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!
Bowes Railway Originally a colliery railway built to carry coal, it opened in 1826, making it one of the world's first modern railways. It is the only operational preserved standard gauge rope-hauled railway in the world.
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!
Saltburn Cliff Lift Not exactly an adventure on it's own but an excellent way to connect to a bigger one: Britain's oldest cliff lift offers awesome views 120ft up and, since the major refurb in 2011, a live voice link with the driver too!
Saltburn Miniature Railway 15 inch gauge miniature railway, running between 2 stations, from the seafront through to the Valley Gardens, Italian Gardens, Tea Lawn, and Woodland Centre. Plenty to see and do, so you can really make a day of it!
Bark Endeavour Regular sailings from Whitby to Sandsend on this replica of HMS Endeavour and hear about Captain Cooks life and the history of Whitby.
Stainmore Railway Company Ltd A heritage railway run by volunteers that operates at weekends and is free to visit. Events and operational days held throughout the year. Large range of really cool locomotives too see, plus 3 cats that have taken up residence!
South Tynedale Railway Wonderfully preserved steam and diesel locomotives from Britain and overseas run between Alston Station (875 feet above sea level) and Kirkhaugh, following part of the old Haltwhistle to Alston branch line along the Tyne Valley in North East Cumbria.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway Britain's most popular Heritage Railway carrying over 300,000 passengers a year. Travelling through 18 miles of beautiful North York Moors National Park from the market town of Pickering to Grosmont. On many days throughout the year you can now continue your journey along the scenic Esk Valley to our...
Puffin Cruises Take a boat trip around Coquet Island to see the puffins, terns, ducks and seals. Also a lighthouse, built by monks and ruins of a monastery window is visible.
Scarborough North Bay Railway An historic 20" gauge railway meanders almost a mile through charming scenery connecting Peasholm Park with Scalby Mills and the Sea Life Centre. Plus Sky Trail climbing fun, Boating Lake and Water Chute!
York Boat Options include sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises, private hire, self drive motor boats, disco cruises and Christmas cruises.
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway Travel between Embsay station, built in 1888, and the new award-winning station at Bolton Abbey. Your journey takes you through picturesque Yorkshire Dales scenery. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in North Yorkshire
Derwent Valley Light Railway is a heritage railway providing train rides in which the whole family can participate. The railway on Murton Park is coupled with Yorkshire Museum of Farming with its indoor museums, outdoor Viking Village, nature trail, animals and swingpark.
Pennine Boat Trips Explore the longest canal in Britain on a great, guided tour, or if you are feeling adventurous you can skipper your own with the family! Special cruises also available including Santa trips!
Solway Aviation Museum A fascinating collection of aviation items from WW2 through to the 1960. Real aircraft you can climb aboard and explore. Learn what about the daily lives of children during WW2, and use our interactive computers to see and hear the story of Britain's Space programme.
Ullswater Steamers Lake cruises surrounded by some of the highest mountains and home to many different birds and animals. Set sail with the kids and uncover secrets of the ‘Dark Lake’! Free activities to download online, plus Trail Maps available on site.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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...
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!
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Boyne Play Pit and Cafe Now closed
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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...
Cubbies Adventure Play Indoor play fun with all the usual suspects: slides, balls, bridges and more! Plus other facilities within the leisure centre.
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 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.
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!
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.