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Line-up revealed for Durham Book Festival 2018
Published August 13, 2018 2.12pm
The programme has been announced for Durham Book Festival 2018, the North East's largest literary event.
Muddy Mayhem is back and it's better than ever
Published August 10, 2018 1.59pm
A veteran of the North East's ultimate obstacle course is hoping to continue his race success when the event returns next month.
Get Back on your Bike this summer
Published August 08, 2018 12.27pm
People who haven't ridden a bike for a while are being encouraged to get back in the saddle with free Back on your Bike courses.
Famous Mexican artists inspire colourful exhibition
Published August 01, 2018 4.40pm
Freda Kahlo, Pedro Linares and Mexico's legendary Day of the Dead celebrations are the inspiration behind a colourful exhibition.
Sign up quick for Muddy Mayhem
Published July 30, 2018 10.09am
Places are filling up fast for the North East's most exhilarating obstacle course, but don't worry there's still time secure your spot.
Nominations open for 2018 sports awards
Published July 23, 2018 11.47am
The search is on for individuals and organisations that champion sport and physical activity in County Durham.
Thousands more pupils learn about cold water shock
Published July 20, 2018 4.00pm
"It was scary but in a good way because it was a warning to be careful. It was really good that Cameron's mam was able to talk to us about this."
Summer holiday library activities
Published July 19, 2018 8.04pm
Find out what's on in our libraries over the Summer holidays.
Log on to interactive library for kids
Published July 19, 2018 2.26pm
Children in County Durham are being encouraged to get lost in a good book over the summer holidays by logging on to an interactive online library service.
Family swim for £10 this summer
Published July 19, 2018 1.38pm
£10 family swim offer during the summer holidays.
Local performers get involved in BRASS 2018
Published July 19, 2018 12.40pm
Community groups from across the county have been taking part in special performances as part of this year's BRASS Festival.
It's official! UK's largest light festival 10th anniversary spectacular will Help Durham Shine
Published July 11, 2018 1.19pm
Durham will host its most ambitious ever Lumiere light festival in 2019, featuring a selection of some favourites from the past decade of festivals.
Remembering Srebrenica 23 years on
Published July 10, 2018 1.19pm
Remembering Srebrenica, at Durham Clayport Library, highlights the horrors of the 1995 genocide, which saw thousands of Bosnian Muslims killed, displaced and sexually abused as part of a widespread ethnic cleansing campaign.
Teaching schoolchildren how to be safe around water
Published July 03, 2018 5.19pm
Schoolchildren in County Durham are being taught how to stay safe in and around water.
UK's largest light festival set to return with 10th anniversary spectacular
Published July 03, 2018 4.50pm
Durham is set to shine on the world stage again, with a call to deliver the most ambitious ever Lumiere light festival in 2019, featuring a selection of some favourites from the past decade of festivals.
Schoolchildren put language skills to the test
Published July 02, 2018 4.05pm
Schoolchildren from across the region have been putting their language skills to the test to help attract overseas visitors to a County Durham town.
Cast announced for Gala pantomime
Published June 26, 2018 3.44pm
Temperatures are set to soar this week but staff at the Gala Theatre are already thinking about Christmas.
Find out more about Peterlee Leisure Centre upgrade
Published June 25, 2018 1.51pm
Members of the public are being invited to find out more about the improvements to Peterlee Leisure Centre at an open day next week.
Outdoor theatre at Wharton Park
Published June 21, 2018 2.47pm
Families looking to spend more time outdoors this summer can now book up for a range of theatre performances taking place within the city's Wharton Park.
Surrealist photographer focus of new Gala Gallery exhibition
Published June 19, 2018 12.08pm
A surrealist photographer renowned for challenging the status quo will be the focus of a new exhibition at the Gala Gallery.