Best kids’ activities in Durham
Thinking of taking your family to Durham? Your kids will love it here. From adventure parks and water centres to exciting museums and hidden forests, there is something to suit all tastes. Whether you’re visiting the city for the day from neighbouring Darlington or Sunderland, or you’re coming all the way from the North West, we’ve selected some of the best indoor and outdoor kids-friendly activities your children will never forget.
Beamish Wild Adventure Park
Just a short drive away from Durham city centre, this adventure park is all about adrenaline and entertainment for your children. They can climb through the canopy using rope bridges, zip-wires and hanging tyres. And if they’re up for the challenge, they can also take a two hour-long High Ropes Course.
Covering more than 4,900 acres and with four walking and cycling trails, Hamsterley Forest is a great place to visit. Entry is free, which makes the visit even more worthwhile. From wildlife watching and stargazing to riding trails and mountain biking, escape the bustle of the city and unwind in this magical place.
This is a great day trip not only for your children but for the whole family. This 14th-century medieval castle is one of England’s finest and lies near Staindrop in County Durham. Explore the incredible works of art scattered throughout the building, walk around the garden or take your children to Woodland Adventure Playground. Insider tip: look out for the deer!
Hall Hill Playbarn
Make sure you save some time to visit Hall Hill Farm, where your children will be able to meet a wide range of animals and learn all about farm life. They can feed lambs, hold rabbits, and ride donkeys while playing in the outdoor playground with swings and slides. Admissions are based on age, with children under the age of two allowed in free.
Teeside White Water Centre
A little further afield from Durham city centre but worth the extra miles, your kids will go crazy about this outdoor attraction. Opened in 1995, this artificial whitewater course is designed to entertain children and adults alike. Take on twists and drops, ride the rapids in a unique family rafting experience or give a try to the UK’s biggest Air Trail.
Wetheriggs Animal Rescue
Sitting next door to the North Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales, this is a place your children won’t ever forget. They will be able to interact with different animals – some of them rescued and rehabilitated. Since opening in 2006, the farm has looked after horses, alpacas, donkeys, owls and many more. A small fee is charged, which will go to the rescue centre.
Infinite Air Trampoline Park
Let the competition begin as your children try to tackle the Unclimbable Ladder. This exciting indoor attraction is found in the heart of the action and has something to keep everyone happy. From lasers and inflatables to trampolines of all kinds - there are various activities tailored to different ages, with a soft play area for children aged less than six years old.
Durham Treasure Trails
Fan of treasure hunts? This activity could be what’re you after. With 16 trails to explore, this is a brilliant way to discover the cobbled streets and learn all about their secrets. Follow a series of clues and get the secret code to save the day!