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Things To Do & Days Out near Durham
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Infinite Air (< 1 mile)
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!
Prince Bishop River Cruiser (< 1 mile)
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 (< 1 mile)
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?
Durham Museum and Heritage Centre (< 1 mile)
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.
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!
Messy Plays (< 1 mile)
Messy Plays is a unique play experience. We provide the creative tools and messy play sessions for you to play alongside your child in a safe and fun environment. Helping them learning through messy and sensory play
Top Gear Karting (< 1 mile)
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.
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.
Oriental Museum (1 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 Cathedral (2 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.
Adventure Valley (2 miles)
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.
Durham Climbing Centre (3 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.
Diggerland Durham (5 miles)
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!
Riverside Park (5 miles)
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!
Broom House Farm and Forest (5 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.
Cubbies Adventure Play (5 miles)
Cubbies Adventure Play Indoor play fun with all the usual suspects: slides, balls, bridges and more! Plus other facilities within the leisure centre.
Mini Moos Farm (6 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!
Spennymoor Leisure Centre (6 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.
Climb North East (6 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 (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.
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!
Down at the Farm (7 miles)
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...
Karting North East (7 miles)
Karting North East Not only do they provide you with the best go karting experience, but there is also other fun packed activities like 4x4 Experiences for over 5s and Archery for over 8s!
Penshaw Equestrian Centre (7 miles)
Penshaw Equestrian Centre is a British Horse Society and Pony Club approved riding school where all abilities can come and learn to ride. We offer everything from lessons, children’s party’s horse care, riding holidays and much more. Starting from 4 years old.
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 in County Durham!
Pockerley Riding School (8 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!
Laser Battlefield (8 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.
AMF Washington (8 miles)
AMF Washington Classic tenpin bowling is the great leveller for family competition: most adults suck at it and kids can use the ramps and bumpers to get an edge! It's anyone's game!
Louisa Lagoon Adventure Play (8 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.
Beamish Wild High Ropes (9 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 (9 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!
WWT Washington Wetland Centre (9 miles)
WWT Washington Wetland Centre is home to rare wildlife and a unique play area that kids will love!
Funshack (9 miles)
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!
Krazy Kingdom (9 miles)
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!
Funky Monkeys (9 miles)
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!
Hardwick Park (10 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!
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.
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.
Castledown Fun Factory (10 miles)
Castledown Fun Factory Bright and colourful indoor play facility attached to a family friendly pub with a healthy kids' menu. Classic fun features include slide and ball pit plus toddler zone.
Bowes Railway (10 miles)
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.
Gravity Force Sunderland (10 miles)
Gravity Force Sunderland is the first Trampoline park in Tyne and Wear and can be enjoyed by everyone. It holds many sessions to cater for all and is a place to get fit and have fun.
Tanfield Railway (10 miles)
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!
Field House Equestrian Centre (10 miles)
Field House Equestrian Centre BHS approved facility offering lessons and hacks after assessment, plus recognised Pony Club with events like pony week.
Riverside Bowling (10 miles)
Riverside Bowling offers 19 lanes of modern ten pin bowling in a supportive and family friendly atmosphere. Bumpers and ball ramps for kids available too.
Sunderland Wall (11 miles)
Sunderland Wall Great family friendly climbing wall with kids club covering ages ranged from 3 onwards! Kids will learn the necessary rope work and skills to climb safely in a fully supervised and really fun environment.
The Giants Den (11 miles)
The Giants Den is a massive 15,000sq ft of non-stop fun for children up to 12 years of age. Features include 3 level play structure and mini village with cars, plus new finga box interactive console and new go kart track!
Rosebud Ceramics (11 miles)
Rosebud Ceramics is a pottery painting studio based in Sunderland city centre, offering a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere great fun for all of the family. A lovely place to meet and spend quality time with the children whilst creating a perfect keepsake. Great value and a large selection of pottery.
Rock Antics (11 miles)
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.
Locomotion (11 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.