Summer holidays: From dread to delight

  • 30 July 2021

There’s no denying the summer holidays can bring a feeling of dread when it comes to thinking of ways to keep the children entertained, that’s why we’ve been working on a handy guide of things to bring delight to all the family in and around Darlington over the next six weeks.


Get active for free

From Monday 19th July to Friday 27th August, young people aged 8 – 12 years old can enjoy a game of rounders, a kick about and some exciting team challenges and what’s more, there’s no need to book – simply turn up and have fun! Full details here.

Wednesdays in Market Square

There’s a whole host of activities at Market Square in Darlington this summer, including roller skating, mini golf, cycling and skateboarding!

Fancy a movie?

Sit back, relax and enjoy a wide range of family films at Vue and ODEON this summer.

Explore our town’s history at Head of Steam

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum is located in North Road Station on the 1825 route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the world's first steam-worked public railway. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am – 4pm and FREE to under 5s, the museum is a fantastic day out for all the family. Plan your visit today.

Darlington Pride Weekender

Taking place from Saturday 7th to Monday 9th August, there’s a variety of activities to enjoy from a Pride picnic and rainbow trail, to market stalls and theatre events. Find out more here.

Proms in the Park

Taking place from 3pm – 5pm on Sunday 8th August, Proms in the Park is a free event located in the beautiful surroundings of South Park. There’s no need to book, simply turn up and enjoy! Picnics and chairs highly recommended for the full experience.

Further afield

Time for adventure

With six huge play zones, a farmyard and a mix of both indoor and outdoor areas to discover, Adventure Valley is the biggest adventure park in the North East. Tickets start from £13.50 and provide fun for all the family. Book your tickets today.

Travel through time with Kynren, an epic tale of England

Every Saturday from 7th August – 11th September, you can enjoy a blockbuster performance taking you through 2,000 years of history, myth and legend, which has been ranked in Trip Advisor’s ‘Top Five Shows to See in the UK’. Find out more here.

Let off some steam at Planet Leisure

A one-stop-shop for lots of fun, Planet Leisure offers 12 bowling lanes, a futuristic space-themed Laser Quest arena, a large roller rink, a 5,000 sq ft trampoline park, karaoke pods, numerous arcades and much more! Check out what’s available and plan your visit today.

This is just a snapshot of events and activities available for you and the family. You can find lots more fun activities via:

And of course, you can find your new, family home by visiting us at Howards Green! Book your appointment today.

From all of us here at Thirteen Homes, we wish you a happy and fun-filled summer break.