Durham has it all, history, nature and year-round activities for kids. Here are top eight activities for the whole family to enjoy.
1. Adventure Valley
Adventure Valley offers great fun with huge indoor and outdoor play areas. Here you can bounce high on soft-play pillows, race go-karts, pan for gold, or join in on pony grooming and rabbit cuddling.
2. Crook Hall and Gardens
The beautiful and almost mysterious Crook Hall and Gardens is the perfect place to bring your kids imaginations to life. The themed gardens is perfect for a day out with the family. Make sure you visit the Secret Walled Garden, Shakespeare Garden, Cathedral Garden and Silver and White Garden. Don’t forget to test out the family skills in the newly planted maze.
3. Top Gear Karting
If you have kids over eight years old, Top Gear Karting is the activity for them. This thrilling karting experience is taken to the next level with a disco atmosphere, including ultra violet tubes, spotlights, music, strobe lights, and smoke machines.
4. City of Durham Treasure Trail
This activity is not for toddlers, but the older kids will truly love this amazing treasure hunt. The whole family needs to work together to find and solve the clues in the City of Durham Treasure Trail. In addition to being an intriguing quest, it is also a fun way to discover the city and a great way for the kids to learn. After the hunt for treasure, you can enter your answers online and be in with a chance to win a cash prize.
5. Prince Bishop River Cruiser
Why not take the whole family for a boat trip with Prince Bishop River Cruiser? The one-hour trip gives you a unique view from the River Wear. As you sail to the Cathedral you can see the city’s bridges, the spectacular buildings as the old Durham University and the Castle.
6. Durham Botanic Garden
The Durham Botanical Gardens covers 10 hectares of land in the university’s parkland, which is found amongst woodlands on the southern outskirts of the city. The garden has plant collections from all around the world, but for the kids the tropical bugs, stick insects, tarantulas and scorpions are perhaps the most interesting part to a visit here.
7. Beamish Open Air Museum
Without doubt, the Beamish Open Air Museum is one of the most spectacular museums in the area. It is no ordinary exhibition, but a living, working experience on how life was here many years ago. It is all set in over 300 acres of land. There are endless activities here to keep the kids entertained from meeting farm animals to riding an old-fashioned tram.
8. Killhope Lead Mining Museum
Voted the Most Family Friendly Museum in Northern England, Killhope Lead Mining Museum is the place to go for your family holiday. Here you can take a guided tour of the mine, experience the Life as a Miner exhibition, or visit the colony of red squirrels.
After a day out with the kids, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham offer central family accommodation. It is the perfect base for exploring Durham and North Eastern England, offers a view to the River Wear and easy access to the UNESCO world Heritage site.
Which family activity would you like to see when in Durham?