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Places to visit and childcare


If you are considering extending your visit and exploring this beautiful and historically rich part of the country, we would encourage you to make any bookings early. The conference is taking place within the UK school summer holidays so many people will be taking vacation at this time. 


Travelling to Durham with children and would welcome childcare during the conference?


Team Durham Holiday Camps at Maiden Castle offer a summer camp for children, with day rates available (£12 per day) 

LK Health and Wellbeing also run an excellent summer camp with day rates at Durham Cricket Club (15-20 min walk from conference venue / city centre) for children age 5-11. £15 full day, £7.50 half day. Please contact them directly for further information and booking.


For further details of activities in and around Durham please go here 


Rough Guides named this northern English city its top place to visit, citing its “Geordie geniality, nightlife, burgeoning restaurant scene, fantastic museums and architectural feats like Tyne Bridge". Newcastle is the closest city to Durham, and can be reached by train is just 10 minutes. Visit the Official Tourism Website for Newcastle for further details.


The historic Priory and Castle provides a dramatic backdrop to fun and games on the beaches below while the selection of cafes and restaurants in Tynemouth are sure to provide some much needed nourishment after a long walk along the beach. A great spot for cycling, kayaking and surfing.

National Parks

Durham is surrounded by National Parks and Areas of Natural Beauty including the North PenninesNorthumberland National ParkYorkshire Dales, and the North York Moors National Park.


The Lake District National Park is also within reach. 

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