Iconic North East England

I know… I know… the North East of England (at least that bit between North Yorkshire and Northumberland) isn’t on everyone’s bucket list – but it should be! Teesside is a fab place for kids!

We were lucky enough to get to check out the Tees Transporter. It’s an amazing bridge… Built in 1911, it’s the oldest bridge of it’s kind in the world, and the only fully operational one in the UK. It’s simply an icon of Teesside.

The bridge now hosts a range of extreme sports – bungee jumping, abseiling and zip slides… but we’re not that brave so we are sticking to a guided tour. It includes a tour of the small museum, a trip up in the Willy Wonka style glass lift…

A walk across the top of the transporter…

Much work has been done to make this as safe as possible…. it’s windy, but it did feel very secure.

There’s so much to see from the top – all helpfully explained by a lovely guide. We found out that it’s possible to take a speed boat down the Tees estuary…  No time today, but a definite for our next visit!

After the walk across the top, you get to take a trip on the gondola….

                              

And you get to see the pump room too… to see how this wonderful bridge operates. This is one tour I would recommend to everyone wholeheartedly…. you can find out more and book here

We were a little bit early for our tour, so went to check out the local area and found a great dinosaur park…It’s only minutes from the bridge and a great place for the kids to expend some energy.

We checked out the amazing beaches.

         

Miles of sand, interesting shells and beach glass to find and no crowds… just perfect!!!

There are also some pretty cool arcades that the children adored!

A good mix of old style tup’penny games 

And more modern games…

The children had a blast!!

 

 

We even found some bumper cars! 

While we were in the North East, we went to check out another icon I’ve wanted to visit for such a long time… primarily because G was sure that this was Christ the Redeemer!!! J decided that it shouldn’t be called ‘Angel of the North’ at all.. because it wasn’t an angel… it was a man with plane wings… but I am not sure that ‘Northern man with plane wings’ has quite the same ring to it… It’s fair to say there’s not that much here, but it’s fun to see… and the Metrocentre in Gateshead isn’t too far!

And it is an amazing sculpture (made… by the way, in Hartlepool)

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