Further Afield Events

After experiencing all that Durham has to offer, use the county as a base to explore the rest of North East England.

For fun-filled family days out, head to NewcastleGateshead for the Life Science Centre, Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children’s Books and Great North Museum: Hancock. Get back to nature at the WWT Washington Wetland Centre or soak up the seaside atmosphere in the lively towns of South Shields, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth.

Culture lovers will be in their element at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, the famous BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, or modern art gallery, mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.

Discover the heritage of the region at Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Bamburgh Castle, Alnwick Castle and Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site in Northumberland. Delve into Newcastle’s turbulent history and how the city got its name with a visit to Newcastle Castle. In Tees Valley, at Head of Steam, Darlington Railway Museum you can learn about the first steam-powered passenger carrying public railway, or uncover the oldest warship still afloat at Hartlepool’s National Museum of the Royal Navy. And at the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens you can discover more about the city’s fascinating history and take a walk in the glass atrium which houses over 2,000 tropical plants.

Enjoy a breath of fresh air at the Northumberland National Park or Kielder Water & Forest Park. Stride out along the vibrant NewcastleGateshead Quayside and take in the iconic view of the seven bridges across the River Tyne. And in Tees Valley visit the award-winning RSPB Saltholme Nature Reserve and Discovery Park, climb to the summit of Roseberry Topping, or splash out at Tees Barrage International White Water Centre.

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