Best Things To Do & Days Out In County Durham

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 370 fun things to do in County Durham for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Annfield Plain, Barnard Castle and Bishop Auckland. 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!

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Hall Hill Farm

  • Lanchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Fancy a fantastic family day at the farm? Look no further than Hall Hill Farm in Lanchester! From running wild on the adventure playground to feeding...

Infinite Air Trampoline Park5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Durham
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline 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...

Dragonflies Durham

  • Durham
  • Indoor
  • Indoor 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...

Broom House Farm and Forest Adventure3.25 out of 5 starstotal reviews(4)

  • Durham
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Perched at 750 ft. with fantastic views over the countryside Broom House Farm and Forest is the perfect destination for some farmyard fun. The livest...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Holmside Park

  • Chester-le-Street
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Want to escape the heat, or hide from the rain? With 50000 ft2 of indoor play on offer, you can enjoy Holmside Park no matter the weather! With activ...

Funky Monkeys

  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Funky Monkeys is a jungle themed play structure for children aged 8 and under to enjoy all weather fitness fun. There is a separate soft play area fo...

Ruff N Tumble Adventure World2.5 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...

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...

Riverside Park Chester-le-Street4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Chester-le-Street
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Splash around, run wild or just relax; there’s something for everyone at Riverside park! Children of all ages can enjoy 5,000 square metres of play a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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