The region is set for another busy Easter period, despite wet and changeable weather expected throughout the holiday.
After showers expected tomorrow (Good Friday), temperatures are predicted to rise to a high of 12 degrees on Easter Monday, although cloud cover will remain constant.
The Easter Bunny is out in force along the north Northumbrian coast, with egg hunts galore.
Alnwick Garden (March 28-April 12) hosts a Lindt Gold Bunny hunt (usual ticket prices apply), while at Lindisfarne Castle (April 3-6, 10am-3pm) there is another Easter egg trail. Entrance is £2. Cragside House, Rothbury, is letting kids enjoy a science themed easter trail, also April 3-6 (tickets £3).
There is also the chance to enjoy traditional Victorian baking in the country house, or watch the returning ospreys in their nests at Kielder Reservoir (10am-5pm).
After a busy day foraging, you can relax in Seahouses on Easter Monday, with the sounds of Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman (tickets £12.50, contact St Cuthberts House on 01665 720456 for more details).
The AA has predicted that today (Maundy Thursday) will be the busiest time on roads up and down the country as people leave work for the long weekend. Roads are currently clear barring some traffic management near Alnwick.
The Highways Agency - which runs Britain’s major routes - has announced it will halt 550 miles of roadworks nationwide over Easter to help journeys go smoothly.
This includes the completion of 13 North East schemes by the end of today (Thursday), such as the A1M junction 63 improvements at Chester-le-Street, the A1M white line painting between junctions 56 and 65, and sign installations on the A1 in Berwick, North Charlton, Brownieside, Wandylaw, Cheswick and Scremerston.
Culvert repairs at A1 in Smeafield near Berwick will also be finished by the weekend, along with A1 safety improvements nearby at Detchant and surveys on the A19 Fisher Lane to Moor Farm stretch and on the A1 at Warreners House.
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If you are planning to travel by rail, the planned strike of East Coast Rail’s Edinburgh staff on Good Friday has been called off.
There are however some signalling problems around Newcastle, which are delaying journeys between 14 and 21 minutes.