If you’re looking for things to do with kids in County Durham, Newcastle or Northern England, you’ll be spoilt for choice on a Verdant Leisure holiday.

Things to do with Kids in County Durham

Whether you are looking for an action packed adventure or to let off some steam, there is something for everyone in County Durham.

Diggerland is perfect for anyone who has a digger-mad member of the family! Where else can you get to have a go on some amazing diggers first hand, see the views from the 30ft Sky Shuttle and enjoy digger themed rides. With indoor and outdoor play areas, sandpits and coin operated machines, there is lots to keep the whole family entertained. As parents you can chose to sit back and relax or join in with all the fun!

Another perfect location for the kids in Durham is Adventure Valley. This family farm park is just a half hour drive from our Heather View Leisure Park and offers everything, including go karting, play areas, giant inflatable pillows, indoor soft play and animals to see on the tractor ride. During the summer there’s a maize maze to find your way around and throughout the year you can find great seasonal activities, including pumpkin picking, carving and target practise during October!

Having a fun filled family day out at Adventure Valley near Heather View Leisure Park
Fun at Adventure Valley

Things to do with kids Newcastle

If your little ones love reading or you want to inspire creativity head to the big city and explore Seven Stories. This fantastic exhibition centre offers 7 levels of exhibitions dedicated to the world of children’s books, with different pop up themes throughout the year. There are also storytelling sessions, a play room, cafés and a book shop too!

When looking for things to do with kids in Newcastle you can’t go wrong with a trip to the Life Science Centre. This hands on museum offers a place for the whole family to learn loads about the weird and wonderful world of science and even carry out science experiments of their own!

Looking for something a little more active for the kids to burn off some steam? Why not head to the Metro Centre and get the kids to try out some of the 30 pieces of climbing equipment at Clip ‘n’ Climb Newcastle? While there you can also enjoy a spot of shopping too! Alternatively, the whole family can enjoy InflateSpace, a giant inflatable theme park offering so much fun. Which member of your family will be able to get past all the wipeout challenges?

things to do with the kids in newcastle - fun at Seven Stories
Enjoying the exhibitions at Seven Stories


Enjoy a visit to Northumberland with the whole family

Further north, our Riverside Leisure Park offers a great base for fun things to do with kids in Northumberland. The park is just a short distance from the famous Alnwick Castle, known for its role as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies. There are great activities and the chance to step into the history of the castle all year round, plus a great programme of events including open air cinemas, wizarding weekends and more throughout the year.

Close by you will also find Alnwick Gardens, a series of breath-taking landscaped gardens, including poison gardens and a cherry blossom orchard, which is stunning in the spring. Kids will love the Treehouse with its wobbly rope bridge, wooden walkways, twinkling lights and roaring fires, not to mention the Fairy Tale Garden, where you can try and spy dragons and other magical fairy tale characters. There is also a café and mini golf course to enjoy.

Along the coast you will also find the beautiful villages of Bamburgh and Seahouses offering great shops and walks to enjoy, not to mention the beach to build sandcastles on and the landmark Bamburgh Castle to explore. For active families you can also find great walking routes in the Northumberland National Park to enjoy.