Around Gateshead


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Adventure Valley

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 Country Park

Open access.

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.


Beamish Open Air Museum

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.

Adults: £19.50
Kids (5-16): £11.50
Family from £36.50

Beamish Wild Adventure Park

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.

Archery: £13
High Ropes: Kids (10+): £22, Adults (16+): £27.
Archery 8+ years, high ropes 10+ years.

Bee Happy Play Cafe

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

Bertie’s Play Barn

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

Black Horse

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).


Brewers Fayre, Pity Me

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

Broom House Farm & Forest Adventure

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.

Farm: free
Forest Adventure: £5.50
Family (2 adults, 2 kids): £20
Under 2 years: Free

Chester-le St Leisure Centre Soft Play

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.

Siblings: £1

Clart About Sensory Cafe

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.

From £4.90.
Ages 0-8.

Colourful Chameleons

Mondays: closed.
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.

Crook Hall and Gardens

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.

Adults: £8
Child: £5
Under 3’s: free
Family: £22

Diggerland Durham

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)

Dragonflies Durham

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.

Dream Big

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
Pre-walkers: £2
Weekends/holidays booking recommended, 90 min sessions with set start times.

Durham Botanic Garden

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.

Adults: £4
Children/Students: £1.50
Infants (under 5): Free

Durham Cathedral

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.

Durham Climbing Centre

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.

From £3.50.

Gala Theatre & Cinema

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.

Prices vary.

Hall Hill Farm

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.

Hamsterley Forest

Daylight hours.
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.

Holmside Park

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)

Infinite Air

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.
Ages 8+.

Jumbo Jungle

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

Keeper’s Café

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.


Krazy Kingdom

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.

Laser Battlefield

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.

Louisa Lagoon Adventure Play

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
Sunday: Closed

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.


Oopsy Down Town

Weekdays: 9.30am – 3pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

100 Seaside Lane, Peterlee, Durham, SR8 3PF
Tel: 01915272449

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

Riverside Park Chester-le-Street

Garden/playground: open access.
Cafe: daily April-Sep, weekends Oct-March.

Splash pad
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.


Shepherd & Shepherdess

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.


Stanhope Pool

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.

From £3
Family from £12.00
(prices vary seasonally)

The Barley Mow Inn

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.


The Bowes Museum

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.

The Stables

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.



The Wheatsheaf

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.


Top Gear Karting

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.

WWT Washington Wetland Centre

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.

Adults: £9.72
Kids (4-16): £5.54
Family (2 adults, 2 kids): £26