City of Durham Treasure Trail (< 1 mile)
City of Durham Treasure Trail
These self-guided treasure hunts challenge you to explore and solve intriguing mysteries. Search for clues and find treasure or crack the code to save the world on a spy mission. You’ll find out fascinating facts, see special places and enjoy a family walk; all in the fresh air.
Newcastle Treasure Trail (13 miles)
Newcastle Treasure Trail
is a fun way to explore the city on foot. The route engages a group in seeking the answers to clues and eventually finding the answer to the mystery. Clue answers are found on statues, monuments and signs around Newcastle.
Stanhope Mystery Treasure Trail (18 miles)
Stanhope Mystery Treasure Trail
Looking for a fun and interesting way to explore Stanhope? Don't just wander around aimlessly, do a Treasure Trail! These fun treasure hunts will teach you fascinating facts about the area and show you some beautiful scenery. Enjoy a fun family walk in the fresh air and solve an intriguing mystery at the same time.
Whitby Eastside Mystery Treasure Trail (43 miles)
Whitby Eastside Mystery Treasure Trail
Looking for a fun and interesting way to explore Whitby? Don't just wander around aimlessly, do a Treasure Trail! These fun treasure hunts will teach you fascinating facts about the area and show you some beautiful scenery. Enjoy a fun family walk in the fresh air and solve an intriguing mystery at the same time.
Alnwick Mystery Treasure Trail (44 miles)
Alnwick Mystery Treasure Trail
Looking for a fun and interesting way to explore Alnwick? Don’t just wander around aimlessly, do a Treasure Trail! These fun treasure hunts will keep you all absorbed as you seek the answers to clues and eventually solve a mystery. They are suitable for all ages and abilities.
Harrogate Mystery Treasure Trail (54 miles)
Harrogate Mystery Treasure Trail
- is a fun self-guided mystery walk around Harrogate. Become a detective for the day as you hunt for clues around the town to solve the mystery! As you follow the Trail, the kids won’t even realise they’re learning facts and getting exercise too!
York Minster Mystery Trail (60 miles)
York Minster Mystery Trail
The regional detective Willie Solvit, is baffled by the death of novice campanologist, Terry Bell. There had been some anonymous complaints made to the police about loud, out of tune bell ringing during the hours of darkness. Help Willie solve the clues, and you could win a cash prize.
Viking Walk (60 miles)
Not the fainthearted, a gruesome and thrilling history lesson as you travel back to the 9th century and see where the Vikings fought to take the city in a bloody battle! One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in York
Bowness on Windermere Treasure Hunt (62 miles)
Bowness on Windermere Treasure Hunt
Looking for a fun and interesting way to explore Cumbria? Don't just wander around aimlessly, do a Treasure Trail! These fun treasure hunts will teach you fascinating facts about the area and show you some beautiful scenery. Enjoy a fun family walk in the fresh air and solve an intriguing mystery at the same time.
Coniston Treasure Trail (67 miles)
Coniston Treasure Trail
is a fantastic way to explore the stunning countryside of Beatrix Potter whilst solving clues and enjoying a walk in the fresh air.
Pendle Witches Mystery Treasure Trail (69 miles)
Pendle Witches Mystery Treasure Trail
Treasure Trails' treasure hunts are a fantastic way to explore a new town or village whilst enjoying a fun walk in the fresh air. Follow the trail, solve the clues and see the sights!
Adventure Valley (2 miles)
- comprising 7 action packed play zones (with 3 undercover), you'll discover the very best in family adventure, farm fun and indoor play. Plus Adventure Valley Golf, an 18-hole adventure golf course; it’s putting edge!
Mini and Maxi Moos Adventure Land (6 miles)
Mini and Maxi Moos Adventure Land
With over 50,000 square feet of indoor space, and almost 100 acres of farm and park land, there's room for the whole family, and a range of activities to suit everyone from miniature animals to go karts and almost everything in between.
Down at the Farm (7 miles)
Houghton Le Spring
Down at the Farm
You can see a wide range of farm animals including goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys, ponies and chickens, plus a few unusual ones. There is plenty of hands-on fun including reptile handling, sheep/pig racing and washing the sheep. Kids can also climb their way round the adventure trail, pedal round the tiny tots tractor course, dig their way out of the giant sandpit or go mad on the jumping pillow + tractor rides.
Tweddle Childrens Animal Farm (12 miles)
Tweddle Childrens Animal Farm
A children’s 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. There’s also indoor and outdoor play areas, indoor and outdoor pedal go-kart tracks and lots more.
Harrys Farm (13 miles)
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.
Beamish Open Air Museum (8 miles)
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.
Preston Park and Museum (19 miles)
Stockton On Tees
Preston Park and Museum
As well as the Museum, Preston Park also has a range of permanent attractions including a safe surface children's play area, an exciting Adventure Play Ground (new from 2011) and many riverside and woodland paths. 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 Princess.
The Bowes Museum (22 miles)
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!
Killhope Lead Mining Museum (28 miles)
Killhope Lead Mining Museum
Voted the Most Family Friendly Museum, take a guided tour of the mine, become a washerboy and find galena. Woodland walks, Red Squirrels, exhibitions, under 7s playpark, shop and cafe a great day out in the country for the whole family.
Spennymoor Leisure Centre (6 miles)
Spennymoor Leisure Centre
has a free - form Leisure Pool with a large shallow water area and a maximum depth of 1.8 metres. A water slide and wave machine are also available, but these only operate during evening, weekend and school holiday sessions. The pool is approximately 18 metres wide and 30 metres long.
Mill House Leisure Centre (15 miles)
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.
The Dolphin Centre (18 miles)
The Dolphin Centre
An outstanding pool complex that includes an
8-lane, 25m competition standard swimming pool, Training Pool, Interactive Toddler Pool, 1m, 3m and 5m Board Diving Pool and two water-slides as well as an Under The Sea themed indoor play area.
Splash (18 miles)
Stockton's newest leisure facility has been designed to meet 21st century needs. The complex includes a 25 metre pool with wave machine and water features, offering leisure and training facilities for swimmers at all levels. a learner pool, spa pool and flume slide complete the water based features.
Weardale Open Air Swimming Pool (18 miles)
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!
Boyne Play Pit and Cafe (3 miles)
Boyne Play Pit and Cafe
4 level multi activity adventure play frame to exhaust and entertain the kids in a clean, safe environment. The play equipment is designed for 3-11 year olds, who also measure up to 4’9’’ in height.
Play 'n' Krazy (3 miles)
Play 'n' Krazy
ball pools, play frame, slides, football and basket ball areas, and tiny tots explore too, in their own safe space
Cubbies Adventure Play (5 miles)
Chester le Street
Cubbies Adventure Play
For up to 11 year olds, this is a nice little adventure play frame, clean and colourful, attached to a leisure centre with swimming pool.
Funshack (9 miles)
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!
Krazy Kingdom (9 miles)
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!
Hall Hill Playbarn (10 miles)
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.
The Play Shack Indoor Play Centre (11 miles)
The Play Shack Indoor Play Centre
Biggest Indoor Soft Play frame in the area 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, much more!
Wacky Warehouse Gretna Green (11 miles)
Wacky Warehouse Gretna Green
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant.
Jumbo Jungle (12 miles)
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.
Ruff N Tumble Adventure World (13 miles)
Ruff N Tumble Adventure World
is a haven for your kids to play and wear themselves out. It has all the latest equipment to put the biggest smiles on your children's faces. They can race their friends down the three lane giant Waterfall Slide, climb to the top of the Castle and experience the thrill of the scary Drop Slide!
Wacky Warehouse Merry Go Round (14 miles)
Wacky Warehouse Merry Go Round
Multi level indoor adventure play with loads of slides and features, plus a dedicated toddler zone. Outdoor play area too! Attached to a family friendly restaurant with kids' menu.
Mister Twisters (16 miles)
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.
Under the Sea (18 miles)
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.
Fun City (18 miles)
Stockton On Tees
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 curly slide, rope bridge and soft play toys and puzzles.
Brewers Fayre Preston Farm (19 miles)
Stockton on Tees
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.
Noahs Ark Family Centre (20 miles)
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.
Crazy Corner (21 miles)
From Ball Cannons to Shoot Slides, Gaint Bouncing Balls to Tarzan Gliders, Crazy Corner has something for all.
Crook Hall and Gardens (< 1 mile)
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 (2 miles)
The present Cathedral has stood on this spot as a place of prayer and pilgrimage for over 900 years. It is one of the most beautiful buildings in England (Bill Bryson called it 'the best Cathedral on planet earth'), and is part of a World Heritage Site.
Hartlepool's Maritime Experience (15 miles)
Hartlepool's 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 make your way to Hartlepool.
HMS Trincomalee 1817 (16 miles)
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.
Raby Castle (16 miles)
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 a small drive away.
Barnard Castle (22 miles)
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 (22 miles)
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.
Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre (6 miles)
Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre
Climbing is very good for developing balance, co-ordination, strength and confidence, whilst giving the child a great learning experience.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Sightseeing near Durham with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Durham can enjoy the great day out as well.
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