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Final preparations underway for Streets of Brass
Published July 18, 2019 3.42pm
Street bands from all over the world will descend on Durham City this weekend for two days of free alfresco music.
Pianists needed for Lumiere 10th anniversary artwork
Published July 17, 2019 11.38am
An open call inviting piano players of all ages to perform as part of a spectacular new installation at Lumiere has today been announced by the festival's producers Artichoke.
Sports charity serves up free tennis sessions in Consett
Published July 17, 2019 11.37am
After the nation was gripped recently by Wimbledon, national sports charity 'Tennis For Free' has served up an ace for Consett and the surrounding area by investing in a programme of free tennis sessions at the Sherburn Park tennis courts, Stanley Gardens, Consett, DH8 6LJ starting on Sunday 21 July 10.00am - 11.30am.
Elites and experts bring free advice sessions to the Durham City Run Festival
Published July 16, 2019 12.49pm
A packed line up of experts and high-profile speakers from the world of running will take over the Gala Theatre and Millennium Square during the first Durham City Run Festival later this month.
Flag of St George flies following Cricket World Cup win
Published July 16, 2019 12.44pm
The flag of St George is flying proudly at County Hall today following England's triumph in the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Apollo Pavilion 50th birthday celebration
Published July 15, 2019 12.04pm
It's a day that marks half a century of one of the most celebrated moments in history - and one that is commemorated in County Durham in truly unique style.
¡Olé! Spanish brass band kicks off international music festival in style
Published July 12, 2019 1.57pm
A spectacular set by nine very talented amigos marked the official launch of County Durham's liveliest music festival today (Friday).
Dale's mining inspired artwork unveiled
Published July 10, 2019 9.46am
Dozens of schoolchildren who took part in a community arts project were invited to watch their work being unveiled during a special event.
Hear from the author turning County Durham history into fascinating fiction
Published July 10, 2019 9.44am
A teacher turned novelist is to share her love of creating stories inspired by people from the past.
Rocket into a reading adventure this summer
Published July 09, 2019 9.54am
The annual Summer Reading Challenge returns with a moon-bound mission, sure to keep kids hooked on books over the holidays.
Visitors to Bishop Auckland will receive a world class welcome
Published July 04, 2019 11.12am
New road signs welcoming visitors into Bishop Auckland announce the town's status as a WorldHost Destination.
Replica miners' banners finds new home in library
Published July 04, 2019 11.01am
A new replica miners' banner has been officially unveiled at a County Durham library, celebrating the county's rich mining past and the people who lived it.
Summer activities in our leisure centres
Published July 04, 2019 8.33am
Keep the kids entertained with summer holiday activities at your local leisure centre.
What's on this summer
Published June 28, 2019 9.00am
Our summer guide provides lots of ideas and suggestions for events, activities and venues that will provide the perfect day out.
Brass festival brings the party to people
Published June 27, 2019 1.18pm
Streets and parks across County Durham will come alive in July when a feel-good music festival makes its joyous return.
National grant allows new DLI stories to be told
Published June 25, 2019 1.20pm
More fascinating stories and images from one of the UK's most extensive regimental archives will be revealed to the public thanks to a major funding boost.
Cricket World Cup fever gripping County Durham
Published June 24, 2019 10.42am
Cricket World Cup fever is well and truly gripping the nation and one of the world's biggest sport events is now just days away from arriving in County Durham.
Durham History Centre consultation
Published June 19, 2019 2.00pm
Residents are being invited to give their views on designs for a new history centre for County Durham.
Festival outreach project explores the benefits of music for people living with dementia
Published June 14, 2019 10.43am
The power of music to evoke memories is at the heart of a community arts project bringing together young performers and people living with dementia.
Seaham Food Festival Saturday cancelled - will go ahead tomorrow
Published June 08, 2019 10.48am
Organisers of Seaham Food Festival have taken the very difficult decision to cancel today's events due to the horrendous weather.