Whether you’re treating yourselves or pinching the purse strings, there’s something here for everyone.
1. Dig for Victory at the Great North Festival of Agriculture, Beamish Museum
A great family attraction all year round, this weekend will also see Beamish Museum celebrate a Dig for Victory event. Part of the Great North Festival of Agriculture at the attraction, it tells the story of life on the Home Front during the Second World War.
Beamish Museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm, with last admissions at 4pm. For prices, see http://www.beamish.org.uk/plan-your-visit/
Photo: Beamish Museum
2. Blue Reef Aquarium
Come face to face with aquatic species from all over the world, at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium. Boasting a wide array of marine life, there's also a clever green iguana and some mischievous monkeys.
For times and prices, visit https://www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk/
Photo: Jane Coltman
3. Amazing Space at The Word, South Shields
Enjoy an amazing - and amazingly free of charge - exhibition marking 50 years since man first set foot on the moon, at South Shields' library and digital hub.
Celebrating space fact and fiction, visitors can learn about the life of an astronaut, step inside a spacesuit and replicate the photograph taken on the first moon landing.
They can also see costumes from Star Trek and Star Wars, and watch clips from science fiction films from across the decades.
4. RSPB Saltholme, Stockton-on-Tees
The family-friendly wetlands are a perfect place to enjoy a day of birdspotting, even if you're new to it. The site has a visitors' centre, plus hides and screens which help people get up close to various bird species. There's also a family discovery zone, rails, a play area and cafe.
Open every day of the year barring Christmas Day, its current hours are 9:30am - 5pm. https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/saltholme/
Entry is free, with donations very welcome, but there is a charge of £5 if you plan to leave a vehicle more than an hour in the car park.
Photo: Kevin Brady