for free! Show the world how talented we are in the North East by sharing your schools events in this new and unique way. Plus for those on the run we now have our own app to upload the magazine to your phone, but still keep the magazine safe, till the next issue. We know you find it an invaluable reference bible – because you tell us so! See you again with the May issue and enjoy those Easter Eggs.

Jan and the crew…..

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Easter Fun at Beamish.

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DIY Science from Life Science Centre.

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Our Hands on the Land Cookery Workshops.

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Bee Diaries From The Alnwick Garden.

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Maker Faire UK.

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Spring Family Fun with English Heritage.

Page 15/21 Your 7 Page Guide to What’s On this Easter & May Day Bank Holiday. Page 22

Competitions Page.

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Seven Stories Book Reviews.

Primary Times is independently published and distributed free to 76,000 school children at 289 First, Primary and Middle Schools throughout Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside & Northumberland.

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Its aims are to inform families and children of current educational issues, forthcoming events, courses and attractions and to give teachers, pupils and parents the opportunity to participate in the magazine by adding to its contents or joining in competitions which we run. Primary Times would like to thank all schools for their assistance in distributing the magazine and for their contributions to its contents. We would also like to thank all the advertisers. Copyright© Primary Times North East. Publishing Editor & Advertising: Jan Stewart Tel: 0191 264 5909 Email: 1 Denehead Cottages, Hexham Road, Walbottle, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE15 9RX. Artwork: Spark Creative Design Ltd Tel: 01429 872291

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Schools Go Smarter.

Tired of the school run and of trying to find a parking space at school once you've battled through the traffic? A number of primary schools across Tyne and Wear are involved in Schools Go Smarter, a suite of measures designed to encourage children and parents to walk, cycle or take public transport to school. As well as being good for the environment, we know that taking exercise at the start of the day helps children get fitter and healthier and perform better in lessons. And cycling is really popular with children; 30-35% say it would be their preferred method of getting to school. Yet at the minute only 2% do so. Schools Go Smarter works with organisations like Sustrans to provide

practical advice and support to schools, parents and young people who want to make more sustainable choices. As well as paying for practical improvements, for example bike sheds and cycle paths, it also aims to build a ‘cycling culture’ within schools by holding regular events like free healthy breakfasts for children and adults who ‘bike it’ into school. Schools Go Smarter has also bought simple ‘balance bikes’ for pre-school children, aiming to get them into the cycling habit nice and early. Schools Go Smarter is funded by the Government which wants to reduce the congestion caused by the school run, as well as improving the environment and children’s fitness in Tyne and Wear.

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Easter Fun at Beamish.

The Easter holidays are here and it’s time to get out and about for some family fun. And what better way to find out about Easter traditions and have a go at some than a day out at Beamish ? There’s something at our very own award-winning Museum to keep everyone enthralled – a ride on the trams or the steam train, a trip underground into the working world of pitmen, a visit to the sweetshop for a tasty treat! During the school holidays there a loads of eggstra activities in store. From 29th March to 7th April, take part in the Beamish Egg Hunt – pick up the details from the Entrance when you arrive and follow the clues around the Museum. Or be part of a Suffragette rally in The Town, join the debate and take part in the march – should women really have the vote ?

For the whole of Easter weekend there are lots of things to try. Have a go at painting an egg in the school, dyeing one at Pockerley Old Hall or making an Easter card in The Town. On Easter Sunday and Monday, join in the egg ‘jarping’ and egg rolling in the school yard, find out where it started and why we do it. In all of the homes around Beamish, there’ll be a focus on food for the whole of Easter weekend. There’s lots of cooking going on with busy housewives preparing for a family feast. Follow the smell of tasty hot cross buns to The Pit Village, sample simnel cake at Home Farm and in The Town or custard tarts in a pitmen’s cottage. Don’t forget, with a Beamish Unlimited Pass you pay just once and visit for a whole year free, so you can go back time and time again for a great day out in history.

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DIY Science Life is a Science Centre full of exciting exhibitions, activities, shows and workshops. We’ve teamed up with Primary Times to bring you some fun facts and science activities to try at home. Look out for our column in every issue.

SCIENCE FACT: A chocolate secret There’s a chemical in chocolate called tryptophan. Tryptophan is used to make serotonin, which carries messages around your brain. Serotonin makes you feel happier. No wonder we like chocolate so much!

Try this at home TASTY EXPERIMENT You will need:Chocolate (broken into small equal pieces, a piece of foil and a freezer! Wrap up two pieces of chocolate in foil. Put one in the freezer, and leave one out. Now wait for a few hours. Hard, I know. Unwrap the warmer piece and put it in your mouth. Don’t chew! How long does it take to melt? Can you taste the chocolate flavour straight away? Have a drink to take away the taste, then try again with the cold piece of chocolate. Is it the same?

Chocolate has to melt before the taste can reach the parts of your mouth that detect it. Your mouth is warm enough for it to melt, but it takes a bit longer when it starts off very cold! Try it with chocolate broken into tiny bits or grated. How about different kinds of chocolate? This is the sort of experiment we like!

LOOK UP! What can you see in the night sky? A great group of stars to look for is the Plough. These seven stars can be seen on any night of the year (as long as it’s not cloudy). If you find the two stars at the back of the Plough shape, and draw a line through them straight up into the sky, you get to the North Star, Polaris. Polaris is above the North Pole, so you can use it like a compass to find where north is.!

Hope to see you at Life soon! There’s lots to do this Easter including chocolate workshops (29-31 March.) Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle. NE1 4EP Tel: 0191 2438210



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Our Hands on The Land at the Rising Sun Farm – Easter & May Half Term Cookery Workshops. Places are limited and MUST be booked in advance on 0191 2344959 or email For more information check out our website The Rising Sun Farm, Kings Road North, Wallsend, NE28 9JL. Tel 0191 2344959. FAMILY EASTER EVENT Tuesday 2nd April, 11am – 3pm £1 for adults, 50p for children Great family day out with a range of fun activities, no need to book! AMERICAN COOKERY FOR KIDS Wednesday 3rd April, 10am – 2pm £15 per person (Lunch included) Suitable for 8+ years Try your hand at making homemade healthy burgers, fries & cookies, not to be missed! EASTER CUPCAKES Friday 5th April, 10am – 12pm £3.50 per person Suitable for 8+ years Fun filled morning making and designing your very own Easter cupcakes. EASTER COOKIES & CRAFTS Tuesday 9th April, 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm. £3.50 per person Suitable for 5+ years Get creative making Easter crafts and cookies, a fun activity for younger and older children.

ITALIAN COOKERY FOR KIDS Wednesday 29th May, 10am – 2pm £15 per person (includes lunch) Suitable for 8+ years Try your hand at making homemade pasta, garlic bread / pizza and sample an Italian dessert. DESSERTS TO DIE FOR Thursday 30th May, 10am – 12pm £3.50 per person Suitable for 8+ years Ideal for anyone with a sweet tooth, learn how to make a range of desserts. FUN WITH FOOD & YOUR FAMILY Friday 31st May, 10am – 12pm £5 per person Suitable for 5 – 8 years Come along and experiment with making a fun range of foods, both sweet and savoury.

Visit us at: Facebook: Our Hands on the Land or Twitter: @rising_sun_farm

BIRTHDAY COOKING PARTIES Themed cookery parties for children aged 4 years and over are now available. All parties last for 21/2 hours and take place in our purpose built kitchen and Food House. Children will make and eat their own party food/meal, made completely from scratch and using produce from the farm when available. Cost from as little as £13.00 per head includes invitations, decorations, all ingredients, juice with the meal, present for the birthday child and a goodie bag for each child. We also have a new addition to our parties……Adult size Peppa Pig costume can be used on the day of the party included in the price!! For further infoTel: 0191 2344959 or e-mail

COOKERY IN SCHOOLS Would you like to offer your pupils a chance to participate in practical cookery sessions in your school? Our Hands on the Land can now offer opportunities for children to learn how to make basic foods from scratch, understand where their food comes from and develop knowledge of safe cutting techniques and health & safety whilst cooking. Whether this be as a one off session or as part of an after school club we can offer a service which can be adapted to the needs of the individual school.

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Hello my lovely friends

Bonnie the Queen Bee of The Alnwick Garden here!

With these recent days of sun in The Alnwick Garden I’ve started to feel the spring in my wings again. When the weather gets warm enough my bees will start to give our hive a good spring clean. It is far too cold in the winter for this kind of work, so we will soon be making a start on it – it’s a good thing too, the hive is quite a mess! Our hive is big enough to hold up to 60,000 bees in the summer, but at this time of the year there may be only 10,000. But as long as there are enough of us we can snuggle together, keep warm and look after each other on chillier days. But now that spring is starting to appear it is lovely to feel the warmth of the sun on the side of the hive again! I hope you can soon get out and about outside to really enjoy the warm weather. If you look carefully you should be able to see the first signs of spring - the first lambs perhaps, or the birds singing louder than usual. But as well as this, you will notice the first flowers starting to appear (keep an eye out for snowdrops, crocuses and anemones in particular), starting to tell the story of the new year. The flowers raise their delicate heads up towards the sun so that we notice them and can land on them to collect their pollen. Pollen grains are like colourful little grains of sand and have lots of energy in them that we give to our young bees so that they can grow up big and strong! It’s a good job that there are a lot of flowers, as we will have a lot of young bees to feed during the next few months. Take care and enjoy the sunshine! Bonnie.

P.S. Next time I’ll tell you about sowing some seeds for your own garden.


Bees fly an average of 13-15 miles per hour


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Using iPads in the classroom 23rd May, Longhirst Hall Seminar sessions include: iPads in EYFS, KS1, KS2 & Secondary Managing iPads, Integrated projects, the iPad orchestra, Augmented Reality, Talking books, Animation, SEN… Come and meet Rebecca, Charlie, Ethan and Aiden from KS1 & 2 demonstrating using iPads to enhance their learning. Book early. Conference limited to 100 places Each delegate gets an iPad, for the day! Open to all schools. Book your place at:

Banning boredom this Easter! “I’m bored” - it’s a familiar cry in many households during the school holidays. That’s why North Tyneside Council has just launched a new information service to help parents and carers find out exactly what’s going on for kids in the borough this Easter and beyond and hopefully keep those cries of ‘I’m bored’ at bay! The new service includes a dedicated area on the council’s website which lists details of activities, clubs, classes, sports, play, youth groups and more, for children of all ages, right across North Tyneside. Just some of the activities on offer this Easter include an Arts Camp at Burradon Recreation Centre, where 8

to 13 year olds can try their hand at all sorts, from archery to circus skills to free running. The camp runs from 9.30 am until 4.30 pm each day and places must be booked in advance, please call 643 7442. Or if your kids are climbing the walls, why not get them climbing a real Climbing Wall instead? Hadrian Leisure Centre offers sessions on its climbing wall for eight to 15 year olds, with fully qualified instructors. Seven to 12 year olds can take part in dance workshops including Zumbatonic, or get Easter off to a bouncy start with trampolining sessions. Please call 643 2025 to book. Enjoy a day with the family at the

Rising Sun Country Park, Benton.

To find out more about what’s on in your area, visit You can also continue to get up-to-date information from North Tyneside’s Families Information Service by calling 0345 2000 108 or by following them on Twitter @FIS_NT

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Maker Faire UK at Life Science Centre Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th April.

Like to tinker? Got a budding boffin in the family? Get a wristband for Maker Faire UK, the North East’s answer to a Blue Peter badge.

Over 300 inventors, hackers, artists and scientists will be presenting projects ranging from 3D printing and flying quadcopters to knitting and pottery.

From bikes that spew out bubbles to UV torches that allow you to check for secret marks on bank notes, Maker Faire is an action packed weekend of hands-on making and madcap inventions.

There’s also soldering classes, opportunities to make flashing LED badges and arts and crafts galore, while the whole family can meet and make friends with real life Daleks and Stormtroopers.

Ever wanted to make a fire-breathing mechanical dragon move to your command? Now’s your chance! Like robots? There’s tons of them including RoboJase – a robot of Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury!

From Texas to Tokyo, Maker Faire is a global phenomenon. Visitors are amazed, entertained, inspired and enlightened – all at once! The UK

version was launched by the Centre for Life four years ago and has fast become a highlight in the region’s cultural calendar.

Maker Faire takes place across the Centre for Life site, Sat 27th -Sun 28th April. The weekend is particularly suited for ages 7 and over. Day tickets are £24.10 family, £8.25 adult. See

Under 5’s can enjoy a special ‘Little Makers’ themed preschool day at Life Science Centre, Tues 30th April. See


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MOKO DANCE presents MOKO MIX: The Rock & The Suitcase Story.

MOKO Mix, a double bill of new and exciting dance for young audiences aged 7+ and their families, is coming soon to Dance City, Newcastle in April 2013 The Rock, devised and choreographed by Tamsin Fitzgerald, is a coming of age story about a group of mischievous and adventurous children who hang out at a dark, eerie clearing called The Rock on the edge of town. The discovery of a mysterious map leads to a strange and thrilling encounter that will change their lives forever. Completing the double bill is The Suitcase Story. Devised and choreographed by Christopher Marney, The Suitcase Story is a poignant and

uplifting dance show about a little girl. Lonely and finding herself caught in the middle of her parents’ differences; the girl seeks comfort in a dream world. From inside her charmed suitcase she conjures up an imaginary friend that no one but her can see. MOKO MIX is presented by MOKO DANCE, a fresh, innovative dance initiative led by Dance East dedicated to opening the eyes of young people to the power of dance. Over the next three years this national dance partnership will be working with choreographers to create fresh and interactive dance projects for young people.

MOKO Mix is at Dance City, Temple Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4BR Wednesday 10th April 2013 (10.30am & 1.15pm). Tickets: ÂŁ6 To book tickets contact the box office on 0191 261 0505 or visit

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Family Fun at Wallington! For family fun, fantastic events and delicious chocolate eggs this Easter, head up to Wallington where you will find all three in abundance! Over the Easter weekend, they are running a special trail with a yummy Cadbury reward plus on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, there will be craft activities, face-painting and family games to help burn off the chocolate!

There are loads of activities to enjoy during the rest of the holidays too, including wildlife feeder making on Thursday 4th April, building your own box of curiosities on Thursday 11th April and going on an exciting Bat Walk on Saturday 13th April

You can also enter the Easter bonnet competition (Sunday) or painted egg competition (Monday). Don’t miss the egg and spoon race at 2pm on Easter Monday either!

For more information, call 01670 773600 or visit


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Easter Holiday Fun at Gibside. Easter is set to be an egg-citing time for all the family at Gibside with wild activities and adventures every day at this landscape park and nature reserve only three miles from the Metrocentre. Even better – many of the activities are free – after paying the normal admission charge. The holidays kick off with an Easter Eggstravaganza from Good Friday to Easter Monday. The National Trust has teamed up with Cadbury’s to bring you a delicious chocolaty hunt through the gardens (£2.50), with face painting, games and crafts, plus the popular annual mouse house-making competition.

Gibside’s holiday weekdays are all themed around Explorer Mondays, Foodie Tuesdays, Wildlife Wednesdays, Adventure Thursdays and Fab Fridays. There will be den-building with marshmallow toasting around the campfire (yum!) and Gibside’s favourite sporting craze – nine hole frisbee golf. Or be a part of something big and get your hands mucky helping the conservation experts with rhoddi-bashing and log-pile building! Gibside Farmers Market on Saturday 6 April is sure to tempt mum and dad with foodie treats.

Call 01207 541820 to find out more or visit

Easter Dreams at Cragside. Friday 29th March to Sunday 14th April. Escape to Cragside in the heart of Northumberland this Easter where the National Trust team are poised to entertain you with an array of family activities. Throughout the Easter holidays, you can take part in our 150th anniversary, ‘Building Dreams’ and mark the occasion by making a dream flag. Tibetan prayer flags can be found strung along the mountain ridges and peaks of the Himalayas today and are used to bless the surrounding countryside. Lord and Lady Armstrong created a Himalayan landscape at Cragside so this Easter event is collecting your dreams in a similar way. Buy a

'do it yourself' dream flag pack from the visitor centre, create your own design and then follow ‘the Path of Dreams’ up to the labyrinth to find the tree hut to display the flag. £4.50 for a dream flag pack. Whilst at Cragside over the Easter weekend, why not also take part in the Cadbury Easter Trail. Collect a trail from a willing volunteer, locate all the buildings on your search and hear their stories over their 150 years worth of history. Once you’ve completed the trail you’ll receive a chocolate reward. The Easter trail takes place from Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April and is £3 per trail, sponsored by Cadbury.

For more information or visit us on our Facebook page at or Twitter:@NTcragside.

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Spring Family Fun with English Heritage. Visitors to English Heritage sites this Spring will be able to see, smell and eat chocolate during Easter Family Fun Trails. Belsay’s Hall will also be transformed with an explosion of colourful fresh floral delights and St George’s Day will be celebrated with must-see events! Belsay Hall Castle & Gardens, Northumberland, NE20 0DX

Easter Family Fun Trail Friday 29th March – Monday 1st April In the stunning gardens, visitors following the clues around the trail will come face-to-face with a magical chocolate smelling Box-Leaf Azara tree. Once you’ve received your yummy reward, visit the grand hall and medieval castle.

splendour of fresh flowers.

Medieval St George’s Weekend Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st April Meet the mysterious knight himself mounted in shining armour as he battles his famous foe, the dragon!

Chesters Roman Fort & Museum, Northumberland NE46 4EU

Easter Family Fun Trail Fri 29th March – Mon 1st April.

Floral Frivolity! Friday 29th March – Tuesday 2nd April See the Hall bedecked in beautiful floral displays, flourishes and arrangements a real treat for those who enjoy the

Explore the Roman history of this fantastic Fort nestled in a riverside location whilst hunting for clues during this egg-citing trail!

Dragon Family Fun Trail at Chesters Roman Fort Sat 20th & Sun 21st April St George needs your help to find and capture dragons!

Warkworth Castle, Northumberland NE65 0UJ

Easter Family Fun Trail Fri 29th March – Mon 1st April As you become a King or Queen for the day in one of the most impressive fortresses in northern England, collect clues which take you on a trail around the site.

For opening times and admission prices visit


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What’s On Newcastle North Tyneside

Gateshead South Tyneside Northumberland ALNWICK CASTLE All events & activities are free after paying admission. Visit for more information. Fri 29th March – Mon 1st April Sat 4th – Mon 6th May MEDIEVAL JESTING

Zooted, the sword-juggling, jesting duo visit Alnwick Castle for all kinds of medieval merriment! Fri 29th March – Mon 1st April MEDIEVAL CRAFTS

Become a master medieval craftsman with some of the most skilled historical artisans in the country.

We take great care to ensure all this information is correct at the time of going to press. However, we would advise parents to phone and check details prior to making a long trip … or promise! Fri 29th March – Mon 1st April MEDIEVAL MUSIC

Be thoroughly entertained by Trouvere Minstrels, a travelling band of medieval minstrels, playing merry music against the backdrop of the magnificent castle. Tues 2nd – Thurs 4th April POTTER INSPIRED CHARACTERS

Put on your best robe & watch some of your favourite characters come to life as they are back with all kinds of magic and laughter! Sat 6th – Mon 8th April RAPHAEL FALCONRY

History & theatre combine in these gripping performances of expert falconry.

Tues 9th – Thurs 11th April PETERKIN THE JESTER


Meet this traditional, stilt-walking, fire-eating English Fool for truly medieval entertainment.

Create a beautiful spinning wheel to go in your Garden or perhaps in your room.



All events & activities are free after paying admission. All events are drop in 11am-4pm. Visit for more information. Sat 30th March & Mon 1st April EGGCELLENT COSIES

Tuck your egg in nice & warm & make a personalised egg cosy. Sun 31st March EASTER CARDS & DAFFODIL PICKING

Design & create a funky Easter card. Daffodil picking with our team of volunteers – every child will be allowed 25 daffodils to take home. Tues 2nd & Fri 5th April FINGER PUPPET FRIENDS

Create your unique treasure bag using material, wool & beads. Sun 7th April FLOWERIES

Give your flowerie a personality & a loving home. Mon 8th – Fri 14th April ORIGAMI PAPER CRANE WORKSHOPS

Join our Budding artists team & help us make 1000 paper cranes.


Design your cherry blossom tree by blowing the paint on the paper to create a beautiful blossoming tree.

Make a beautiful finger puppet friend. Wed 3rd April EGGCELLENT EASTER

Make a unique & funky Easter bag to store all your Easter goodies in.

SELF STORAGE from £10.00 per week FREE MOVE-IN VAN Brewery Lane, Felling, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear NE10 0EY email: Tel: 0191 438 1616

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Newcastle Wed 3rd & Wed 10th April 11am-4pm GRAINGER MARKET

Free children's entertainment & crafts in the Grainger Arcade. Face painter on Wed 3rd & Mr Merlin the magician on Wed 10th. Tel 0191 2115533. Sat 27th & Sun 28th April MAKER FAIRE UK

Centre for Life, Newcastle. An action packed weekend of robots, 3D printing, DIY crafts & amazing inventions. Learn how to

solder, ride a bubble bike, make your own lie detector & discover your inner inventor.

EVENTS AT SEVEN STORIES The Centre for Children's Books 30 Lime Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ 0845 271 0777 Unless indicated, no booking required & events are Free after paying admission charge. Booking fee is in addition to admission charge.

Fri 29th March – Mon 1st April EASTER DRAGON EGG HUNT

Sun 14th April 11.30am & 1.30pm BLOWN AWAY

A dastardly dragon has laid its eggs all over the building & your help is needed to find them before they hatch! Drop in all day for the chance to win sizzling prizes.

Get blown away by this magical, theatrical adventure for 3-6 year olds. Show duration: 40 minutes plus 20 minutes exploratory play afterwards. Booking essential. £4.50 per person.

Seven Stories is closed Easter Sunday 31st March. Tues 2nd – Sun 14th April LAST CHANCE TO MEET THE GRUFFALO

A fond farewell to The Gruffalo & friends as this popular exhibition comes to an end. Take one last stroll in the deep, dark wood and join in with stories & workshops. Wed 3rd & Mon 8th April 11am TROLLS & PIRATES WORKSHOP

Polish your cutlasses & find your treasure maps in time for this dramatic story-telling of Julia Donaldson’s The Troll! Booking essential. £3 per child. Sat 13th & Sun 14th April 11am & 1.30pm A SQUASH & A SQUEEZE SHADOW PUPPET WORKSHOP

Help squeeze as many animals as possible into this fantastic family workshop. Create your own shadow puppet. Booking essential. £2 per person.


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Sat 20th & Sun 21st April GEORGE & THE DRAGON WEEKEND

Celebrate St George’s Day by learning How to Train Your Dragon instead! Family Workshops at 11am & 1.30pm each day to create your own set of wings that any dragon would be proud of. Booking essential. £2 per person. Sun 28th April 10.30am, 11.45am, 1.30pm & 2.45pm BEAST QUEST

Do you have the courage, valor & beast-fighting skills to defend the Kingdom from Marvel’s dark arts? Help launch Adam Blade’s brand new series, SEA QUEST with exclusive goodies for everyone. Booking essential. £2 per child. Sat 4th May Opening Day MYSTERY, MAGIC & MIDNIGHT FEASTS

The Many Adventures of Enid Blyton are celebrated for the first time in this unique Enid Blyton Collection of original typescripts & illustrations.


crown yourself as a Roman Emperor.

Join Puppet Lab as they present their stunning stage adaption of Janet & Allan Ahlberg’s classic picture book, Each Peach Pear Plum. Booking essential. £6 per person performance only.



Find out what it would have been like to leave your home & start a new life on Tyneside.

Barras Bridge, NE2 4PT Tel: 0191 222 6765 thmuseum. Wed 3rd April 11am-3pm HIDDEN IN THE FRANKS CASKET

Discover some of the secrets hidden in the runes of this spectacular piece of Anglo Saxon archaeology. Take part in FREE crafts & other interactive activities for kids. Tues 9th March 11am-3pm STEAL THE MARCH

Delve into the disciplined world of Roman Britain.Learn to march with a centurion & design your own forts capable of withstanding enemy attack! A free activity for kids. Wed 10th April 11am-3pm STRIKE A COIN

Be inspired by the coins & medals on display to get crafty & design your own version to take home commemorate a special event or

Blandford Square, NE1 4JA Tel: 0191 232 6789. Wed 3rd April 11am-3pm THE BIG BAG PACK


Be inspired by science & get creative with chromatography by using ink to create colourful flowers. Find out how to give a flower a makeover by changing its colour. Thurs 11th April 11am-3pm WONDERFUL WEST

A day of story telling & family fun inspired by our 'West End Stories' exhibition.A free Easter holiday activity for kids.

LIFE Centre for Life, Times Square, NE1 4EP.

running 29 March to 1 April. The ‘Do try this at home’ show in the Science Theatre explores new uses for old toys (and things that were never intended to be toys)! You can enjoy a range of shows in the planetarium (the biggest in the North) and take a thrilling trip on the region’s only 4D Motion Ride Tues 30th April PRESCHOOL DAY

Sessions have been specially designed so that young children can enjoy & explore the Science Centre. Extra activities provided. Cost £5.50 per adult. Accompanying children under 4 Free.

North Tyneside Fri 29th March – Mon 1st April from 10.30am EASTER TREASURE TRAIL

St. Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay NE26 4RS Search St.Mary’s Island & follow the secret trail of clues. Complete the trail & win a prize. £1.00 per person. Tel 0191 200 8650 or l

Fri 29th March – Mon 15th April EASTER HOLIDAYS . Sat 30th March – Sun 14th April MONKEY MAYHEM!

There’s lots to see & do at Life this Easter holidays - and remember, everything in the Science Centre is included in your ticket. Highlights include Chocolate workshops

Blue Reef Aquarium, Tynemouth Step into the incredible world of the Amazing Amazon during Monkey Mayhem! Learn about our adorable monkeys & about the

precious tropical rainforest & how you can help with conservation projects. Tel 0191 2581031. Sun 31st March 11am-3pm EASTER EGGSPRESS

Stephenson Railway Museum, North Shields NE29 8DX A fun filled day of animal handling with Animal Antics plus enjoy a special train ride with the Easter Bunny! (Train fares will apply). Tel 0191 2007146. Mon 1st April 10am-12noon & 1-3pm THE FESTIVAL OF FOOLS

Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend. A day of circus entertainment - try your hand at circus skills, hear tales of villainous emperors’ practical jokes & have a go at making your own crazy crafts to take home. Tel 0191 2369647. Tues 2nd – Fri 5th April EASTER EGG DECORATING COMPETITION

St. Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay NE26 4RS Drop in to decorate your egg & then either leave your egg behind or come back with it on Friday the 5th April at 3pm when the best decorated eggs will win a prize!!! All entrants will receive a small treat. £1.00 per person. Tel 0191 200 8650 or stmaryslighthouse@ northtynesi

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Tues 2nd – Tues 9th April EASTER COOKERY WORKSHOPS

The Food House, The Rising Sun Farm, Wallsend NE28 9JL Try your hand at some practical cookery over the holidays. Places are limited & MUST be booked in advance on 0191 2344959 or email Mon 8th April 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm MAKE A ROMAN SOLDIER’S HELMET

Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend Make a Roman Soldier’s helmet to take home with you in this fun activity for children. Tel 0191 2369647. Sat 4th – Mon 6th May STAR’FISH WEEKEND

Blue Reef Aquarium, Tynemouth Come face to face with living characters from films like ‘Finding Nemo’, ‘Shark Tale’ & ‘Little Mermaid’ & learn all about the true stories behind their fictional namesakes. Tel 0191 2581031.

Gateshead Fri 29th March – Mon 1st April 11am-3pm EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA

Gibside NT Have an egg-tastic Easter weekend with an Easter Egg Trail, face painting, garden games & an egg-head decorating competition. Some activities may incur additional charges (normal admission charges apply). Tel 01207 541820. Fri 29th March – Sun 14th April 2-4pm FANTASTICAL CITY

Baltic Centre, Gateshead Quays Help create a unique artistic city inspired by Croatian artist David Maljkovic’s exhibition. Explore different art materials to design & build miniature skyscrapers, bridges, monuments & towers or invent your own unique part of the city. FREE. Tel: 0191 4781810 Mon 1st – Sun 14th April METROGNOMES EASTER

Metrocentre Join in the FREE half term activities with the Metrognomes in their Easter show ‘Superhero Shenanigans’ in Exhibition Square. Tel. 0191 493 0200 or visit Mon 1st – Fri 12th April 11am-3pm EASTER HOLIDAY FUN

Gibside NT Free family activities & outdoor escapades every day of the holidays. Join us for Explorer Monday, Foodie Tuesday, Wildlife Wednesday, Adventure Thursday & Fab Friday. Free event (normal admission charges apply). Tel 01207 541820.


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St Mary's Heritage Centre A bunny hunt in the graveyard (weather permitting), lots of fun with all the family with some Easter treats & surprises! Refreshments will be provided. Cost £1.00. Tel 0191 4334699. Wed 10th April 10am TEDDY BEAR WEAR

Gateshead Library Artist Shirley Wells will help you to make a hat, dress or t–shirt for your teddy bear or doll. For boys & girls aged 6 +. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost £3.00. Contact Hannah Mackay on 0191 4334888. Thurs 11th April 2pm GREEN EGGS & HAM EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA

Whickham Library Celebrate the books of Dr Seuss with an afternoon of stories, activities & games. Cost £1.00. Contact Lynne Corder on 0191 4336424. Sat 20th & Sun 21st April 11am-3pm DAFFODIL WEEKEND

Gibside NT Enjoy Gibside's Daffodils in full bloom in the gardens & in Gibside Chapel. Kids can make daffodil crafts with Gibside's resident artists. Free event (normal admission charges apply). Tel 01207 541820. Sun 6th May 11am-3pm MAY BANK HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN

Gibside NT A bumper batch of Gibside's favourite family activities including den building, frisbee golf, Gruesome Gibside Walks & story telling. Free event (normal admission charges apply). Tel 01207 541820.

South Tyneside Wed 27th & Thurs 28th March Wed 3rd & Thurs 4th April Wed 10th & Thurs 11th April 11am – 4pm CRAFTS FOR KIDS

Souter Lighthouse NT Self led arts & crafts activities in the family room. Craft packs (50p) are available from front desk. Cost Adult £6, Child £3.50, Family Ticket £15.50, Admission free to tearoom, cafe & shop. Tel 0191 5293161. Fri 29th March 10am-5pm ARBEIA FUN DAY

Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields, NE33 2BB Celebrate the start of the 2013 season at Arbeia with a FREE fun filled day featuring demonstrations from Roman soldiers. Tel 0191 4561369.

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA 29th March – 14th April Lambing Season, Bottle Feed Lambs, Birds of Prey, Meet the Meerkats, Beastie Shows, Cuddle bunnies & chicks, Lots of animals to feed,hold & stroke, Magic Shows Easter Games & activities- you may win an Annual Pass to the Farm!!

Plus * Racing Cars * Soft Play Barn * Donut Dash * Bouncy Castles * Trampolines * Frisbee Golf * Tractor trailer rides and lots lots more... Open daily10am – 5pm (Last Entrance 4pm) Easter Bank Hol Weekend 29th Mar – 1st Apr Open from 9am & meet the Easter Bunny with his basket of Eggs!


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Sat 30th March 2-4pm EASTER EGG TRAIL

South Marine Park The friends of the South Marine Park in South Shields invite you to explore & follow the trail of eggs in this free Easter Event. Sun 31st March & Mon 1st April 11am-4pm EASTER SHINDIG!

Souter Lighthouse NT Easter fun & games including the Easter Trail with a chocolate reward! Cost £2 per trail. Tel 0191 5293161. Wed 3rd & Thurs 4th April 1-3pm THE GREAT GEOCACHE TREASURE HUNT

Souter Lighthouse NT Hunt for treasure the 21st century way & discover the world of geocaching. Booking Essential. Tel 0191 5290909. Thurs 4th & 11th April 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm HOLIDAY CRAFTS

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, NE33 2JA Drop in for some free, fun school holiday craft sessions for children. No booking required. Tel 0191 4568740.


Warkworth Castle As you become a King or Queen for the day in one of the most impressive fortresses in northern England, collect clues which take you on a trail around the site. Adult £5.00, Child(5-15 years) £3.00, Family £13.00. Tel 01665 711423. Fri 29th March – Mon 1st April 10am-6pm EASTER FAMILY FUN TRAIL

Chesters Roman Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall Explore the Roman history of this fantastic Fort nestled in a riverside location whilst hunting for clues during this egg-citing trail! Adult £5.40, Child(5-15 years) £3.20. Tel 01434 681379. Fri 29th March – Mon 1st April 11am-4pm EASTER TRAIL

Wallington NT Follow the fantastic children's trail & be rewarded by a yummy Cadbury chocolate prize. All Tickets £2.50 (incl. Cadbury chocolate prize). Normal admission charges apply. Tel 01670 773963. Fri 29th March – Mon 1st April 10am-6pm EASTER FAMILY FUN TRAIL

Manor Walks Shopping Centre, Cramlington The official British Willy Wonka Lookalike is attending Manor Walks. Official Photos will be available at a small charge plus there is also a Raffle. All funds raised are in aid of the charity pathways4all.

Belsay Hall Castle & Gardens, NE20 0DX Follow the clues around the trail & come face-to-face with a magical chocolate smelling Box-Leaf Azara tree. Adult £7.90, Child, 5-15 years £4.70, Family £20.50. Tel 01661 881636.

Cragside NT Take part in the Building Dreams themed Easter trail & explore Cragside. Complete the trail &

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Fri 29th March – Mon 1st April 10am-6pm EASTER FAMILY FUN TRAIL

Sat 23rd March 10.30am-4.30pm WALK AROUND WITH WILLY WONKA

Fri 29th March – Mon 1st April 10am – 3pm BUILDING DREAMS EASTER TRAIL


receive a chocolate reward. All Tickets £3.00 per trail. Normal admission charges apply. Tel 01669 620333.

Fri 29th March – Sun 14th April 10am-5pm DREAM FLAGS

Cragside NT Take part in the 150th anniversary of Cragside & mark the occasion by making your own dream flag. All Tickets £4.50. Tel 01669 620333.

Sat 30th March 10.30am-4.30pm GOLDEN TICKET HUNT

Sat 20th & Sun 21st April 10am-6pm DRAGON FAMILY FUN TRAIL

Manor Walks Shopping Centre, Cramlington

Chesters Roman Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall St George needs your help to find and capture dragons! Adult £5.40, Child (5-15 years) £3.20. Tel 01434 681379.

Sun 31st March 10.30am – 1pm EASTER EGGCITEMENT

Plessey Woods Country Park, Egg decorating, egg clue trail, boolin & three legged egg & spoon race. All the traditional Easter treats. Bring 3 hard boiled eggs. Ages 5yrs +. Cost £2.50. Tel 01670 824793. Sun 31st March & Mon 1st April 11am-4pm EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA

Wallington NT Easter fun with craft activities, face-painting, games & races plus an Easter bonnet competition on Sunday & decorated egg competition & egg & spoon race on Monday Small charge for some activities. Admission charges apply. Tel 01670 773963. Thurs 4th April 10.30am – 3pm EASTER FUN DAY & DUCK RACE

Plessey Woods Country Park, Place your bets & cheer on your chosen duck over the rapids & rock shelves of the River Blyth. Prizes for fastest ducks. Race starts 2:00pm Easter Fun from 10:30 to 2:00 with Bungee trampoline, face painting, bottle rockets & Dyno Cars. Cost £1 per duck. Tel 01670 824793. Sat 6th April & Sat 4th May 10am-12.30pm ANIMATION WORKSHOPS

Collingwood Media College, Stobhillgate, NE61 2HA Clay Stop Motion Animation (6th April) & Paper Cut Stop Motion Animation (4th May). Ages 8+. Cost £7.50p.p. Tel 01670 516374. Sat 20th & Sun 21st April 11am-5pm MEDIEVAL ST GEORGE’S WEEKEND

Belsay Hall Castle & Gardens, Meet the mysterious knight himself mounted in shining armour as he battles his famous foe, the dragon! Adult £7.90, Child, 5-15 years £4.70, Family £20.50. Tel 01661 881636.

Sun 6th May 11am-3pm MAY FAMILY FUN DAY

Cherryburn NT Join in the fun & dance around the Maypole & crown our very own May Queen. Enjoy live music, face painting, garden games & much more! Free event admission charges apply). Tel 01661 843276. Sun 6th May 11am-4pm BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY FUN & GAMES

Seaton Delaval Hall NT Have a family day out & play games in the paddock. There will be a variety of bats, balls & nets for you to have fun with. Also a woodland trail to follow with clues & prizes. Free event (normal admission charges apply). Tel 0191 2379100.

WOODHORN MUSEUM & COUNTRY PARK QEII Country Park, Ashington Tel 01670 528080 Free admission. All day parking £3. Fri 29th March – Mon 1st April 12 – 3pm SPOT THE EASTER BUNNY

Spot the bunny around Woodhorn & receive a special Easter Treat from his basket. Why not make a splendid Easter Crown in the Easter weekend craft activity? Suggested donation £1.50. Tues 2nd – Sun 14th April 12 – 3pm DAFFODIL WINDMILL CRAFT

Create a colourful daffodil windmill in these simple but effective spring craft sessions. Suggesteddonation£1. Wed 10th April 11am-3pm BIRDS OF PREY DISPLAY

See the birds on display all day & catch spectacular flying demonstrations at 12 noon and 2pm.There is no charge for this event.

Easter Soccer Camp 6 - 12year olds Tue 9th – Fri 12th April, 9.30am – 3.00pm.



Daily competitions, coaching & small sided games. All players get a medal, attend 2 days or more for a free football

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Diggerland is the Ultimate Adventure Park experience where children and adults can drive REAL construction machinery! For all the daredevils, there is the Spindizzy ride. The world famous attraction elevates and spins you round in the bucket of a JCB at rapid speeds for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Those who want to get some real JCB experience can test their excavating skills on the giant dirt diggers and monster JCB 3CXs. For the less daring, the Skyshuttle ride is a relaxing experience. With 18 rides and drives there’s something for everyone at Diggerland. Tel 0871 2277007 or visit Primary Times has teamed up with Diggerland to offer you the chance to Win A Family Ticket for 4 people by simply answering the following question: Send your answer along with your name, address, telephone number & school details to Diggerland Competition, Primary Times, 1 Denehead Cottages, Hexham Road, Walbottle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 9RX or by e-mail to Entries must be received by Friday 5th April 2013. The winners will be notified thereafter. The judges decision is final & there is no cash alternative!

Spring is here; and that’s not the only new arrival at Adventure Valley! This coming Easter Adventure Valley welcomes the arrival of a brand new Roller Disco in a purpose built marquee! The indoor FarmYard will see the introduction of Chipmunk Challenge! Plus the new ‘Battle of the Birds’ is a must see and will introduce a new bird friend ‘Columbus the Caracara’. He has been keeping all the staff entertained during rehearsals for his new show and never fails to make everyone laugh. Of course, when Spring time arrives so do lots of new friends! Baby bunnies, little chicks, tiny guinea pigs, cute little lambs and cheeky baby pygmy goats are all waiting to meet you this Easter. Primary Times has teamed up with Adventure Valley to offer you the chance to Win A Day Pass for a Family of 4 people to see all the new arrivals by simply answering the following question:

Q. What is the name of the new bird friend at Adventure Valley? A. Send your answer along with your name, address, telephone number & school details to Adventure Valley Competition, Primary Times, 1 Denehead Cottages, Hexham Road, Walbottle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 9RX or by e-mail to Entries must be received by Friday 5th April 2013. The winners will be notified thereafter. The judges decision is final & there is no cash alternative!

Q. What is the name of the ride at Diggerland that spins and elevates you in a giant bucket? Spin Dizzy Spin Wizzy Spin Fizzy


Win a Family Ticket to see CINDERELLA ON ICE at The Theatre Royal, Newcastle. Cinderella on Ice is at The Theatre Royal Newcastle from Wednesday 3rd April to Saturday 6th April 2013. A thrilling two hour show with a real on-stage ice rink, richly colourful costumes & enchanting fairytale sets, the Russian ice dancers whip up an exhilarating ice storm which is sure to entrance all ages. Tickets start from only £9.00 and are available from The Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21. Primary Times have teamed up with The Theatre Royal to give you the chance to Win a Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) to see Cinderella on Ice by simply answering the following question:

Q. What is the nationality of the ice dancers? A. Send your answer along with your name, address, telephone number & school details to Theatre Royal Competition, Primary Times, 1 Denehead Cottages, Hexham Road, Walbottle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 9RX or by e-mail to Entries must be received by Friday 29th March 2013. The winner will be notified thereafter. The judges decision is final & there is no cash alternative!


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On Friday 22nd March the fantastic animated movie ‘The Croods’ is released. This is a prehistoric comedy adventure starring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone. It follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave where they have lived, and which has always shielded them from danger, is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures - and their outlook is changed forever. Primary Times is offering you the chance to win 1 of 3 packs of merchandise from the film ‘ The Croods’ consisting of a maze game, door hanger, bouncy ball, magnets, key ring, digital watch and alarm clock by simply answering the following question:

Q. In what did The Croods Live before it was destroyed? A Car A Castle A Cave Send your answer along with your name, address, telephone number & school details to Croods Competition, Primary Times, 1 Denehead Cottages, Hexham Road, Walbottle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 9RX or by e-mail to Entries must be received by Friday 5th April 2013. The winners will be notified thereafter. The judges decision is final & there is no cash alternative!

Seven Stories is the first museum in the UK wholly dedicated to the art of children’s books. The Seven Stories Bookshop offers the best in children’s literature and gifts. Entry to Seven Stories Bookshop is free, so pop in and say hello or visit

Picture Books Princess and the Peas Caryl Hart Nosy Crow £10.99 Lily Rose will not eat her peas! No matter how her dad disguises them in her food. Diagnosed with a case of princessitis, Lily is sent to live at the castle but will she like what they feed princesses? A modern twist on an old tale.

The Mummy Shop Abie Longstaff and Lauren Beard Scholastic £6.99 Are you sick of your mummy telling you off for bouncing on the bed or making you tidy your room? It’s time to give The Mummy Shop a call! A hilarious tale of one boys search to find the perfect parent, who might just be closer than he thinks.

Confident Readers Alien In My Bellybutton Jimmy Mars Egmont £5.99

Win a Pair of Tickets for North East Live Pop Extravaganza! Sunderland’s Stadium of Light is set to host the North East’s biggest ever pop show on Saturday 22nd June 2013. The familyfriendly five-hour music extravaganza will feature some of the UK’s biggest and best loved pop acts including JLS, The Wanted, Rita Ora, Little Mix, Lawson, Conor Maynard, Stooshe, Union J, Amelia Lily and 2012 X Factor winner James Arthur. Tickets are priced from just £25 & are available from the Stadium of Light ticket office or,, 08448 24 48 24,, 0871 230 1097,, 0844 477 5775. Primary Times have teamed up with North East Live to give you the chance to win a pair of tickets for the show by simply answering the question below:

Q. Which 2012 X Factor winner is appearing at North East Live? A. Send your answer along with your name, address, telephone number & school details to Pop Competition, Primary Times, 1 Denehead Cottages, Hexham Road, Walbottle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 9RX or by e-mail to Entries must be received by Friday 5th April 2013. The winner will be notified thereafter and receive 2 general admission standing/unreserved seating tickets. Anyone aged under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over on the day. The judges decision is final & there is no cash alternative!

Peter Perkins gets a huge surprise when he finds out that Binko the Alien has crash landed into his belly button! The duo set off on a mission that involves a cheese powdered jetpack, a disgusting grandpa, and lots and lots of trouble. A laugh out loud read that fans of Captain Underpants will love.

Shrunk! F R Hitchcock Hot Key Books £5.99 Tom learns that he has the ability to shrink things – boats, sheep, the school bully and now Jupiter. Shrinking Jupiter has started to affect the Earth, will Tom work out how to un-shrink Jupiter and get it back into space before its too late?

Advanced Readers Sorrowline Niel Bushnell Anderson Press £6.99 Jack Morrow is a yard-boy, someone who can travel through time using Sorrowlines, the channels that connect every gravestone with the date of the persons death. Transported back to the 1940’s can Jack navigate war torn London to change his destiny? Perfect for fans of Dr Who.

Seven Stories, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ. Tel: 0845 271 0777 Seven Stories is supported by Arts Council England and Newcastle City Council. Registered charity number 1056812

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Primary Times Newcastle Easter Issue  

A whats on guide for parents of primary school children in Newcastle upon Tyne