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Best Things To Do & Days Out In County Durham

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 353 fun things to do in County Durham for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Leadgate, Flint Hill, Easington and Sedgefield.

What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 246 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right County Durham day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in County Durham with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

  1. Spennymoor Leisure Centre

    Spennymoor Leisure Centre


    Swimming Pools and Leisure CentresSwimming Pools and Leisure Centres

    This is a great chance to get a tropical leisure park swim indoors and at any time of year!Spennymoor Leisure Centre has a nice big free form Leisure...

    4 star rating Rating 4/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor
  2. Boy on climbing wall at Durham Climbing Centre

    Durham Climbing Centre



    Durham Climbing Centre caters for every level of climber from novice to very advanced, so it's great for everyone, whatever their age and ability lev...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  3. Colourful Chameleons finished art

    Colourful Chameleons


    Pottery Centres and Ceramic CafesPottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

    Colourful Chameleons is a friendly arts and crafts studio in Durham where you can  paint your own pottery in a relaxed, cafe style environment. There...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  4. Mr Mulligan's Newcastle Kids Eat Free

    Mr Mulligan's Newcastle

    Newcastle upon Tyne

    Crazy GolfCrazy Golf

    Love crazy golf? Play not one, not two, but THREE space-themed adventure golf courses at Mr Mulligan's Space Golf in Newcastle upon Tyne. Age and ski...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  5. Climbing walls at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre

    Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre

    Newton Aycliffe

    Swimming Pools and Leisure CentresSwimming Pools and Leisure Centres

    Are you longing for an action packed day spent with all the family? Then grab your sport-kits, swimming costumes and get on down to Newton Aycliffe L...

    Suitable for 9+ Indoor
  6. Girl drawing at Durham Cathedral

    Durham Cathedral



    Durham Cathedral is a worthwhile visit whether you are interested in religion, history, architecture or nature! Welcoming of all faiths and ages, thi...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor, Outdoor
  7. Outside view of Oriental Museum in Durham

    Oriental Museum


    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums and Art Galleries

    The Oriental Museum is a family friendly place to find out all about a diverse range of cultures and countries, from pre history to present day. Ther...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  8. Kids touching pine tree at Durham Botanic Garden

    Durham Botanic Garden


    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    Durham Botanic Garden has plant collections from around the world, including China, Japan, North America, South Africa, New Zealand and Chile, as wel...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor, Outdoor
  9. People on horses at Field House Equestrian Centre in Crook

    Field House Equestrian Centre


    Horse Riding and StablesHorse Riding and Stables

    Field House Equestrian Centre is a fully BHS Approved Riding Centre and Pony Club nestled in the midst of the beautiful Wear Valley, providing the id...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor
  10. Durham Cathedral and cottages on riverside at Durham Museum and Heritage Centre

    Durham Museum and Heritage Centre


    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums and Art Galleries

    Durham Museum and Heritage Centre is situated in an historic Listed building that was once the parish church of the North Bailey. It was rebuilt in t...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  11. Boat cruising at Prince Bishop River Cruiser in Durham

    Prince Bishop River Cruiser


    Tours and River CruisesTours and River Cruises

    The Prince Bishop River Cruiser is a one hour long truly scenic cruise that passes by a great many of the city's most celebrated sights from the uniq...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor
  12. Boys on Treasure Hunt Trail

    The Durham Treasure Trail


    Tours and River CruisesTours and River Cruises

    Embark on a treasure hunt with the Durham 4 Kids self-guided themed Treasure Trail and keep both the kids and adults entertained! As you follow clear...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor
  13. Kids canoeing at Wear Canoes in Durham

    Wear Canoes


    Sailing and KayakingSailing and Kayaking

    Have you ever tried canoeing? Whether you’re an absolute beginner, or a seasoned pro, you have the chance to experience your own water adventure with...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor
  14. Tree at Crook Hall and Gardens in Durham

    Crook Hall & Gardens


    Stately Homes and GardensStately Homes and Gardens

    At Crook Hall and Gardens the beautiful gardens include: The Secret Walled Garden, Shakespeare Garden, Cathedral Garden and The Silver and White Gard...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor, Outdoor
  15. Girl on soft play bridge at Middlesbrough Sports Village

    Middlesbrough Sports Village


    Swimming Pools and Leisure CentresSwimming Pools and Leisure Centres

    If sports are your thing, Middlesbrough Sports Village is the place to go! Nothing will stop you from staying active and having fun, even the tempera...

    Suitable for Indoor, Outdoor
  16. Girl on train at Locomotion in Shildon



    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums and Art Galleries

    This nicely interactive experience brings the last 200 years of rail fully to life in one's mind, assisted in no small part by the atmosphere of one...

    3 star rating Rating 3/5 (2 reviews)

    Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor
  17. Kids at Top Gear Karting in Durham

    TopGear Karting


    Go Karting and DrivingGo Karting and Driving

    TopGear Karting in Durham gives you karting and entertainment in one! Improve your racing techniques in a basic open session or just enjoy good fun r...

    Suitable for 9+ Indoor
  18. Boy on digger at Diggerland Durham

    Diggerland Durham


    Theme Parks and FunfairsTheme Parks and Funfairs

    If your little fidgets are always pulling out every single toy truck and digger they own, show them the real thing at Diggerland Durham. Watch their...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor
  19. Infinite air foam pits

    Infinite Air Trampoline Park


    Trampoline ParksTrampoline Parks

    Infinite Air offers 16,000 sq ft of trampolines (that's over 80 of them!) with a whopping 14m high roof so you and your over 8s can literally reach f...

    5 star rating Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  20. Cakes and play area at Messy Plays in Durham

    Dragonflies Durham


    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    Dragonflies Durham uses messy play sessions and sensory play to inspire parents and teach children! From water and sand to spaghetti and paint, you c...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor

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