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Wharton Park events


Find out about all the upcoming events in Wharton Park.

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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.

Build and make it in May half term

Robot rampage park trail 

Date: Saturday 25 May - Sunday 2 June 
Cost/booking: £1 per trail sheet purchase from the café between 10.00am-4.00pm 
Details: Robots are causing havoc at Wharton Park! They have escaped and are hiding around the park find them all and get a sticker. 

Block Parties Lego workshop

Date: Tuesday 28 May
Time: One hour time slot between 10.30am-3.15pm
Cost/booking: £4.50 per child. Pre-booking only.
Details: Block Parties return to Wharton Park with  a Lego workshop this year taking place outdoors in our amphitheatre. Children can join in and get creative with over 35,000 pieces of Lego. Take part in a range of fun games and challenges such as super hero building, vehicle building, tower building and a zip wire challenge. Children are also encouraged to enjoy free play during the 1 hour workshop. Suitable for 4+ years

Robot building workshop 

Date: Wednesday 29 May
Time: 10.00am-12.00 noon, 1.00pm-3.00pm 
Cost/booking: £6 per child. Pre-booking only.
Details: Join our artist in Wharton's Education Room for a 2 hour workshop to re-funk our junk! Creating your very own recycled robot to take home. You will learn about the importance of recycling and caring for the environment we live in whilst making your robot come alive. 

Spring Corner: The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Date: Friday 31 May
Time: 10.00am-11.30am, 1.00pm-2.30pm
Cost/booking: £4 per child. Pre-booking only.
Details: Join us for Wharton Park's Spring Corner and enjoy a session all about growing. Hear the story of 'The Tiny Seed' by Eric Carle. Take part in a planting trail, plant your own seed and enjoy a spring craft.

Summer in the park

The Women's Gala

Date: Saturday 8 June
Time: 11.00am - 4.00pm
Cost/booking: Free
Details: This family fun day will include activities such as crafts and football, with facepainting, street food and a licensed bar.  There will also be speeches and live music from Channy and Melody 5. 

The Last Days of Troy

Date: Wednesday 19 June, Thursday 20 June, Friday 21 June
Time: 7:00pm
Cost/booking: £8 (£6 - DST members, £7 - concessions). Tickets can be bought online one the Durham Student Theatre website
Details: Join Durham Student Theatre (DST) as they take to the stage in the amphitheatre. Ten years of jealousy, yearning and lust, of tangled bedsheets and piling corpses. Ten years for the hand of one woman. Ten years, one thousand ships, and one horse...

In this dramatisation of the oldest story in Western civilisation, acclaimed poet Simon Armitage brings to life the most famous heroes in history for a vivid showdown.

Themes of violence and graphic language used during the show.

This is an outside show with seating on the grassed banks of the amphitheatre to bring a blanket or low backed picnic chair to sit on.

Summer brass series 

Date: Sunday's throughout July and August
Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm 
Cost/booking: Free no booking required
Details: We are hosting a a series of free Sunday afternoon Brass in the park concerts, by some of the County's finest brass bands, performed in the amphitheatre.
What better way to enjoy a summer Sunday afternoon?

For more information on the Brass Festival Festival visit the website.

Rain or shine drop-in craft sessions 

Date: Every Tuesday throughout the summer holidays (23 July - 29 August)
Time: 11.00am - 3.00pm
Cost/booking: Free drop-in sessions 
Details: Create and make, get messy and have fun whatever the weather. Suitable for children of all ages. Must be accompanied by an adult.

Coached sports sessions 

Date: Every Thursday throughout the summer holidays (25 July - 29 August)
Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm 
Cost/booking: Free drop-in session at the MUGA in the lower level of the park 
Details: Children aged 4-11 years who love sports or want to get involved, can join our coach from LK Health & Wellbeing, for free weekly coached sports sessions.

Secret garden workshop 

Date: Wednesday 31 July
Time: 10.00am-11.30am and 1.00pm-2.30pm
Cost/booking: £8.50 per child.  To book contact us
Details: The Secret Garden theatre production is coming to the park later this summer.  This themed workshop will take you on a journey of discovery to explore, puzzle, reveal the mysteries in the park, and discover our secret garden.

Secret Summer trail

Date: Thursday 1 August to Sunday 1 September
Time: Any time during park opening times 
Cost/booking: £1 per trail sheet
Details: This summer we are challnging you to our secret summer trail.  Collect a sheet from the cafe and see if you can solve the puzzles and riddles hidden around the park. Once complete return to the cafe for your sticker prize.

The Secret Garden 

Date: Saturday 10 August
Time: 6.30pm (doors 5.30pm)
Cost/booking: Adult £16, Child £11, Family £46. Book online for The Secret Garden or call the Gala Box Office 03000 266 600.
Details: The Secret is out.... This summer, join young Mary Lennox on a journey of discovery as she is sent to her uncle's house in the countryside, where mysteries and secrets lurk round every corner... As she makes new friends and encounters magical creatures, Mary has one burning question: where is the location of her uncle's secret garden, and where has he hidden the key? This enchanting story, loved by children and adults alike, is presented at Wharton Park's outdoor amphitheatre. Relive this tale of secrecy and curiosity in what will be one of the highlights of the summer.

Summer camp 

Date: Monday 12 - Friday16 August 
Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm 
Cost/booking: £12.50 per child.  To book contact us.
Details: We are offering a week long summer camp, with each day being packed with challenges, creativity, sports, exploring and friendship building.

Teddy Bears picnic

Date: Wednesday 21 August 
Time: 11.00am - 2.00pm
Cost/booking: £6 per child. To book contact us
Details: Pack a picnic and bring your favourite teddy bear and join us for lots of beartastic activities in the park, including themed arts and crafts, the teddy bear trail and also compete in the teddy bear sports day!

Regular events

Brand new to our early years programme.

Let's explore!

Date: The sessions will run bi-monthly on Friday afternoons initially for 7 weeks on the following dates: Friday 26 April, Friday 10 May, Friday 24 May, Friday 7 June, Friday 21 June, Friday 5 July, Friday 19 July
Time: 1.00pm-2.30pm
Cost/booking: £3 per child per session or block book all 7 sessions for £18. contact us - all bookings need to be made in advance.
Details: It's time to take your little explorer on a mini adventure. These sessions are ideal for under 5's giving them the opportunity to get outdoors and explore the park. They will search for signs of plant and animal life, collect natural materials and take part in a range of other seasonal activities. Children will be given the freedom to explore nature and use it to create their own artwork, search for signs of life in the park with some bird spotting and mini beast hunting, take inspiration from the weather with themed play and crafts and plant some new life to watch it grow.

Baby class - Wharton Park's Tiny Toes

Date: Every Friday, term time only.
Time: 10.00am-11.30am.
Cost/booking: £24 for six weeks. To book, contact us.
Details: A relaxed six week programme for babies from birth to approximately 13 month. Sessions take place in our education room with a different theme each week. There is careful balance between structured activity and self-led exploration so that as new parents you can connect with each other sharing experiences and offering support.

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 Summer 2019 (PDF, 856.1kb) flyer.

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