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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.
Refurbishment will transform Gala Theatre and Cinema customer facilities
Published July 09, 2020 2.49pm
Front-of-house facilities at a popular Durham City theatre and cinema are to be transformed as the venue undergoes a refurbishment.
Popular cycle route to receive a makeover
Published July 07, 2020 10.05am
Improvements are to be made to a popular national cycle route thanks to a grant of almost one million pounds.
Pick and collect library service to launch in County Durham
Published July 03, 2020 1.24pm
Bookworms in County Durham will be able to take advantage of a book collection service from next week.
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.
Cash boost for proposed history centre
Published June 30, 2020 2.24pm
A project to create a history centre for County Durham has been given a £150,000 boost.
Durham's Brass festival moves online
Published June 29, 2020 10.57am
Durham BRASS will be livening up living rooms across County Durham and beyond when the festival moves online next month.
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.
Summer in the City festival moves online, with Lumiere-inspired art challenge
Published June 15, 2020 2.56pm
The Summer in the City arts festival is going digital this year.
Council launches virtual music lessons for adults
Published June 12, 2020 10.41am
New adult music lessons are offering talented performers and total beginners an opportunity to improve their musical skills.
Search begins for County Durham's most improved gardens
Published May 27, 2020 11.20am
Keen gardeners across County Durham are being invited to take part in a photography competition to share how outside spaces have helped them through the coronavirus pandemic.
Stay safe this bank holiday
Published May 22, 2020 10.32am
County Durham residents are being reminded to stay safe over the bank holiday weekend.
Visitors to parks, beaches and open spaces reminded to follow guidance
Published May 13, 2020 2.16pm
Members of the public are being reminded to social distance and follow the latest government guidance when visiting County Durham's parks, beaches and open spaces.
Funding grants offer community venues a lifeline during outbreak
Published May 13, 2020 9.59am
Community centres across county Durham are receiving financial assistance to survive the challenges of coronavirus.
Durham City Run Festival postponed due to coronavirus
Published April 29, 2020 9.32am
Durham City Run Festival organisers have announced new dates for the event.
Durham BRASS festival cancelled
Published April 23, 2020 10.27am
An international music festival has been cancelled as part of the ongoing national effort to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.
Libraries offer free family history learning at home
Published April 17, 2020 1.00pm
People can now enjoy delving into their family history through a popular library service in the comfort of their own homes.
Young stars take to the online stage with popular video-call performances
Published April 17, 2020 11.56am
A group of young stage performers in County Durham have been lifting people's spirits online with inspiring virtual performances.
Storytelling sessions children can enjoy at home
Published April 07, 2020 12.43pm
Children will soon be able to enjoy County Durham library service's popular storytelling sessions in the comfort of their own homes.
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.