There's plenty of great family summer holiday activities and events to choose from this summer in Durham. From Coast to Countryside and everything inbetween, check out our A-Z of what to do this summer.

Durham Summer Holidays

  • A - Animals! Durham is overflowing with fantastic attractions filled with lots of wonderful animals to make friends with like Hall Hill Farm and Adventure Valley.
  • B - Board a train at Tanfield Railway, the world's oldest railway.
  • C - Colourful Chameleons - bring some colour and creative fun to your summer by painting your own pottery
  • D - Diggerland - enjoy 20% discount off pay on the day admission with our exclusive voucher.
  • E - Explore Egglestone Abbey, the perfect spot for a picnic just on the River Tees.
  • F - Feel the Force at High and Low Force Waterfalls - a great spot for enjoying nature trails, picnics and spectacular countryside views.

Durham summer holidays

  • G - The Gala Theatre, there's something for all ages to enjoy this summer at the Gala.
  • H - Hamsterley Forest, over 2000 hectares of wonderful woodland to explore - build a woodland den, join the Highway Rat Trail, spot the Gruffalo, hire a bike or enjoy a relaxing walk.
  • I - Investigate Durham's dark secert at Palace Green Library.
  • J - Jump around at Jumbo Jungle, over 11,000 sq ft of non stop fun and games all under one roof, perfect for a rainy day.
  • K - Kynren - travel through 2,000 years of English history, myth and legend at the UK's most spectacular outdoor live show.
  • L - Locomotion, the National Railway Museum. Get up close with incredible engineering feats in Shildon - the world's first railway town.

Durham Summer Holidays

  • M - Medieval Raby Castle - enjoy exciting children's castle tours with the Friendly Footman or hunt for treasure in the Castles 200 acre deerpark and gardens.
  • N - North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. One of England's most special places, a great place to get out and get active.
  • O - Oiental Museum - The North of England's only museum devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of the great cultures of North Africa and Asia.
  • P - Parks and Gardens. Durham is filled with wonderful parks and gardens to explore and enjoy together as a family (and most are free of charge)
  • Q - View Quentin Blake's magical BFG illustrations this summer at The Bowes Museum.
  • R - Reservoirs! Durham has lots of wonderful waterside parks and reservoirs to explore this summer, including Cow Green Reservoir, Grassholme Reservoir and Derwent Waterside Park who have lots of fun family activities happening throughout the holidays.

Durham Summer Holidays

  • S - Seaglass collecting at Seaham, enjoy hunting for 'mermaid's tears' at one of the top seaglass collecting spots in the world.
  • T - Travel through time at Beamish - The Living Museum of the North.
  • U - Go Underground at Killhope - the multi award winning 19th century Lead Mining Museum.
  • V - View the night sky. Did you know the North Pennines AONB has more nationally recognised Dark Sky Discovery Sites than any other part of the UK? Making the Durham Dales the perfect location for some stargazing action.
  • W - Wander down at rabbithole at Rockliffe Hall's magical Mischmasch.
  • X - X marks the spot at Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral's award winning exhibition.
  • Y - Yurts at Killhope. Get away from it all at one of the darkest places in the UK - Killhope. A great location to enjoy stargazing.
  • Z - Zipline at Beamish Wild Treetop Adventure - the home of adventure in the North East.

Durham Summer Holidays events and attractions

For lots more summer holiday ideas including stunning accommodation check out our summer breaks page




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