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Audiences invited to make a wish with popular panto
Published November 29, 2022 9.28am
Families will be able to discover a whole new world and see their wishes come true with the return of a popular family pantomime.
Families invited to A Town Called Christmas
Published November 22, 2022 10.34am
A brand new Christmas production is set to entertain youngsters and their families when it opens at two County Durham venues this month.
Winter cheer spreads across County Durham
Published November 21, 2022 9.57am
Communities across County Durham can make the most of some free festive fun this winter.
Lumiere dates announced for 2023
Published November 15, 2022 10.19am
Today marks one year until the return of Lumiere, the UK's light art biennial.
Panto preparation gets underway as rehearsals begin
Published November 04, 2022 10.32am
A Durham City theatre is preparing to get into the festive spirit as rehearsals begin for its popular annual pantomime.
Call for traders for Bishop Auckland Food Festival 2023
Published November 02, 2022 9.35am
Applications are now open for traders to be part of one of the North East's most popular food festivals.
Chance to meet Horrible Histories' Terry Deary at theatre performance
Published October 17, 2022 9.23am
Fans of the popular Horrible Histories series will have the chance to meet its author at a spooky theatre production this half term.
Preti Taneja wins the Gordon Burn Prize 2022 at Durham Book Festival
Published October 14, 2022 2.09pm
The tenth annual Gordon Burn Prize was awarded at Durham Book Festival to a writer whose unflinching work of narrative non-fiction blurs genres and form to understand terror, trauma and grief. The winning title is Aftermath by Preti Taneja (And Other Stories, 2022).
Countdown begins for 2025 Stockton and Darlington Railway celebrations
Published September 27, 2022 11.43am
The official countdown to the 2025 Stockton & Darlington Railway (S&DR) bicentennial celebrations has today (27 September) begun, as the new brand was unveiled for the anniversary to mark three years to go.
Youth Council celebrates young people's achievements
Published August 30, 2022 9.06am
Young people across County Durham have been recognised for their outstanding achievements at an awards ceremony.
Line-up revealed for Durham Book Festival
Published August 12, 2022 10.48am
The annual literary festival returns this October with headline guests including LJ Ross, Jeremy Vine, Fiona Hill, Richard O'Neill and the announcement of the Gordon Burn Prize.
Travel information for Seaham Food Festival
Published August 02, 2022 10.12am
With just days left to go until Seaham Food Festival, organisers are reminding festival goers to plan their journey before they travel.
North East Chef of the Year to appear at Seaham Food Festival
Published July 22, 2022 10.06am
An award-winning chef at a County Durham spa and hotel will be showcasing the best of local produce at Seaham Food Festival.
Traders announced for Seaham Food Festival
Published June 30, 2022 10.18am
In just five weeks' time, a County Durham seaside town will come to life with a scrumptious selection of food vendors and entertainment.
Counting down to the return of BRASS
Published June 24, 2022 10.23am
Rehearsals are now well underway for the return of Durham BRASS in just over two weeks.
Final celebrity chefs announced for Seaham Food Festival
Published June 17, 2022 10.01am
Two celebrity chefs born and bred in the North East have been confirmed as the final additions to a star-studded line-up for Seaham Food Festival.
Roadshow exhibition for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month
Published May 30, 2022 9.36am
A programme of activities will be taking place at venues across County Durham to celebrate Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller heritage.
Definition of wellbeing explored in new exhibition
Published May 24, 2022 9.26am
A new exhibition which shares personal views of strength and wellbeing is now on show at a historic County Durham venue.
Lord Lieutenant checks on pupils' rehearsals ahead of Gala Platinum Jubilee culture event
Published May 18, 2022 8.39am
The Lord Lieutenant of County Durham has given school pupils preparing to perform in special Platinum Jubilee musical events the seal of approval.
Tales of First World War hero to be told at exhibition
Published May 05, 2022 9.17am
The fascinating story of a First World War hero will be told at a special event in County Durham this month.