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Celebrity chefs added to virtual food festival line-up
Published December 04, 2020 1.19pm
More celebrity chefs have been added to the virtual Durham Festival of Food and Drink, an online event we commissioned to support local traders that would have usually appeared at our popular food and drink festivals.
Magical Christmas story offers tree-mendous festive fun
Published December 04, 2020 9.47am
Families can get into the Christmas spirit by downloading an exciting audio adventure, created by a County Durham theatre, this festive season.
Published December 02, 2020 12.00am
Information about aqua classes in our leisure centres.
Plans announced to reinstate services affected by national lockdown
Published November 27, 2020 11.16am
We have set out how we will safely reopen venues and reinstate services affected by the national lockdown next week.
Enjoy the magic of panto at home with theatre's festive films
Published November 20, 2020 10.31am
A festive story filmed in four thrilling instalments is set to deliver pantomime magic to County Durham and beyond next month.
Virtual food festival launched to help support local traders
Published November 13, 2020 10.58am
We are launching a virtual event in the run up to Christmas to support local traders that would have usually appeared at its popular food and drink festivals in the region.
Virtual Remembrance Day events help keep communities safe
Published November 11, 2020 3.53pm
As Remembrance Day draws to a close, we are thanking residents for helping to keep their communities safe by commemorating the occasion at home.
Resident opinions wanted to improve leisure facilities
Published November 11, 2020 1.12pm
Members of the public are being asked to give their feedback on plans to modernise leisure facilities in County Durham.
Library collection scheme reintroduced in County Durham
Published November 09, 2020 12.19pm
A collection service that enabled County Durham residents to access library books during the initial coronavirus lockdown will be reintroduced this week.
Full programme of online content and virtual events unveiled to mark Remembrance Day 2020
Published November 06, 2020 5.58pm
Following our announcement in October that six landmarks across the county would be lit up in red to mark Remembrance Day, we have now unveiled our full programme of online events and virtual content, taking place between 8-11 November.
Virtual storytelling for families returns with a seasonal twist
Published October 23, 2020 3.48pm
Creative craft sessions and a spook-tastic story will be available online for families to enjoy this half term.
Upcoming art installation focuses on County Durham park
Published October 23, 2020 10.42am
The unique architecture of a popular County Durham park will become the focal point of a new upcoming art project.
Getting communities moving in County Durham
Published October 22, 2020 11.15am
County Durham communities are being supported to become more active and lead healthier lives.
Popular heritage festival returns for its second year
Published October 15, 2020 10.48am
An annual festival, which celebrates the unique history of a County Durham town, will return bigger and better this year by holding its festival in partnership with a neighbouring area.
Art projects to explore people's experiences with isolation
Published September 24, 2020 12.12pm
Two art projects that engage with the community and highlight people's experiences of isolation will be on show to the public this month.
Explore Durham's vast history with countywide heritage event
Published September 11, 2020 12.21pm
Visitors and residents in County Durham will have the chance to discover the region's hidden historical treasures in an annual heritage event.
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.
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.
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.