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Things To Do & Days Out in Durham
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Diggerland Durham is The Ultimate Adventure Theme Park Experience where children and adults alike can ride, drive and operate REAL diggers, dumpers and other full- size construction machinery. Diggerland is the perfect destination for action, fun and thrilling family days out!
Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Sanctuary Now open again! Meet a vast range of lovely beasties and have fun on the adventure playground, plus extra animal encounters and experiences. Hooray!
Wild Animal Adventures A great little animal park with hands on opportunities, lots of tropical types and a few domestics plus special area The Nocturnal Zone which features the Bat Cave! Right beside the cool Pet Mania storezoo!
Down at the Farm You can see a wide range of farm animals plus a few unusual ones. There is plenty of hands on fun including reptile handling or sheep and pig racing. Kids can also use the adventure trail, pedal round the tiny tots tractor course or take a real tractor ride, enjoy the giant sandpit or go mad on the jumping...
Adventure Valley Rain or shine, it’s a full-on, fun-filled family day out with over 40 rides and attractions. Two huge indoor play areas, fun animal activities, zip wires, tube slides, jumping pillows, a fort, pirate galleon and Tractor-Trailer Ride and more.
Tweddle Childrens Animal Farm A childrens farm and petting centre based on the North East Coast with lots of friendly animals and lots of animal activities such as rabbit cuddling and bottle feeding. Thereâs also indoor and outdoor play areas, indoor and outdoor pedal go-kart tracks and lots more.
Harrys Farm With a family full of animals and a thriving garden centre of British native trees, you and your family can learn about life on the farm.
Mini Moos Farm Loads to do once you've visited the creatures, including the live animal show, indoor play, skating, inflatable assault course, pedal karts, Woodland Walk, tractor and trailer rides - and more!
Beamish Open Air Museum makes the past comes to life. Beamish is unique. This is no ordinary museum but a living, working experience of life as it was in the Great North in the early 1800s and 1900s set in over 300 acres of beautiful countryside. A great family day out in County Durham!
Killhope Lead Mining Museum Take a guided tour of the mine, become a washerboy and find galena. Woodland walks, Red Squirrels, exhibitions, shop and cafe a great day out in the country for the whole family. We even have 3 Yurts available for hire if you would like to camp over night. Voted the Most Family Friendly Museum
Locomotion Bring two centuries of rail to life before you, this is a trainspotter's paradise! Plus from the Tots and Trains sessions to the adventure playground and picnic area, the smaller kids are catered for too.
The Bowes Museum A wonderful day of discovery awaits you and your family at The Bowes Museum! Explore the stunning galleries through interactive displays and get arty with our hands-on activities and events. From marvellous masterpieces to curious collections there's something for everyone at The Bowes Museum!
Preston Park and Museum As well as the Museum, we also offer a safe children's play area, exciting Treetop Adventure Playground and many riverside and woodland paths. Plus you can walk amongst hundreds of beautiful butterflies at Butterfly World, take a ride on the Tees Small Gauge Railway or cruise along the river on Teesside...
Oriental Museum A museum with a colletion of almost 30,000 marvellous objects from a huge area covering North Africa to South East Asia. Great exhibitions plus regular fun family activities and events to enjoy.
Durham Museum and Heritage Centre An excellent local museum where you can relive the story of Durham from medieval times to present day. Includes models of the 19th century marketplace and the medieval city, plus a reconstruction of a Victorian prison cell.
Spennymoor Leisure Centre has a free form Leisure Pool with a large shallow water area. A water slide and wave machine are also available during evening, weekend and school holiday sessions.
Splash The complex includes a 25 metre pool with wave machine and water slides: one suitable for small kids and a faster one for big jobs with a big splash down ending! Loads of other things to do dry side too with pre booking.
The Dolphin Centre Get active with the kids at this outstanding pool complex that includes an 8 lane competition standard swimming pool, Interactive Toddler Pool, 3 Board Diving Pool and 2 water slides! Also has an Under The Sea themed indoor play area.
Mill House Leisure Centre Offers a range of activities and facilites including swimming pools including diving area with 1m and 3m spring board and 5m platform.
Weardale Open Air Swimming Pool Come and enjoy the pleasures of outdoor swimming in a warm (tropical water temperature of 80+ degrees Fahrenheit), safe, family environment. Features slide and springboard plus inflatables sessions and kayak practice!
Funshack Maybe largest indoor playground in the north of England. Here you will find a wide range of fun activities in a safe and secure surrounding. New indoor go kart track and bowling alley 2012!
Jumbo Jungle Over 11000 sq ft of non stop fun and games and its all under one roof to keep both the adults and children happy for hours, they have something for all ages from babies to twelve year olds.
Mister Twisters 13,000 sq ft indoor play centre with a Pirate themed climbing frame. Suitable for 2-5 year olds, 5-12 year olds and a separate gated toddler/infant area for the more delicate of our visitors. Bouncy castle, football court, Xbox games, 5* cafeteria and parking for 70+ cars.
Scallywagz featuring 3 Lane Astra Slide, 540 Degree Tube Slide, ball pools, Rope Bridges, Spooky Corner, Gliders, 5 a Side Football Pitch, separate Toddler Area and much more!
Crazy Corner Toddlers are as well catered for as the big jobs here with their own 3 level structure to match the main one! With baby area too there's a space for everyone, and highlights include ball fountain, crazy maze, circus mirrors and ball cannons!
Ruff N Tumble Adventure World One of the biggest toddler zones we've come across, plus awesome play frame with drop slides and ball cannons, a climbing wall, bowling lanes, sports courts and bungee trampolines! Just off the A1M.
Krazy Kingdom 17,500 sq ft of non stop fun and it's all under one roof to keep kids up to 12 thrilled and entertained. Whopping four storey mainframe, trampolines and a small bowling alley too!
Fun City With its 7000sq ft of play area Fun city is dedicated to family fun! The play frame includes 3 tier levels of ball pools, curly slides, rope bridges, swing ropes, spooky areas, jelly mountain, trampoline and the 20ft drop slide! Toddlers have a small area on the ground floor with its own ball pool, small...
Noahs Ark Family Centre Three levels of adventure soft play with craft, role play, reading and activity corners besides. Also has an outdoor play area for summer. Separate area for kids aged up to 3 to play in. Birthday parties available too.
Brewers Fayre Preston Farm Indoor and outdoor play areas with plenty of fun colourful features attached to a family friendly restaurant with a healthy, appetising menu for children.
Cubbies Adventure Play Indoor play fun with all the usual suspects: slides, balls, bridges and more! Plus other facilities within the leisure centre.
Under the Sea Arguably the leading play facility in the area, offering activity for children up to the age of 8 with casual soft adventure play and excellent sensory room.
Hall Hill Playbarn There is a large playframe for over 3's and a smaller area for Toddlers. There is also a pedal tractor area for the under 8's. Set in a children's farm.
Wacky Warehouse Gretna Green Indoor play area with loads of slides and features as well as a dedicated toddler zone, plus outdoor play structures for warmer weather. All attached to a family restaurant.
Wacky Warehouse Merry Go Round Indoor adventure play with loads of slides and features, plus a dedicated toddler zone. Part of a family friendly restaurant with kids' menu.
Louisa Lagoon Adventure Play A giant indoor adventure play frame for children with slippery slides, splat pads, climbing walls, dizzy discs, punch bags and much more! Open 7 days a week.
Adventure Point Indoor and outdoor play with adventure climbing maze, sand and water play, sports court and 6m high climbing tree, plus cuddle up for Animal sessions with guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters and gerbils! What a day!
Funky Monkeys Classic indoor adventure play and climbing structure: all the usual fun but with a few extra bonuses like sky glide, play kitchen and football pitch!
Play Factory Thornaby Fantastic features for imaginative play with reactor tower, ball blasters, escape tubes and slides and getaway karts! Just as much fun for more peaceful players with ball jugglers, balance boards and all the classic too.
HMS Trincomalee 1817 The classic British frigate, HMS Trincomalee, built in Bombay for the Admiralty in 1817, is the oldest ship afloat in the UK and the last of the commissioned frigates of the Nelson era. Berthed at Hartlepool's Maritime Experience it is now fully restored.
Crook Hall and Gardens A stunning Grade 1 listed Medieval Manor House with a banquetting hall and 17th century Jacobean room, surrounded by stylish cottage gardens which are relaxed, lush and quintessentially English!
Durham Cathedral A place of prayer and pilgrimage for over 900 years, this World Heritage Site is one of the most beautiful buildings in England with gorgeous walks around woodland and riverside.
Hartlepools Maritime Experience All children love pirates and this maritime visitor attraction is the perfect place to take them. Travel back to the days of Nelson, Napoleon and the Battle of Trafalgar. With our many attractions, costumed guides and weaponry displays, any kids (of whatever age) will enjoy this day out. So all ye landlubbers...
Barnard Castle With fantastic views over the Tees Gorge this fortress is grand for exploring, has a sensory garden and sits on the fringe of an attractive working market town for a nice wander round after.
Egglestone Abbey The charming ruins of a small monastery of Premonstratensian 'white canons', picturesquely set above a bend in the River Tees, a pleasant stop for budding artists and photographers and completely free!
Raby Castle Magnificent structure which gives an insight to life throughout the ages with a fantastic art collection and splendid interiors. Red deer live on the grounds and there is a wonderful waterfall just a small drive away as a bonus!
Billingham Forum Ice Rink Loads of sessions types to suit all interests: ice skating, ice dancing, family sessions, disco sessions, rock sessions, Snap skate for disabled skaters and Penguin Club for the kids! Brilliant!
Summerhill is a unique Country Park that is a nature reserve and free outdoor sports centre. You can enjoy country walks, adventure play areas, a BMX track and climbing Boulder Park free of charge at any time. You can also book onto archery, high ropes, climbing, orienteering or nature study activities!
Climb North East The largest indoor climbing centre in County Durham ran by passionate climbers. Four dedicated bouldering zones and an area for top rope and lead climbing. Send the kids along to one of our weekend sessions. We run sessions for 3 different age groups starting at just 4 years old
Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre Climbing is very good for developing balance, co-ordination, strength and confidence, whilst giving the child a great learning experience.
Rock Antics Offer simulated rock surfaces and textures, ranging from easy to extreme, for all ages and abilities with a great supportive attitude making it a great place to start as well as to improve.
Beamish Wild Adventure Park Zoom on zip wires, build dens, scale the tree creeper and become a modern day Robin Hood archer. And if that wasn't enough, upgrade to the High Ropes Course for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Go,Go, Go for super-family day out adventure!
Teesside White Water Centre offering Family White Water Rafting experiences for the adventurous ones, Bell Boating for the groups, Flat Water Canoeing for those finding their stride plus Sailing, Power Boating and Technical Rescue experiences besides! Activities start from 8 years old.
Teesdale Sports Centre Swimming, skateboarding, climbing, sports facilties and an indoor play area, all within a modern, family friendly sports centre!
R Kade Indoor Skatepark 20,000 square feet packed with a street course, mini ramps, rhythm section, jump boxes and much more. Under 12s must have parental supervision at all times.
Beamish Wild High Ropes Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush! High in the treetops, tackle Burma Bridge, jump the leap of faith and whizz down zip wires. With over 25 daredevil elements, itâs a must for families, schools, groups, team building and any other thrill seekers.
Durham Climbing Centre Family friendly indoor climbing and bouldering centre suitable for ages 2 and up. Parent and Toddler sessions, dedicated Junior bouldering area, obstacle course, plus games and activities. Birthday party package available.
Infinite Air 80 trampolines are spread across air bag, dodgeball, hang time and parkour zones to fill every bouncing fantasy! Hit the tumble tracks, the performance tramps, the free fall podiums, plus the Ninja Warrior course, CrossFit zone and fitness studio!
AMF Hollywood Bowl Stockton 26 lanes of auto scoring tenpin, to be found alongside a sizeable arcade with video and redemption gaming options, plus pool tables and free WiFi. Plus Harry's Kitchen!
Riverside Bowling offers 19 lanes of modern ten pin bowling in a supportive and family friendly atmosphere. Bumpers and ball ramps for kids available too.
Top Gear Karting They give you karting in a disco atmosphere with ultra violet tubes, strobe and spotlights with music and smoke machines, but most importantly safety. This is karting and entertainment in one for over 8s.
Teesside Karting Centre Race your friends on the longest circuit in the WORLD, with special karts, and driving sessions just for kids. Suitable for anyone 8 years and over, and 4ft 6 (137cm) in height. We do kids’ parties too.
The Durham Treasure Trail is a self guided treasure hunt themed walk exploring Durham City. Can you find the long lost treasure as you follow the route and solve the clues?
Tanfield Railway With an unparalleled history dating back to 1725, spectacular scenery and a truly unique atmosphere, it is no wonder that the Tanfield Railway is the North East's biggest and most popular steam railway!
Prince Bishop River Cruiser offers a one hour cruise that takes in many of the city's best sights from the unique perspective of the River Wear! With loos on board and informative commentary all ages of kids are kept content, so long as you can keep them still!
Hamsterley Forest Wide range of excellent mountain bike routes, plus a visitor centre, tearoom, children's adventure play area and mountain bike hire. Ranger led activities held in the forest include Den Building, group bike rides and bird feeding.
High Force Waterfall England's largest waterfall, suddenly and spectacularly drops 70 feet into the plunge pool below. The woodland walk leads to this breathtaking sight. As you begin the descent down the gentle slope the well-maintained path twists and turns giving a different view every few yards. The muffled rumble...
Durham Botanic Garden Plant collections from around the world, a tropical rainforest and tropical bugs, scorpions and tarantulas. A peaceful yet enthralling afternoon's worth.
Allensford Country Park Picnic park in sheltered riverside setting, children's play park and shop. Beautiful riverside woodland walks and magnificent views of the Derwent Valley.
Hardwick Park Ideal for family games, picnicking and wild flower spotting, they also have a new visitor centre with excellent facilities including an interactive exhibition space. Nice!
Horden Welfare Park The park features a toddler and junior play area, a sculpture, football field, rugby field, cricket field, bowling greens, bandstand, multi-sports pitch, cafe and heritage centre.
Houghall Gardens World of Trees Over 500 species of trees can be seen and you can go on a 2.5 mile discovery trail of the surrounding countryside. Kids always love the water garden.
Riverside Park Includes artist-designed ornamental gardens, an events arena, 5,000 sq m play area and paddling pool, plus water play area with artificial beach and water cannons! Awesome!
Wynyard Woodland Park Planetarium Extensive parkland with visitor centre featuring displays on local archaeology, woodland history and wildlife. You can catch a public star show at the planetarium or a tour of the observatory with careful timing.
Broom House Farm and Forest An organic farm set in beautiful countryside! The Forest Adventure is family friendly with nature quizzes and climbing activities plus play field and farm animals. The award winning Farm Shop and Coffee Shop are full of goodies from the farm and open daily.
Blackhall Rocks on Durham Coast Sandy and shingly shore, pretty isolated from entertainments, with an extensive cycle network and 20km of coastal footpath
Buttercups Ceramic Studio With a great range of beautifully blank items and a gorgeous selection of colourful paints, it's a hard heart that doesn't demand to put one to the other! Come and make a gift or keepsake and let the creative juices flow!
The Pottery Pen is a place for all the family to come and create smiles and memories! Pop in and create your very own painted pot, from farm animals, dinosaurs, princess castles, home accessories and hand and footprint keepsakes, we have it all, now including Piggy Putty!
The Pottery Loft Activities include: Pottery Painting, Baby Prints, Decopatch, Teddy Bear Making, Workshops, Pre School Fun, Parties. Small Soft Play (under 5s), Personalised Gifts, Nurseries and New Autism Friendly session!
Messy Plays is a unique play experience. We provide the creative tools and messy play sessions for you to play alongside your child in a safe and fun environment. Helping them learning through messy and sensory play
Planet Leisure Offering indoor adventure play, bowling, ice skating and for over 8s thrilling laser tag and aerial trekking!
Pockerley Riding School BHS approved facility offering lessons, off road hacking, show jumping, woodland trails and a Pony Club. They've got indoor and outdoor arenas but it is largely an outdoor place so it's all floodlit too. Helpful!