With this in mind, FatFace has scoured the country and picked the best free family days out in the North East to shake up wintry weekend routines in January.
Take a step back in time with a visit to this awe-inspiring cathedral. Budding historians can soak up the atmosphere of the nearly 1000-year-old building, while architecture enthusiasts will enjoy its incredible pointed arches and vaulted ceiling.
Challenge yourself by climbing the central tower, which clocks up an impressive 325 stairs each way before stopping by the Undercroft Cafe for some well-earned refreshments.
Night owls are in for a magical treat by heading to this cafe-lined stretch of the River Tyne after dusk. The river is lit up by the glow from the bridges and surrounding buildings.
And when it’s time to stop and have a bite to eat, you’ll have loads of family-friendly options to choose from. We highly recommend Babucho, a New York style Italian brasserie with a kids’ menu.
ROKER AND SEABURN BEACHES
Who doesn’t love a trip to the seaside? And it’s even better in the winter. Leave the swimsuits at home and pack your warmest knitwear, alongside your bucket and spade, before heading to these beautiful twin beaches near Sunderland. Expect miles of golden sand, perfect for family races and sandcastle-building competitions.
Once you’ve crowned your sandcastle king or queen, enjoy a wander down the Grade II listed restored Roker Pier to take a look at its historic lighthouse. Plenty of parking at the seafront on Marine Walk, and public toilets with baby changing facilities and disabled access make this a fuss-free family trip.