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Streets of Brass returns to Durham
Published May 24, 2022 9.29am
The streets of Durham are set to come alive with the sounds of brass music when BRASS returns this summer.
Definition of wellbeing explored in new exhibition
Published May 24, 2022 9.26am
A new exhibition which shares personal views of strength and wellbeing is now on show at a historic County Durham venue.
Schoolchildren back County Durham's UK City of Culture bid
Published May 17, 2022 9.00am
Schoolchildren are encouraging people of all ages to add to their list of cultural experiences to enjoy in County Durham before 2025.
UK City of Culture 2025 judges arrive in County Durham
Published May 09, 2022 7.42am
Ambitious plans to drive growth, spark creativity and celebrate the extraordinary people and places of County Durham will be showcased to the UK City of Culture 2025 judging panel today.
Get from A to B for free with bike scheme
Published April 29, 2022 9.17am
A free bike loan scheme helping residents to save money and stay healthy is now available in Stanley.
Free swimming sessions to promote water safety
Published April 27, 2022 9.10am
Families in County Durham can enjoy free pool fun as part of a campaign to encourage safer swimming.
An action-packed summer of entertainment at Gala Durham
Published April 26, 2022 9.10am
Olivier Award winning opera, high profile stand-up comics and fire-breathing family fun are just some of the highlights on offer at Gala Durham this summer.
Scrumptious success as thousands turn out for Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Published April 24, 2022 3.24pm
Bishop Auckland Food Festival returned to its original spring date this year and was a roaring success, as people travelled from County Durham and beyond to celebrate all things food.
Replica of wagon which travelled Stockton and Darlington Railway restored
Published April 22, 2022 11.32am
A replica of a wagon which would have travelled the Stockton and Darlington Railway has been returned to its former glory nearly two centuries after trains started using the line.
Don't miss BRASS acts at Gala Durham
Published April 20, 2022 9.26am
As excitement builds for the return of Durham BRASS Festival, Gala Durham is gearing up to welcome a host of world-renowned artists to the stage.
Seventy-five years of Newton Aycliffe
Published April 19, 2022 11.36am
Celebrations are taking place across one County Durham town today, marking 75 years since it was created.
Travel information for Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Published April 19, 2022 10.12am
With just days to go until Bishop Auckland Food Festival, visitors are being encouraged to plan their journey ahead of the weekend.
Brassed Off to take centre stage at Gala Durham
Published April 14, 2022 9.07am
A story of love, tragedy and brass will take centre stage at Gala Durham later this year as the venue announces its next production.
The BFG in Pictures at Durham's Gala Gallery
Published April 11, 2022 9.24am
Previously unseen illustrations of Roald Dahl's The BFG go on display at Durham's Gala Gallery this week.
Two weeks to go to Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Published April 08, 2022 10.12am
Organisers of Bishop Auckland Food Festival are counting down the days until visitors are welcomed back to celebrate all things food.
New energy efficient lighting in place at Durham Cathedral
Published April 08, 2022 9.23am
New light is being shone on historic Durham Cathedral after the completion of a revamp project.
Free Fun and Food activities for children this Easter
Published April 07, 2022 9.27am
Young people are being encouraged to make a splash with free swimming sessions at County Durham's leisure centres as part of fun activities happening this Easter.
BRASS headliners ready to take on iconic Durham Cathedral
Published March 31, 2022 9.15am
Performers at this year's Durham BRASS have spoken of their excitement ahead of its return after two years.
Cabinet asked to back investment in TV and film industry
Published March 30, 2022 12.07pm
We are spearheading a bid for UK City of Culture status and look set to invest in order to help the TV and film industry grow across the region.
County Durham bids for Great British Railways headquarters
Published March 28, 2022 10.46am
County Durham's illustrious rail heritage, thriving train building industry and pioneering cultural and economic ambitions make it the ideal home for the Great British Railways (GBR) headquarters.