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County Durham's big book giveaway
Published January 22, 2021 10.12am
Organisations across County Durham are benefitting from a big book giveaway.
Uplifting arts project to continue enriching lives in 2021
Published January 15, 2021 12.11pm
A successful community arts programme that offers fun and friendship to older people is being expanded this year and has received national recognition for its efforts.
Brilliant ideas wanted for leading light festival
Published January 11, 2021 3.37pm
People from across the UK could see their own artistic visions brought to life at Lumiere this year thanks to the return of a £50,000 commissioning scheme.
Trace ancestors through new family history course
Published January 11, 2021 10.35am
People hoping to kick off 2021 by finding out more about what lurks in their family tree can do so through new online sessions with Durham County Record Office.
Published December 02, 2020 12.00am
Information about aqua classes in our leisure centres.
Full programme of online content and virtual events unveiled to mark Remembrance Day 2020
Published November 06, 2020 5.58pm
Following our announcement in October that six landmarks across the county would be lit up in red to mark Remembrance Day, we have now unveiled our full programme of online events and virtual content, taking place between 8-11 November.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Published January 20, 2020 5.00am
Swimming memberships are a great option if you swim regularly, and don't use the gym or group exercise classes.
What's changing at Consett Leisure Centre and The Louisa Centre?
Published September 20, 2019 2.24pm
From 7 October we are making some changes to our leisure management system, pricing and memberships at Consett Leisure Centre and The Louisa Centre.
Disney Inspired Family Fun Swim Sessions
Published May 20, 2019 11.35am
Join us for new Disney inspired themed pool adventures, with Disney's most-loved Frozen 2 characters.