Houghall Gardens World of Trees (< 1 mile)
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.
Durham Botanic Garden (1 miles)
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.
Riverside Park (5 miles)
Chester le Street
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 cannon.
Herrington Country Park (6 miles)
Herrington Country Park
Offers scenic walks, bike trails and a contemporary children's play park, designed around a well-known local myth, the story of the Lambton Worm!
WWT Washington Wetland Centre (9 miles)
WWT Washington Wetland Centre
Introducing children and adults alike to the wonders of wetlands, with stunning scenery and nose-to-beak encounters with some of the world's rarest waterbirds. Unforgettable wildlife spectacles and special events. Indoor discovery centre, early-years play area, cafe, picnic areas and gift shop.
Hardwick Park (10 miles)
Ideal for family games, picnicking and wild flower spotting, they also have a new visitor centre with excellent facilities including an interactive exhibition space.
Horden Welfare Park (10 miles)
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.
Saltwell Park (11 miles)
55 acres of landscape â" with ornamental and woodland gardens, boating lake, sports facilities, bowling greens, play areas, animal house, maze, education centre and the beautiful Victorian Saltwell Towers.
Gibside (12 miles)
Glorious National Trust site, a 'grand design' of spectacular vistas, winding paths and grassy open spaces. Ideal for hiking, picnics and natural study.
There are 3 adventure playgrounds outdoors, plus the Stables discovery room and indoor play area.
Allensford Country Park (14 miles)
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.
Wynyard Woodland Park Planetarium (14 miles)
Stockton on Tees
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.
Natures World (21 miles)
A fun and inspiring hands-on experience learning about simple, artistic and futuristic gardening concepts. Several outdoor play areas plus pedal karts and arial runway!
Stewart Park (22 miles)
Several lakes containing wildfowl, with animals in pet's corner such as llamas, deer, peacocks, pheasants and guinea pigs. An orienteering course, tree trail and discovery trail is provided alongside a museum and cafe.
High Force Waterfall (24 miles)
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 suddenly turns to a roar and the sight astounds you.
Ridley Park (24 miles)
Comprises a water play area, two big playgrounds well equipped for differing age groups, tennis courts, putting and bowling greens. Part of Sustrans National Cycle Route 1.
Guisborough Forest and Walkways (25 miles)
Druridge Bay Country Park (35 miles)
Druridge Bay Country Park
3.5 miles of beautiful beach and sand dunes, plus a large freshwater Lake surrounded by woods and meadows. Visitor centre, cafe, shop and a young children’s play area.
The Alnwick Garden (44 miles)
The Alnwick Garden
One of the most exciting contemporary gardens to be developed in the last century, it is a magical landscape of unique gardens, features and structures, and a fantastic place for all the family.
Studfold Explore Discover and Learn (45 miles)
Studfold Explore Discover and Learn
Fresh air and fun for all the family in the heart of Upper Nidderdale. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Studfold Trail offers family fun and adventure in a truly unique setting.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal (46 miles)
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
An amazing historical World Heritage Site near Ripon, Fountains Abbey provides picturesque wide open spaces, family guided tours, school holiday activities and nature galore- kids will love the wild deer and bats! A perfect combination of activities and learning!
Robin Hood's Bay (48 miles)
Robin Hoods Bay
Robin Hood's Bay
Paddling, fossil hunting and general exploring, with plenty of quaint local attractions in the village.
Talkin Tarn Country Park (48 miles)
Talkin Tarn Country Park
Ancient woodland and gentle meadow intersected with easy access walking routes. A permanent orienteering course and numeracy trail are available for self led activities.
Brimham Rocks (49 miles)
Let children explore this natural playground, an amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations to clamber over with labyrinthine paths between. Have fun spotting the ones clearly resembling animals like the Dancing Bear!
Yorkshire Lavender (50 miles)
We have loads to do for the kids including a lavender maze, hillside snakes and ladders, a deer park, sculpture park and plenty of space for the kids to run around!
Chillingham Wild Cattle Park (54 miles)
Chillingham Wild Cattle Park
The park contains wild cattle and many other interesting creatures. Roe Deer and Fallow Deer can often be seen, while the Red Squirrels, Foxes and Badgers who live here are more wary and are not so often seen. The park is also home to over 50 species of birds, and is the most northerly outpost of the Nuthatch.
Farne Islands (55 miles)
The Farne Islands lie two to three miles off the Northumberland coast midway between the fishing village of Seahouses and the magnificent Castle of Bamburgh. As well as being the most famous Sea Bird Sanctuary in the British Isles they also have a large colony of Atlantic or Grey Seals.
Join one of the many year-round trips and explore this most wonderous of British archipelagoes on one of the fleet of seagoing motor vessels.
Aira Force (55 miles)
Probably the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls, the main force falls 70 feet from below a stone footbridge. Aira Force provides a glimpse of a landscaped Victorian park with dramatic waterfalls, arboretum and rocks scenery.
Ingleborough Cave (55 miles)
Until 1837 the secrets of Ingleborough Cave were hidden behind large natural calcite dams behind which water had ponded, submerging much of the passage beyond. These were broken down following a flood, to reveal a wonderland of sculpted passages and beautiful cave formations which have been delighting our visitors ever since.
Bitts Park (56 miles)
Putting Green and Crazy Golf, Maze, children's play areas and Pirate Ship sand play area. They also have a seasonal FunSplash water splash park and more so it's a proper day out.
White Scar Cave (56 miles)
White Scar Cave
The longest show cave in Britain. The guided tour takes 80 minutes and covers one mile. See underground streams and waterfalls, and the massive ice-age cavern. Cafe, shop, large on-site car park. Spectacular picnic location!
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail (57 miles)
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
The famous Waterfalls Trail has some of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery in the North of England. the trail is 4.5 miles/8 kilometres through ancient oak woodland and magnificent Dales scenery via a series of spectacular waterfalls and geological features.
Peasholm Park (57 miles)
Take a ride on the North Bay Minature Railway, go for a boat ride, watch the Model Naval Battle, and explore the island in the centre of the lake, reachable by dragon pedalo!
Jedforest Deer and Farm Park (58 miles)
Jedforest Deer and Farm Park
The Great Value Family Day Out near Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders. Nestling in the Jed Valley with views over the Cheviot Hills, Jedforest Deer & Farm Park is set in the rolling countryside of the Scottish Borders.
Golden Acre Park (63 miles)
Golden Acre Park
55 hectares of Gardens and mature Woodland surrounding an attractive lake which is home to many species of wildfowl. Adjacent is Breary Marsh Local Nature Reserve, a haven for wildlife.
Jubilee Park (63 miles)
Spacious community built parkland with excellent quality and imaginative adventure play equipment suitable for most ages and abilities.
Grizedale Forest (64 miles)
Waymarked walking and bike trails taking you to outstanding view across the fells scattered with it's famous outdoor sculptures and with a high wire adventure course and adventure playground also on site.
Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre (65 miles)
Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre
There's lots of events, exhibitions and walks for all the family, boasting the biggest play park in the Borders! It's a great day out, whatever the weather!
Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve (65 miles)
Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve
Deer, butterflies and a great range of birds to enjoy as you picnic, hike the trails and check out the coastal lagoon. Free Wildlife Explorer backpacks available. Family events run in the holidays.
Fell Foot Park (66 miles)
Fell Foot Park
Rowing boats and kayaks are available to hire plus you can paddle or swim in the lake, and the adventure playground offers fun for all ages. A great, family friendly location to play, explore and relax.
Wilton Lodge Park (66 miles)
Wilton Lodge Park
One of the most picturesque town parks in Scotland with its tree lined walks, river, waterfall, formal gardens, museum, glass house and walled gardens. Bowling, putting, crazy golf, tennis courts and cafe also available.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Play Parks and Great Outdoors near Halifax 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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