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Family Days Out near to Bishop Auckland
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Spennymoor Leisure Centre (3 miles)
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.
Locomotion (4 miles)
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 Play Shack Indoor Play Centre (4 miles)
The Play Shack Indoor Play Centre 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!
Field House Equestrian Centre (4 miles)
Field House Equestrian Centre BHS approved facility offering lessons and hacks after assessment, plus recognised Pony Club with events like pony week.
Harrys Farm (4 miles)
Bishop Auckland
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.
Climb North East (5 miles)
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 (5 miles)
Newton Aycliffe
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 (5 miles)
Newton Aycliffe
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.
Wacky Warehouse Gretna Green (6 miles)
Newton Aycliffe
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.
Durham Climbing Centre (6 miles)
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.
Planet Leisure (6 miles)
Newton Aycliffe
Planet Leisure Offering indoor adventure play, bowling, ice skating and for over 8s thrilling laser tag and aerial trekking!
Boyne Play Pit and Cafe (6 miles)
Langley Moor
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 to 11 year olds, who also measure up to 4’9’’ in height.
Ruff N Tumble Adventure World (7 miles)
Newton Aycliffe
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.
Durham Cathedral (7 miles)
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.
Oriental Museum (7 miles)
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 Botanic Garden (8 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.
Raby Castle (8 miles)
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!
Houghall Gardens World of Trees (8 miles)
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 Museum and Heritage Centre (8 miles)
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.
Hardwick Park (8 miles)
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!
Prince Bishop River Cruiser (8 miles)
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!
The Durham Treasure Trail (8 miles)
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?
Crook Hall and Gardens (9 miles)
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!
Infinite Air (9 miles)
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!
Diggerland Durham (9 miles)
Diggerland Durham With well over a dozen differing interactive elements to push, pull, play with and drive, this is a day-ful of digger for sure! Open every school holiday except Xmas.
Top Gear Karting (9 miles)
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.
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.
Broom House Farm and Forest (11 miles)
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.
Adventure Valley (11 miles)
Adventure Valley 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!
The Dolphin Centre (11 miles)
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.
Under the Sea (11 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.
Mini Moos Farm (12 miles)
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!
Adventure Point (12 miles)
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!
Wynyard Woodland Park Planetarium (12 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.
Teesdale Sports Centre (13 miles)
Barnard Castle
Teesdale Sports Centre Swimming, skateboarding, climbing, sports facilties and an indoor play area, all within a modern, family friendly sports centre!
Krazy Kingdom (13 miles)
Annfield Plain
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!
The Bowes Museum (13 miles)
Barnard Castle
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!
Egglestone Abbey (13 miles)
Barnard Castle
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!
Riverside Park (13 miles)
Chester le Street
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!
Barnard Castle (13 miles)
Barnard Castle
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.
Buttercups Ceramic Studio (14 miles)
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!
Louisa Lagoon Adventure Play (14 miles)
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.
Laser Battlefield (14 miles)
Laser Battlefield All weather, bruise free combat gaming for over 6s, using lightweight infra red laser guns! One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne with kids.
Jumbo Jungle (15 miles)
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.
Beamish Open Air Museum (15 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 in County Durham!
Weardale Open Air Swimming Pool (15 miles)
Bishop Auckland
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!
Allensford Country Park (15 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.
Beamish Wild High Ropes (15 miles)
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.
Beamish Wild Adventure Park (15 miles)
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!
Pockerley Riding School (15 miles)
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!

Thanks for all the great things to do in Bishop Auckland 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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