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New look café to open at Bishop Auckland Town Hall
Published July 31, 2020 4.10pm
The opening of a new look café will offer people a taster of a £1.5 million revamp of a historic town hall.
Pick and collect library service rolled out
Published July 31, 2020 12.08pm
A collection service introduced to help people in County Durham access library books is to be extended.
Popular historic house reopens thanks to AAP grant
Published July 31, 2020 9.43am
Visitors can once again enjoy a trip to a North East historic house after it reopened to the public thanks to funding received during lockdown.
Binchester Roman Fort set to reopen
Published July 29, 2020 10.13am
A popular history attraction near Bishop Auckland is set to reopen after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Heron to fly away - but not for long
Published July 28, 2020 11.52am
An illuminated sculpture of one of Britain's most iconic birds will temporarily leave its perch on the banks of the River Wear to allow essential utilities works to be undertaken.
Improving walking and cycling provision in Durham City
Published July 24, 2020 3.57pm
Temporary measures which will create more space for walking and cycling are to be introduced at six Durham City locations following the success of a funding bid.
Durham Book Festival goes virtual in 2020
Published July 22, 2020 11.42am
One of the UK's oldest literary festivals, which attracts thousands of people to County Durham each year, will take place online this autumn.
A new way to see Seaham via app
Published July 22, 2020 9.12am
A new app will showcase the sites and stories of Seaham to visitors.
Council leaders call for culture rescue funding to be allocated locally
Published July 21, 2020 3.44pm
North East council leaders are calling on the Government to allow decisions about the £1.57 billion culture rescue package to be made locally.
Gyms set to reopen and fitness classes to return at County Durham leisure centres
Published July 17, 2020 10.54am
People in County Durham will be able to resume their fitness regimes later this month as council-run services begin to reopen.
Phased reopening of County Durham play parks continues
Published July 15, 2020 2.53pm
Dozens more play parks, skate parks and multi-use-games areas (MUGA) across County Durham are due to reopen within the next fortnight with new measures in place to promote social distancing.
Creative summer activities planned to showcase hidden heritage
Published July 14, 2020 11.38am
A host of creative activities will be held virtually this summer to celebrate the heritage of a County Durham town.
Phased reopening of County Durham play parks to begin
Published July 09, 2020 4.13pm
Play parks across County Durham will begin to reopen this weekend as part of the nationwide easing of lockdown restrictions.
Refurbishment will transform Gala Theatre and Cinema customer facilities
Published July 09, 2020 2.49pm
Front-of-house facilities at a popular Durham City theatre and cinema are to be transformed as the venue undergoes a refurbishment.
Popular cycle route to receive a makeover
Published July 07, 2020 10.05am
Improvements are to be made to a popular national cycle route thanks to a grant of almost one million pounds.
Pick and collect library service to launch in County Durham
Published July 03, 2020 1.24pm
Bookworms in County Durham will be able to take advantage of a book collection service from next week.
Guidance issued as hospitality businesses prepare to open in County Durham
Published July 02, 2020 1.10pm
A North East council has offered guidance to businesses and residents as lockdown restrictions begin to ease this week.
Durham's Brass festival moves online
Published June 29, 2020 10.57am
Durham BRASS will be livening up living rooms across County Durham and beyond when the festival moves online next month.
Creating the way through lockdown with supportive art
Published June 26, 2020 1.42pm
A love of art, photography and the desire for a challenge has led two unlikely friends to make creative pieces to combat isolation during lockdown.
Council launches virtual music lessons for adults
Published June 12, 2020 10.41am
New adult music lessons are offering talented performers and total beginners an opportunity to improve their musical skills.