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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 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.
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.
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.
'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 active during pregnancy
Published April 17, 2019 10.37am
Aqua natal is a fun and safe way to exercise your body and mind during pregnancy.
Exhibition explores soldiers' experiences of returning home
Published April 15, 2019 12.29pm
A prisoner of war's 400-mile march to freedom is among the stories featured within a new exhibition exploring what it was like for soldiers returning home.
Take a musical journey through the decades at Empire Theatre
Published April 04, 2019 12.07pm
Relive music's finest moments while celebrating some of the greatest acts of the 20th century at a County Durham theatre this year.
BRASS returns with its most exciting line-up to date
Published March 29, 2019 1.14pm
One of the region's liveliest festivals is back with a bang this summer, showcasing the very best contemporary brass music from across the globe.
Paula Radcliffe's new family athletics event to make global debut in Durham
Published March 28, 2019 4.40pm
A new concept that encourages families to exercise together will make its global debut in the North East this summer.
Apollo 50: Hundreds turn out in Peterlee to see Apollo Pavilion in a new light as 50th anniversary celebrations lift off
Published March 26, 2019 11.04am
More than 1500 people experienced a taste of Lumiere in Peterlee over the weekend as Victor Pasmore's iconic Apollo Pavilion was transformed by light artists Mader Wiermann in the launch event of a year of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark structure.
Theatrical treats and magical music for all in 2019
Published January 24, 2019 10.22am
Talented musicians, West End stars and a very hungry caterpillar are just some of the acts set to grace the stage at a County Durham theatre this year.
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.