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Take on a star role at the UK's leading light festival
Published October 21, 2021 9.20am
With excitement for Lumiere building, volunteers are needed to help make the magic happen.
Creating opportunities through international partnerships
Published October 19, 2021 9.26am
Strengthening international links and creating more opportunities for young people to travel the world and learn about other cultures are the key aims of a new alliance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Flower planting and carnival for users at County Durham hub
Published August 27, 2021 9.19am
Seeds of hope have been planted at a County Durham hub as part of a summer event to spread positivity.
Planning your visit to Seaham Food Festival
Published August 03, 2021 9.16am
Visitors are encouraged to plan their journeys to Seaham Food Festival in advance this weekend as the event makes its welcome return to the County Durham coastline.
County Durham secondary school students to write their words in light at Lumiere 2021
Published July 22, 2021 12.09pm
Young people from The Durham Federation school in Ushaw Moor will produce a major art installation at this year's Lumiere Festival in November.
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.
Stories of love, loss and secrets unveiled at annual reading event
Published July 02, 2021 4.12pm
Three acclaimed authors will be talking about their latest novels in an annual reading event.
Celebrity chefs to add flavour to Seaham Food Festival
Published June 23, 2021 11.35am
Television favourite Rosemary Shrager is looking forward to cooking for the crowds at a County Durham food festival this summer.
Town hall reopens with first exhibition since refurbishment
Published May 28, 2021 1.19pm
A historic town hall is set to host its first exhibition since its refurbishment, at which families and visitors will be able to explore the fascinating secrets of the Roman gladiators.