After months of staying at home, there’s lots to look forward to this summer, from reconnecting with loved ones, to discovering somewhere new, and treating yourself to a well-deserved break.

Escape the same four walls at home and swap screens for scenes this summer, with amazing experiences across Durham’s stunning coast, countryside, and historic city.

Whether you’re searching for a family-friendly day out, indulgent night away or to simply letting someone else do the cooking, you’ll find unique experiences in Durham that will truly make this summer unforgettable. 

couple tasting cheese with Jonathan from Teesdale Cheese

Delight your palate with cheese tasting (and making) with the experts at Teesdale Cheesemakers

Did you know delicious artisan cheese is made right here in Durham? Set your taste buds alight with a cheese tasting experience with Teesdale Cheesemakers. Sample a range of award-winning cheeses in the newly opened Café Cheesedale or go behind the scenes with a tour around the family ran dairy and see how the cheese is made. You can even get hands on and help make some cheese yourself! If cheese is your thing, you will be spoilt for choice.

Afternoon tea available at Lumley Castle Hotel

Eat like a King or Queen with a luxury afternoon tea at Lumley Castle Hotel 

Enjoy an indulgent catch up with friends over a scrumptious summertime afternoon tea in the grand surroundings of Lumley Castle Hotel. Delicious hand cut finger sandwiches, freshly baked goodies and a choice of teas and coffees. Or make it sparkle by adding a luxurious glass of Prosecco to help you while away the afternoon.

dark starry sky overhead Grassholme Observatory in the Durham Dales

Explore distant galaxies with Grassholme Observatory 

Marvel at the vastness of our universe at Durham’s very own, purpose-built Grassholme Observatory. Take your pick from 'out of this world' stargazing events led by experts - suitable for all ages. Throughout the summer and long into the dark winter nights there's lots of events to enjoy, from ‘Perseid Meteor Shower’ to ‘An Introduction to Astronomy’ and ‘Aurora Night’.

couple walking past Durham Cathedral

Explore the cobbled streets of iconic Durham City with Iles Tours

Durham City has so many iconic and unique landmarks to explore. With its stunning architecture and rich heritage, there are plenty of fascinating things to discover in this pretty little city. See the city in a new light with Iles Tours as their expert guides take you around the city, bringing to life the stories of the history and heritage of this special place.

family crossing road at Beamish Museum with historic tram in background

Journey through time at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

Explore Beamish Museum's vast open-air site and time travel through the 1820s, 1910s, 1940s and 1950s all in one day! Visit the Edwardian Town and pick up traditional handmade sweets from Jubilee Confectioners sweet shop. Hop on the 1950s bus and get a taste of the past at Davy’s Fried Fish Shop. Say hello to the pit ponies in their stables, experience life on the Home Front during the Second World War and so much more!  

Beamish Museum is an incredible day out for all ages, from grandparents to grandkids. All visitors must pre-book a time slot ticket before arrival. 

starry night sky over Raby Castle's Lake by Gary Lintern

Lose yourself in Durham’s dazzling dark skies with Star Safaris

Extend your day out in Durham to a night under the stars with Star Safaris. Explore Durham’s incredible landscapes under the cover of darkness and experience some of England’s darkest skies. Star Safaris will kick off towards late summer as the nights get longer and darker, with an amazing line up of stargazing events and tours. The team, led by Star Safari’s founder, astrologer  and astrophotographer Gary Lintern, will take you on a tour of Durham’s beautiful, dark locations to teach you about the wonders of the night sky. 

family smiling sat on train ride at Adventure Valley

Make new memories at Adventure Valley

Looking for an action-packed family day out? With 6 huge play zones to discover, farmyard fun and masses of indoor and outdoor attractions, Adventure Valley is the perfect place to visit this summer. Explore the Action Creek and Runaway Ranch, make new furry friends down at the farm yard, bounce high on the jumping pillows, and see who will win the race on go karts. There's something for every member of the family to enjoy. 

looking up at the different historic houses on the streets of Durham City

Uncover Durham City’s hidden gems with Newcastle Tour Company

Summer is the perfect time of year to stroll through the historic streets of Durham City on a fascinating guided tour. Join Newcastle Tour Company as they take you on a journey along the cobbled streets of the city, uncovering fascinating facts, stories, and many hidden gems along the way.

family feeding alpacas at Teesdale Alpacas in the Durham Dales

Walk on the wild side with Teesdale Alpacas in the Durham Dales

Explore the Durham Dales countryside with a new furry friend in tow with Teesdale Alpacas. This is a truly unique experience, offering you the chance to trek with your very own Alpaca and enjoy stunning scenery along the way. If you don’t fancy trekking, you can still pay the friendly Alpacas a visit down on the farm, where you can get up close and feed these wonderful animals.

So what are you waiting for, escape the everyday in Durham this summer and book your incredible experience

couple relaxing in matching baths at Seaham Hall Hotel

Make a stay of it  

From heritage city hideaways, to luxury spa hotels and quaint countryside cottages, whether you're searching for a romantic escape for two or big family get-together, across the county you're certain to find the perfect place for a summer staycation. 

Discover even more incredible experiences you can enjoy across the county on our dedicated things to do in Durham page

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