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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Durham

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 352 fun things to do in Durham for you and the family to discover, including indoor and soft play areas, museums and art galleries and tourist attractions. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 232 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right 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 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!

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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...

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...

Dream Big Role Play Centre

  • Durham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Do your little ones have a vivid imagination? Take them over to Dream Big Role Play Centre in Durham, where they’ll get to dress up, explore, and pla...

Houghton Sports & Wellness Centre

  • Houghton-le-Spring
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Sports Centres

Feeling sporty today? Gather the kids and head out to Houghton Sports & Wellness Centre for a non-stop active day out. Practice your kickflips at...

Herrington Country Park

  • Sunderland
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Home to an array of outdoor events, Herrington Country Park offers walks, cycle trails, environmental sculptures and much more. The park also feature...

Lanchester Village Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Durham
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Calling on all young (and older) Sherlocks out there! On the Lanchester Village Mystery Treasure Trail you’ll have to face a crime and eliminate susp...

Down at the Farm5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • Houghton-le-Spring
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Down at the Farm aims to bring the countryside and education together, sprinkled with a little bit of fun. This working farm was established back in...

Beamish Open Air Museum

  • Beamish
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Beamish, Britain's favourite open air museum, set in over 300 acres of beautiful countryside, vividly recreates life in the North of England in the e...



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Laser Battlefield

  • Beamish
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Laser Tag

Laser Battlefield If you've loved Call of Duty type games on XBOX or Playstation, or just want to know what it feels like to be a member of a special...

Louisa Lagoon Adventure Play

  • Stanley
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Louisa Lagoon Adventure Play is a giant four-level play frame jam packed with fun for children aged 5 years + (up to height 49). There's slippery sli...

Pockerley Riding School

  • Stanley
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

The friendly and welcomingPockerley Riding School is set in the gorgeous heart of the Beamish countryside and boasts beautiful riding through peacefu...

Penshaw Equestrian Centre

  • Houghton-le-Spring
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Penshaw Equestrian Centre is one of the north east longest running riding schools. We offer lesson from 4 years old onwards. Here at Penshaw you can...

Karting North East

  • Sunderland
  • Outdoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Karting North East has been providing activity experiences and family fun for many years and can boast a highly experienced team. They have one of th...

Krazy Kingdom5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Annfield Plain
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Krazy Kingdom are an excellent set up welcoming everyone under 12 and their entourage (that's you!). For babies, they have travel cots, bouncer chair...

Washington Leisure Centre

  • Washington Village
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Washington Leisure Centre is buzzing with all sorts of activities for the whole family. Enter the modern indoor sports hall for a game of badminton,...

Mr Mulligan's Newcastle

  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Indoor
  • Crazy 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...

Cineworld Dalton Park

  • Murton
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Enjoy family-friendly entertainment at its best with movies, action-packed adventures and animated wonders at Cineworld Dalton Park. Share the magic...

Hollywood Bowl Washington

  • Washington
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Take a tumble down the lanes at Hollywood Bowl Washington, with tenpin bowling, arcade games and even ‘Pacman Smash’. It’s the best way to keep littl...

Little Land Play

  • Peterlee
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Little Land Play might be little by name, but it’s certainly not little by nature. Visit a role playing centre that’s the perfect spot for big imagin...

Hall Hill Playbarn

  • Lanchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Your kid will be as busy as a bee at Hall Hill Playbarn in County Durham. Take your family a farm park with tractor rides, handling sessions and lots...

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