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Heather Holm - Open Garden for NGS

Heather Holm - Open Garden for NGS Divided into several rooms, this is a garden of different aspects, formal, floral and architectural. The owners have a..... See more >
Heather Holm, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 3JU
Sun 4 Aug

Teddy Bears' Picnic at Durham University Botanic Garden

Join us for a fun-filled day of exploring bear habitats on an interactive guided walk through the Garden, a messy bear... See more >
Botanic Garden, Durham University Hollingside Lane South Road Durham DH1 3TN
Sun 11 Aug

Crazy Creatures at Durham University Botanic Garden

Get interactive with our Crazy Creatures who are visiting the Garden for the day. Animal encounters with rabbits,..... See more >
Botanic Garden, Durham University Hollingside Lane South Road Durham DH1 3TN
Thu 15 Aug

Middleton Hall Retirement Village - Open Garden for NGS

Middleton Hall Retirement Village - Open Garden for NGS Main features are natural woodland and parkland walks within the 45 acre estate. There is a Japanese themed garden,..... See more >
Middleton Hall Retirement Village, Darlington DL2 1HA
Sat 17 Aug

Elizabeth Baker, StoryTeller at Durham University Botanic Garden

Join storyteller, Elizabeth Baker, for a whole host of stories and legends from some of the different countries where... See more >
Botanic Garden, Durham University Hollingside Lane South Road Durham DH1 3TN
Thu 22 Aug

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Sir John Falstaff, everyone's favourite Shakespearean sleazeball, has fallen on hard times. In order to fix his..... See more >
Crook Hall DH1 5SZ
Fri 30 Aug

Things to do around County Durham

If you're planning a day out in County Durham, this northernmost county in England offers a rich blend of history, natural beauty, and cultural attractions. Here are some delightful activities to consider:

1. Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle:
- Durham Cathedral, dating back to the 12th century, is a masterpiece of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Marvel at its stunning design and explore the tombs of St. Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede. Don't miss the Chapel of the Nine Altars. While in Durham, visit Durham Castle, occupied by University College since 1840. Take a guided tour to explore its medieval great hall, Norman Chapel, and Tunstall Chapel with intricate carvings¹.

2. Barnard Castle:
- Despite its recent notoriety, Barnard Castle remains a top attraction in County Durham. Visit the Bowes Museum, home to the largest art collection in northern England. Explore the 12th-century Norman castle perched high on a rock overlooking the River Tees. Look for King Richard III's boar emblem carved into the castle wall¹.

3. North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and High Force Waterfall:
- Discover the rugged beauty of the North Pennines AONB. Enjoy scenic walks, rolling hills, and breathtaking landscapes. Don't miss the High Force Waterfall, one of England's most impressive waterfalls¹.

4. Beamish Museum:
- Step back in time at the Beamish Museum, an open-air living museum near Stanley. Explore historic buildings, ride vintage trams, and immerse yourself in the past. It's a fascinating glimpse into the region's industrial heritage¹.

5. Raby Castle:
- Visit Raby Castle, a medieval fortress surrounded by beautiful gardens and deer parks. Explore its grand rooms, learn about its history, and enjoy the picturesque setting. Don't miss the views from the castle's towers².

Remember, County Durham offers a mix of cultural landmarks, natural wonders, and historic sites – perfect for an enriching and memorable day out! 🌳🏰🌿¹².

Source: Conversation with Bing, 30/01/2024
(1) 16 Ideas for a Brilliant Day Out in County Durham. https://dayoutinengland.com/day-out-in-county-durham/.
(2) County Durham Days Out and Things To Do Near Me - Visit Attractions. https://www.visitattractions.co.uk/county-durham-things-to-do.html.
(3) THE 10 BEST Fun Activities & Games in County Durham (2024) - Tripadvisor. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g186267-Activities-c56-County_Durham_England.html.