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Dance production comes to Bishop Auckland Town Hall
Published March 16, 2018 12.50pm
A dance production celebrating the UK's industrial history is coming to Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Saturday, 28 March, with the local community playing their own part in the show.
'Wills and their whereabouts': help for family historians
Published March 16, 2018 8.03am
Durham County Record Office is set to hold workshops which teach historians how to research family connections through wills.
Corrie's Sean Wilson returns to Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Published March 15, 2018 1.14pm
No sooner has he returned to the cobbles of Coronation Street, actor turned chef Sean Wilson - also known for his role as Martin Platt - makes his return to Bishop Auckland Food Festival.
Art groups inspired by Matisse exhibition
Published March 14, 2018 1.33pm
Community groups from across County Durham have been exploring the work of Matisse as part of an exhibition at the Gala Theatre.
Pilgrims urged to take part in historical walk
Published March 13, 2018 3.02pm
A historical pilgrimage walk will take place in County Durham this weekend, to coincide with the annual St Cuthbert's Day celebrations.
Festival Makers receive county's highest honour
Published March 12, 2018 11.25am
Volunteers who give up their time to play a vital role in the running of our events, have been awarded the council's highest honour.
Gym celebrates 20th anniversary with special fitness offers
Published March 09, 2018 12.45pm
A 94-year-old fitness fanatic who credits his local gym with keeping him healthy is getting ready to help celebrate its 20th birthday.
Update on council services in County Durham
Published February 28, 2018 12.12pm
Our staff continue to work hard to keep services running across County Durham today but residents are warned to expect some disruption.
Britain's finest chefs come to the North East
Published February 15, 2018 12.21pm
Two of Britain's finest chefs are heading for the North East as Dan Doherty and Jack Stein bring their culinary talents to this year's Bishop Auckland Food Festival, taking place from Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 April.
Iconic Matisse cut-outs to be displayed at Gala Gallery
Published February 14, 2018 11.00am
An exhibition featuring the work of French painter, sculptor and designer Henri Matisse will open in Durham this month.
Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex turns 50
Published February 09, 2018 3.54pm
A County Durham leisure centre which was officially opened half a century ago is celebrating the milestone this weekend.
Get inspired at Durham Adventure Festival
Published February 09, 2018 10.11am
A festival encouraging people to get outdoors and try something new is making its debut in Durham this spring.
Popular plays to be screened at Gala
Published February 07, 2018 10.45am
Some of the most highly anticipated plays of the year are being beamed live to the Gala Theatre this spring, with tickets already selling fast.
TV's Candice Brown looking forward to Bishop Auckland Food Festival debut
Published February 06, 2018 1.11pm
One of Britain's most recognisable bakers is looking forward to visiting the North East as she brings her showstopping style to this year's Bishop Auckland Food Festival.
Muddy Mayhem set to return in September
Published February 06, 2018 12.50pm
Thrill seeking early birds are invited to sign up to take on the dirtiest of challenges as Muddy Mayhem returns.
New Year, new writing sessions at libraries
Published January 04, 2018 12.00pm
Budding writers are invited to explore their creative side at County Durham libraries this month.
National recognition for Wharton Park restoration
Published December 22, 2017 3.30pm
A £3m project to breathe new life into a County Durham park has won national recognition.
£1.75 million playtime investment continues
Published December 22, 2017 2.23pm
A £1.75 million investment programme continues to brighten up playtime for children across County Durham.
New season programme announced for Gala Theatre
Published December 14, 2017 9.52am
A new production of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads is just one of the highlights of the spring programme at the Gala Theatre.
Lumiere 2017 in Durham closes on a high note as festival organisers Artichoke redraw the city in light
Published November 20, 2017 10.17am
Organisers declared Lumiere a resounding success as the fifth Lumiere festival in Durham drew to a close last night, Sunday 19 November 2017 at 11.00pm.