When I was up here we used to go punting out on the river. It was a very pleasant way to waste an afternoon, although sometimes it somewhat spoiled by the very wittly local youths who enjoyed singing the 'Just one Cornetto' song (how amazingly original of them !) from an old advert for walls ice cream.
Oh, that and then gobbing off the bridges onto the boats below.
As a tourist you can take out a rowing boat from Brown's boathouse, but beware of other boats who wish to use their boat as a battering ram, or indeed a college eight at full pelt down the river.
You can also take the leisurely option of cruising around the river bends on the 'Prince Bishops' boat which is run by the same company.
Croquet is a sport you don't see very often, but there is a fine tradition of it being played in Durham.
The Current world champion passed through at the same time as me, and although far out of my class I remember giving him a run for his money once or twice.
At our college we developed a slight twist on the sport by turning it into a drinking game - which made pegging out almost impossible.
If you are lucky you may see some students playing it on Palace Green (the area between Cathedral and Castle).
P.S the picture is of some recent students, although I did spend several happy hour doing the same !
There's a rowing club not far from the castle and cathedral of Durham. As an old rower I loved watching the boats on the river of course. What a nice location for a picnic trip!
Equipment: A boat, two sculls and a sunny day