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The Oriental Museum, Durham

Marvel at our collections, see our exhibitions, and enjoy fun family activities.Our nationally important collections are located over 4 floors, with plenty to discover about the cultures of the orient.



Gala Theatre and Cinema, Durham

The centrepiece of Durham's arts programme, the Gala Theatre is situated in a beautiful, purpose-built, building on the banks of the river Wear in the heart of this historic city.



Berties Play Barn, Prince Bishop's Shopping Centre

Little Bishops Play Palace is now known as Bertie's Play Barn and is situated in the heart of the Prince Bishop's Shopping Centre, an ideal place for families to drop in with little ones. Opening times vary, please check Bertie's Facebook page.



Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre, Durham

Whether it's fitness, swimming or family fun that inspires your visit, Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre has a great range of activities including gym, exercise classes and two pools.



Dragonflies Play Centre Durham

The two play frames, along with our role play cottage and supermarket have been designed specifically to entertain little ones from birth up 8 years old.  Little Dragonflies play, learn and "exercise in disguise" ! Cafe, classes & birthday parties.



Indoor and Outdoor Fun at Adventure Valley, Durham

Six action packed play zones at Adventure Valley - discover the very best in family adventures, farm animal fun and indoor play whatever the weather! Includes 3 fantastic indoor play zones to explore (a total of 27,000 sq ft of indoor play !) 



Raby Castle in the heart of Co Durham

Set in the heart of the Durham Dales in Co. Durham, enjoy a family day out at Raby Castle & Gardens. Explore the wonderful rooms of the Castle or take a quiet walk in the picturesque walled gardens or spot wildlife in the 200 acre deer park.



Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, is a railway museum that is located on the 1825 route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, which was the world's first steam-powered passenger railway. Lots of family activities.



Beamish Museum - The Living Museum of the North

Take a tram ride into the past at Beamish,Co Durham - an open air museum vividly recreating life in the North East. Visit Pockerley Old Hall, the Pit Village, Home Farm and The Town and meet the people who lived and worked in the past.



Roarsome Play Centre, Darlington

Big on Family Friendly Fun! Indoor & Outdoor Play areas. Affordable entry & top value for offers - such as this one!  Kids Eat FREE every school Night from 3-7pm Each paying child receives a free meal with entry.




Naughty but nice Puddings!

Naughty but nice Puddings!

Check out our delicious puddings, my favourite is the limoncello trifle, not suitable for the kids, but there are some other scrummy recipes that the whole family can enjoy! Take a look in our pudding section for recipes to make summer BBQ's and eating alfresco all the more tasty! My girls LOVE the chocolate pizza - making it, but mostly eating it!

Raring2go! KidsZone

Raring2go! KidsZone

Over the weekends and holidays there are always times when your children need some chill out time, or to fill an hour or so, or they say the dreaded 5 letter word - BORED! Well, our KidsZone is here to rescue you and them from these moments. Full of puzzles, colouring in sheets and activities from films and programmes there is lots to keep busy!