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Durham City theatre serves up heart-warming drama
Published October 25, 2021 10.11am
Audiences at Gala Durham theatre can look forward to a generous portion of local humour and community spirit at the end of this month, with a new play, inspired by and set in the north east.
Gala Durham's Christmas panto returns to the stage
Published October 22, 2021 9.18am
Families can take a trip through 'Sherburn Forest' to find a heroic outlaw and his band of merry men and women, as a County Durham venue's annual festive panto returns to the stage.
Helping to preserve Durham City's heritage
Published October 21, 2021 9.06am
A significant item of Durham City's heritage has been refurbished and enhanced for future generations to enjoy.
Free half-term swimming sessions in County Durham
Published October 21, 2021 9.03am
Free swimming sessions are returning to County Durham leisure centres this half term following the success of the summer holiday scheme.
Have your say on leisure facilities in County Durham
Published October 20, 2021 10.07am
Residents are being asked to have their say on plans to transform County Durham's leisure facilities.
Creating opportunities through international partnerships
Published October 19, 2021 9.26am
Strengthening international links and creating more opportunities for young people to travel the world and learn about other cultures are the key aims of a new alliance.
Lumiere 2021 programme revealed
Published October 12, 2021 1.56pm
The full programme of 37 international artworks for Lumiere 2021 has been revealed, following the announcement that County Durham has made it onto the longlist for UK City of Culture 2025.
Delight as County Durham reaches next stage of UK City of Culture 2025 competition
Published October 08, 2021 12.01am
News County Durham is a step closer to being crowned UK City of Culture 2025 has been met with joy and resolve by the partnership driving forward the bid
Learn more about title deeds as part of family history research
Published October 07, 2021 10.31am
People interested in delving into their family history can find out more about the importance of title deeds through online sessions.
Celebrating and protecting County Durham's heritage
Published October 07, 2021 9.01am
County Durham residents are being given the chance to nominate the important local buildings and heritage items which they value the most.
Food lovers try a taste of everything at Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Published October 03, 2021 4.00pm
People across County Durham and beyond came to Bishop Auckland to celebrate all things food, when a popular festival returned this weekend with extra flavour.
Commemorating the achievements and sacrifices of remarkable County Durham residents
Published September 30, 2021 9.12am
The bravery, ingenuity and determination of County Durham individuals is being commemorated in a series of new blue plaques.
Trustees back proposals for future of DLI collection
Published September 29, 2021 11.18am
The trustees of an historic military collection have welcomed moves that could see exhibits and artefacts displayed at a new cultural and visitor destination in Durham.
Book-gifting campaign gets County Durham reading
Published September 28, 2021 2.21pm
County Durham will be transformed into a giant book club this October as 5,000 free books are gifted to residents as part of Durham Book Festival.
Travel information issued for Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Published September 28, 2021 9.24am
With just days to go until Bishop Auckland Food Festival, visitors are being encouraged to plan their journey ahead of the weekend.
Borrow a Bike and commute for free in County Durham
Published September 24, 2021 12.45pm
A free bike loan scheme supporting workers to save money and travel healthier is being rolled out across County Durham.
BBC investment recognises the talent and potential of North East
Published September 22, 2021 1.46pm
News the BBC is to make its biggest investment in the North East in decades has been welcomed by the partnership spearheading County Durham's Bid to be UK City of Culture 2025.
Launching a new campaign to get people moving and feel good
Published September 21, 2021 3.39pm
In a bid to drive health and happiness, we are launching our biggest ever campaign to get people moving to benefit their physical health and mental wellbeing.
Traders ready to share their produce at Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Published September 17, 2021 10.15am
Foodies can look forward to a weekend of tasty treats and delicious dishes as traders across County Durham and beyond prepare to show off their produce at Bishop Auckland Food Festival.
Exploring life Through Soldiers' Eyes
Published September 13, 2021 10.47am
A free exhibition featuring artwork from veterans and the Armed Forces community officially opened to the public at the weekend.