Family Adventure Day with Tyne and Wear Metro | Pip Milburn

Last weekend we teamed up with Tyne and Wear Metro to help promote their new Metro’s Adventure Book ‘Metro’s little book of things to see’ which encourages families to go out and about to explore the region via Metro in search of Tyne and Wear’s ‘hidden treasures’.

Metro Adventure Book

One of the best things about living in Tyne and Wear is the transport system. This might sound like a strange statement to make, but I grew up in a tiny village in the Staffordshire Moorlands, where there was one bus in and out the village per day!

As I’m partially sighted and unable to drive, I rely on the Metro to get me from A to B. I use a Metro Gold card, a special consessionary card for disabled, blind or partial sighted people. I pay an annual charge of £12, this allows me to use the metro for free from 9.30am Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and on public holidays.

Family Adventure Day

We had a good look through the Metro’s Adventure Book and planned our adventure for the day. We hopped on the metro at Howdon and got off at Monument.

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Fenwick’s Window

Our first stop for the day was a visit to Fenwick’s window. This is the first year that Izzy has a full understanding of Christmas, and she is very excited!

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A visit to Fenwick’s window is a bit of a North East Christmas tradition, and a great start to the festive season.

Hadrian’s Tipi

Our next stop was Hadrian’s Tipi. Located on Pilgrim Street, it’s perfectly positioned for a bite to eat or mug of hot chocolate while out about Christmas shopping.

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Beautiful twinkling fairy lights and the smells of delicious street food entice you in. It really feels like you are stepping into a magical winter wonderland.

There are cosy seating areas with heat lamps to keep you snug and warm. An evening visit to Hadrian’s Tipi would be the perfect festive date night.

We then jumped back on the metro at Monument and got off at Central Station. Just a short walk and we were at our next destination.

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Our plan was to take Izzy ice skating, but the ice rink was so busy we decided to give it a miss and come back during the week.

Centre For Life

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The Centre for Life is somewhere I have never visited before, I had no idea there was so much to see and do!

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There is the planetarium, dinosaur display, young explorers zone and so much more. Izzy loved the young explorers zone, with a toy kitchen, tree house and supermarket, she could have happily played there all day.

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Tyne and Wear Metro Adventure Book

You could easily spend a whole day at the Centre for Life, we didn’t mange to see everything so will definitely be heading back for another visit.

Back on the metro at Central Station we changed at Monument and got the metro home to Howdon.

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We had such a lovely day and will definitely be having more Metro adventures in the future. Especially as it cuts out the hassle of finding a parking space in Newcastle!

You can download the Metro Adventure Book here or pop into your local Travel Shop to pick one up!

We also filmed our day!
Metro offers

Metro has teamed up with popular attractions and restaurants around the Metro network to provide a range of money-saving offers.

All you have to do is show your Metro ticket or Pop card at each of the venues to be entitled to any of these exciting offers. To find out more go to

Pip x



*This is a collaborative post with Tyne and Wear Metro


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  1. Newcastle Family Life

    November 22, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    It looks like you had a great family day out, we went on a day out with Metro recently too x

    1. Pip Milburn

      November 22, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      We had a brilliant day. Fab! I’ll go and have a read now x

  2. Sam | North East Family Fun Travel Blog

    November 23, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Ah you had such a lush day – we love Life Science Centre.
    I think travelling by public transport is definitely the way to go at this time of year as the city centre traffic and trying to find a parking space can be such a nightmare! Plus it means you can enjoy a mulled wine too xx

    1. Pip Milburn

      November 23, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      We had such a fab day. The metro is definitely the way to go, especially when our secret free parking spaces are full!!

  3. Suzy

    November 23, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Sounds like you had a great day. I had no idea about the Metro Adventure Book but will definitely be getting a copy so we can explore with our 3 year old. So many places on our doorstep that we didn’t know were there! #RVHT

  4. Jenny (Accidental Hipster Mum)

    November 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    This looks like a lovey day out! I wish I lived somewhere more central that had a metro so I could plan days out without having to deal with driving/parking too!
    Thank you for linking up to #RVHT, I hope you can join again!

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