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A cinematic adventure for Durham
Published October 12, 2018 2.10pm
Lovers of the great outdoors can witness the incredible achievements of one of Britain's best mountaineers in Durham City this month.
"Nee killing, anly singing" in The Muddy Choir
Published October 11, 2018 10.34am
As the nation is set to commemorate 100 years since the First World War Armistice, the story of three young soldiers, serving in the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) is heading to the Gala.
History centre would reconnect people with their heritage
Published October 09, 2018 4.20pm
A proposed new history centre would help reconnect people with their heritage and create a blueprint for the future of archive services, councillors will hear next week.
Council's £60,000 funding boost for the Witham
Published October 08, 2018 1.27pm
A fundraising campaign to secure the future of an historic community arts centre has been given a £60,000 boost.
Visit the land of Fairyhill for the Gala's pantomime
Published October 04, 2018 12.56pm
With tickets selling fast for the return of the Gala Theatre's festive pantomime, families are being urged to book now to avoid disappointment.
Archive receives national accreditation
Published September 26, 2018 1.54pm
The archive service for County Durham has received a prestigious national honour in recognition of its excellent practice and services.
Trophy on display at Freeman's Quay in honour of Durham swimming legend, Norman Sarsfield
Published September 25, 2018 10.01am
Visitors to a leisure centre can see the extraordinary achievements of a County Durham swimmer in a new display.
Julia Donaldson talks Tabby McTat
Published September 19, 2018 11.55am
Best-selling children's author Julia Donaldson has spoken about the journey from page to stage ahead of a live performance of Tabby McTat in Durham.
Front row seats for Funny Girl
Published August 29, 2018 9.50am
County Durham audiences can experience the best of British theatre when a new production of iconic musical Funny Girl is screened at Durham's Gala Theatre this October.
International performers explore the concept of home in new theatre show
Published August 29, 2018 8.50am
Performers from across the globe will perform in a new drama exploring the concept of 'home' at Durham's Gala Theatre next month.
County Durham collection contributes to northern history project
Published August 23, 2018 12.10pm
Images from County Durham archives have been chosen to feature in a new interactive project that tells the story of our region.
Local jokesters, TV favourites and a fun final farewell at Gala Theatre this autumn
Published August 17, 2018 9.30am
Side splitting stand-ups and hilarious impressionists are part of the top-class line up at Durham's Gala Theatre this autumn, bringing a combination of observational humour, music, satire and more.
Line-up revealed for Durham Book Festival 2018
Published August 13, 2018 2.12pm
The programme has been announced for Durham Book Festival 2018, the North East's largest literary event.
Get Back on your Bike this summer
Published August 08, 2018 12.27pm
People who haven't ridden a bike for a while are being encouraged to get back in the saddle with free Back on your Bike courses.
Thousands more pupils learn about cold water shock
Published July 20, 2018 4.00pm
"It was scary but in a good way because it was a warning to be careful. It was really good that Cameron's mam was able to talk to us about this."
It's official! UK's largest light festival 10th anniversary spectacular will Help Durham Shine
Published July 11, 2018 1.19pm
Durham will host its most ambitious ever Lumiere light festival in 2019, featuring a selection of some favourites from the past decade of festivals.
Remembering Srebrenica 23 years on
Published July 10, 2018 1.19pm
Remembering Srebrenica, at Durham Clayport Library, highlights the horrors of the 1995 genocide, which saw thousands of Bosnian Muslims killed, displaced and sexually abused as part of a widespread ethnic cleansing campaign.
Cast announced for Gala pantomime
Published June 26, 2018 3.44pm
Temperatures are set to soar this week but staff at the Gala Theatre are already thinking about Christmas.
Find out more about Peterlee Leisure Centre upgrade
Published June 25, 2018 1.51pm
Members of the public are being invited to find out more about the improvements to Peterlee Leisure Centre at an open day next week.
What's on this summer
Published June 18, 2018 11.48am
Our summer guide provides lots of ideas and suggestions for events, activities and venues that will provide the perfect day out.