Family events help to make the weekend go with a swing - here are some of the best Durham weekend events we've found for March 22-24 2019.
Whether you've got a young family or your children are a bit older, there are usually things to do in Durham to keep them all entertained. We've taken a look through the best Durham family events we can find - see what takes your fancy and fill your weekend with fun.
#1: Easter Wonderland, Durham Castle
Durham Castle Easter Wonderland is a family fun day. Run by Castle Community Action (CCA) and Durham Castle Museum, Durham Castle Easter Wonderland includes an Easter egg hunt, family fun tours, and Easter crafts.
Durham Castle Easter Wonderland takes place on Saturday March 23 2019 from 11-4pm. Family Fun Castle Tours will be available for sign up on arrival, and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Tours start at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
Booking is essential and there are limited places per time slot. To book, head to the Eventbrite booking page.
When you arrive, head straight to the Durham Castle entrance. For enquiries, phone Palace Green Library on 0191 334 2932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more Easter events, head to our Easter events page.
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#2: Georgian Hawk Walk, Beamish Museum
Learn the life of a falconer in the 1800s and have a chance to try out handling and flying the hawk in this Beamish Museum hands-on experience. The Georgian falconer will take you on a stroll through the countryside, lasting about one to one and a half hours. Afterwards you can meet an owl, as well as other birds of prey, and there will be plenty of photo opportunities. Entrance to Beamish Museum for the day is included in the price.
The Georgian Hawk Walk takes place on Saturday March 23 2019 from 10.30am to 12pm. It costs £35 per person and is open to anyone aged 13 and over (under 18s need to be accompanied). Book by phoning Beamish Museum on 0191 370 4026.
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#3: Holi Festival, Durham Oriental Museum
Fancy throwing some coloured powder about? Of course you do. Holi Festival is a Hindu festival celebrating everything from the arrival of Spring to being a chance to renew and repair friendships and relationships, and is also known as the Festival of Colours.
Hosted by the Durham Oriental Museum, Holi Festival Durham takes place on Saturday March 23 between 12-5pm. There are timed powder throws using free environmentally powder sachets, with one given to every participant. There will be family-friendly powder throws as well as the general participation. Durham Holi Festival costs £4 per person and children under two can go along for free. Booking is essential, which you can do by heading to the Eventbrite booking page. For more information call 0191 3345694 or email email@example.com
You can also read more in our Holi Festival Durham story.
#4: A day of events, Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral will host a series of St Cuthbert's Day events on Saturday March 23. At 10am, several events will start. First off is a St Cuthbert Festival Local Producers' Market in the Durham Cathedral cloisters, and at the same time there will be St Cuthbert Festival Family Fun, where children aged three upwards can handle objects such as knights' armour, and listen to storyteller Adam Bushnell talk about Anglo Saxons and Vikings.
Also running from 10am will be free Durham Cathedral guided tours, at 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
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#5: Plumes and Pompoms, Palace Green Library
Soldiers often had feathers and pompoms in their caps, the colour of which signified their regiment. The famous Durham Light Infantry were no exception. Head along to Palace Green Library on Saturday and Sunday March 23-24 between 1-3pm and make a pompom for your hat.
Palace Green Library Plumes and Pompoms costs £7.50 adults, children five and over £6.50 (under fives go free), concessions £6.50, family tickets (two adults and two children) £25.