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Explore Your Archives and discover Durham's past
Published November 20, 2017 2.33pm
People are being encouraged to discover and explore County Durham's history next week by delving into thousands of original records and documents.
Lumiere 2017 in Durham closes on a high note as festival organisers Artichoke redraw the city in light
Published November 20, 2017 10.17am
Organisers declared Lumiere a resounding success as the fifth Lumiere festival in Durham drew to a close last night, Sunday 19 November 2017 at 11.00pm.
Tim Peake's spacecraft to land in Shildon
Published November 17, 2017 4.58pm
The spacecraft which transported Tim Peake - the UK's first European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut - to and from the International Space Station (ISS) will be landing in Locomotion at Shildon on Wednesday, 22 November 2017, staying at the museum until 15 January 2018.
Pair take on charity challenge for Children in Need
Published November 16, 2017 12.58pm
Two charity champions are gearing up for another challenge this week to raise money for Children in Need.
New family sessions on offer at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre
Published November 16, 2017 11.14am
Families are being encouraged to make a splash this month by trying out some of the new sessions on offer at one of the county's pools.
Popular Bishop Auckland man remembered in art exhibition
Published November 15, 2017 2.27pm
A much-loved Bishop Auckland man who died suddenly earlier this year is living on through his artwork.
Rehearsals underway for Gala Christmas show
Published November 14, 2017 11.24am
Rehearsals are well underway for this year's pantomime at the Gala Theatre - the swashbuckling tale of Robinson Crusoe.
Library to close for essential maintenance work
Published November 14, 2017 11.13am
A County Durham library is to close temporarily to enable essential maintenance work to be carried out.
Bishop Auckland offers the region's warmest welcome
Published November 13, 2017 3.25pm
Bishop Auckland has been officially named as one of the most welcoming towns in the country as it prepares to greet thousands of new visitors.
Try out new swimming sessions during leisure centre open day
Published November 01, 2017 2.35pm
A County Durham swimming pool is launching its new programme this weekend with a day of free activities suitable for all the family.
Award-winning artists come together for evening of tales and tunes
Published October 25, 2017 12.54pm
An award-winning folk musician from Northumberland will be joined on stage by a popular local author for a special evening at the Gala Theatre this week.
Vote for Hardwick as UK's best park
Published October 24, 2017 1.04pm
Residents are being asked to vote for a popular County Durham park to help it clinch a prestigious award.
Full programme announced for Lumiere
Published October 16, 2017 4.47pm
Programme information for Lumiere 2017, running from Thursday 16 until Sunday 19 November 2017, 4:30pm until 11.00pm.
Artichoke announces ticketing information for this year's Lumiere festival, 16-19 November
Published October 05, 2017 6.58pm
With excitement growing following last month's sneak preview of the sparkling Lumiere line-up this year, Artichoke has announced plans for ticket availability for the fifth Lumiere festival, 16-19 November.
Under 5s Christmas show comes to Gala
Published September 28, 2017 4.58pm
A new Christmas show for children under 5 is coming to Durham this winter.
Head out on the high seas for Gala's pirate pantomime
Published September 28, 2017 1.06pm
Tickets are selling fast for the Gala Theatre's latest pantomime - the swashbuckling tale of Robinson Crusoe.
Ps in a Pod artist to give free talk
Published September 08, 2017 2.42pm
The artist behind a County Durham art installation is giving a free talk about her career as the sculptures move to a new location.
Sunderland stories come to Gala
Published September 07, 2017 1.36pm
Fans of Sunderland AFC can celebrate the start of the new season with a double bill of short plays about their beloved club as well as taking part in a question and answer session with a former player.
Sneak preview of Lumiere Durham 2017
Published September 06, 2017 9.52am
Durham's iconic landmarks including Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle and the historic Miners' Hall at Redhills are the first locations to be announced in a sneak preview of the programme for the fifth edition of Lumiere, the UK's largest light festival, which returns to Durham from 16 to 19 November 2017.
First glimpse at plans for new Peterlee Library
Published September 05, 2017 1.05pm
Residents are being given a first look at a new East Durham library ahead of its move to another site over the next year.