We've found the best family activities in Durham this Friday to Sunday, so take a look below at what's on to entertain the children.
Plenty of venues around Durham put on child-friendly activities, whether it's arts and crafts, outdoor events or things for older children. Have a look below for all the family events this weekend, June -14-16 2019.
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#1: Legends of Industry Gala, Tanfield Railway
This is the biggest event in Tanfield Railway's calendar. The Legends of Industry gala will feature visiting locomotives, home fleet operational locomotives, an intensive timetable and a variety of trains and displays.
Tanfield Legends of Industry takes place from Friday to Sunday, June 14-16. The star guest is GWR No.813 from Severn Valley Railway and the GWR 813 Preservation Fund, which first came to the North East at Backworth Collieries 85 years ago, and will be available to pull carriages.
There will be a variety of trains running services throughout the weekend, and also classic vehicles plus models and displays. For refreshments, there will be alcohol at the Station Master's Bar and hot food from the Pontop Canteen at Marley Hill.
All day Rover Tickets give unlimited train travel throughout the day and access to all of the attractions, and cost £30 family (two adults two children), adults £13, children under five free, children over five and senior citizens £9. Tanfield Unlimited ticket holders and Tanfield Railway Association members get 50% discount.
#2: Prehistoric Pioneers, Palace Green Library
Explore life in ancient Britain, from warfare to rituals, and the way Bronze Age people buried weapons and treasure in hidden hoards. Discover their pioneering inventions, and a never-before-seen Bronze Age hoard recently discovered in County Durham.
The exhibition is curated by Museum and Artefact studies MA students, and aims to give a face to prehistoric communities, showing that they were far from primitive. Prehistoric Pioneers begins on Friday June 14 at Palace Green Library
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#3: Inspired by Wild, Palace Green Library
To coincide with Palace Green Library's ongoing exhibition Wild, this session is a chance to get messy and make wildlife prints, from butterfly wings to fox's paws and leaping salmon's scales.
Inspired by Wild takes place on Saturday and Sunday June 15-16 - drop in anytime from 1-3pm. It is included in the admission price and is suitable for children aged five to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
#4: Forest School, Durham Cathedral
Running on Friday mornings and afternoons, the under fives forest school is designed to help children develop a love of the outdoors by exploring Durham Cathedral's woodlands and riverbanks in tailored sessions for little learners, led by Durham Cathedral's education team.
The Durham Cathedral Forest School is on Friday June 14 at 9.45-11.45am, and an afternoon block is at 1-3pm, and runs for the following four Fridays too. Block booking of all six sessions costs £25 per child, and accompanying parents go for free. Booking is essential as places are limited by calling Durham Cathedral on 0191 338 7178.
#5: Archaeology at Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland
Drop in to Auckland Castle grounds anytime between 11am and 3pm on any day between Saturday June 15 and Sunday June 30 to see some of the archaeological finds from work at Auckland Castle. The whole family can help to wash recent finds and take part in archaeological activities.
#6: Morris Car Rally, Beamish Museum
The annual Beamish Morris Car Rally is a chance to see up to 20 of these beautiful motor vehicles, provided by the Morris Car Club, in the historic setting of Beamish. It takes place on Saturday and Sunday June 15-16 and is free for annual pass holders.
Also on Sunday June 16 is the Beamish Reliability Run 2019, a 150-mile run through Durham and North Yorkshire beginning and ending at Beamish. Beamish Museum will open at 8.30am so spectators can watch the cars leave, and they should be returning from 3.30pm onwards, with the museum staying open until 6pm (exhibits will only be open from 10am to 5pm as usual).
#7: Hooray for Hieroglyphs, Durham Oriental Museum
Hooray for Hieroglyphs takes place on Saturday June 15. Spot the hieroglyphs in the Ancient Egyptian galleries and write your name or a secret message in hieroglyphs.
Drop in anytime between 1-3pm. Hooray for Hieroglyphs is suitable for children aged five to 11 years, and they must be accompanied by an adult. It's 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). For more information contact Durham Oriental Museum on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0191 334 5694.
#8: Rifles Regiment, Durham city centre
Between 1-6pm on Saturday June 15 on Palace Green, the Rifles Regiment will be heading into Durham. There are plenty of free events: find out what it takes to be a soldier, try out The Rifles' equipment and learn more about the history of The Rifles and Durham Light Infantry.
There will also be musical displays by the Band and Bugles of the County Durham Army Cadet Force including a Sounding Retreat at 5pm, which will close the event.
#9: Super Saturday, Bowes Museum
The Bowes Museum event this weekend is Super Saturday, which includes 'sparkly' surprise activities.
It takes place on Saturday June 15 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.
#10: Durham County Show 2019
Taking place on the Ushaw Estate, this show focuses on horses, with demonstrations, judging classes, and lots of stalls. You can read what's on in our Durham County Show story.
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