Days out at a Zoo, a Farm or a Themepark always make for great days out. Some of my best childhood memories come from visiting these such places. And there are so many great sites within a two hours drive of Sunderland.

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  • Lightwater Valley (1 hours 20 mins)
    Postcode: HG4 1DG
    Have a look at their website if you are wanting to visit. You can book tickets over their.
  • Flamingo Land (1 hour 45 mins)
    Postcode: YO17 6UX
    You can check their website for opening times and ticket prices.
  • Diggerland Durham (35 mins)
    Postcode: DH7 9TT
    Diggerland looks like a really fun day out. I have never been but honestly it looks so good! If you book now on their website you get a two year ticket!
  • Go Ape Maften Hall (45 mins)
    Postcode: NE20 0RH
    You can book tickets on their website, and also have a look at other places you can swing from trees! I haven’t done this exact one, but done a few others and they are so much fun!
Go Ape, Whinlatter, Lake District
Summer 2018
  • Ocean Beach Pleasure Park (25 mins)
    Postcode: NE33 2LD
    Open every day from 11am, this tied in with a nice picnic on the beach at South Shields or a cheeky bag of chips could make for a really nice day out! Keep an eye on their website for updates!
    Also check out my guide to visiting the coast if you want to make a day of it!
  • Kirkly Hall Zoological Gardens (45 mins)
    Postcode: NE20 0AQ
    Because of the size of the zoo, they are still operating on an advanced booking system. So check their website for information on how to do so
  • Northumberland Zoo (1 hour)
    Postcode: NE65 9QH
    We visited last year and the covid safty they had in place was fantastic. It was a really nice zoo and made for a good day out! You can buy tickets on their website and book your timeslot now.
Northumberland Zoo
Summer 2020
  • Adventure Valley (30 mins)
    Postcode: DH1 5SG
    All tickets to visit must be booked online prior to visiting. More information and ticket booking can all be found on their website.
  • Down at the Farm (15 mins)
    Postcode: DH5 8JG
    Down at the Farm is a really cute place for a day out! I can’t wait to visit again in the spring when all the little lambs are out. You can book your tickets on thier website.
Down at the Farm
Spring 2018
  • Washington Wetlands Centre WWT (10 mins)
    Postcode: NE38 8LE
    It technically has animals so I thought I’d include on this list. It’s been years since I was here. Really looking forward to being able to visit later in the year. You will need to book tickets to visit if you aren’t a member and this can be done on their website.
  • Whitehouse Farm (45 minutes)
    Postcode: NE61 6AW
    Whitehouse Farm is a really nice place to visit. Have a look on their website for more information about booking which must be done in adnave of visiting.
  • Falconry Days Hexham (1 hour 5 mins)
    Postcode: NE48 3EE
    You can book an experience day to see these birds of prey up close on their website now. I bet that is such an incredible thing to do!

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