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Free street festival makes next stop on County Durham tour

Published March 17, 2022 9.28am

Touring festivals making their way across County Durham will stop in two more towns this weekend.

Street festival Ferryhill

Circus performance at Ferryhill

Touring festivals making their way across County Durham will stop in two more towns this weekend.

The free activities, which have been organised by us to encourage people to visit and enjoy their high streets, have been taking place across the county's main towns since the beginning of March.

With two different towns to host the festival each weekend, residents have been able to enjoy a variety of entertainment including circus performances, street entertainment, face painting and crazy golf.

The events also support the county's bid to be UK City of Culture 2025. If successful, the bid will mean more opportunities for exciting events to be brought to communities across the county.

Stanley and Consett

Having already visited Seaham, Shildon, Crook, Ferryhill and Durham City, the street festivals will this weekend be moving on to Stanley and Consett.

Saturday 19 March will see the street festival descend on Front Street in Stanley, where from 11am to 3pm people can witness circus performances and street entertainment, get their face painted, or try their hand at a climbing wall.

Activities will then move on to Middle Street in Consett on Sunday 20 March, where the town will come to life from 11am to 3pm with entertainment, face painting, a climbing wall and a crazy golf course.

Three more events are set to take place this month, with the remaining festivals on:

  • Friday 25 March, 4.30pm to 8.30pm - Bishop Auckland Market Place
  • Saturday 26 March, 11am to 3pm - Chester-le-Street Market Place
  • Sunday 27 March, 11am to 3pm - Scar Top, Barnard Castle

Welcome Back Fund

The events have been organised with money from the Welcome Back Fund (WBF) which was established by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The department invited councils to apply for grants to stage events to support the safe return of people to high streets following the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

As a requirement of the funding, the street festival entertainment must take place before 31 March.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: "It is great to see people enjoying our street festival programme, with great turnouts to each of the events that have taken place so far. Stanley and Consett look set to be two fantastic family-friendly days out, so we hope people take advantage of the free activities and join in with the fun.

"Bringing more cultural opportunities to our communities is a part of our key ambitions, and one of the reasons why the county is bidding to be UK City of Culture 2025. If successful, the bid will allow for even more free cultural activities to take place right across the county."