When searching for your dream location to settle down in, having a mix between a relaxed setting to retreat home to after a busy day, yet being within reach of the buzz of attractions and amenities, is likely on your wish list.
We have found somewhere that has it all...School Aycliffe. Rooted in County Durham, the pretty village is surrounded by destinations celebrating the area's interesting history offering fun for all of the family just a short car journey away.
To help plan your next day trip in and around the area, we've selected five places to visit and spend the day.
is a country park with a difference and offers free admission year-round. Play, explore, stroll and relax at this woodland retreat which dates back to the 18th century. You'll find an abundance of historic buildings and structures, natural landscapes, beautiful woodland areas, and a gift shop and cafe.
Walworth Castle Birds of Prey
Take the whole family to witness the magical falconry displays at Walworth Castle Birds of Prey
. With an emphasis on educational fun, the attraction offers something a little different from the typical day out, and is set in the stunning grounds of Walworth Castle. Plus, there's a bird feeding station,woodland areas to wonder through and a nature trail with interactive quizzes to complete on your way around.
Locomotion: The National Railway Museum Shildon
The award-winning Locomotion
railway museum is on 3 minutes from School Aycliffe and open all year round. It's the perfect place to delve into the region's past bringing the North East's railway history to life. Discover incredible engineering and marvel at a whole host of exhibits. there's also a number of learning activities children will love.
Create and Paint
Located in Darlington, Create and Paint
is a short journey from School Aycliffe. The creative studio offers visitors of all ages the chance to embrace their artistic side with a range of activities including ceramic painting, deco patch, foam clay and teddy making. There really is something for everyone.
The centre of Durham is home to the iconic Durham Cathedral
, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre which was built between 1093 and 1133. While donations are invited to help preserve this landmark site, admission is free year-round. Why not make a day of it and settle down in one of Durham's many cafes and restaurants for lunch, potter around the mix of high street and independent shops in Prince Bishops Shopping Centre and walk along the pretty riverside.
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Thinking about making the move to the area? A range of three, four and five-bedroom homes are available at The Oaklands on School Aycliffe Lane. The Chadwick showhome is open for viewings and you can find out more about the development via https://www.millerhomes.co.uk/new-homes/north-east/the-oaklands--school-aycliffe-2.aspx.