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Seaham Food Festival cancelled
Published March 27, 2020 9.26am
A seaside food festival has been cancelled to support national efforts to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.
Changes to our services following government announcement
Published March 24, 2020 3.35pm
A number of temporary changes are being made to our services in line with latest government guidance during the Coronavirus outbreak.
County Durham parks and beaches open
Published March 20, 2020 5.50pm
County Durham's parks and beaches remain open.
Council's continuing response to COVID-19 guidance
Published March 18, 2020 2.19pm
We have announced further details of how our services and events are affected in response to government guidance on Coronavirus.
Public invited to peek into Peterlee's past
Published March 12, 2020 11.00am
The powerful past and the distinct present of a County Durham structure will be the focus of a special talk, open to the public.
Exploring new heights with return of adventure festival
Published March 11, 2020 12.27pm
Renowned survival expert Ray Mears will be dropping into Durham next month as part of an inspiring line-up at this year's Durham Adventure Festival.
Hear from County Durham's excavating experts
Published March 11, 2020 10.24am
Experts who dig into County Durham's rich history are inviting the public to a special day dedicated to archaeology.
Outlining our festival and events programme for 2020/21
Published March 10, 2020 3.16pm
The extensive cultural, social and economic benefits that festivals and events bring to County Durham will be outlined to councillors next week.
Rock the night away with the UK's best Buddy Holly act
Published March 09, 2020 12.10pm
Rock and roll fans can attend the best party in town when Britain's most popular Buddy Holly act visits County Durham this month.
Museum to remain closed
Published March 05, 2020 3.53pm
A County Durham museum will not open to the public for the start of the summer season as planned.
Exhibition tells untold stories of isolated generation
Published March 05, 2020 10.19am
An older woman sits in her living room, alone. She speaks about her day-to-day experience, an experience that a growing number of older people in our communities face.
Dirty Vegan Matt Pritchard brings plant-based revolution to County Durham food festival
Published March 05, 2020 10.02am
A vegan cookery champion with a passion for endurance sports will showcase his favourite plant-based recipes at a County Durham food festival next month.
Theatre director takes on enduring story of hope and struggle
Published February 21, 2020 2.56pm
One of Britain's most respected theatre directors will oversee a highly anticipated production in County Durham this spring.
Bake Off star Alice Fevronia heads to County Durham
Published February 20, 2020 10.24am
Fans of the Great British Bake Off can meet one of 2019's star bakers at a North East food festival this spring.
Defibrillator fitted at popular park
Published February 20, 2020 9.58am
Life-saving equipment is now on hand at a popular County Durham park, thanks to combined funding efforts.
Bowls club president receives Chairman's Medal
Published February 18, 2020 10.45am
A dedicated volunteer has been recognised for his commitment to a County Durham sporting club.
Win tea with a tiger at your local library
Published February 14, 2020 12.52pm
Families who visit their local library this half term could win tickets to see much-loved play, The Tiger Who Came to Tea.
TV chefs bring Mediterranean flavours to popular food festival
Published February 13, 2020 1.42pm
Celebrity chef Joe Hurd and reigning MasterChef champion Irini Tzortzoglou will bring the flavours of the Mediterranean to County Durham this spring.
World-famous vocalist powers into Consett theatre
Published February 13, 2020 10.22am
The original vocalist on one of the most famous power ballads of all time will star at Consett's Empire Theatre next month.
Iconic artwork receives overhaul
Published February 12, 2020 10.47am
A Durham City sculpture has been returned to its former glory with a full refurbishment.