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Christmas Decorations using upcycled materials

The Witham, Barnard Castle

Fancy a homemade Christmas this year? This workshop will get you started with a whole host of fun and festive upcycling crafts to adorn your home and create gifts for friends and ...

Canary : Fun in the Oven

The Witham, Barnard Castle

Inspired by the stories of the women who worked in Britain’s munition factories during WWI. Set during a zeppelin air raid, Canary uses physical theatre and sound design to ...

Auckland Castle Trail Race

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

See the beautiful grounds of Auckland Castle on this 5 mile Trail race, which includes all terrain, trail and forest. Book online at ...

Stanhope Show

Unthank Park, Stanhope

A traditional Dales agricultural show where visitors can browse a wonderful display of the finest livestock, produce and crafts that the Durham Dales have to offer. The show is ...

Hamsterley Forest, Hamsterley Forest

Join in the fun, use natural materials you find around you in the forest to build yourself a den, but be prepared to have it tested out for how rain proof it is while you are in it! Booking essential. Children must be accompanied, maximum of four children per adult.

Category: Fireworks, Festivals & Outdoors
Dates:    Times: 13:30-15:00

Location: Hamsterley Forest, Redford Lane , Hamsterley Forest, DL13 3NL

Colliery Club, Easington

Live music

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 20:30

Location: Colliery Club, Seaside Lane, Easington, SR83JZ

Tow Law Millennium Green and Recreation Ground, Tow Law

With funfair, bouncy castle, climbing wall, penalty shootout, face painting, dog show, stalls and sideshows, licensed bar and food stalls, plus a special performance of Hansel and Gretel.

Category: Festival, Markets & Fetes
Dates:    Times: 13:00-20:00

Location: Tow Law Millennium Green and Recreation Ground, Rear Tow Law High Street and Naismith Grove, Tow Law, DL13 4EH

The Chinese State Circus - Dynasty

The Sands, Durham

The internationally acclaimed Chinese State Circus is coming back, returning to its roots in an innovatively spectacular new production – “DYNASTY”. The incomparable Chinese State Circus will be playing at The Sands, Durham from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th August in its fully heated big top venue. Breathtaking in its simplicity,

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 12:00, 15:00

Location: The Sands, The Sands, Durham, DH1 1SF

Esh Winning Methodist Church, Esh Winning

Does your life lack direction? Come and find answers. Meetings include musical items and talks about the Bible. Coffee and chat at the end.

Category: Religious Events
Dates:    Times: 20:15-21:00

Location: Esh Winning Methodist Church, Evenwood Road, Esh Winning, DH7 9PE

Sunny Sundial

Palace Green Library, Durham

Have you seen our sundial in the gallery? Make your own sundial to tell the time in a new way. All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 13:00-15:00

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

Brand new family pool sessions at Durham County Council leisure centre pools

Peterlee Leisure Centre, Peterlee

If the kids want to do some splashing about in the pool this summer, then they (and you) will love the new range of fantastic, great value family pool sessions now on offer at Durham County Council leisure centre pools. With sessions for all ages throughout the holidays we can help you keep them entertained all summer long whatever the weather.

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Peterlee Leisure Centre, St Cuthberts Way, Peterlee, SR8 1AF

Brand new family pool sessions at Durham County Council leisure centre pools

Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex, Bishop Auckland

If the kids want to do some splashing about in the pool this summer, then they (and you) will love the new range of fantastic, great value family pool sessions now on offer at Durham County Council leisure centre pools. With sessions for all ages throughout the holidays we can help you keep them entertained all summer long whatever the weather.

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex, Woodhouse Lane, , Bishop Auckland, DL14 6JX

Brand new family pool sessions at Durham County Council leisure centre pools

Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre, Chester-le-Street

If the kids want to do some splashing about in the pool this summer, then they (and you) will love the new range of fantastic, great value family pool sessions now on offer at Durham County Council leisure centre pools. With sessions for all ages throughout the holidays we can help you keep them entertained all summer long whatever the weather.

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre, Burns Green, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3QH

Brand new family pool sessions at Durham County Council leisure centre pools

Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre , Newton Aycliffe

If the kids want to do some splashing about in the pool this summer, then they (and you) will love the new range of fantastic, great value family pool sessions now on offer at Durham County Council leisure centre pools. With sessions for all ages throughout the holidays, we can help you keep them entertained all summer long whatever the weather.

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre , Beveridge Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 4EH

Market Tavern, Chester-le-Street

Live music

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 17:00

Location: Market Tavern, South Burns, Chester-le-Street, DH33EZ

Crook Hotel, Crook

Live music

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 16:00

Location: Crook Hotel, Hope Street , Crook, DL15 9HU

Crook Hotel, Crook

live music

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 16:00

Location: Crook Hotel, Hope Street, Crook, DL15 9HU

Treasures of the North-Durham photographic society exhibtion

Durham Cathedral, Durham

In celebration of the Treasures of St Cuthbert being rehoused in their permanent home in the monastic Great Kitchen within Open Treasure, the Cathedral’s world-class exhibition experience, Durham Photographic Society is showcasing places and people in the north.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

The Treasures of St Cuthbert

Durham Cathedral, Durham

A rare collection of some of the most significant surviving Anglo-Saxon artefacts in the UK, including St Cuthbert's preserved wooden coffin and his exquisite gold and garnet pectoral cross. Also on display will be the ivory comb and portable altar buried alongside St Cuthbert, Anglo-Saxon vestments gifted to his Shrine, and the original Sanctuary

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

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

First Class at Locomotion

National Railway Museum Locomotion, Shildon

An exciting exhibition by members of Interface Arts set amongst the locomotives and carriages at Locomotion.

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

Location: National Railway Museum Locomotion, Soho Street, Shildon, DL41PQ

Northern Ink - An Exhibition of Pen and Ink Drawings by Naomi Blayney

Durham Cathedral, Durham

Naomi is an artist specialising in pen and inks of landscapes and architecture. Her subjects are often the famous landmarks of the North East and this exhibition promises not to disappoint with new works featuring Durham Cathedral's rose window, Hadrian's Wall and the Tommy sculpture in Seaham. A selling exhibition.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

St Peter's Chapel Tours

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

Join our knowledgeable guides in these 45 min tours exploring the history of the chapel, with anecdotes of the bishops who worshiped here and stories of the Northern Saints featured in the magnificent stained glass windows.

Category: Talks, Meetings & Business
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

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

Auckland Castle Behind the Scenes Tours

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

Visitors are being given the chance to go behind closed doors for a peek inside the £17m restoration of Auckland Castle in our FREE Behind the Scenes tours. The Castle, once a private palace for the Prince Bishops of Durham is being returned to its Georgian Gothic opulence and will be otherwise closed to visitors until May 2018. The Behind

Category: Talks, Meetings & Business
Dates:    Times: 10:30-12:00, 13:00-14:30

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

The Clockwork Garden

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

A bewitching show promising a magical experience for all ages, offering hands-on activities for the young and the young-at-heart. Flying in from somewhere out in space, a mechanical seed has landed in our exhibition gallery to fill it with a beautiful, interactive exhibition. The seed needs to learn the secrets that make our earthly gardens full of

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 09:00-17:00

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

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

An exquisite and engaging trail, linked to items from the Museum collection, viewed through the eyes of contemporary artist Gavin Turk in collaboration with other renowned British artists including Damien Hirst, Cornelia Parker, Sir Peter Blake, Fiona Banner, Matt Collishaw, Adam Dant and Yinka Shonibare MBE. In an interactive experience which

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

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

Interface Arts First ClassExhibition at Locomotion

National Railway Museum Locomotion, Shildon

An exciting contemporary art exhibition by members of Interface Arts situated amongst the locomotives and carriages at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon.

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 10:00-17:00

Location: National Railway Museum Locomotion, Soho Street, Shildon, DL41PQ

Chuck Close exhibition

St Cuthbert's Chapel, Ushaw Durham, Bearpark

The dramatic black and white portrait tapestries of American hyper-realist artist Chuck Close will be exhibited in a religious setting for the first time. Chuck Close, who is renowned for his highly inventive techniques of painting the human face, will become a part of the congregation, including a portrait of former US President Barack Obama

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: St Cuthbert's Chapel, Ushaw Durham, Ushaw College, Bearpark, DH79RH

Michael Eden: Wedgwood and Wouldn’t

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

This exhibition celebrates the Wedgwoodn’t Vases by the contemporary artist Michael Eden. His designs are loosely based on early Wedgwood Vases, chosen because Josiah Wedgwood was at the forefront of the first Industrial Revolution. In order to create his fashionable and desirable pottery, Wedgwood transformed both the ways that ceramics were

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

DECAY: Time, Objects & Destruction

Archaeology Museum, Durham

Find out about the hidden world of decay in museums through this exhibition looking at the effects of time on objects. How can water destroy glass? Why do we not have much iron from the Iron Age? Why should I brush my teeth twice each day? The key is TIME. Find out about the hidden world of decay in museums through this exhibition looking

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Archaeology Museum, Palace Green Library, Durham, DH1 3RN

Time Machines: the past, the future, and how stories take us there

Palace Green Library, Durham

How big is time? And what will the future be like? The sheer enormity of time is a mind-bending concept - one which humans have always tried to measure and understand. Step through a portal and journey through time as we reveal how advances in science allowed authors to create stories that transport us to the distant past, parallel universes, and

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

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

A Good Reputation Endures Forever: The Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front

Oriental Museum, Durham

An exhibition exploring the role of the thousands of Chinese who risked their lives alongside the British armed forces during the First World War. 96,000 Chinese men volunteered to work for Britain in the First World War as part of the Chinese Labour Corps. They undertook essential and often dangerous work behind the lines on the western front

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

Alington House, Durham

everyone welcome

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 18:00-19:00

Location: Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3ET

Curious About Durham

Starts: Durham Cathedral, Durham

Have fun discovering Durham with two self-guided, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Buy or instantly download & get curious! Are you curious about Durham? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Starts: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

Scarth Hall, Staindrop

sequence and ballroom dancing to live music

Category: Dining Out & Nightlife
Dates:    Times: 15:00-18:00

Location: Scarth Hall, 5 South Green, Staindrop, DL2 3LD



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