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#1: 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 7 at 9.45-11.45am, and an afternoon block is at 1-3pm, and runs for the following five 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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#2: Durham Kayak Club Open Day, Durham
Want to try your hand at kayaking and other river sports? Durham Kayak Club is holding a free Paddle Sport Open Day for people to go along and try out a new activity. If you're aged over 11, then go along and have a go, stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, sit on top canoes, and playboards.
The Durham Kayak Club Open Day is being held at the Corn Mill, South Street Banks, in Durham, on Sunday June 9 between 10.30am and 3.30pm. For more information or to book, contact @DurhamKayakClub on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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#3: Newton Aycliffe music festival
On Saturday and Sunday June 8-9, Aycliffe Radio presents a two day open air live music festival in Newton Aycliffe Town Centre mall. The event is free to attend and will include a selection of local performers, and runs from 12-6pm.
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#4: Go Wild, Durham Botanic Gardens
Part of the Summer in the City Durham festival, Go Wild at Durham Botanic Gardens is a workshop where you can combine wildlife and art by making your very own garden treasure to take home. It takes place from 1-3pm on Saturday June 8 and is free.
#5: Open Farm Sunday, Raby Castle
As part of the Open Farm Sunday event, Raby Castle is opening its Raby Home Farm to the public, for free. Taking place on Sunday June 9 from 10am to 4pm, you can learn about how Raby Home Farm looks after the environment and about farm stewardship, and you can see the oilseed, barley and wheat crops, and meet the animals from sheep to Longhorn cattle and deer.
There will also be trailer rides every hour from 10.30am to 3.30pm. These are free but you need to book a place here.