There are lots of things going on to keep the children entertained. Here's what's on in Durham for June 21-23 2019.

Whether you've got small children who enjoy taking part in craft activities, or older children who like outdoor events, venues across Durham usually run a variety of events and activities. Take a look below to see what there is this weekend.

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#1: Treats and Sweets, Beamish Museum

Run by the Period Food Team, this Beamish Museum event is a chance to learn how to make all sorts of traditional sweets, from cinder toffee to Scottish tablet and rum truffles, and takes place in the 1900s Town. All the equipment and ingredients are included, as well as tea or coffee and a slice of cake, and a copy of the recipes used.

Beamish Museum Treats and Sweets takes place on Friday June 21, from 12.30-4pm, and costs £65 per person. Book by phoning Beamish on 0191 370 4026 or by using the online contact form.

#2: Forest School, Durham Cathedral

The third instalment of the Durham Cathedral activity 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 21 at 9.45-11.45am, and an afternoon block is at 1-3pm, and runs for the following three 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.

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#3: Durham University community fun day

Up on Palace Green, Durham University will be running a community fun day. Taking place on Saturday June 22 from 10am to 3pm, there'll be live music and theatre, hands on science experiments, arts and crafts, and a chance to have a go at some sports and dancing. For more information email

#4: HSBC UK Go Ride, Consett

A free event, the Ready Set Ride - Skill 2 Ride is part of the Consett Cycling Festival, and run by British Cycling Go Ride. Taking place in Front Street, Consett, between 9.15-10.45am on Sunday June 23, the session is aimed at children to have a go at cycling and get some tips from the qualified coaches. Bikes and helmets are available on the day. Email for more information. You can register here.

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#5: Chesterfest, Chester le Street

Chesterfest in Chester le Street celebrates the Cricket World Cup coming to the North East. Running on Saturday (11am to 9pm) and Sunday (11am to 6pm) June 22-23, Chesterfest will have entertainment and children's activities, as well as live music. There will also be food theatre where visitors can watch demonstrations from professional chefs.

#6: We're going on a Bear Hunt, Hardwick Park

There will be storytelling, fun trails, outdoor activities and themed crafts for children under five at this activity day at Hardwick Park in Sedgefield. Hardwick Park's We're going on a Bear Hunt is on Saturday June 22 from 10-11.30am and 1-2.30pm. It costs £4 and must be booked in advance. Contact Hardwick Park on phone 0300 026 2899 or email

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#7: Wildlife Walk, Raby Castle

Join the Raby Castle wildlife manager on a walk around the 200 acre estate to see the red deer and fallow deer, and maybe even spot a few babies. The Raby Castle Wildlife Walk takes place on Saturday June 22 from 10am to 12pm.

#8: (Small but) FIERCE, Durham Oriental Museum

Part of the Durham Summer in the City festival, '(Small but) FIERCE' on Sunday June 23 from 1-3.30pm. Taking place at Durham Oriental Museum, this free event involves helping to create an international magazine for children who want to change the world. It's suitable for children aged eight to 12 and no booking is needed.

#9: Seaham Lifeboat Day

On Sunday June 23 from 10am to 4pm, Seaham Lifeboat Day takes place at Seaham Harbour Marina, organised by East Durham Heritage Group.

Seaham Lifeboat Day celebrates the return of the restored historic lifeboat George Elmy to Seaham. It's free but all donations given on the day will go to the RNLI.

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