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The When-We-Can North East bucket list: the things we are looking forward to doing after lockdown

Most of these are things we can’t - and shouldn’t - do right now, but when we can, here’s 100 ways to celebrate the best of the North East


1. Take a walk through Durham Cathedral

2. Have a Greggs sausage roll (vegan or regular, your choice)

3. Explore Bamburgh Castle

4. Take the funicular up the cliffs at Saltburn

5. Go to a concert at The Sage Gateshead

6. Check out the vampire rabbit behind Newcastle Cathedral

7. Walk to the top of the head at Northumberlandia

8. Ride a tram at Beamish

9. Get the train across the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick

10. Do the Great North Run (or cheer someone across the finish line)

11. Walk Hadrian’s Wall (or a stretch of it, at least)

12. Climb Grey’s Monument

13. Have a parmo in Middlesbrough

14. Do “the Angel” at the Angel of the North

15. Get a boat to the Farne Islands

16. Have a pink slice in Sunderland

17. Get your picture taken with Andy Capp in Hartlepool

18. See the Pitmen Painters’ artwork at Woodhorn

19. Watch the opening of Fenwick’s Windows

20. Have a crab sandwich in Craster...

21. ...and then walk along the coast to Dunstanburgh Castle

22. Check out the Tommy sculpture at Seaham...

23. ...and then have an ice cream at Lickety Split

24. Walk to High Force

25. Have a picnic in Jesmond Dene

26. Have a lemontop at Redcar

27. See the automated swan at Bowes Museum

28. Do an experiment at the Centre for Life

29. Climb Roseberry Topping

30. Have afternoon tea at one of the Running Fox bakeries

31. Go to the Hoppings

32. See the Zurbarans at Auckland Castle

33. Visit the North Pennines AONB

34. Have fish’n’chips at Colmans

35. Take the Tyne ferry...

36. ...then come back through the Tyne pedestrian tunnels

37. Cross the Tees on the Transporter Bridge

38. Check out Newcastle’s Lit and Phil

39. Explore HMS Trincomalee at Hartlepool

40. Take the riverside walk around the peninsula in Durham City

41. Explore the region’s railway heritage at Locomotion in Shildon

42. Find out why the Raby Hunt has two Michelin stars

43. Cross the causeway – when it’s safe! – to Holy Island

44. Walk through the Victoria Tunnel in Newcastle

45. Visit Sunderland’s Winter Gardens

46. Go on the roof to check out the views from The Sill

47. Go on the roof to check out the views from The Word in South Shields

48. Have a stroll around the Fish Quay at North Shields

49. Browse (and buy!) at Barter Books

50. Walk up the hill to Penshaw Monument

51. Have a pint – and take in the view – from the Free Trade Inn

52. See the New Year’s Eve tar barrels at Allendale

53. Check out the rhododendrons at Cragside

54. Take a surfing lesson at Longsands in Tynemouth...

55. ...then get lunch at Riley’s Fish Shack at King Edward’s Bay

56. Take in an exhibition at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland.

57. Visit Souter Lighthouse

58. Have a drink or a meal – why not both? on Newcastle’s Quayside

59. Immerse yourself in English history at Jarrow Old Hall and St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth

60. Go climbing at Alnwick Treehouse

61. Check out the deer park (and the art) at Raby Castle

62. Take in the art at Baltic...

63. ...or the Laing

64. ...or Mima

65. Have a meal at the House of Tides

66. See a victory at St James’ Park...

67. ...or the Stadium of Light...

68. ...or the Riverside Stadium...

69. Walk the sculpture trail at Kielder

70. Watch a foreign film at the Tyneside Cinema

71. See the Swing Bridge swing...

72. ...and the Millennium Bridge tilt

73. Walk from Bellingham to Hareshaw Linn

74. Relive your childhood at Seven Stories

75. Go star gazing at the Kielder observatory

76. See a play at the Theatre Royal...

77. ...or the Sunderland Empire

78. ...or Darlington’s Civic Theatre

79 ...or the Live Theatre

80. Hire a rowing boat at Durham

81. Cheer on the Newcastle Eagles

82. Have a walk at Gibside

83. Spend a leisurely day watching the cricket at the Durham Riverside

84. Climb to the top of Newcastle castle (and enjoy the views)

85. Listen to the kittiwakes on the Tyne Bridge

86. Rent a beach hut at Blyth

87. Go on the curry train to Corbridge

88. Explore the grounds at Wallington

89. Get a little boat across the river to the Hermitage at Warkworth

90. Go mountain biking in Hamsterley Forest

91. Sing Jimmy Nail’s ‘Big River’ close to the Tyne

92. Visit the Train sculpture at Darlington

93. Check out the Chillingham Wild Cattle in Northumberland

94. Climb up to Captain Cook’s Monument at Great Ayton

95. Cross the Tees on the Transporter Bridge

96. Explore Roman history at Chesters, Housesteads and Vindolanda

97. Have food and a drink under the Tyne Bridge at By the River Brew Co

98. Get sweaty at a gig at the Cluny

99. Check out the revival of Spanish City at Whitley Bay

100. Take in all the local history offer at the Great North Museum: Hancock and Newcastle’s Discovery Museum