Family events are taking place throughout this weekend - here's everything that's on offer.

While Easter is still a week or so away, we're well into the Durham school holidays, and that means many of County Durham's venues have put on plenty of child-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained. You can also take a look at our weekly roundup of Durham free events this week and the best Durham music and theatre.

So whether you've got some toddlers who love getting their hands dirty with craft activities, or older children who want to see a fun theatre show, there should be something for everyone this weekend, Friday to Sunday April 12-14.

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#1: Easter Eggstravaganza, Tanfield Railway

Tanfield Railway is holding a great family day out for Easter on Sunday April 14. There'll be arts and craft activities, and the Easter Bunny will be making an Easter egg trail. You can read about it all in our Tanfield Railway Easter events story.

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#2: Bishop Auckland Food Festival

With 150 food stalls, children's baking workshops and free celebrity talks, there's plenty for everyone at Bishop Auckland Food Festival. It takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14. You can find all the information you need on our Bishop Auckland Food Festival page.

#3: Super Saturday, Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum event this weekend is Super Saturday, which includes 'sparkly' surprise activities.

It takes place on Saturday April 13 from 1-3pm. It's free for Bowes Museum ticket holders; if you're going with children then the best Bowes Museum admission ticket is the family pass, which costs £16 for one adult accompanying up to four under 18s, or £30 if there's a second adult in the group.

#4: Chicken Licken, Gala Theatre

Chicken Licken: a talejam is on at the Gala Theatre on Sunday and Monday April 14-15, at 2pm and 4pm. It's a musical storytelling experience for all the family, exploring an old fable in a new way with fun, fake news and feathers!

Tickets cost £7, £6 concessions, and are available from the Gala booking page.

#5: Sunday Night at The Witham, Witham Arts Centre

The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is hosting its regular Sunday Night at The Witham, hosted by Britain's Got Talent's Cal Herbert. It's suitable for all the family, and local talent on display includes Corner Boys with Blues classics and vintage rock and roll; Poetry for Pleasure which features work from the Teesdale poetry and writing group, and Euphoria Choir with upbeat choral versions of classic songs.

Tickets for Sunday Night at The Witham cost £10 or £5 for under 16 and students.

You can buy them from the official booking page.

#6: Swell Shells, Durham Oriental Museum

The Durham Oriental Museum holds family craft activities most weekends based on their exhibits, and this week is Swell Shells, which also includes autism friendly activities. See a beautiful Indian shell on display and make a painted shell decoration. It's suitable for children aged five to 11, and takes place anytime between 1pm and 3pm.

Durham Oriental Museum costs £1.50 adults, 75p children and over 60s, £3.50 family (two adults three children).

#7: Celebrating Vaisahki, Durham Oriental Museum

Vaisahki is the Sikh New Year festival. Find out how Sikhs celebrate and make a special kalgi headband.

This activity is drop in between 1pm and 3pm and is included in the Durham Oriental Museum admission price. Celebrating Vaisahki is included in the Durham Oriental Museum admission price (£1.50 adults, 75p children and over 60s, £3.50 family of two adults and three children) and is generally suitable for children aged five to 11. For information contact Durham Oriental Museum on or 0191 334 5694.