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3 places with animals to visit in South Tyneside and Gatehead

If you are living near or visiting the South Tyneside and Gateshead areas then our friend Ruth has recommended these places to visit.  The choices are rather animal centred, but then so is her grandson Leon.

wetlands egg1. Washington Wildfowl Park and Wetland Centre
website –
admission charge

Beautifully landscaped grounds, loads of ducks, geese, swans, cranes, flamingos and tadpole ponds as well as otters – great favourites at feeding time

You can buy food to feed the birds.

The centre has an adventure playground suitable for a range of ages.

There is a friendly cafe and an activity room with range of craft activities at weekends and Leon’s favourite, a giant egg.

2. Bill Quay Community Farm, Gateshead
website –
free

Another great city/community farm run by volunteers. No admission charge, but donations very welcome.

billquay2Lots of farm animals – sheep, goats, chickens, horses, rabbits and of course Leon’s favourites, the pigs, which are always friendly and curious. Some are kept indoors espcially in inclement weather.

There is a nice cafe and farm shop with books and toys to borrow.

Easy access by public transport. 10 minutes from Pelaw metro station and the train ride alone is an adventure for Leon. When we come out of the station, he immediately knows where he is and starts talking about the pigs!

 

3. Bede’s World, Jarrow.
website admission charge

the museum is about life & times of Venerable Bede -“The Father of English History”

Most interesting for young children is the demonstration Anglo-Saxon farm, with farm buildings and animals back bred to be as close as possible to Saxon breeds.

There are special activities for children in school holidays

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