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Leisure centre newbies offered free fitness pass
Published January 15, 2019 10.49am
People looking to get active this New Year can pick up a free taster pass to discover what's new at their local leisure centre.
Celebrated orchestra to open Durham Vocal Festival with Handel's Messiah
Published January 14, 2019 2.23pm
A world famous orchestra will perform Handel's hugely popular Messiah on the opening night of a vibrant vocal music festival.
History talk brings Durham's militiamen to life
Published January 14, 2019 10.21am
A history talk will enlighten visitors about Durham's military past.
A year of culture awaits in County Durham
Published January 08, 2019 5.06pm
Councillors will be asked to endorse plans for a year-long celebration of culture in County Durham when they meet next week.
Councillors asked to give green light to history centre
Published January 08, 2019 3.22pm
Plans to create a new history centre bringing together archive and heritage services for County Durham could be given the green light next week.
Live theatre screenings bring historical kings and modern day politics to County Durham
Published January 04, 2019 1.54pm
Politics, friendship and the fine line between king and man will be explored when three National Theatre productions are broadcast live in County Durham.
15 months for the price of 12
Published January 01, 2019 10.32am
Sign up to a paid in full gym or swim membership between 1-31 January and get three months free! (Not applicable on Corporate Memberships.)
Panto stars visit hospital to spread Christmas cheer
Published December 20, 2018 2.41pm
A children's ward in a County Durham hospital played host to some extra special festive visitors this week.
Signed and relaxed Christmas shows at Gala Theatre
Published December 20, 2018 9.54am
Durham's Gala Theatre has added an additional British Sign Language performance of its pantomime to its programme of inclusive festive performances.
Movies, music and family fun in theatre's new programme
Published December 14, 2018 2.10pm
TV comedy stars, stage performances of children's favourite stories and a women-only wartime photography exhibition are coming to Bishop Auckland this spring, alongside a range of impressive comedy and music performances.
If you go down to Wharton Park you're sure of a big snowy surprise
Published December 12, 2018 1.10pm
Little bears and their grown-ups are invited on a winter adventure to help save Christmas.
Theatre's spring season boasts something for everyone
Published December 07, 2018 11.24am
Murder mysteries, hilarious comedy acts and a piano prodigy turned folk music sensation are among the entertaining treats in store at a County Durham theatre.
Join Belle, Cogsworth, Lumiere and friends for a spectacular staging of a fairytale classic
Published November 30, 2018 4.14pm
It's a tale as old as time, but theatre audiences will fall in love all over again with one of the most popular fairytales ever told this December.
County Durham park voted the best place for a free day out with the family
Published November 29, 2018 11.47am
A historic park has been named the best destination for a free family day out in the North East after securing the most public votes.
Get a free month of fitness this Black Friday
Published November 21, 2018 2.58pm
Anyone wanting to get in shape in the run up to Christmas can enjoy a fantastic Black Friday online deal at Durham County Council leisure centres.
Relive your school days at County Durham theatre
Published November 21, 2018 11.14am
They say school days are the best days of your life, and at one North East theatre, audiences can experience the highs and lows all over again.
Lumiere returns with Director's Cut of past festival favourites for 10th anniversary edition
Published November 14, 2018 9.25am
The biennial Lumiere light festival, produced by leading arts charity Artichoke and commissioned by the council, will return to Durham city from the 14 to 17 November 2019. Lumiere 2019 will mark 10 years since the festival first launched in Durham in 2009.
Strictly professionals to keep County Durham dancing in 2019
Published November 12, 2018 1.05pm
With Strictly Come Dancing in full swing, a theatre is gearing up for two of its most FAB-U-LOUS shows to date.
Download the thrive active app
Published November 07, 2018 11.36am
Get all of the latest swimming pool information at your fingertips. Thrive active makes it simple to find swimming information at any of our leisure centres.
App offers 24/7 library access
Published November 06, 2018 10.07am
Story lovers can now access hundreds more free eaudiobooks anytime, anywhere, with County Durham libraries online.