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Generous council staff support children's hospital services
Published January 17, 2022 9.51am
Charitable council staff have donated toys and equipment to help young people receiving care at a Durham City hospital.
Early bird offer for Gala panto following Robin Hood success
Published January 14, 2022 9.22am
Organisers at a County Durham theatre have hailed the success of its recent Christmas pantomime, and are already looking forward to entertaining audiences once again next December.
Deadline approaches to apply for primary school places
Published January 10, 2022 9.45am
Parents and carers in County Durham are being reminded they are running out of time to apply for primary school places for their children.
Accessible pantomime performances available for families over Christmas
Published December 21, 2021 9.08am
With pantomime season in full swing, two County Durham theatre venues are providing accessible performances of their Christmas shows, so that all audiences can share in the festive fun.
Kind-hearted council staff to help children in hospital this Christmas
Published December 06, 2021 1.15pm
Kind-hearted council staff are helping children in the region's hospitals this Christmas through a charity appeal.
Christmas panto sails into Empire Theatre
Published October 29, 2021 9.26am
Swashbuckling sword fights, hidden treasure, and an adventure on the high seas await audiences who are going to a County Durham theatre's Christmas panto this year.
Christmas show takes young audiences on festive Durham adventure
Published October 26, 2021 10.34am
Young audiences can help three mice save a little girl's Christmas, as a children's festive show takes to the stage in County Durham from next month.
Traders ready to share their produce at Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Published September 17, 2021 10.15am
Foodies can look forward to a weekend of tasty treats and delicious dishes as traders across County Durham and beyond prepare to show off their produce at Bishop Auckland Food Festival.
Magical Christmas mice and a host of TV favourites head to Durham theatre
Published September 01, 2021 9.55am
Tickets are now on sale for a new season of shows at Gala Durham, including the return of the theatre's annual pantomime, a new Christ-mouse musical for families, and lots of familiar faces.
Bishop Auckland Food Festival celebrity chefs announced
Published August 27, 2021 11.12am
Organisers of a popular County Durham food festival have announced the line-up of celebrity chefs who will be each adding a unique flavour to the weekend.
Narrate your own story with new library service
Published July 15, 2021 11.08am
Library members can record story times with their children through a new free digital storytelling service.
Durham theatre to perform in the park with free summer tour
Published July 13, 2021 10.45am
Gala Durham will be going on tour this summer with a family performance to enchant audiences across County Durham.
Binchester Roman Fort to reopen this week
Published June 30, 2021 10.16am
Visitors can once again discover what life was like in Roman times as a historic County Durham fort prepares to reopen.
Delight as new £34 million school campus moves a step closer
Published February 22, 2021 11.20am
Headteachers and the Bishop of Durham have welcomed an important step forward in plans to create a multimillion-pound campus for two North East schools.
Aycliffe Secure Centre praised for outstanding care of its young people
Published December 11, 2020 12.02pm
A County Durham young people's home continues to provide outstanding care for young people, according to Ofsted.
Council pays out over £150,000 as part of half-term school meals scheme
Published November 13, 2020 1.06pm
More than £150,000 was paid out by us as part of its school meals support offering during October's half-term holiday, helping to feed over 10,000 youngsters in the process.
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.