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Summer Opening – Daily: 10am – 5pm
Term-time: 10am – 6pm
Winter – Early Closing Mon-Thurs: 10am – 4pm
Brasside, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5SG
Tel: 0191 386 8291
Large soft play with separate toddler area. Outdoor play with toddler area, sandpits, slides, swings, go-karts, jumping pillows, adventure golf and tractor-trailer rides. A range of farm animals indoors, with animal handling sessions. Daily theatre shows.
Prices: £4.95 – £11.95.
Under 2 years: Free.
Allensford, Castleside, Consett, County Durham, DH8 9BA
Tel: 01207 218219
14 acre park with woodland and riverside walks, picnic areas and children’s adventure playground with a range of equipment. Some areas of stream suitable for paddling. Cafe open daily serving snacks.
Open daily from 10am.
Closed Mon & Fri during Jan – Feb.
See website for full details.
Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG
Tel: 0191 370 4000
Open air museum set in 300+ acres recreating life in the early 1800s and 1900s. Take a trip down a drift mine, watch sweet making, visit a Masonic Hall and ride a replica steam train.
Kids (5-16): £11.50
Family from £36.50
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm
School Holidays: 10am – 4pm
Beamish Hall, Stanley, County Durham, DH9 0YB
Tel: 01207 233 733
The 25 element High Ropes Course is about 2 hours of non-stop fun and challenges through the tree tops. Or try an archery session, which last an hour with target practice, games and medals.
High Ropes: Kids (10+): £22, Adults (16+): £27.
Archery 8+ years, high ropes 10+ years.
Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 1.30pm
Sunday: 10am – 1pm
Set 2h sessions, booking recommended
26 Bracken Hill, South West Industrial Estate, Peterlee, Durham, SR8 2LS
Tel: 07540 887637
Play cafe offering a range of activities, including soft play shapes, mini climbing wall and slide, balancing steps, sensory toys and a separate baby area. Cafe serving breakfast and lunch. Suitable from birth to 5 years.
Under 1’s: £3.50
Under 5’s: £4.95
6 years & over: £1
Monday – Friday: 10am – 4.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm
Unit 19, Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, High Street, Durham
Tel: 0191 375 0416
Interactive play village with range of role play areas including a tea room, rescue station, supermarket and ride on toys and road. Plus a range of table-top toys, with vehicles, houses and more. Cafe serving snacks. Located next to Superdrug in Prince Bishop’s Shopping Centre.
30 minutes: £2
1 hour: £3
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 9pm
Sunday: 9am – 6pm
(brief break in serving between 11.30am – 12pm)
Red Row, Beamish, Stanley, Durham, DH9 0RW
Tel: 01207 232569
Pub and hotel with large enclosed outdoor play area with play frame, slide and swings. Serving lunch, main meals and afternoon tea (including kid’s version).
Monday – Saturday: 12 noon – 11pm
Sunday: 12 noon – 10.30pm
Arnison Retail Centre, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5GB
Tel: 0191 383 9140
Brewers Fayre pub with large multi-tiered soft play, with slide, ball pit, climbing, bridges and toddler area. Serving pub classics.
90 minutes of play: £3
Farm/Coffee Shop daily: 9am – 5pm
Forest Adventure (weather permitting):
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm
(Daily during Summer/Autumn school holidays).
Broom House Farm, Near Witton Gilbert, Durham, DH7 6TR
Tel: 01913 718382
A working farm with hens, piglets and cattle (no charge to view animals however no feeding/petting). Plus grassy play area and forest adventure, with puzzling quiz trails, zip wires and tunnels.
Forest Adventure: £5.50
Family (2 adults, 2 kids): £20
Under 2 years: Free
Weekdays: 9am – 7pm
Weekend: 9 – 4pm
(Closes briefly selected weekends due to party bookings)
Burns Green, Chester-le-Street, Durham, DH3 3QH
Tel: 0300 026 6444
Three-tiered soft play with slide and tunnels. Ground level suitable for toddlers and babies, with smaller steps, slide and ball pit and soft play shapes. Seating at ground level plus upstairs viewing window and access to soft play.
Monday – Friday 9:30am – 3pm
Saturday: 9:30am – 11am
(1.5h sessions from: 9.30am, 11.30am or 1.30pm)
Unit 33F, Consett Number 1 Industrial Estate, Consett, Durham, DH8 6SZ
Tel: 01207 501061
Playtime fun with sensory play, messy play, soft play shapes and imaginative role play. Cafe facilities offer a breakfast and snack menu.
Tuesdays – Sundays: 10am – 4pm
Open bank holidays.
Colourful Chameleons, 3 Elliott Court, St John’s Road, Durham, DH7 8PN
Tel: 0191 37 800 11
A friendly arts and crafts studio where you can paint your own pottery in a relaxed, cafe style environment. There’s a wide range of blank pottery pieces to choose from, including figures, mugs, bowls, plates and money boxes.
Ceramics from £5.
March – Oct, Sun – Wed: 10am – 5pm
Nov – Feb, Sun – Wed: 11am – 4pm
Frankland Lane, Sidegate, Durham, DH1 5SZ
Tel: 0191 384 8028
Beautiful gardens including: secret walled garden, Shakespeare garden, cathedral garden, orchard, wildflower meadow and silver and white garden. Plus a maze, moat pool, fountain, and cafe.
Under 3’s: free
Open from 10am selected weekends/school holidays.
See website for full details
Riverside Industrial Estate, Langley Park, Durham, County Durham, DH7 9TT
Tel: 0871 22 77 007
Digger-themed adventure park where children and adults can drive and operate diggers, dumpers and more. Plus fairground-style rides, dodgems, go karts, mini landrovers, an under 5s zone with ride-on toys and an indoor soft play.
Over 90cm: £23.95
Under 90cm: Free
(Discounted online price)
Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 6pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
Open bank holidays.
35 Dragonville Industrial Park, Durham, DH1 2XW
Tel: 0191 447 2640
Three-tiered soft play area, trampoline, football pitch, role play cottage, supermarket and road with ride-on toys. Plus a café with hot and cold food including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Up to 10 months: £1.
11 months+ : £4 – £5.
(Sibling Discount: 10 months: free, 11 months+: £3)
Ages 0 – 8.
Sunday – Tuesday & Thursday: 9.30am – 3pm
Friday – Saturday & Wednesday: 9.30am – 5pm
Dream Big Role Play, Grange Villa, Durham, DH2 3LN
Tel: 0191 370 1320
Role play cafe with supermarket, builders yard, vets, beauty salon, jail, school and cafe, plus dedicated baby area. There’s a large outdoor space with ride on toys and road, play frames and a chicken coop. Cafe serving snacks and treats.
2h session Monday – Friday: £5
Weekends/holidays booking recommended, 90 min sessions with set start times.
March – Oct, daily: 10am – 5pm
Nov – Feb, daily: 10am – 4pm
Hollingside Lane, South Road, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3TN
Tel: 0191 334 5521
Plant collections from around the world, including woodland, alpine, a bamboo grove, tropical rainforest plants, desert plants and Mediterranean plants. Also tropical bugs, scorpions, tarantulas and in spring-summer rare breed sheep.
Infants (under 5): Free
Monday – Saturday: 7am – 6pm
Sunday: 7am – 5.30pm
(Later closing during selected dates in July/August)
The Chapter Office, The College, Durham, DH1 3EH
Tel: 0191 386 4266
Welcoming of all faiths and ages, with guided tours and regular toddler/family activities. Borrow a kid’s backpack with toys and games, and see the 300,000 brick Lego replica cathedral. Plus nearby are lots of woodland and riverside walks.
Free, donations welcome.
Monday – Friday: 10am – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9.30am – 6pm
(8pm weekend closing throughout winter)
St Johns Road, Meadowfield Industrial Estate, Durham, DH7 8TZ
Tel: 0191 378 9555
Catering for every level of climber, the Advanced area (ages 12+) has a good selection of routes in coloured circuits, the Junior wall has easier problems and gentle slopes. There are Parent and Toddler sessions on weekdays mornings on the Junior wall.
See website for show times & details.
Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA
Tel: 03000 266 600
Cinema and theatre, hosting Durham Book Festival and the TakeOff Festival for children and young people. Offering ‘relaxed performances’ of select shows, with a less formal environment where audiences can talk or move if needed and ‘chill out’ space available.
10.30am – 4pm
(Open daily throughout summer, selected dates on weekends & school holidays in winter)
Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0TA
Tel: 01388 731333
Over 700 acres with plenty to do, including: lamb feeding, donkey rides, baby chicks & rabbit handling, feed the animals, puppet shows, tractor & barrel train rides, crazy golf, outdoor play area, indoor soft play and tea room.
Prices: £7.75 – £8.50.
Under 2’s: FREE.
Family Saver prices available.
Cafe open daily 9am – 5pm
Redford, Hamsterley Forest, County Durham, DL13 3NL
Tel: 01388 488312
2,000 hectare area with range of woodland and riverside walking/cycling trails, bike hire and play areas. Story character trails with Zog and the Gruffalo sculptures. Viking trail with forts and boats. Some parts of stream suitable for paddling. Optional 2 mile ‘Forest Drive’ with scenic lookouts. Cafe serving snacks and treats.
Weekends: 9am – 8pm
Term Time – Mon, Tues & Thurs: 10am – 6pm (Wed & Fri: Closed)
School Holidays – Weekdays: 10am – 6pm
West Edmondsley Farm, Chester-Le-Street, Durham, DH7 6EY
Tel: 0191 917 2205
50,000 ft2 of indoor play, including archery, roller skating, soft play & inflatables (toddler area, pole joust & obstacle course for ages 4+). Outdoor activities include fort with slide, mini karting track, pedal karts, zipline, sandpit, jumping pillows and real disused fire engine and helicopter. Ages 16+ can pre-book road buggies, quads and knife/axe throwing.
Age 4+: £12
Age 1-3: £5
Adults: from £5
Toddler Tuesday: £5 (includes 1 adult & 1 toddler, 1-3 yrs, term time only)
Monday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
New Ferens Park, Durham, County Durham, DH1 1GG
Tel: 0333 344 2220
16,000 sq ft of trampolines (over 80 trampolines!), with tumble tracks, raised platforms and box sections. There are 3 performance trampolines to teach you wall running and 2 differing heights to practice on.
£11.95 per hour.
Monday – Saturday: 9.30am – 6.30pm
Sunday: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Unit 40, No 1 Industrial Estate, Consett, County Durham, DH8 6TW
Tel: 01207 500 007
Large 4-tiered soft play with slides, rope swings and high tower bridge. Separate toddler area with slides and tunnels. Also a football pitch, and parent and toddler group Tuesday mornings. Cafe serving snacks and main meals.
£3.50 – £5.25
Under 1 years: Free
Monday discount, entry 3.30pm-4pm (term-time only): £2
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 3.30pm
1 Browns Buildings, Dipton, Stanley. Durham, DH9 9AB
Tel: 01207 570112
Cafe with indoor play area with toys, role-play, books and colouring. Serving lunch, treats and afternoon tea.
Weekdays: 9.30am – 6pm
Weekends: 9am – 6pm
Unit 4 Greencroft Industrial Park, Annfield Plain, Durham, DH9 7YB
Tel: 01207 528 899
Large 3-tiered soft play with ball cannons and astra slide, separate 2-tiered toddler area, enclosed baby area with toys and ball pit. Plus climbing wall, trampolines, electric go-karts and football/basketball area. Serving snacks and main meals.
1 – 12 years: £3.95 – £4.95
6-12 months: 50p
Under 6 months: Free
Toddler discount term-time weekdays.
Opening hours varies, booking required.
Eden Hill Plantation, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0HU
Tel: 0800 652 1394
Laser tag is a realistic, super safe zero contact combat gaming experience played with infra red equipment. There are indoor and outdoor courses to choose from.
Adults: from £18
Children: from £13
Morning or afternoon special: £15 per session pp.
Sunday – Friday: 8am – 7.30pm
Saturday: 8am – 4.30pm
The Louisa Centre, Front Street, Stanley, Durham, DH9 0TE
Tel:01207 218 877
Four-tiered soft play with slippery slides, dizzy discs, rope climbs, climbing walls, splat pads and more. Plus separate two-tiered soft play for toddlers with tunnel, slide and ball pool. Baby area with funky soft shapes, toys and play house. Cafe serving snacks.
30 minute play: £3
Monday – Friday: 9am – 4.30pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Edwards Square, Low Chare, Chester-le Street, Durham, DH3 3QF
Tel: 07507 055 871
A range of activities and play equipment, including role play, ride-on toys, craft activities, sand play, ball pit and compact soft play with slide.
0 – 12 months: £2
1 – 5 years: £3.50
Older siblings: £1
One hour session.
Weekdays: 9.30am – 3pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 12pm – 4pm
100 Seaside Lane, Peterlee, Durham, SR8 3PF
Play cafe with compact two-tiered soft play, baby/toddler toys and sensory play, plus role play areas including kitchen, salon, stables and construction. Offering regular baby/toddler classes, workshops and special character appearances. Cafe serving snacks and treats.
1 year+: from £4
Under 1: from £2.50
Under 6 months: free
Garden/playground: open access.
Cafe: daily April-Sep, weekends Oct-March.
May half term, daily: 10am – 6pm
June, Friday – Monday – 10am – 6pm
July – Aug, daily: 10am-6pm
Riverside South Sports Pavilion, Chester-le-Street, Durham, DH3 3SJ
Tel: 0191 389 0986
Park with acres of gardens and easy riverside walk with ducks and swans. Large well-equipped playground, including castle-themed play frame and static wooden train. Splash pad with lots of fountains and water guns. Kiosk selling drinks and snacks.
Sunday -Thursday: 9am – 10.30pm
Friday – Saturday: 9am – 11pm
Beamish, Stanley, Durham, DH9 0RS
Tel: 0191 370 0349
Traditional country pub with enclosed shady outdoor play area, including toddler frame and two larger frames, with a separate small outdoor seating area. Serving breakfast, lunch and main meals.
Open late May – early Sep.
Times vary, contact organiser for information or check Stanhope Open Air Swimming Pool Facebook page.
Castle Park, Stanhope, Durham, DL13 2LU
Tel: 01388 528 466
Heated open air swimming pool, with main pool and smaller toddler pool, sauna (booking required) and soft play area. Picnic tables and cafe serving snacks and treats.
Family from £12.00
(prices vary seasonally)
Daily 11am – 11.30pm
Birtley, Chester le Street, Durham, DH3 2AG
Tel: 0191 410 4504
A pub with a small enclosed outdoor area well-equipped with slide, swings, toddler play frame and aeroplane sea-saw. Serving pub classics.
Open daily: 10am – 5pm
(exc 25 & 26 Dec & 1 Jan)
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co Durham DL12 8NP
Tel: 01833 690 606
A 19th century museum with fine and decorative arts, set in acres of parkland with childrens’ play area, including climbing frame, slide, bucket swing & balancing equipment.
Adult Pass: £14
Child Pass (5-17): £5
Family Pass (2+4): £30
Fees include unlimited entry all year around.
Woodland walk, daily: 10am – 4pm
Restaurant, weekdays: 12pm – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 9.30pm
Sunday: 12pm – 8.30pm
Beamish Hall Hotel, Stanley, Durham, DH9 0YB
Tel: 01207 288750
Restaurant & micro brewery with nearby outdoor play area, with slide, rope bridge and zip wire. Serving lunch and main meals. Plus a small garden centre and Alice in Wonderland woodland walk with fairy doors, woodland creatures and a trampoline. Also onsite is the Beamish Wild Treetop Adventure.
11.30am – 11.30 pm
(12.30am closing on weekends)
Durham Road, Barley Mow, Chester le Street, Durham, DH3 2AB
Tel: 0191 388 8152
A Italian restaurant and separate bar, with a large enclosed outdoor area with a slide, swings, ride-on toys, large constructions toys and football goals. Serving fresh, homemade English and Italian cuisine.
Monday – Friday: 12pm – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 9pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Unit 13 Rennys Lane Ind. Est., Gilesgate Moor, Durham, DH1 2RS
Tel: 0191 386 0999
Karting in a disco atmosphere with ultra violet tubes, strobe and spotlights with music and smoke machines. Competition sessions or basic open sessions, designed to just enjoy or to improve your racing techniques.
Starting form £20.
Nov – March daily: 9.30am -4.30pm
April – Oct daily: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Pattinson, Washington, County Durham, NE38 8LE
Tel: 01914 165454
Rare wildfowl, flamingos, cranes and otters with talks, walks and animal feeding. Plus adventure playground with waterwheels, scramble nets and swings.
Kids (4-16): £5.54
Family (2 adults, 2 kids): £26