Due to popular demand Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend is extending its opening hours over the February half term.
The museum opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am - 3pm until March 31, Saturday 15 and 22, and Sunday 16 and 23 from 11am to 2pm, and Saturday, March 1, from 10am to 3pm.
The initiative not only gives visitors more opportunities to see the permanent and temporary exhibitions, but is also in response to feedback from people who enjoy frequenting the café.
Museum manager Geoff Woodward said: “We’re trying to make the museum and café more available over the half term holiday.
“With free parking and great views the café is a really good place to call in either for a coffee or a meal without having to pay the entry fee to the museum.”
The popular museum café Illies is a family run café well known for its tasty home cooked food, welcoming atmosphere and spectacular views across the River Tyne.
Mother and daughter Lynn and Clare Ilingworth (known as the Illies) have run a café in the area for years but are just coming up to their first anniversary at the museum in March.
Lynn, originally from Wallsend but now living in Walker, said: “I can’t wait to go to bed in the evening so I can get up again and get to work.
“We cook everything from scratch and it’s a real family affair – my daughter has worked with us since she was 13. These days at the weekend I sometime have my grandchildren Nikita and Callum working too.”
Visitors to the museum can also see the Crossing the Tyne exhibition (see attached image) on until 16 March 2014 all about the different means of crossing the River that have been built and used over the centuries, and the challenges which the engineers faced.