If you haven’t got a Max Card, you should consider getting one. It gives families of foster children and children with additional needs FREE or discounted access to loads of attractions across the UK.
Families in the North East are well served when it comes to the number of attractions that accept the card, with savings at castles, zoos, bowling alleys and more.
If you’re in the area and looking for a family day out, here are the top FREE days out in Durham with a Max Card. They are free for up to two adults and two children unless stated. Check out Max Card’s website for more details.
1. Durham University Botanic Garden, Durham
The Botanic Garden is a great place for kids to explore and hosts lots of free family activities and events. It runs a family activity, suitable for children, on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon most weekends throughout the year. Many of the events are inspired by the natural setting of the garden, with activities ranging from traditional crafts to storytelling.
Access Information: Wheelchair access, disabled toilets, guide dogs welcome.
2. Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Upper Weardale, County Durham
This award winning Victorian mining museum is located in the centre of the North Pennines. Visitors over the age of four can take a mine tour. Other activities include finding your own minerals, walking the woodland trails to see red squirrels, and visiting Killhope shop and café. There is free parking and dogs are welcome.
Access Information: Wheelchair access, disabled parking & toilets.
3. Oriental Museum, Durham
From Ancient Egypt to modern China, the Oriental Museum is the only museum in the north of England devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of Northern Africa and Asia. The museum regularly hosts family-friendly activities, including crafts and storytelling.
4. The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham
The Bowes Museum offers one of Britain’s most fascinating museum experiences. Go on a wonderful journey and discover the romantic story that led to the creation of this impressive building and amazing collection. The museum has a range of activities for families, including an adventure play area, woodland walks, picnic areas, museum explorer backpacks, interactive resources and orienteering trails. The museum holds regular family events in the school holidays. During term time it hosts a weekly toddler group and also an after school club for children aged between 7-12 years.
If you like these 4 FREE days out in Durham, check out other posts in my Max Card series, including:
7 FREE days out in North Yorkshire with a Max Card
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