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Fun - whatever the weather.

WITH so much to see and do in the North East, there should be no cries of "I'm bored" from the kids this summer - even on wet days.

Discovery This year sees Discovery Museum, in Newcastle, a short walk from Central Station, celebrate its 80th year and they have come up with 80 reasons to visit the museum and celebrate their birthday.

The reasons are anything from the items in the collection, to hidden gems in the museum or activities that the whole family, big or small, can enjoy.

Discovery is home to some faThere's plenty to explore over Discovery's three floors including Story of the Tyne, Newcastle Story, A Soldier's Life and Destination Tyneside galleries. Kids (big or small) can get hands-on in the Science Maze and the under sevens can splash around in the ever-popular Play Tyne. Visit the Turbinia Cafe on the second floor if you need a moment to take it all in.

A must for any football fanatic is the exhibition charting the history of Newcastle United, Toon Times. Running alongside the exhibition, is a series of events and talks.

Visit for more information.

Some of the highlight events planned for the summer include a very special 80th birthday party tomorrow.

Make sure you are there to celebrate and come dressed as your favourite item from the collections.

This summer's Big Thursday's have been announced and there's a huge choice of free activities every Thursday during the school holidays.

Vallum Why not go down on the farm? A community of artisan producers on Hadrian's Wall are baking, growing, smoking and roasting their way to the hearts of food lovers of all ages.

Situated on Milecastle 18, eight miles west of Newcastle, Vallum is an artisan community with a range of food producers on site in addition to a large outdoor play paddock and deck, farm walks, tea room and ice cream parlour, restaurant and shop.

There is also a bakery, kitchen garden, smokery, butchery, and florist on site, in addition to the dairy where Vallum cheese and ice cream is handmade from the milk of the farm's Brown Swiss crows.

Vallum Farm, East Wallhouses, NE18 0LL, tel: 01434 672 652, visit

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 18, 2014
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