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Virtual storytelling for families returns with a seasonal twist
Published October 23, 2020 3.48pm
Creative craft sessions and a spook-tastic story will be available online for families to enjoy this half term.
Upcoming art installation focuses on County Durham park
Published October 23, 2020 10.42am
The unique architecture of a popular County Durham park will become the focal point of a new upcoming art project.
Getting communities moving in County Durham
Published October 22, 2020 11.15am
County Durham communities are being supported to become more active and lead healthier lives.
Popular heritage festival returns for its second year
Published October 15, 2020 10.48am
An annual festival, which celebrates the unique history of a County Durham town, will return bigger and better this year by holding its festival in partnership with a neighbouring area.
Recovery funding for culture in County Durham
Published October 14, 2020 10.56am
A music education service and some of County Durham's most popular arts venues have been awarded more than £800,000 to help sustain their future.
Art projects to explore people's experiences with isolation
Published September 24, 2020 12.12pm
Two art projects that engage with the community and highlight people's experiences of isolation will be on show to the public this month.
County Durham leisure centres remain open
Published September 23, 2020 1.00pm
Residents in County Durham are being reminded they can still visit the county's leisure centres and take part in fitness classes.
Explore Durham's vast history with countywide heritage event
Published September 11, 2020 12.21pm
Visitors and residents in County Durham will have the chance to discover the region's hidden historical treasures in an annual heritage event.
Open for business: Durham on the road to recovery
Published August 28, 2020 3.45pm
Residents are being reminded that Durham City is open for business ahead of the bank holiday weekend.
Popular historic house reopens thanks to AAP grant
Published July 31, 2020 9.43am
Visitors can once again enjoy a trip to a North East historic house after it reopened to the public thanks to funding received during lockdown.
Binchester Roman Fort set to reopen
Published July 29, 2020 10.13am
A popular history attraction near Bishop Auckland is set to reopen after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A new way to see Seaham via app
Published July 22, 2020 9.12am
A new app will showcase the sites and stories of Seaham to visitors.
Creative summer activities planned to showcase hidden heritage
Published July 14, 2020 11.38am
A host of creative activities will be held virtually this summer to celebrate the heritage of a County Durham town.
Phased reopening of County Durham play parks to begin
Published July 09, 2020 4.13pm
Play parks across County Durham will begin to reopen this weekend as part of the nationwide easing of lockdown restrictions.
Guidance issued as hospitality businesses prepare to open in County Durham
Published July 02, 2020 1.10pm
A North East council has offered guidance to businesses and residents as lockdown restrictions begin to ease this week.
Creating the way through lockdown with supportive art
Published June 26, 2020 1.42pm
A love of art, photography and the desire for a challenge has led two unlikely friends to make creative pieces to combat isolation during lockdown.
Council's continuing response to COVID-19 guidance
Published March 18, 2020 2.19pm
We have announced further details of how our services and events are affected in response to government guidance on Coronavirus.
Exhibition tells untold stories of isolated generation
Published March 05, 2020 10.19am
An older woman sits in her living room, alone. She speaks about her day-to-day experience, an experience that a growing number of older people in our communities face.
Defibrillator fitted at popular park
Published February 20, 2020 9.58am
Life-saving equipment is now on hand at a popular County Durham park, thanks to combined funding efforts.
Science and showmanship that entertains and inspires
Published February 10, 2020 10.44am
Captivating chemistry, phenomenal physics and bonkers biology - science and showmanship will collide at a County Durham theatre this month.