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Wharton Park events


Find out about all the upcoming events in Wharton Park.

70 Glorious Years! Rifles Freedom Concert

Saturday 2 July, 11.00am to 7.00pm. Free entry.

Pack a picnic and enjoy a music extravaganza as part of festivities to mark Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

The Seventy Glorious Years of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Rifles Freedom concert will see the band and bugles of The Rifles and guests perform in the park's amphitheatre.

Families can enjoy free Jubilee craft sessions at the park from 11.00am to 3.00pm before the music performance from 4.00pm to 6.00pm.

Picnics in the park are encouraged, you can bring your own food and drink or visit the onsite food vendors to enjoy the celebrations. Our café will be open between 11.00am and 7.00pm offering a selection of food and drinks as well as pre-bookable afternoon teas which can be booked online and collected on the day.  

The following food vendors will be present in the park between 11.00am and 7.00pm: The Caps Off Brewery and Kitchen, The Fizzy Tap and Tribe Street Coffee.

Please note that Wharton Park car park will be closed on Saturday 2 July with blue badge drop off and collection only. Free parking will be available at County Hall visitors car park to allow you to park and walk throughout the day. 

Book your afternoon tea:

Durham Brass Party in the Park

Saturday 16 July, 6.00pm to 9.00pm. Free.

As part of our weekend of music in the streets of Durham, join our street bands to celebrate with a fabulous free party in the park.

Summer Brass Series (Durham Brass Festival)

Sunday 24 July, Craghead Colliery Band.

Sunday 7 August, NASUWT Concert Band.

Sunday 21 August, North East Concert Band.

Sunday 4 September, The Felling Band.

All between 1.00pm and 3.00pm and all free. Local brass bands take to the bandstand in the park's amphitheatre to fill the park with music. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, sit on the grass and enjoy the music. 

Daniel Kitson: Outside

Join comedian Daniel Kitson in our outdoor amphitheatre for an evening of comedy on Wednesday 27 July 2022.

Daniel hasn't been on stage for over two years. And, to be entirely honest, he's not really missed it.

It is, however, his actual job and everyone's gone back to work now. So, he's picked out a comfy pen, bought a new notebook and booked himself a summers worth of outdoor shows to find out whether he can still do his job and what, if anything, he has to say to large groups of people he doesn't know.

Please note: What with the two year gap and the lack of practice this entire tour will be, to a greater or lesser extent, work in progress and the shows are likely to be relatively rickety affairs. But on the up side, they will sometimes feature support and/or collaboration from Gavin Osborn (when his schedule allows) and Daniel's already written the question "Do worms feel fear?" in his new notebook, so we should be okay.

Also, if it gets boring - you can just use the time to look at the sky and feel small. Recommended age: 16 and over.

This performance will take place at the amphitheatre in the park. Seating will be unreserved and will be on the grassed banks of the amphitheatre so we advise you to bring a blanket to sit on. There will also be chairs available so there is no need to bring your own. Limited paid parking is available at the park so this will be reserved for Blue Badge holders only. Free parking is available at County Hall visitor car park DH1 5UQ which is a 10 minute walk away.

There are a number of steep hills and stepped access points throughout the park. It is advised that you contact the Gala Theatre to discuss the best access route should you have an accessibility concern. The amphitheatre does not have a roof, but the performance will only be cancelled if there is a safety concern for our audiences, staff or company.  Please dress for the weather!

Tickets are £12: Book for Daniel Kitson.

Love Exploring: Minibeasts

Download the Love Exploring App, find the augmented reality minibeasts and complete the themed quiz questions on this fun, interactive walk around the park.The app is available on Apple and Android devices, but is not compatible with all mobile phones. Please check you can access all features of the trail before your visit.

In partnership with

  • Quality Badge awarded by Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
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In partnership with

  • Quality Badge awarded by Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
Contact us
Wharton Park
03000 262 655

Parks and countryside education officer
03000 262 845