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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
Offering indoor adventure play, bowling, ice skating and for over 8s thrilling laser tag and aerial trekking!
Boyne Play Pit and Cafe (6 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 to 11 year olds, who also measure up to 4’9’’ in height.
Ruff N Tumble Adventure World (7 miles)
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)
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.
Oriental Museum (7 miles)
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)
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)
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.
Diggerland Durham (9 miles)
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 on top of a hill 5 miles west of Durham City. The Forest Adventure is a family friendly, with nature quizzes and climbing activities. The award winning Farm Shop and Coffee Shop are stocked full of goodies from the farm and are open daily. Playfield, farm animals
Adventure Valley (11 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!
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.
Battle Stations (12 miles)
Low impact foam shot paintball game with no pain or bruising! Suitable for 7yrs+ which is the lowest age restriction in the UK. Other game options for 11+.
GROUP ARRANGEMENTS ONLY
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)
Teesdale Sports Centre
Swimming, skateboarding, climbing, and an indoor play area, within a modern, family friendly sports centre.
Krazy Kingdom (13 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!
Egglestone Abbey (13 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.
Riverside Park (13 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 cannons! Awesome!
Barnard Castle (13 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.
The Bowes Museum (14 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!
Cubbies Adventure Play (14 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. Bonus!
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.
South Causey Inn Equestrian Centre (14 miles)
Laser Battlefield (14 miles)
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.
Weardale Open Air Swimming Pool (15 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!
Jumbo Jungle (15 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.
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!
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)
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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