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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.
County Durham parks and beaches open
Published March 20, 2020 5.50pm
County Durham's parks and beaches remain open.
Bishop Auckland Food Festival cancelled
Published March 17, 2020 5.28pm
A County Durham food festival has been cancelled 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.
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.
County Durham's BRASS festival returns with new directors
Published February 27, 2020 11.18am
Two new artistic directors will oversee one of the region's liveliest festivals when it returns this summer.
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.
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.
Stanley to host international bowls tournament
Published February 12, 2020 4.38pm
The British Isles Indoor Bowls U25 Men's International Series will be hosted in Stanley next month. Supported by Durham County Council and Visit County Durham, the tournament will take place at Stanley Indoor Bowls Centre from 15-16 February, raising Durham's profile as a county recognised for hosting sporting events, but also encouraging local communities to get involved.
Bake Off star returns to Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Published February 07, 2020 2.31pm
Great British Bake Off favourite Jane Beedle will turn people of all ages into star bakers when she returns to a North East food festival this spring.
MasterChef star heads to free North East food festival
Published January 30, 2020 10.41am
Top television chef John Torode will headline a County Durham food festival this spring as organisers pull together all the ingredients for an irresistible culinary weekend.
Durham City welcomes the Year of the Rat
Published January 20, 2020 11.05am
A day of celebrations in Durham city centre will welcome in the Chinese New Year.
On the trail of history on the high seas
Published January 09, 2020 10.37am
Real accounts of adventure, arrest and a suspect sailor will be brought to life through historical records as monthly history sessions resume.
Dates announced for Seaham Food Festival 2020
Published October 31, 2019 10.03am
A seaside town will serve up a second helping of culinary fun when a successful food festival returns next year.
Dates announced for Bishop Auckland Food Festival 2020
Published September 26, 2019 11.13am
A food festival that attracted more than 29,000 people in April will serve up even more tasty treats, celebrity chefs and culinary inspiration when it returns next year.