With half-term now upon us, there’s plenty going on to keep County Durham’s kids entertained.

Hardwick, Wharton, and Blackhill and Consett Parks will play host to activities ranging from building recycled robots to exploring an enchanted village.

At Durham City’s Wharton Park, kids will have the chance to search the grounds for hidden robots. Trail sheets are priced at £1 and children who find all the robots get a sticker.

The trail sheets can be purchased from the park’s café between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm, with the activity taking place every day up to and including Sunday 2nd June.

Wharton Park will also be hosting Lego workshops in its education room. Delivered by Block Parties, the one-hour workshops will run between 10.30 am and 3.15 pm on Tuesday 28th May. Tickets cost £4.50 and advanced booking is necessary.

At Wharton Park on Wednesday 29th May, there will be another robot-themed activity. Kids will get the chance to make their own robots from recycled materials. Hosted in the park’s education room, these two-hour workshops will not only be great fun, but will educate children about the importance of recycling.

The robot-building workshops will run from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon and 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm. Tickets are priced at £6 and must be booked in advance.

And on Friday 31st May, Wharton Park will play host to some ‘Spring Corner’ storytelling sessions. The sessions – based on The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle – will run from 10.00 am to 11.30 am and 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm. The sessions cost £4 per child and booking is required.

To learn more about Wharton Park’s half-term events, please go to https://www.durham.gov.uk/whartonparkevents or telephone 03000 262 655.

At Sedgefield’s Hardwick Park, kids can enjoy an Enchanted Village Trail. This activity will be available every day up to and including Sunday 2nd June. Trail sheets can be purchased from the gift shop for £1 during opening hours.

Kids who find all the tiny houses of the Enchanted Village will get a sticker.

On Tuesday 28th May at Hardwick Park, a Marvellous Mermaids and Nautical Neptune craft session will be held from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm. Entry costs £3 per child and booking is not necessary.

Also at Hardwick Park, there will be a Dragon Den Building session on Wednesday 29th May between 1.00 pm and 2.30 pm. Entry costs £6 per child and advanced booking is required.

In addition, Hardwick Park will be the venue for another workshop – Fairy Houses and Magical Kingdoms, with local artist Kay Henderson. The workshop, from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm on Thursday 30th May, will cost £8.50 per child. Places must be booked in advance.

For more information about the Hardwick Park events, please go to https://www.durham.gov.uk/hardwickpark or telephone 03000 262 899.

On Friday 31st May, Bees and Bugs – a session full of fun family activities – will take place in Consett’s Blackhill and Consett Park.

Organised by Durham Wildlife Trust, Bees and Bugs will be held on Friday 31st May between 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm. For more information, please go to https://www.durham.gov.uk/BandCPark or telephone 03000 262 480.

Durham County Council’s clean and green manager, Jimmy Bennett, said, “We know children will be looking forward to the half-term break and we have laid on a wide range of fun activities to keep them entertained and also physically active while they’re off school.”

“Our parks really are great days out for all the family and we’d encourage people to visit and explore them.”

(The featured image shows the Enchanted Village at Hardwick Park)

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