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The Summer holidays are in full swing, but often towards the end of the six weeks, people can struggle with what else to do to entertain the children.
Luckily for you, as one of County Durham’s leading estate agents, we know the North East inside out and we’re always looking at ways we can promoting this beautiful part of the UK.
Our region has so much to offer, so we’ve compiled our list of top things for you to do before it’s time for the children to go back to school.
Not many people realise that one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England can be found in County Durham.
Located at Forest-in-Teesdale, High Force is a sight to behold. The River Tees steadily grows and gathers pace from its origin at the top of the North Pennines, then suddenly drops 21 metres into a plunge pool below. The waterfall is a short walk along a woodland path, suitable for walkers of all ages (with both two and four legs) and a picnic area and pub, make it the ideal spot to grab some lunch.
If you’ve never Venture-d out to this natural phenomenon, we definitely recommend a trip soon.
Durham Castle and Cathedral
Even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan (the Cathedral was used in the first two films for both interior and exterior views of Hogwarts) it’s hard not to be impressed with the historical beauty of these buildings.
Enjoy a walk through the cobbled streets of Durham, as you head up to the Norman buildings and immerse yourself in thousands of years of history. Whether you choose to take a look inside or appreciate the buildings from the outside, we’re sure you’ll appreciate the grandeur of these structures which are so symbolic of the city.
Head of Steam, Darlington Railway Museum
Perfect for children and grown-ups, the railway museum is located on the 1825 route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, which was the world's first steam-powered passenger railway. The museum houses real locomotives on display, as well as a large model of the Stockton & Darlington Railway. Throughout the holidays, various events and workshops are being held which is certain to help the time fly (or should we say steam) by.
Arguably one of the favourite places for Venture staff to take their families on a day out, Beamish Museum is a must if you’ve never been. To start with, while the entrance fee might seem steep, the ticket actually allows you entry all year round – so don’t lose it! Spend the day wandering around the open air site, learning all about life in the North East during the 1820s,1900s and 1940s. Of course, no trip to Beamish is complete without a look around the old style sweet store, pear drop anyone?
Ruff ‘N’ Tumble Adventure World
For the energetic out there (and in the event of a rainy day, which will happen) we’d recommend heading to this fantastic state-of-the-art fun facility, in Newton Aycliffe. The multi-level adventure zone is packed with classic and contemporary features, ranging from simple slopes and old fashioned biff bash to dastardly Drop Slides and Blaster Ball Cannons!
Ruff 'N' Tumble also has loads of additional sources of entertainment, including Bungee Trampolines, Indoor Climbing Wall, Ten Pin Bowling and Multi Sports Courts!
In what is the largest parent and toddler area in the region, under 5s have their own dedicated Village, with single and dual lane mini slides, interactive activity boards, a cool ball juggler and a fun packed ‘Little Tykes’ ride-on area.
We hope our suggestions help you to enjoy the remainder of the summer holidays and we’d love to see pictures of you enjoying any of the places we’ve recommended, or any others you visit.
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