What better way to say, ‘Thank you’ to your Dad this Father’s Day, than by treating him to a unique experience or gift from Durham.

Our selection of surprises will make him feel like he’s the best Dad in the world! 

Dad and son looking at a train inside Locomotion

A fond memory

Whilst Durham’s indoor attractions remain closed, a great way to support them, and to conjure up memories of previous visits, is by picking up unique gifts from their online gift shops. Is your Dad loco about trains? You can order exclusive model trains from the Locomotion online shop. From museum and sweet shop favourites, treat Dad to a little bit of Beamish, The Living Museum of the North. And Durham Cathedral have a great range of branded gifts to choose from.

family walking through Raby Caste's Walled Gardens

Dads go free at Raby Castle 

Celebrate Father’s Day by exploring Raby Castle’s beautiful grounds this Sunday, as Dads go free* Spend time in the castle’s glorious open spaces, take a stroll through the Deer Park, see the Walled Garden in full bloom, and enjoy a spot of wildlife spotting. 

*Free admission applies to Park and Gardens tickets when accompanied by a paying adult or child purchasing the same ticket type. 

Family looking at waterfall inside Gibson's Cave

Explore Durham’s Great Outdoors 

If you’re heading to Durham for a walk or ride you’ll find so many wild and wonderful places to enjoy. Many of the county’s parks are now open, and are a great place to enjoy a relaxing family walk. Or jump on your bikes and enjoy a family bike ride – you’ll find hundreds of miles of cycle routes to explore from coast to countryside.   

man getting dressed up for heritage photo experience at Beamish Museum

Pay it forward

We may not be able to visit Dad’s favourite attractions this Father’s Day, or take in a show, but we can buy gift vouchers and passes to enjoy in the future. Attractions like Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, The Bowes Museum and The Auckland Project, and venues including Gala Theatre Durham all have gift vouchers available to purchase online. 

Many of the county's hotels and accommodation including Seaham Hall, Rose & Crown, Radisson Blu Durham, and Hotel Indigo offer gift vouchers to use for future getaways, overnight stays and pamper days. It’s a great way to treat Dad and give you both something to look forward to. 

People walking into Dalton Park outlet shopping centre entrance

Pick up a gift

Many of the county’s stores, shopping centres and markets are now starting to re-open with new measures in place to keep everyone safe whilst shopping. From Dalton Park – the region’s largest outlet shopping centre, to high street favourites and independent shops in Durham City and our bustling market towns – you’re certain to find the perfect gift for Dad this Father’s Day.   

The Auckland Project Afternoon Tea

Takeaway Treats

Across the county you’ll find lots of local producers, restaurants and cafes offering deliveries and collections of delightful produce, tasty treats and delicious home-cooked meals. Treat Dad to a scrumptious Afternoon Tea from venues including The Auckland Project and Crook Hall and Gardens, or order your favourote food festival favourites from Bishop Auckland Food Festival or Seaham Food Festival traders. 

man playing golf at Headlam Hall Hotel

Tee off together 

Golf courses across the county have now re-opened with new social distancing measures in place. You could take a swing by booking a future golfing break at the historic Headlam Hall, the award-winning Ramside Hall, or put your Dad’s golf skills to the test on Rockliffe Hall’s 27 hole championship course. You’ll also find many exceptional golf courses across the county offering day visits, take a swing in their driving ranges, membership packages, and even golfing lessons. 

Kynren an epic tale of England finale

Travel through time

The unmissable Kynren – An Epic Tale of England returns to Durham this summer for another incredible season.  Watch legends come to life before your very eyes, as a cast and crew of 1,500 take you on a journey through 2,000 years of British history at this spectacular live action outdoor show.

Visit this summer and be one of the first visitors to experience Kynren’s new park, jam-packed with incredible attraction, adventure playground, animal croft, shops, and a thrilling Horse Stunt show. 

Performances take place throughout August and September, book your tickets now >>

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