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1916: No Turning Back

Gala Theatre, Durham

It’s 1916. Your country needs you, the army needs you… You join one of thousands of County Durham men in enlisting in the army, volunteering to fight for your country. You say ...

Kando Shadow Theatre workshop

The Witham, Barnard Castle

Kando Shadow Theatre Workshop: Create a visually imaginative piece of theatre! Join Kando Shadow Theatre to create a wonderfully imaginative Roald Dahl inspired Shadow Theatre. ...

Wilderness survival challenge

Hamsterley Forest, Hamsterley Forest

Your light airplane has crash landed in dense forest hundreds of miles from civilisation. It is bitterly cold and wet and there are grizzly bears in the forest; you need fire and ...

Classic car show

Raby Castle, Staindrop

family visitors and motoring enthusiasts will be able to listen to the purring of excellently restored engines and admire the beautifully waxed bodywork of classic cars, vintage ...

Summer fun

Beamish Open Air Museum, Stanley

There’s something for all the family to enjoy every day of the summer holidays. From brass bands to 1940s Home Guard, craft activities to Victorian lessons, we’ll have loads of activities and fun that you can join in! There’ll be a chance to try something different at the museum – get to know our animals a bit better or relax in the

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Beamish Open Air Museum, Beamish, Stanley, DH90RG

1916: No Turning Back

Gala Theatre, Durham

It’s 1916. Your country needs you, the army needs you… You join one of thousands of County Durham men in enlisting in the army, volunteering to fight for your country. You say goodbye to your family and get ready for war. 1916: No Turning Back is unlike anything seen before at Gala, and forms part of Durham Remembers, our programme of events

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH11WA

Bowburn Community Centre, Bowburn

A joint exhibition of art from Bowburn Nursery and Infant School, Junior School and Bowburn Art Group can be seen in the Corridor Gallery of Bowburn Community Centre. Entry is free and the Centre is open throughout the day and early evening. New artists are always welcome to join the Art Group on a Tuesday morning from 10am to 12pm in the Centre

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 09:00-19:00

Location: Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn, DH6 5AT

Art Exhibition

The Cafe on the Green, Durham

An exhibition of works by artist Linda Mumba. Landscapes and Seascapes mainly feature in this exhibition, many of which are inspired by the Northumberland Coast. (until July 29)

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 09:00-17:00

Location: The Cafe on the Green, Palace Green , Durham, DH1 3RL

The Darker Side of Dahl by Redbecca Jenkins

The Witham, Barnard Castle

Find out about the mysterious character of this much-loved children's author. Rebecca Jenkins, host of Barnard Castle’s Reading Round Group funded by The Royal Literary Society is delivering two supper discussion sessions to delve into the mysterious character of Roald Dahl himself. These two evenings will focus on his relationship with women

Category: Talks, Meetings & Business
Dates:    Times: 18:30-20:00

Location: The Witham, 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle, DL128LY

Interface Arts- A Summer Exhibition

The Gallery, The Witham, Barnard Castle

a selection of recent artworks made by members of Interface Arts. Artists exhibiting – Samantha Askey, Gail Bell, Carolyn Corfield, John Grey, Meryl Mathieson, Wendy Parkin, and Suzanne Williams. Exhibition runs from Tuesday 5th July until 26th July 2016 - Tuesday – Saturday, 10am - 4pm. There will be opportunities to “Meet the Artists” at

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: The Gallery, The Witham, 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle, DL128LY

Exhibition of Miniatures by Gina Morton RMS

Greenfield School Community and Arts College, Newton Aycliffe

A rare opportunity to see a selection of 48 miniature paintings completed over the last 20 years by Darlington artist Gina Morton In the cabinets at The Greenfield Gallery, Newton Aycliffe

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-21:00

Location: Greenfield School Community and Arts College, Greenfield Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL57LF

Community Centre, Chester-le-Street

Kuraikan aikido dojo 2 free introductory lessons in aikido

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 19:30-21:00

Location: Community Centre, Newcastle road, Chester-le-Street, dh33ts

Krav Maga Self-Defence Classes

Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre, Durham

Krav maga is a non-competitive tactical self-defence system developed in Israel that consists of martial art techniques along with realistic fight training. Suitable for everyone and all levels of fitness.

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 18:00-20:00

Location: Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre, Walkergate, Durham, DH1 1SW

Self-guided visits at Durham Castle

Durham Castle, Durham

Experience a self-guided visit to Durham Castle during Tuesdays and Wednesdays from the middle of July to the end of August (excluding 9th & 10th) and stroll around Durham Castle at your own pace. Our knowledgeable guides and volunteers will around Durham Castle to answer your questions and share some of the stories and hidden history of the

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 11:15-16:15

Location: Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW

Self-guided visits at Durham Castle

Durham Castle, Durham

Experience a self-guided visit to Durham Castle during Tuesdays and Wednesdays from the middle of July to the end of August and stroll around Durham Castle at your own pace. Our knowledgeable guides and volunteers will around Durham Castle to answer your questions and share some of the stories and hidden history of the Castle. Experience

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 11:15-16:15

Location: Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW

The Butte De Warlencourt Battlefield Crosses

Durham Cathedral, Durham

Following the Battle of the Somme, three battlefield crosses were erected on top of a chalk hill called the Butte de Warlencourt. They were made in memory of the soldiers of the 6th, 8th and 9th Battalions Durham Light Infantry who had died there in November 1916. Today, one of these crosses is housed in the DLI Chapel at Durham Cathedral, with

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

Story telling with crafts

The Witham, Barnard Castle

Featuring the winning story of the Summer of Stories Writing Competition. Get crafty and enjoy stories inspired by the work of Roald Dahl with a multitude of imaginative and magical tales in our storytelling corner. There will also be some exciting Roald Dahl related craft activities provided by the lovely Green Bee Creatives throughout the

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 10:30-12:00

Location: The Witham, 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle, DL128LY

Pitmen and Prelates

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

The coalfields of Durham have inspired a wealth of political, social, creative and artistic responses. The exceptional ‘mining art’ of County Durham reflects the pride and identity of regional artists, as well as their internal and external struggles over the past two centuries. This spotlight exhibition celebrates the industrial and

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00

Location: Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, Bishop Auckland, DL147NR

The Shogun's Cultured Warriors

Oriental Museum, Durham

An exhibition exploring the role of the samurai class as patrons and producers of the arts, together with their legacy in Japan today. The samurai were the military class of Japan who developed from provincial warriors into the ruling elite. They were a powerful force in Japan for more than six centuries and so had a profound effect on military

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-17:00

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

A British Museum Spotlight Tour: Celebrating Ganesha

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

India is a land of gods and the Hinduism that originated in India is its most prominent religion. Among the many deities worshipped by the Hindus, Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, holds pride of place in the hearts of people. The celebration of Ganesha takes place in the month of Bhadrapada (August - September) when thousands of clay

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: The Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL128NP

Chester-le-Street Art Society

Chester-le-Street Community Association, Chester-le-Street

Looking for new members - experienced or beginners. Not tutored but experienced member on hand to give assistance in watercolour, acrylics, oils and pencil and charcoal drawing. Twice yearly exhibition in the local library.

Category: Clubs & Societies
Dates:    Times: 10:00-12:00

Location: Chester-le-Street Community Association, Newcastle Road, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3TS

Chester-le-Street Art Society

Chester-le-Street Community Association, Chester-le-Street

We are looking for new members of all abilities. Although there is no formal tuition, experienced members are on hand to give assistance. Watercolour, oil, acrylic,pencil and charcoal drawing and painting are all catered for. We have twice yearly exhibitions in the local library. We meet every Tuesday morning from 10-12.

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 10:00-12:00

Location: Chester-le-Street Community Association, Newcastle Road, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3TS

Musical Buds, Durham

early years music classes, recorder lessons and oboe lessons

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Musical Buds, St Margarets Garth, Durham, DH1 4DS

Woodhouse Close Church, Bishop Auckland

We can provide a freshly cooked meal to residents in the Bishop Auckland and West Auckland area who would appreciate this due to illness recuperation etc. We operate Tuesdays and Thursdays. The two course meal costs a reasonable £3.80 We also provide a 3 course lunch on the same days in our Church Centre for the same price. We have been providing

Category: Charity Groups
Dates:    Times: 11:45-13:00

Location: Woodhouse Close Church, PROUDFOOT DRIVE, Bishop Auckland, DL146PD

Guided Tours

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Join one of our guides for a tour of the museum and its treasures. These 45 minute tours highlight the key pieces in the collection as well as some hidden gems. The tours are free with normal admission.

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 11:30-12:15

Location: The Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL128NP

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Join our conservation team for a behind the scenes tour of the studios – only 12 places available. Free with admission, booking required on 01836690606 or info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk. Tour lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 12:00-12:45

Location: The Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL128NP

Limited Edition Prints by Norman Wade

Durham Cathedral, Durham

Norman used various screen printing techniques to create unusual artwork featuring Durham Cathedral and other significant architectural landmarks. Following the death of his widow, the Cathedral received Norman’s remaining artwork as a legacy gift. Money raised from the sale of Norman’s artwork is used to support Durham Cathedral. A selling

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

This exhibition, organised by the V&A, will display more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary men’s and women’s shoes by 70 named designers, including Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior and Prada, many from the V&A’s unrivalled collection. The Museum is the only UK venue outside London that will stage this

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: The Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL128NP

Ancient Lebanon

Oriental Museum, Durham

The people of ancient Lebanon played a fundamental role in shaping the history of the Mediterranean and yet, despite their importance in antiquity, they remain unknown to most people today. Based on the latest research, this exhibition will provide an accessible introduction to the culture and society of Lebanon in the ancient world. Supported

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: No set start -17:00

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

The English Rose - Feminine Beauty from Van Dyck to Sargent

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Featuring a newly acquired portrait by Van Dyck, of Dame Olivia Porter, a beauty in the court of Charles 1, alongside famous ‘English Roses’ painted by Lely, Kneller, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Romney, Millais and Sargent.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-17:00

Location: The Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL128NP

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Explore the Museum and see how many clocks you can see before decorating your own working clock to take home! Suitable for children aged 5+, who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event. This event is repeated from 1.30-3.00 each day. Booking required on 01833 690606.

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 10:30-12:00

Location: The Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL128NP

Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front

Palace Green Library, Durham

100 years on, this commemorative exhibition will explore the reality of the Battle of the Somme through the eyes of the people from County Durham who were there. During the First World War, battle after battle was fought by the British Army on the Western Front in Belgium and France. A century later, the Battle of the Somme stands out as one of

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-17:00

Location: Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham, DH13RN



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