We're going to Redworth Hall Hotel, halfway between Durham and Darlington, tomorrow for 3 nights. We don't live in the area, so can anyone recommend good things to do with a 10 month old in this area? Eg good soft play areas (she's crawling well), animal farms etc etc.
I live five minutes away from Redworth Hall Hotel!!!!!!! Its really nice. Are you there for a special occasion?
Playshack in Shildon, or Ruff n Tumble in Newton Aycliffe but think she may be a bit young, but are both decent soft play centres- they are literally five minutes away. Shildon also has a railway musuem which is very pushchair friendly to visit. Hall Hill Farm is about fifteen minutes away in the car(google for directions). What sort of thing are you wanting do? i can recommend lots
Oh and can you recommend nice places to eat? Sorry i forgot to answer your question DLI, it's not a special occasion, no, they just have a special offer on and my PIL have been before and said it's lovely. They are coming too.
the bay horse at Heighington is nice (just round the corner practically) and so is the bay horse at Middridge (about five/ten minutes away). I think Ruff and Tumble has the better small play area but does get very busy. Darlington is pretty ok for shopping if you fancy a trip to the shops (is closer than Durham which is about twenty/thirty minutes from Redworth)and has plenty of the usual places to eat.
I'm going to offer some slightly different suggestions, based on the assumption that you won't want to be in soft play places all the time, and 10 month olds are easily pleased so long as you don't take them anywhere they have to be still and silent!
Durham is a beautiful city, the cathedral and old town are well worth a visit. Durham botanical gardens (on the southern edge of the city) are good. Crook Hall and gardens in Durham are really lovely. Durham is surprisingly short on decent places to eat - Numjai (Thai), Fat Buddha ('Asian Fusion') and Oldfields (modern British) are the best of an inadequate bunch.
Beyond Durham, Beamish Open Air Museum is great. Fantastic countryside near there too (esp if you go west towards the Durham Dales) lots of lovely easy walks to do. Not much in the way of indoor attractions up there though, pray for good weather and pack your waterproofs!