Planning a summer of fun? Take a look at things to do in Durham

The days are getting longer and the nights shorter, this can only mean one thing… It’s finally summer! If you’re planning to have a fun-filled summer then we’ve got your back. Take a look at our top recommendations for things to do in Durham. 


In a modern world of TikTok and Youtube it can be hard to steer the kids away from a phone screen. Well we have the solution! The Durham Treasure trail is the perfect way to get the kids to enjoy some fresh air.

This treasure hunt themed trail is 0.8 miles long and takes approximately one hour to complete, of course this varies from person to person. The trail starts at Market Place Durham and continues throughout Durham city. 

As you explore the city (making sure you stay on the trail route) you’ll search high and low for plaques to find your next clue. 

This adventure costs £9.99 per group, you can either have the map mailed to you or print it at home for instant trailing.

Now to answer the question you’ve been waiting for. No! This isn’t a real treasure hunt meaning you won’t find any gold at the end of the trail. However, all correct answers are entered into a monthly prize draw where you could win £100. 


Diggerland Giant Diggers

One of our favourite things to do in Durham is to enjoy the rides and drives available at Diggerland

This construction based theme park is totally unique. I mean, how many kids can say they’ve driven a real full-sized digger? Well at Diggerland dreams like these become a reality. 

The Giant Diggers are loved by people of all ages. When in control of the Giant Diggers, you will scoop up a bucket of soil, swivel, dump it and repeat. Although this may sound simple, it truly does take some serious concentration. 

If you’re feeling brave, take on the Spindizzy! Be aware this ride is best on an empty stomach. You will be strapped into a specially designed digger bucket, hoisted into the air and tossed around. 

If we can guarantee anything, it’s that at Diggerland you will have buckets of fun!


Grab a paddle, we’re going canoeing. Whether you’re a beginner or a complete pro, Wear Canoes welcomes you all. Anyone from the age of six is welcome to test their canoeing skills. 

When thinking of things to do in Durham canoeing might not spring to mind. Not only is this the perfect activity for some family bonding, this is also the ultimate couples exercise. You’ll be sure to test each other’s patience, cry of laughter and if you’re not paddling right… get stuck in some greenery.

So how much will it cost? This depends on how long you wanted to hire the canoe for:

  • 30 minutes- £15
  • 1 hour-£24
  • Half day- £45
  • Full day- £60

You can find Wear Canoes at this address: Baths Bridge, Durham,County Durham, DH1 3DA, England


If you’re a bit of a speed demon looking for things to do in Durham, TopGear Karting has answered your prayers.

Go Karting is suitable for anyone who is over the age of eight and is at least 4ft 2in. So if you’re planning a day out with friends or older children, why not get involved in some healthy competition? 

As much as us Brits love the sun, we all know it isn’t exactly reliable. At this venue, the weather is no worry as it’s completely indoors. 

With various karting options available, whatever your karting needs are they will be met. So will you be the Grand Prix champion? Or are you going for a Sprint?

This is definitely one for students! Go for a race Monday-Friday and receive 30 laps for only £15pp.


If a day out to Diggerland is on your list of things to do in Durham, get your tickets on our website today to benefit from:

  • £25.95pp for anyone over 90cm
  • £12.97pp for anyone over the age of 65
  • Anyone under 90cm entering free of charge
  • Carers entering free of charge with anyone registered as disabled.

* All information correct as of 31/05/2022.