Are you looking for something new and exciting to do in your local area? Maybe you’re looking for a little adventure or maybe you’re just a bit bored of your regular coffee shop and walk type days? Well I’ve compiled the perfect little list of some weird and wonderful things to do in Durham to spice up your week! I hope you enjoy my list, which I’ve written in no particular order!
33 Neville Street
33 Neville Street is one of the only ‘Speakeasy’ style bars in Durham. The concept of a speakeasy dates back to 1920’s during Prohibition era America, a place where people would go in secret to get bootleg drinks when all other alcohol was outlawed. The modern day speakeasy style bar has become increasingly popular in the last few years, fortunately we have one right in our own city! The entrance is an unassuming black door which requires a pin code for entry. (which you can receive along with instructions on their website here.) The bar itself has a beautiful interior and a corner booth that often has a jazz band playing. They have an amazing selection of gins, whiskies, craft beers and Cocktails.
Escape Rooms Durham
Escape Rooms have become increasingly popular in the last few years, and are a fun new thing to do in a group of 2 or more people. Escape Rooms Durham is a small independent company meaning you won’t find their games anywhere else, they also feature the UK’s only Escape game inside a real 600 year old castle! You and a team of 2-6 people get locked in an intricately designed room and have to solve puzzles in order to escape, each room has different themes and stories. The teams at Escape Rooms Durham come from either theatrical or gaming backgrounds, and have worked in immersive theatre, west end musicals and have created and operated live action role play gaming. So you are sure to have a very immersive experience. These ‘Crystal Maze’ style games are suitable for families (with young teens over 15), friends, corporate team building, hen parties, birthdays, etc. In terms of accessibility unfortunately the City Centre venue doesn’t have wheelchair access, however the Lumley Castle venue is fully wheelchair accessible, you’re advised to call ahead as you may need some assistance with uneven flooring in some areas. Those with walking difficulties are also urged to call ahead so assistance may be provided. ‘Relaxed’ games are offered for Autistic visitors where sensory elements of the game can be reduced or turned off if you call ahead when booking. More information can be found on their website here.
The Rabbit Hole
This is my personal favourite entry in this blog, and very much my inspiration for writing this altogether. Having ‘wow I never knew that was there’ moments about a city I’ve lived in my whole life is very exciting and I hope those from Durham or anywhere else reading this have the same experience. The Rabbit Hole describes itself as a ‘Luxury time warp into an opulent 1920’s Shanghai-inspired supper club: An ode to a bygone era of decadence and indulgence, re-lived in all its glory.’ The restaurant is split into two parts, one half oriental grill and one part speakeasy style. During the day is a beautiful dim-sum menu and during the evening until late is an A La Carte menu. The dim-sum parlour during the day has a more relaxed vibe and is great for sharing with friends and loved ones. By night you will be greeted by a hostess by the secret red door (when the light is on!) and lead to the opulent ‘inner sanctum’ featuring fine dining, live music and more. I highly recommend you check out their website here.
The Magic Corner
The Magic Corner is a custom built Magic Show Bar located in the heart of Durham, more specifically at 9 ½, Old Elvet, Durham. The Magic corner is an immersive and interactive close-up magic show. You enter into a stunning location with magic already all around you in this wonderfully designed bar and set. Where you can settle in with a drink from the fully functioning bar. There you can then enjoy a mesmerising magic show. The running time for the show is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes and is recommended for ages 10 and up. The venue is accessible however please keep in mind the show is very sensory and interactive if that’s something you may struggle with. Click here to find out more about the show!