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Get crafty this half-term at your local library
Published May 24, 2019 11.29am
Durham County Council libraries will be hosting craft sessions to round off the half term holidays.
Enjoy the big screen experience for less at Durham cinema
Published May 24, 2019 10.53am
A trip to the flicks is now more affordable in County Durham thanks to a new family cinema ticket.
Artichoke announces winning 'BRILLIANT' artworks for Lumiere Durham 2019
Published May 24, 2019 10.24am
Four locals will see their bright ideas brought to life for Lumiere Durham this November as part of Artichoke's BRILLIANT competition.
Half-term activities at County Durham parks
Published May 23, 2019 3.43pm
From Lego to building recycled robots - there's lots to do for families with young children in County Durham parks this half-term.
Festival's secret launch gig celebrates 1990s dance scene
Published May 20, 2019 10.35am
Relive the diehard days of dance music at a top-secret location when one of the region's most eclectic festivals returns this summer.
Get active for less this May
Published May 20, 2019 1.00am
Join the gym for £5 between 20 - 31 May and pay nothing more until July.
Food festival celebrates the North-East's finest
Published May 17, 2019 1.00pm
A food festival with a truly international flavour will showcase some of East Durham's finest traders and producers next month.
Get fit and make new friends with free walking sessions
Published May 17, 2019 9.23am
A pensioner who discovered a new lease of life after joining a walking group is urging others to follow in his footsteps during National Walking Month.
Pro-cyclists hope to inspire next generation
Published May 16, 2019 11.51am
Two professional athletes paid a surprise visit to a County Durham school to inspire and teach pupils the importance of cycling safely, ahead of a major cycling event in the county this weekend.
Leisure centre and library to open after £2 million refit
Published May 10, 2019 3.15pm
Peterlee Leisure Centre will reopen to the public next week following a major improvement programme that has included the relocation of the town's library.
Young gymnasts shine at latest competitions
Published May 10, 2019 2.29pm
A County Durham gymnastics club is celebrating a series of competition triumphs.
Durham University to support 10th anniversary edition of Lumiere light festival
Published May 09, 2019 12.17pm
Durham University is to be a major partner of the tenth anniversary edition of Lumiere, when the UK's biggest light festival returns to Durham later this year.
Spectacular summer gets underway at the Gala Theatre
Published May 08, 2019 11.17am
Dazzling dance, theatrical masterpieces, live music and comedy - audiences will be spoilt for choice at a County Durham theatre this summer.
Town hall transformation plans to be presented to councillors
Published May 07, 2019 3.49pm
A vision to transform Bishop Auckland Town Hall into a thriving cultural hub will be presented to councillors next week.
Free talk explores the history of Croxdale's Salvin family
Published May 07, 2019 9.34am
A free history talk by a Durham University Fellow will explain the survival of a long-standing County Durham family.
New fitness class gets into full swing
Published May 03, 2019 3.42pm
A unique fitness class set to uplifting swing music will launch with a free taster session.
Still time to relive your school days at County Durham theatre
Published May 03, 2019 10.47am
A hilarious and fastmoving comedy will transport theatre goers back to their school days next week.
'City Celebrations' to deliver unforgettable #CWC19 fan experience in Durham
Published May 02, 2019 1.46pm
This summer thousands of new and existing cricket fans will have the opportunity to get up close to the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup action as all 10 world class host cities bring the tournament to life in iconic locations.
Keep the kids entertained this half term
Published May 02, 2019 10.12am
Leisure centres have lots of activities to help keep the kids active during the holidays and most of all have some fun!
Hundreds make their mark on dale's mining inspired artwork
Published April 30, 2019 9.35am
Hundreds of people from across Weardale have created glass tiles as part of a community arts project celebrating the area's rich industrial heritage.