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Lord of the Flies to be brought to life in County Durham
Published September 17, 2019 12.14pm
Audiences will embark on a desert island adventure with a chilling twist when Lord of the Flies is brought to the stage in County Durham.
Schoolchildren visit Apollo Pavilion for art project
Published September 16, 2019 1.25pm
Schoolchildren have been visiting a unique County Durham landmark for an art project, as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.
Sing-along to your favourite hits in County Durham
Published September 13, 2019 2.09pm
This September is all about the music at a County Durham theatre.
Brass festival to enrich children's lives throughout the year
Published September 12, 2019 10.42am
With the new school year now in full swing, youngsters have embarked on a potentially life-changing musical adventure.
Young people explore their sense of place in new exhibition
Published September 11, 2019 11.28am
A new exhibition will provide a glimpse into the everyday lives of young people growing up in south west Durham.
Transforming plastic waste into glittering works of art
Published September 11, 2019 9.55am
Plastic bottles will be transformed into a unique and eco-friendly art installation when communities across County Durham come together ahead of Lumiere, the UK's largest light festival.
New festival to celebrate town's rich heritage
Published September 05, 2019 12.51pm
A two-week festival celebrating Bishop Auckland's rich and varied history is set to take place later this month.
Free seven day leisure centre pass
Published September 02, 2019 3.29pm
Visit your local leisure centre between 3 - 16 September to claim your free pass.
Dinosaur safari launches at County Durham park
Published August 30, 2019 1.46pm
Visitors to Hardwick Park in Sedgefield can enjoy new and exciting adventures with the launch of an interactive mobile app.
Be part of this year's spectacular Lumiere as a Festival Maker
Published August 30, 2019 11.42am
Festival fanatics are being reminded to take the opportunity to be part of the UK's largest light festival.
Explore for free with County Durham Heritage Open Days
Published August 30, 2019 11.02am
People can enjoy free access to more than 80 venues across County Durham next month, as part of England's largest festival of history and culture.
Dear Zoo, kids' theatre fun with all the animals too
Published August 29, 2019 12.35pm
A popular children's book takes to the stage, bringing little animal-lovers all the familiar inhabitants of the zoo.
North east stars present a northern classic at Gala Theatre
Published August 29, 2019 10.19am
A classic novel, centred around a north east community, comes to Durham's Gala Theatre next month.
Hush creator to continue Apollo Pavilion celebrations
Published August 23, 2019 3.13pm
A unique County Durham landmark is to be transformed by a celebrated local artist as part of a year of celebrations to mark its half-century.
Mums-to-be, try aqua natal for free
Published August 23, 2019 11.53am
Mums-to-be can keep active and increase comfort in pregnancy with new aqua natal classes.
A new town that broke the mould
Published August 22, 2019 11.03am
The story of Peterlee and the Apollo Pavilion are the subject of a new exhibition.
No changes to bin collections over August bank holiday
Published August 21, 2019 1.11pm
There will be no changes to bin collections in County Durham over the August bank holiday.
Line-up revealed for Durham Book Festival 2019
Published August 19, 2019 2.42pm
Our annual literary festival returns this October with headline guests including Louis de Bernières, Jung Chang, Caroline Criado Perez, Carrie Gracie, Mark Haddon, Joanne Harris, Kerry Hudson, Alexander McCall Smith, Roger McGough, Suzanne Moore, David Nicholls, Elif Shafak, Colm Tóibín, and Kirsty Wark.
Inspirational County Durham man completes 5k run after cancer surgery
Published August 16, 2019 11.14am
A runner from Consett, who completed the Durham City Run following major cancer surgery, is encouraging people to take part in a series of supportive running courses when they begin next month.
Talk will explain how to care for historic treasures
Published August 16, 2019 10.48am
Professional conservators will describe how they protect, preserve and repair historical archives in a talk at Durham County Record Office next month.