Top Activities This Summer In Darlington

The schools have broken up and summertime is here. It’s time to grab your paddling pools, garden furniture, BQQs and other summer activities out of self storage in Darlington to really enjoy the summer holidays. There are loads of great activities and places to visit in and around Darlington this summer. However, a paddling pool in the garden with the BBQ cooking up some treats is a great way to spend the longer, warmer summer days too.

In this blog post we look at just some of the many top activities and places that you can enjoy in and around Darlington this summer.


Top Activities This Summer In Darlington Quick Self Storage

The WWT Washington Wetland Area

If you are looking for a day of outdoor adventures, space to run and play and beautiful scenery then you might want to visit WWT Washington Wetland Centre. It is also home to the new LEGO Brick Wetlanf Safari which is a sight loved by people of all ages. There are giant Lego structures of the wildlife that you can spot around the area. These include Lego structures of an owl, kingfisher and even an otter! There is a chance to meet ducks and geese in Ganderland and you might even spot the adorable Asian short-clawed otter.  There is over 104 acres of nature reserve to explore with parks, woodlands, wetlands and meadows to enjoy, along with climbing frames, swings, water play and much more.


Peircebridge is a village just six miles up the River Tees from the centre of Darlington and a fabulous place to explore. Why not get your boat out of self storage in Darlington to explore the area via the water? It is a picturesque piece of rural County Durham. The area also has a riveting ancient history as the site of a Roman fort and bridge. There are excavated remains of the fort in the village green. These are open to visitors and well worth visiting. On the south bank, you can also examine the ruins of the Roman bridge. This is safeguarded by English Heritage and again, truly stunning. If you can explore this area by boat, you will see that the river has changed so much since Roman times. The bridge now sits a full 90 metres from the water.

Ruff N Tumble Adventure World

If you have energetic children under the age of 12 then Ruff N Tumble adventure world is very much worth a visit. It is a state-of-the-art fun facility that is designed for kids under 12 and there is a dedicated area for children under 5-year-olds. They have a multi-level mainframe that is jampacked with slopes, frames, drop slides and ball cannons. It’s a great space on the colder or wetter summer days for kids to let off steam. There are also additional entertainments too, including an indoor climbing wall, bungee trampolines, multi sports courts and ten pin bowling. Check out their website for specific activity sessions too.

Raby Castle

If you have a car then you definitely need to venture out to Raby Castle. It is just ten miles North West of Darlington. We believe it is one of the most outstanding Medieval castles in the North West. It was originally built in the 14th century by the Neville family and is now open to visitors throughout the summer, Wednesdays through to Sundays. The interiors take you on a journey from Medieval to Victorian times. There is also an adorable walled garden and a 200-acre deer park, as well as a collection of horse-drawn carriages in the coach house.

Planet Leisure

Just because it’s the summer holidays, it doesn’t guarantee sunny summer weather. However, that doesn’t mean that there is nothing to do. Planet Leisure is an exciting indoor activity and entertainment centre. It has fun for all the family with roller skating, laser quest, ten bin bowling, a trampoline park and more. There is also a toddler bounce area to ensure that the whole family can let off some steam and have some fun.

Stockeld Park

Stockeld Park is located in West Yorkshire near Wetherby. It’s a unique all-weather magical and memorable family attraction. There is an enchanted forest filled with interactive fun. It is also home to five themed adventure playgrounds offering lots of fun such as zip lines, slides, a giant tree maze and much more. Stockeld Park also offers themed events and live theatre productions inside, along with the brand new Playhive which is one of the largest and most original indoor play areas in Europe. When you have been there you really will agree that there is no other place like it!

Thornton Hall Gardens

The Thornton Hall Gardens are only open on set dates in the spring or summer months, but they are well worth a visit. It is a splendid manor house that was constructed in the 16th century. It’s a good idea to call ahead to arrange a visit during the summer months as it is a popular place to visit. There are also two walled gardens that have been preserved in the Elizabethan style. They have rare perennials and surprising trees and shrubs in stunning mixed herbaceous borders.  There is also a separate kitchen garden along with ornamental and wildlife ponds.

The Dolphin Centre

If you’re looking for a splash-tastic time, then head down to The Dolphin Centre. It is an excellent pool complex with a selection of water-based activities including swimming, inflatables, diving board and slides. There is also a n Under the Sea themed soft play area. There is a spectator area for non-swimmers so they can still be part of the fun and keep an eye on the family in the water. Look out for the special appearances from Pirate Pete.

Create And Paint

Have you got any budding artists in your family? Create and Play in Darlington is the perfect place for you and the family to get crafty and make some wonderful keepsakes. You can take part in a wide range of activities, including teddy making, foam clay, ceramic painting and deco-patch. There is also a small café with homemade cakes that you’ll love tucking into as well.


If you have been considering purchasing a paddling pool, hot tub or small boat to enjoy in the summer months but are worried about storage then give us a call. We can store your large summer activity items throughout the year, then you can take them out of storage in Darlington when you need them. Want to protect your garden furniture and outdoor play equipment from the elements during the colder, wet and windy winter months? Pop them in our storage units in Darlington to keep them safe, dry and secure.  Call us now to find out more about storage facilities and how we can help you.