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County Durham venues preparing to reopen
Published May 14, 2021 10.22am
A number of venues across County Durham will reopen to the public next week as coronavirus restrictions further ease in line with the government roadmap.
Indoor fitness classes return to County Durham's leisure centres
Published May 13, 2021 12.54pm
County Durham residents can return to their indoor fitness classes from Monday (17 May).
Hardwick Park provides inspiration for bell-ringers
Published April 30, 2021 11.36am
A popular County Durham park has provided the inspiration for a group of bell-ringers after their regular meetings were halted by coronavirus lockdown.
County Durham libraries prepare to reopen
Published April 09, 2021 11.03am
Residents in County Durham will be able to visit libraries in person when restrictions ease next week.
Record Office lays on art activities for children and young people
Published March 30, 2021 1.02pm
Youngsters can enjoy fun art activities in the comfort of their own home this Easter and earn a qualification at the same time.
New leisure centre sites given the go-ahead
Published March 17, 2021 1.01pm
The locations of three new state-of-the-art leisure centres in County Durham have been agreed this morning (17 March).
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.
Plans announced for Consett Pool repair work
Published February 25, 2021 6.14pm
We have announced our plans to deal with historic repair issues that have led to the temporary closure of Consett Pool for safety reasons.
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.
Art projects to explore people's experiences with isolation
Published September 24, 2020 12.12pm
Two art projects that engage with the community and highlight people's experiences of isolation will be on show to the public this month.
Explore Durham's vast history with countywide heritage event
Published September 11, 2020 12.21pm
Visitors and residents in County Durham will have the chance to discover the region's hidden historical treasures in an annual heritage event.
Popular historic house reopens thanks to AAP grant
Published July 31, 2020 9.43am
Visitors can once again enjoy a trip to a North East historic house after it reopened to the public thanks to funding received during lockdown.
Creative summer activities planned to showcase hidden heritage
Published July 14, 2020 11.38am
A host of creative activities will be held virtually this summer to celebrate the heritage of a County Durham town.
Phased reopening of County Durham play parks to begin
Published July 09, 2020 4.13pm
Play parks across County Durham will begin to reopen this weekend as part of the nationwide easing of lockdown restrictions.
Guidance issued as hospitality businesses prepare to open in County Durham
Published July 02, 2020 1.10pm
A North East council has offered guidance to businesses and residents as lockdown restrictions begin to ease this week.
Creating the way through lockdown with supportive art
Published June 26, 2020 1.42pm
A love of art, photography and the desire for a challenge has led two unlikely friends to make creative pieces to combat isolation during lockdown.
Published May 11, 2020 12.00pm
Information about aqua classes in our leisure centres.