COVID-19 UPDATE: There have been so many changes for businesses lately it’s hard to keep up! This section will be updated in due course as things return to normal, in the meantime you can use the ideas here as a rough guide or can check our A-Z of Days Out here for more recent info and links. You can also like our Facebook Page here for updates
📌 Union Hall Farm, Brasside, Durham, DH1 5SG
📆 Open daily (closed Tues-Wed during Nov-Feb, exc school holidays)
👉 Book here
Adventure Valley is North East’s biggest Family Adventure Park! With over 50 activities and attractions, themed events every school holiday, 18,000 sq feet of indoor play, plenty of cute and cuddly friends at the Farm Yard and acres of more, including:
🔸Mini Train Ride🔸Adventure Golf🔸Indoor Play Town🔸Wild West Saloon🔸Café Italia🔸Undercover farmyard & Creature Corner🔸Aviary, wildlife pond, paddocks & goat mountain🔸Outdoor adventure play and Runaway Races Slide🔸3D net climb, jumping pillows, dragon swing, sand pits, under 5’s area🔸Pedal go-karts🔸Tractor and trailer rides
Child/Adult/Concessions: from £8.95 – £13.50
Carer: £5.95 – £9.50
Term Time Passes: £30 pp per year
Annual Pass: £60-£65 pp
Babies & 1 year old’s: Free
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📌 26 Bracken Hill South West Industrial Estate, Peterlee, Co Durham, SR8 2LS
📆 Open daily for 2h play sessions.
👉 Under 1 year: £3.50. Over 1: £5. Adult: £2.50. Book here.
A ‘not-for-profit’ community play cafe, which opened in Jan 2020, offering lovely play facilities indoors and outdoors suitable from birth to 5 years.
📌 Grange Villa Community Centre, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, DH2 3LN
📆 Open Mon-Fri for 2h play sessions.
(plus private hire options on weekends and special events selected dates)
👉 From £5 (sibling discounts available). Book here.
Dream Big is an amazing children’s role play centre, we also have a dedicated baby area & oodles of outdoor space! And of course a lovely cafe.
There’s a packed programme of weekly activities and special events, including:
Petite Street Playtown is your special little town packed full of fun and imagination. We believe imaginative role play leads to cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children.
Our Early Years Role Play Centre offers an ideal opportunity for you to engage fully with your children. In our Petite Coffee Shop we offer an inviting range of freshly made, delicious savoury and sweet treat items, teas, coffees and soft drinks.
📌 29 & 30 Church Street, Seaham Harbour, Co Durham, SR7 7HQ
📆 Open daily for 90 min play sessions.
👉 From £3.50. Book here
Playdates is a non profit playcentre for babies and young toddlers. We have a large open space for parents with a mixture of tables, lounge areas and cosy carpet area. Our activities all adhere to the EYFS framework.
There’s a packed programme of regular activities, such as stay and play sessions, music and movement, baby disco, yoga, massage & more – plus special events for the whole family. A monthly pass is also available with discounts for booking classes.
📌 156a Front street, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, DH3 3AY
📆 Open Tues-Sat for 2h craft sessions.
👉 From £10. Message here to book
A friendly, family ran, non-profit children’s craft cabin in Chester-le Street, for children to come along and make crafts that they can take home. Including: pottery painting, slime making, sand art, wooden item painting & decorating, fabric bags and pencil case decorating, t shirts & much more!
Get crafty and messy at our venue rather than having to clean up at home, with crafty activities from approx 18 months to teens – and adults can join in too! Plus themed events, after school club, parties and individual takeaway boxes for virtual parties.
**serving hot & cold food & drinks from 25th May 2021!!**
Unit 1A Pontop Business Park, Harelaw Industrial Estate, Stanley, Co Durham, DH9 8HN
📆 90 minute play sessions.
£3.95 per child (babies in arms free with paying child).
£7.95 Sensory Room hire. Book here.
Lovely clean open-ended play space where you can enjoy hot drinks, sweet treats and toasties! All this while your little one explores our play area designed for 0-6 year olds, in full view! Private hire of our wonderful sensory room is also available for up to 4 people (including babies). We hold special events with visits from our fantastic character mascots and parties!!
📌 10 Morton Crescent, Houghton le Spring, Co Durham, DH4 6AL
📆 Open Mon-Sun for 90 min play sessions.
👉 From £5 (babes in arms free). Book here
An open plan, all wooden play, learning & development facility and cafe in Fencehouses, Durham which allows for safe play for both babies and toddlers.
Offering a calming and relaxing environment for both parent/carer and child, Woodland Play Patch focuses on imaginative play, with open ended wooden toys allowing your children to create their own scenarios and imagination.
As well as regular play sessions there are special events and regular activities such as a Breast Feeding Cafe, Grandparents Social and coffee mornings to help mums with social isolation.
📌 Allensford, Castleside, Consett, Co Durham, DH8 9BA
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.
👉 For more info, visit Durham County Council
📌 Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG
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.
👉 For more info, visit @BeamishLivingMuseum
🎫 Unlimited annual pass £11.50-£19.50 pp / Family £36.50-£51 (under 5s free)
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.
📌 Unit 19, Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, High Street, Durham
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.
👉 For more info, visit @BertiesPlayBarn
🎫 From £2-3 per child
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
📌 Marley Hill, Near Stanley, Co Durham, NE16 5EG
A woodland walk alongside the Tanfield railway track, the world’s oldest railway with steam trains running on selected dates. Cross a disused railway bridge over a woodland gorge and take the steps down to a riverside walk, with some areas suitable for plodging. Causey House Tea Room in car park serving meals and treats.
📌 Burns Green, Chester-le-Street, Durham, DH3 3QH
Three-tiered soft play with slide, tunnels and toddler area with slide, ball pit and soft play shapes.
👉 For more info, visit @DurhamThriveActive
🎫 From £2.60 (siblings £1)
📌 Unit 33F, Consett Number 1 Industrial Estate, Consett, Durham, DH8 6SZ
Playtime fun with sensory play, messy play, soft play shapes and imaginative role play. Cafe facilities offer a breakfast and snack menu.
For more info, visit @ClartAboutSensoryCafe
📌 Langley Park, Durham, Co Durham, DH7 9TT
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.
👉 For more info, visit @Diggerland
🎫 From £25.95 pp (under 90cm free)
Seasonal opening hours, closed Nov-Jan
📌 35 Dragonville Industrial Park, Durham, DH1 2XW
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.
For more info, visit @dragonfliesdurham
📌 South Road, Durham, DH1 3TN
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.
👉 For more info, visit @durham.botanic.gardens
🎫 From £1.50-£4 pp (under 5s free)
📌 The Chapter Office, The College, Durham, DH1 3EH
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.
👉 For more info, visit @durhamcathedral
🎫 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.
📌 Seaham Grange Industrial Estate, Seaham, Co Durham, SR7 0PU
Indoor playcentre with large soft play, separate toddlers areas and role play village, trampolines, football court, Go Karts, Tenpin Bowling and more!
👉 For more info, visit @funshack1
🎫 From £1-£12.50 pp (siblings under 1 year free)
**Toddler discount, weekdays 10am–3.30pm: £8.50 (term time).
**Kids Eat Free, after 3pm Mon-Fri term-time only (online bookings only, normal admission applies).
📌 Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA
Cinema and theatre. Offering ‘relaxed performances’ of select shows, with a less formal environment where audiences can talk or move if needed and ‘chill out’ space available.
👉 For more info, visit @galadurham
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.
📌 Redford, Hamsterley Forest, County Durham, DL13 3NL
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.
👉 For more info, visit Hamsterley Forest – Forestry England
🎫 Free access (parking charges apply). Forest Drive Toll : from £6 per car
📌 West Edmondsley Farm, Chester-Le-Street, Durham, DH7 6EY
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.
👉 For more info, visit @holmsidepark
🎫 From £5-£12 pp (under 1s free)
Toddler Tuesday: £5 (includes 1 adult & 1 toddler, 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.
📌 No 1 Industrial Estate, Consett, Co Durham, DH8 6TW
Large 4-tiered soft play with slides, rope swings and high tower bridge. Separate toddler area with slides and tunnels, and a football pitch. Cafe serving snacks and main meals.
👉 For more info, visit @jumbojungleltd
🎫 From £4 (under 1 year free)
**Tuesday special: £4 entry with special guest characters
📌 Greencroft Industrial Park, Annfield Plain, Durham, DH9 7YB
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.
👉 For more info, visit @krazykingdomdurham
🎫 From 50p-£4.95 (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.
📌 Unit 53, Beveridge Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 4DU
Children’s role play centre that also offers weekly classes along with events and private parties for 0-7 years. Owned and ran by Nikki, local mam of 3 with an extensive education background.
👉 For more info, visit @Littlelandadventure
📌 The Louisa Centre, Front Street, Stanley, Co Durham, DH9 0TE
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 soft shapes, toys and play house. Cafe serving snacks.
👉 For more info, visit @The Louisa Centre
🎫 From £3 per child
📌 Edwards Square, Chester-le Street, Co Durham, DH3 3QF
A range of activities and play equipment for 0-7 year olds (older siblings welcome), including baby area, role play, ride-on toys, crafts and messy play and compact soft play with slide and ball pit. Plus outdoor play with climbing, sliding, water, sand and mud kitchen.
For more info, visit @moobears.cls
🎫 From £3.50-£5
📌 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.
For more info, visit @oopsydowntown
📌 Riverside South Sports Pavilion, Chester-le-Street, Durham, DH3 3SJ
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. Free splash pad with lots of fountains and water guns. Kiosk selling drinks and snacks.
👉 For more info, visit Durham County Council
Seasonal opening for splash pad, typically open from late May-late Aug
📌 Castle Park, Stanhope, Durham, DL13 2LU
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.
👉 For more info, visit @stanhopepool
🎫 From £3 pp / Family from £12
*Opening varies seasonally, typically open late May – early Sep
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, Barnard Castle, Co Durham DL12 8NP
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.
👉 For more info, visit @TheBowesMuseum
🎫 From £5-£14 pp / Family from £30 (under 5s free)
Fees include unlimited entry all year around
📌 18 Pease Road, North West Industrial Estate, Peterlee, Co Durham, SR8 2RD
Role Play Cafe for young children, with drop-in sessions, special events, birthday parties and mascot hire.
👉 For more info, visit @The Play Place
🎫 2h play session from £5.50 per child.
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.
📌 203 Newgate St, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, DL14 7EL
Role play centre for 0-8 years, with cafe, baby play area, weekly classes, special events and kids parties.
👉 For more info, visit @worldofmakebelieveroleplay
🎫 2h play session from £4.95
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