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Wharton Park events

Find out about all the upcoming events in Wharton Park.

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What's on

If an event takes place in the outdoor amphitheatre don't forget to bring a waterproof coat if it rains. You can also bring along a blanket for the grassed seating.


Summer Brass Series

Sundays 3 June - 26 August, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

We're delighted to welcome back the Brass Summer Series for 2018. Local brass bands will entertain visitors each Sunday throughout June, July and August in the amphitheatre, it's a great way to enjoy the park. Free entry.

Durham Women's Gala - free

Saturday 30 June, 12.00pm - 3.00pm (gates open 10.30am)

For decades, women in County Durham organised their own gala and now, in this centenary year of women's suffrage, Friends of the Women's Gala are bringing it back.

Taking place in Wharton Park, the family friendly event will include female speakers from across the North East, voter registration, live music, street food, family crafts such as mini-banner making and a heritage trail. Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service will also be there speaking to women about joining the service. Following the speeches, St Cuthbert's Church next door to Wharton Park will have a banner blessing for the mini-banners. 

For more information visit the Durham Women's Gala facebook page.  

Free parking will be available during the event at County Hall car park. 


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Friday 6 July, doors open 5.30pm, show starts 6.30pm

Chapterhouse Theatre Company comes to Wharton Park this summer to present the classic tale of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Join Alice as she stumbles into the magical world of Wonderland and meets a whole host of colourful characters - from the unforgettable White Rabbit and the madcap Mad Hatter, to the terrifying Queen of Hearts. Family event with songs, dances and original music.

Ticket prices plus booking fee: adult £16 / child £10 / family (2 adults and 2 children) £46. To book visit Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Wonderland Adventurers

Saturday 7 July 2018, 10.00am - 11.30am or 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Join us as we go on our very own adventure inspired by Alice in Wonderland, lots of games and opportunities to get creative.

£6 per child, children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking required.

Big Brass Bash finale - free

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Join us for this spectacular finale of a summer of brass in the park and the Durham Brass Festival

Saturday - TBC

Sunday - The Durham BRASS Festival Chorus are joined by the Reg Vardy Band for a rousing rendition of Carl Orf's brilliant Carmina Burana.  One of the most widely heard pieces of classical music it has featured in movies such as the Omen, on aftershave adverts, as the tension builder for X Factor and even as the entrance music for Newcastle United.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - outdoor theatre 

Friday 27 July, 6.30pm (gates open at 5.30pm) 

Join Scena Mundi Theatre Company at Wharton Park for a great outdoor theatre experience as they present A Midsummer Night's Dream performed by The Mechanicals in our outdoor amphitheatre. 

Shakespeare's best loved comedy takes you to a world of love, magic and mischief in this brilliant new version of the classic play. 

A royal wedding, lovers vying for each other's affection, a wondering troupe of actors, bickering fairies and a mischievous sprite armed with a love potion ensure that 'the course of true love never did run smooth'. 

This fast-paced, fun and faithful rendition of the famous play will prove wonderful outdoor entertainment this summer.

Tickets cost Adults £16/ Child £10/Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £46. To book your tickets call the Gala box office on 03000 266 600 or book online at Gala: A Midsummer Night’s Dream tickets.

IncludFest - free

Saturday 28 July 1.00pm - 5.00pm

Tin Arts brings IncludFest back to the park in 2018 with themed activities for families to 'Watch it', 'Do It and 'Make It'. Sit back and relax for a show, join in with one of the workshops or get creative at a craft stall. The festival especially caters for those with additional needs. Full details can be found at the Includefest website.

Rain or Shine 

Every Tuesday from 24 July - 28 August 11.00am - 3.00pm

Join us on a weekly creative session that lets you create and make, get messy and have lots of fun no matter what the weather is doing.

£3 per child, children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop-in sessions, no booking required.

Daisies and Dreams

Thursday 26 July 2018, 10.00am - 11.30am or 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Inspired by the magic of A Midsummer Night's Dream join us as we explore the park looking for signs of fairy life, create magical fairy masks and crowns and learn how to be a fairy.

£6 per child, children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking required.


Teddy Bears Picnic for National Play Day

Wednesday 1 August 2018, 10.00am - 11.30am or 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Pack up your picnic and don't forget your teddy bear join us at Wharton Park for a teddy bears picnic. Enjoy our bear themed art and craft activity and park trail.

£6 per child, children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking required.

Coached Sports Sessions - free

Every Thursday throughout August 2018

1.00pm - 2.30pm (4-8 years of age), 2.00pm - 3.00pm (8-11 years of age)

Join our coach and have a blast with a range of ball activities including dodgeball, football and hockey all designed to help develop children's throwing, kicking and hitting skills.

Drop in sessions, no booking required. Taking place in the multi use games area in the park.

Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster

Wednesday 8 August, doors open 12.30pm, show starts at 1.30pm

Little Blue Monster Ltd presents the story of Pirate Pearl, a girl living on a ship that gets a swashbuckling adventure when she discovers a stowaway blue monster aboard ship.

Join Pearl and her Grandpa Bert in this seabound adventure! Suitable for little pirates and monsters aged 3 to 93!

Ticket prices plus booking fee: adult/ child £10 / family (2 adults and 2 children) £36. To book call the Gala box Office or visit Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster: Book Tickets.

Pirate Challenge

Thursday 9 August 2018, 10.00am - 11.30am or 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Inspired by Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster, become a trained pirate and see if you can complete the challenges and make it through to pirate graduation.

£6 per child, children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking required.

Story Explorers

See our  Icon for pdf Story Explorers at Wharton Park (PDF, 1.6mb)

Educational sessions for schools

We run educational sessions in the park throughout the year. For more information and details of how to book, check out our  Icon for pdf Wharton Park Workshops - Spring and Summer 2018 (PDF, 670.2kb) flyer.

Contact us
Wharton Park
03000 262 655
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