There's no shortage of family events across the county. Take a look below at our list of the best Durham events for children this week.

With the school holidays in full swing, lots of venues have got a full programme of events. Now that it's the summer holidays, we've extended our usual weekend roundup to include the whole week. There's plenty to keep children of all ages entertained; see what you can find below in our list for August 12-18 2019. You can also take a look through our Durham music events and free events.

#1: Holiday Club, Witham Arts Centre

The Witham in Barnard Castle is holding a Barnard Castle holiday club for children aged eight and above. Starting on Monday August 12, the Barnard Castle holiday club is a fortnight of activities where working parents can drop their children off.

On August 12-14 9.30am to 4pm is Turrets Takeover, with drama games, singing and movement. On August 15, 2 and 22 8.30am to 5pm is crafts activities at the Bowes Museum; and on August 16, 19, 21 and 23 10am to 3pm is an art workshop at the TCR Hub.

The Barnard Castle holiday club costs £25 per day, £28.50 with lunch, siblings and multiple bookings £20 per day, £23.50 with lunch. Phone 01833 631 107 for more information.

#2: Awesome Architecture, Bowes Museum

Find out how the Bowes Museum was built and how to build your dream home. Awesome Architecture is on August 12-16 11am to 4pm.

It's free for annual pass holders or usual admission charges apply. Call 01833 690606 for information.

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#3: Wharton Park summer camp

Wharton Park behind Durham railway station is holding a summer camp from August 12-16, 10am to 3pm. Each day has challenges, creativity, sports, exploring and friendship building.

The Wharton Park summer camp costs £12.50 - 03000 262 655 to book.

#4: Junior Golf Camp, Rockliffe Hall

The Rockliffe Hall Junior Golf Camp is for young golf enthusiasts to improve their skills whilst being led by PGA head of instruction, Simon Robinson. It's on August 13, 19 and 27 and costs £25 half day or £40 full day. Call 01325 729980 or email for more information.

#5: Ferny Rigg Alpacas, Derwent Waterside Park

Head to Derwent Waterside Park on Wednesday August 14 10am to 2pm for a chance to meet some alpacas. There will also be appearances from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, Durham Police's Dog Section and Northumbria Police's Marine Unit, plus Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol.

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#6: Flower Pounding Craft Workshop, Ushaw

For all ages and led by artist Dawn Belshaw, collect examples of the shapes, colours and intricate patterns present in the natural world and then turn the things that you have found into beautiful gifts by smashing them with a hammer.

The Ushaw Flower Pounding Craft Workshop is on Wednesday August 14, 11am to 4pm, and it's free.

On August 15-16 11am to 4pm is Science at Ushaw, a free robotics workshop where you can try coding and build a scribble bot.

Call Ushaw on 0191 373 850 for more information.

#7: Beautiful Bracelets, Durham Oriental Museum

Find out about life in Tibet, and make a Tibetan-inspired bead bracelet, on Wednesday August 14 1-3pm.

Beautiful Bracelets 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.

#8: Creatures of the Night, Bowlees Visitor Centre

The Bowlees Visitor Centre in Teesdale is holding Creatures of the Night on August 16 from 7.30-10.30pm. Run by Natural England, you can use bat detectors and moth traps to discover the creatures that come out for the night.  

The Bowlees Visitor Centre Creatures of the Night event costs £4 adults, £1 children. Call 01388 528801.

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