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County Durham launches bid to become UK City of Culture 2025
Published: 19 July 2021 08:02
County Durham has today launched its bid to be named UK City of Culture 2025 - with the hope the accolade will provide a major boost for the whole north east region.
Travel back in time at popular heritage festival
Published: 16 September 2021 10:10
A heritage festival is bringing the rich history of a North East market town to life, while celebrating the anniversary of the world's first passenger railway.
Laughter, life stories and live music at County Durham theatre
Published: 15 September 2021 09:16
From the music of the swinging sixties to tales of a Hollywood idol, there's lots to look forward to in Bishop Auckland Town Hall's new season line-up.
Nominate Your Covid Hero
Published: 08 September 2021 16:33
Do you know a local hero who embodies the region's renowned goodwill?
Durham City bridge on track for October reopening
Published: 07 September 2021 09:34
Progress on the refurbishment of Durham's New Elvet Bridge is continuing, with the key city centre route set to reopen next month.
Food is key ingredient in UK City of Culture 2025 campaign
Published: 02 September 2021 09:30
Food and its ability to bring people together will be essential ingredients in County Durham's bid to be UK City of Culture 2025.
Ideas needed to help shape County Durham's UK City of Culture 2025 bid
Published: 27 August 2021 09:28
All success stories start with an idea and, as work begins to shape County Durham's UK City of Culture 2025 bid, there is no denying the difference creative thinking has already made in the region.
New Lumiere 2021 installation announced, as Durham University renews backing for UK's leading light festival
Published: 26 August 2021 12:05
A video-mapped projection and soundscape telling the story of time from nanoseconds to millennia will be among the attractions at this year's Lumiere light festival, it has been announced.
Dance, music and family fun as live theatre returns to Consett
Published: 23 August 2021 14:13
Live performances return to the stage at Empire Consett this September, with tickets now on sale for a new season of shows, including the theatre's annual pantomime, Treasure Island.
UK City of Culture status would help County Durham and North East rebuild powerful economy
Published: 20 August 2021 07:00
County Durham's bid to be UK City of Culture 2025 has the power to bring transformational social and economic benefits to the entire North East, according to the partnership driving forward the campaign.
Celebrating County Durham through the eyes of the people
Published: 16 August 2021 09:55
As County Durham's campaign to be UK City of Culture 2025 gathers pace, members of the public are being encouraged to share their favourite places.
John Torode to headline Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Published: 12 August 2021 10:00
Top television chef, presenter and judge John Torode will headline a County Durham food festival this autumn, as organisers prepare the perfect recipe for a safe and enjoyable weekend of family fun.
Council tackles arson hit dog track
Published: 11 August 2021 09:40
An abandoned greyhound racing track, which had become a hub for anti-social behaviour, has been cleared with our support.
Free wi-fi to boost market town's economy
Published: 06 August 2021 09:33
Visitors to Chester-le-Street can now enjoy free internet access, with the introduction of public wi-fi in the town centre.
Toga-riffic drama and crafts with kids' summer sessions
Published: 02 August 2021 09:29
From gladiatorial combat to Roman mosaic crafts, Bishop Auckland Town Hall has a horde of activities to keep youngsters entertained throughout the summer school holidays.
Temporary Stop Over Areas set up ahead of Appleby
Published: 30 July 2021 09:20
Preparations are being made across County Durham ahead of Gypsies and Travellers making the journey to and from this year's Appleby Horse Fair.
"NETPark is the exemplar of collaboration and innovation in the UK" says Secretary of State
Published: 29 July 2021 16:45
Kwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) visited the North East Technology Park, NETPark, in Sedgefield, an exciting new ecosystem for high value technology and advanced manufacturing.
Empty buildings to be brought back into use with funding to revitalise high street
Published: 29 July 2021 09:04
Vacant properties in a County Durham town centre will be brought back into use in a scheme to increase visitors, boost footfall and restore the high street.
Grants available to help Covid recovery in Chester-le-Street
Published: 28 July 2021 09:21
Organisations and groups in Chester-le-Street and surrounding areas are being invited to bid for thousands of pounds worth of funding, to help their communities tackle the impacts of Covid.
North east report calls for changes to children's care system
Published: 28 July 2021 07:55
The country's social care system does not currently achieve the best outcomes for children and their families - and significant change is needed in order to alleviate unsustainable pressure on services.
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