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Lumiere 2021 programme revealed
Published October 12, 2021 1.56pm
The full programme of 37 international artworks for Lumiere 2021 has been revealed, following the announcement that County Durham has made it onto the longlist for UK City of Culture 2025.
Delight as County Durham reaches next stage of UK City of Culture 2025 competition
Published October 08, 2021 12.01am
News County Durham is a step closer to being crowned UK City of Culture 2025 has been met with joy and resolve by the partnership driving forward the bid
Learn more about title deeds as part of family history research
Published October 07, 2021 10.31am
People interested in delving into their family history can find out more about the importance of title deeds through online sessions.
Celebrating and protecting County Durham's heritage
Published October 07, 2021 9.01am
County Durham residents are being given the chance to nominate the important local buildings and heritage items which they value the most.
Food lovers try a taste of everything at Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Published October 03, 2021 4.00pm
People across County Durham and beyond came to Bishop Auckland to celebrate all things food, when a popular festival returned this weekend with extra flavour.
Commemorating the achievements and sacrifices of remarkable County Durham residents
Published September 30, 2021 9.12am
The bravery, ingenuity and determination of County Durham individuals is being commemorated in a series of new blue plaques.
Trustees back proposals for future of DLI collection
Published September 29, 2021 11.18am
The trustees of an historic military collection have welcomed moves that could see exhibits and artefacts displayed at a new cultural and visitor destination in Durham.
Book-gifting campaign gets County Durham reading
Published September 28, 2021 2.21pm
County Durham will be transformed into a giant book club this October as 5,000 free books are gifted to residents as part of Durham Book Festival.
Travel information issued for Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Published September 28, 2021 9.24am
With just days to go until Bishop Auckland Food Festival, visitors are being encouraged to plan their journey ahead of the weekend.
Borrow a Bike and commute for free in County Durham
Published September 24, 2021 12.45pm
A free bike loan scheme supporting workers to save money and travel healthier is being rolled out across County Durham.
BBC investment recognises the talent and potential of North East
Published September 22, 2021 1.46pm
News the BBC is to make its biggest investment in the North East in decades has been welcomed by the partnership spearheading County Durham's Bid to be UK City of Culture 2025.
Sites recommended for new Bishop Auckland and Chester-le-Street leisure centres
Published September 21, 2021 4.54pm
Councillors in County Durham will be asked to agree the final locations for two new leisure centres next week - while also receiving a progress update on a full programme of improvements to begin next year.
Members asked to consider next stage of proposals to invest in former DLI Museum
Published September 21, 2021 4.43pm
Options for the future display of the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) Collection and Archive will be discussed next week, as well as potential uses for the former DLI museum building and its grounds.
Launching a new campaign to get people moving and feel good
Published September 21, 2021 3.39pm
In a bid to drive health and happiness, we are launching our biggest ever campaign to get people moving to benefit their physical health and mental wellbeing.
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.
Exploring life Through Soldiers' Eyes
Published September 13, 2021 10.47am
A free exhibition featuring artwork from veterans and the Armed Forces community officially opened to the public at the weekend.
Carrying David to inspire audiences with real life story
Published September 10, 2021 9.10am
An uplifting story based on the real life of County Durham boxer Glenn McCrory arrives at Gala Durham, next week.
Heritage Open Days showcase diversity of County Durham's cultural offer
Published September 09, 2021 12.43pm
England's largest festival of culture and history returns this week, offering free access to some of County Durham's hidden gems.
Learn from the experts at Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Published September 08, 2021 5.56pm
Making tasty treats with a top TV baker is just one of the activities on offer at this year's Bishop Auckland Food Festival.
Intricate artworks raise awareness of plastic waste
Published September 08, 2021 9.12am
An environmental art exhibition, which explores the problem of coastal plastic pollution, opens at a Durham City art gallery today (Wednesday 8 September).