20 Best Things To Do In Bishop Auckland Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Bishop Auckland

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 388 fun things to do in Bishop Auckland for you and the family to discover, including indoor and soft play areas, tourist attractions and museums and art galleries. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 252 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Bishop Auckland 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 Bishop Auckland 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!

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Kynren

Kynren

  • Bishop Auckland
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Are you ready for something truly epic? Time to experience Kynren - the must-see live action outdoor theatre  show which brings 2,000 of English hist...

Girl on train at Locomotion in Shildon

Locomotion3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Shildon
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums 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...

People on horses at Field House Equestrian Centre in Crook

Field House Equestrian Centre

  • Crook
  • Outdoor
  • Horse 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...

Spennymoor Leisure Centre

Spennymoor Leisure Centre4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Spennymoor
  • Indoor
  • Swimming 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...

Climbing walls at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre

Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre

  • Newton Aycliffe
  • Indoor
  • Swimming 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...

Girl at birthday party at Wacky Warehouse Gretna Green in Newton Aycliffe

Wacky Warehouse Gretna Green3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Newton Aycliffe
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Wacky Warehouse at the Gretna green Hotel provides kids up to 4ft9 a range of indoor play features spread over several floors of climbing maze, inclu...

Planet Leisure

Planet Leisure5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Newton Aycliffe
  • Indoor
  • Activity Centres

This exciting, indoor entertainment centre awaits you and your family. Head on down to Planet Leisure for all-weather fun, you all can enjoy. There’s...

Soft play frame at Ruff N Tumble Adventure World in Newton Aycliffe

Ruff N Tumble Adventure World3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Newton Aycliffe
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Ruff 'N' Tumble Adventure World is a fantastic state of the art fun facility ideally suited for energetic kids under 12, with dedicated areas for the...

Boy on climbing wall at Durham Climbing Centre

Durham Climbing Centre

  • Durham
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

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...

Colourful Chameleons finished art

Colourful Chameleons

  • Durham
  • Indoor
  • Pottery 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...

Outside view of Raby Castle in Darlington

Raby Castle

  • Darlington
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Every single one of the atmospheric rooms in Raby Castle, from the magnificent Barons' Hall to the Mediaeval Kitchen gives fascinating insights into...

Kids playing in Hamsterley Forest in Bishop Auckland

Hamsterley Forest

  • Bishop Auckland
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

At Hamsterley Forest, you’ll have a great day out with something for everybody of any age. There’s loads to do, including walking trail and exciting...

Girl drawing at Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral

  • Durham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Landmarks

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

Outside view of Oriental Museum in Durham

Oriental Museum

  • Durham
  • Indoor
  • Museums 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...

Kids touching pine tree at Durham Botanic Garden

Durham Botanic Garden

  • Durham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks 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...

Girls in dresses running at Hardwick Park in Sedgefield

Hardwick Park

  • Sedgefield
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Hardwick Park is a traditional style park experience ideal for old school family games, picnicking and wild flower spotting in the gorgeous meadow: t...

Durham Cathedral and cottages on riverside at Durham Museum and Heritage Centre

Durham Museum and Heritage Centre

  • Durham
  • Indoor
  • Museums 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...

Boat cruising at Prince Bishop River Cruiser in Durham

Prince Bishop River Cruiser

  • Durham
  • Outdoor
  • Tours 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...

Boys on Treasure Hunt Trail

The Durham Treasure Trail

  • Durham
  • Outdoor
  • Tours 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...

Kids canoeing at Wear Canoes in Durham

Wear Canoes

  • Durham
  • Outdoor
  • Sailing 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...

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