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County Durham launches bid to become UK City of Culture 2025
Published July 19, 2021 8.02am
County Durham has today launched its bid to be named UK City of Culture 2025 - with the hope the accolade will provide a major boost for the whole north east region.
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.
County Durham traders get set for Seaham Food Festival
Published July 22, 2021 9.35am
Traders across County Durham and beyond are counting down to the return of next month's Seaham Food Festival.
Horrible Histories theatre show heads to County Durham
Published July 19, 2021 9.20am
Admiral Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Queen Victoria are just some of the well-known characters heading to County Durham as part of the Horrible Histories UK tour.
Fun for all the family at Seaham Food Festival
Published July 15, 2021 10.05am
Family entertainment, street theatre and music have been added to the menu for the return of a County Durham food festival next month.
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.
Full celebrity chef line-up announced for County Durham food festival
Published July 08, 2021 10.29am
The full line-up of celebrity chefs who will be cooking for the crowds at a County Durham food festival has been confirmed.
More celebrity chefs to attend Seaham Food Festival
Published July 05, 2021 9.19am
Top television chefs Chris Baber and John Whaite are joining the line-up at this summer's Seaham Food Festival.
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.
Express Yourself at the North East Festival of Languages
Published March 12, 2021 11.23am
Free keep-fit, language tasters and the story of how a former Bishop Auckland pupil has used her language skills to advise US Presidents are all part of an exciting line-up at a regional language festival this month.
Genocide survivor to speak at online memorial event
Published January 20, 2021 10.40am
A Bosnian refugee who fled persecution will speak about the most difficult period in his life, when he shares his story of struggle and survival to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.
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.
Upcoming art installation focuses on County Durham park
Published October 23, 2020 10.42am
The unique architecture of a popular County Durham park will become the focal point of a new upcoming art project.
Art projects to explore people's experiences with isolation
Published September 24, 2020 12.12pm
Two art projects that engage with the community and highlight people's experiences of isolation will be on show to the public this month.
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.
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.