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Welcoming guide sparks vital conversations about loneliness
Published January 17, 2020 10.41am
"Loneliness can affect us all, regardless of age or whether we live alone, and it's vital we do as much as we can to ensure everyone feels a part of our community."
Two history courses will help people discover their family's past
Published January 17, 2020 10.30am
Make your new year's resolution to learn more about your family history, with the help of two archive courses.
£63m leisure investment approved by councillors
Published January 15, 2020 4.15pm
More modern, vibrant and innovative leisure services are promised for County Durham as part of £63 million plans approved today.
Artists with fresh ideas needed for revamped gallery
Published January 15, 2020 12.48pm
An exciting commission is on offer for County Durham artists to create playful and interactive work for a revamped venue.
Durham pool launches new aqua fitness classes
Published January 15, 2020 11.03am
People aiming to get fit for the new year can try a selection of new aqua classes for free.
Bringing West End wonder to County Durham
Published January 13, 2020 11.09am
Musical theatre fans can enjoy the magic of the West End in the heart of County Durham this year, including special dementia friendly film screenings.
Theatres' Christmas wishes are granted with panto success
Published January 09, 2020 10.53am
Two County Durham theatres are celebrating the end of a magical pantomime season as the curtains fall on their most successful Christmas shows ever.
Multi-million-pound leisure centre plans to be discussed
Published January 07, 2020 4.02pm
Three new state-of-the-art leisure centres could be built under plans to invest almost £63 million in leisure services across County Durham.
A County Durham theatre has a green wish granted
Published January 07, 2020 11.32am
A County Durham theatre is setting the stage and leading the way by switching to power-saving lighting.
Make memories that will last a lifetime at the Gala Theatre
Published January 03, 2020 9.54am
There will be fun for all the family at a County Durham theatre this spring thanks to a variety of uplifting productions aimed at younger audiences.
Wizardry and wit collide at hilarious improv show
Published January 02, 2020 12.22pm
Grab your wands, don your house robes and catch the Hogwarts Express to the Gala Theatre this month for a magical improv show.
Three months free on gym and swim memberships
Published January 01, 2020 5.00am
Sign up to a paid in full gym or swim membership between 1-31 January and get three months free! (Not applicable on Corporate Memberships.)
Published January 01, 2020 5.00am
Swimming memberships are a great option if you swim regularly, and don't use the gym or group exercise classes.
Theatre presents poignant retelling of iconic 1960s drama
Published December 23, 2019 10.43am
The emotional tale of a mother and daughter who fall on hard times is the latest in-house production at a County Durham theatre.
Durham Town Hall welcomes 11,000 visitors in its first year
Published December 20, 2019 11.58am
A historic County Durham building is celebrating a successful first year of 11,000 visitors after opening its doors to the public.
Panto stars bring Christmas magic to hospital ward
Published December 20, 2019 10.10am
Cast members from the Gala Theatre's panto paid a special visit to children spending the run up to Christmas in hospital.
Gladiators, goldilocks and 'gold' hit-maker on way to revamped venue
Published December 16, 2019 12.36pm
An exciting line-up of music, comedy and children's shows will hit the stage of a newly renovated Bishop Auckland Town Hall when it re-opens next year.
Students shining tribute to iconic landmark
Published December 11, 2019 12.03pm
Two student-led art projects designed to celebrate the anniversary of an iconic County Durham structure have culminated with shining success.
Telling the story of a rock 'n' roll legend
Published December 06, 2019 1.13pm
As County Durham gets set to celebrate the music and showmanship of the Rolling Stones, the concert's star has been sharing what it is like to play his idol.
Barnard Castle gymnasts celebrate medal success
Published December 06, 2019 1.00pm
Children from a County Durham gymnastics club are celebrating their success in two competitions.