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Three-quarters of libraries in County Durham to reopen for browsing
Published September 11, 2020 3.33pm
Bookworms will once again be able to browse the shelves of County Durham libraries from next week.
Explore Durham's vast history with countywide heritage event
Published September 11, 2020 12.21pm
Visitors and residents in County Durham will have the chance to discover the region's hidden historical treasures in an annual heritage event.
Heritage railway transformation offers economic benefits
Published September 08, 2020 3.45pm
Councillors will consider plans to support the transformation of a heritage railway line into a major visitor attraction next week, as part of wider efforts to regenerate County Durham's economy following the coronavirus pandemic.
Open for business: Durham on the road to recovery
Published August 28, 2020 3.45pm
Residents are being reminded that Durham City is open for business ahead of the bank holiday weekend.
Organisations continue with financial support throughout coronavirus outbreak
Published August 27, 2020 12.10pm
Two organisations in Willington and Crook have been supported during the coronavirus outbreak thanks to funding from an AAP grant.
Six County Durham swimming pools to reopen
Published August 06, 2020 2.27pm
Swimming pools at leisure centres around County Durham are set to reopen to the public next week.
Popular historic house reopens thanks to AAP grant
Published July 31, 2020 9.43am
Visitors can once again enjoy a trip to a North East historic house after it reopened to the public thanks to funding received during lockdown.
Binchester Roman Fort set to reopen
Published July 29, 2020 10.13am
A popular history attraction near Bishop Auckland is set to reopen after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Improving walking and cycling provision in Durham City
Published July 24, 2020 3.57pm
Temporary measures which will create more space for walking and cycling are to be introduced at six Durham City locations following the success of a funding bid.
A new way to see Seaham via app
Published July 22, 2020 9.12am
A new app will showcase the sites and stories of Seaham to visitors.
Creative summer activities planned to showcase hidden heritage
Published July 14, 2020 11.38am
A host of creative activities will be held virtually this summer to celebrate the heritage of a County Durham town.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Exhibition tells untold stories of isolated generation
Published March 05, 2020 10.19am
An older woman sits in her living room, alone. She speaks about her day-to-day experience, an experience that a growing number of older people in our communities face.
Defibrillator fitted at popular park
Published February 20, 2020 9.58am
Life-saving equipment is now on hand at a popular County Durham park, thanks to combined funding efforts.