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County Durham launches bid to become UK City of Culture 2025
Published July 19, 2021 8.02am
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.
County Durham secondary school students to write their words in light at Lumiere 2021
Published July 22, 2021 12.09pm
Young people from The Durham Federation school in Ushaw Moor will produce a major art installation at this year's Lumiere Festival in November.
Future of DLI Collection to be discussed by councillors and stakeholders
Published July 20, 2021 3.20pm
Councillors and stakeholders are to be given the opportunity to contribute to a review of the future of a treasured regimental collection.
Horrible Histories theatre show heads to County Durham
Published July 19, 2021 9.20am
Admiral Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Queen Victoria are just some of the well-known characters heading to County Durham as part of the Horrible Histories UK tour.
Changes to services as coronavirus restrictions lift
Published July 16, 2021 4.34pm
We are offering advice on accessing our services in light of the changes to Covid restrictions on Monday (19 July).
Narrate your own story with new library service
Published July 15, 2021 11.08am
Library members can record story times with their children through a new free digital storytelling service.
National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
Published July 15, 2021 9.45am
We are running National Pool Lifeguard Qualifications at our leisure centres.
Durham theatre to perform in the park with free summer tour
Published July 13, 2021 10.45am
Gala Durham will be going on tour this summer with a family performance to enchant audiences across County Durham.
Free summer swimming sessions launch for school holidays
Published July 06, 2021 11.01am
Young people are being encouraged to make a splash with free swimming sessions at County Durham's leisure centres.
Stories of love, loss and secrets unveiled at annual reading event
Published July 02, 2021 4.12pm
Three acclaimed authors will be talking about their latest novels in an annual reading event.
Comedy and cinema arrive at Bishop Auckland Town Hall
Published July 01, 2021 2.17pm
Cinema and comedy are now on the menu for visitors to a newly refurbished town hall in County Durham.
History talk tells story of County Durham family through turbulent times
Published July 01, 2021 10.59am
A guest speaker will explore the past of a respected County Durham family in a history presentation, inspired by recently uncovered documents.
Binchester Roman Fort to reopen this week
Published June 30, 2021 10.16am
Visitors can once again discover what life was like in Roman times as a historic County Durham fort prepares to reopen.
Celebrity chefs to add flavour to Seaham Food Festival
Published June 23, 2021 11.35am
Television favourite Rosemary Shrager is looking forward to cooking for the crowds at a County Durham food festival this summer.
Town hall reopens with first exhibition since refurbishment
Published May 28, 2021 1.19pm
A historic town hall is set to host its first exhibition since its refurbishment, at which families and visitors will be able to explore the fascinating secrets of the Roman gladiators.
Published February 26, 2021 12.00am
Swimming memberships are a great option if you swim regularly, and don't use the gym or group exercise classes.
Virtual exercise classes launch to keep people active at home
Published February 05, 2021 11.11am
People looking to keep fit while staying safe indoors during the coronavirus pandemic can now take part in free online exercise classes.
Trace ancestors through new family history course
Published January 11, 2021 10.35am
People hoping to kick off 2021 by finding out more about what lurks in their family tree can do so through new online sessions with Durham County Record Office.
Virtual storytelling for families returns with a seasonal twist
Published October 23, 2020 3.48pm
Creative craft sessions and a spook-tastic story will be available online for families to enjoy this half term.
Upcoming art installation focuses on County Durham park
Published October 23, 2020 10.42am
The unique architecture of a popular County Durham park will become the focal point of a new upcoming art project.