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Emerging music artists to headline at Durham Brass
Published May 26, 2023 10.16am
Talented up and coming musicians from the North East are being given the chance to headline at a County Durham music festival.
Reg Vardy Band to open Durham Brass Festival
Published April 28, 2023 9.04am
Celebrate 70 years of James Bond, sing along to big Broadway numbers, and enjoy some of the biggest movie scores live in three exciting events at Durham Brass Festival.
Do something new for a better you this Spring
Published March 31, 2023 10.00pm
Whether you want to have better health, better fitness, better energy levels, better connections (or all of the above!) it's time to make change happen and start working towards a better you. We are here to support you to make positive changes to your lifestyle this Spring. We know that change can sometimes be a little daunting, but our friendly staff are here to help you every step of the way.
Audiences in for a festive delight this Christmas at Bishop Auckland Town Hall
Published December 13, 2022 10.06am
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Bishop Auckland Town Hall with a classic pantomime, festive award-winning folk music and screenings of a festive favourite this December.
Chance to meet Horrible Histories' Terry Deary at theatre performance
Published October 17, 2022 9.23am
Fans of the popular Horrible Histories series will have the chance to meet its author at a spooky theatre production this half term.
Preti Taneja wins the Gordon Burn Prize 2022 at Durham Book Festival
Published October 14, 2022 2.09pm
The tenth annual Gordon Burn Prize was awarded at Durham Book Festival to a writer whose unflinching work of narrative non-fiction blurs genres and form to understand terror, trauma and grief. The winning title is Aftermath by Preti Taneja (And Other Stories, 2022).
Free art exhibition on show at Gala Gallery
Published October 12, 2022 9.16am
Colourful artworks created by young adults who need additional support have gone on show as part of a free exhibition.
Have your say on future leisure centre pool timetables
Published September 23, 2022 9.08am
Residents are being given the chance to help shape the future of the swimming pool programme at leisure centres across County Durham.
County attractions open doors to visitors free of charge
Published September 07, 2022 9.14am
Members of the public are being encouraged to explore dozens of cultural attractions in County Durham free of charge this month.
Budding actors set to star in Brassed Off at Gala Durham
Published August 31, 2022 10.49am
Talented young actors are set to take to the stage as a hit film is adapted for Gala Durham.
Tourism boost as AJ Bell Tour of Britain race comes to county
Published August 26, 2022 12.59pm
County Durham is set for a tourism boost as the internationally broadcast AJ Bell Tour of Britain cycle race comes to the region next month.
Line-up revealed for Durham Book Festival
Published August 12, 2022 10.48am
The annual literary festival returns this October with headline guests including LJ Ross, Jeremy Vine, Fiona Hill, Richard O'Neill and the announcement of the Gordon Burn Prize.
Travel information for Seaham Food Festival
Published August 02, 2022 10.12am
With just days left to go until Seaham Food Festival, organisers are reminding festival goers to plan their journey before they travel.
Community casting call for Brassed Off at Gala Durham
Published August 02, 2022 9.01am
Members of the public are being asked to answer a call to appear in the upcoming stage production of Brassed Off at Gala Durham.
North East Chef of the Year to appear at Seaham Food Festival
Published July 22, 2022 10.06am
An award-winning chef at a County Durham spa and hotel will be showcasing the best of local produce at Seaham Food Festival.
Traders announced for Seaham Food Festival
Published June 30, 2022 10.18am
In just five weeks' time, a County Durham seaside town will come to life with a scrumptious selection of food vendors and entertainment.
Counting down to the return of BRASS
Published June 24, 2022 10.23am
Rehearsals are now well underway for the return of Durham BRASS in just over two weeks.
Making BRASS accessible to all
Published June 20, 2022 10.04am
The return of this year's BRASS festival will champion the talent of local artists alongside world-famous brass musicians.
Final celebrity chefs announced for Seaham Food Festival
Published June 17, 2022 10.01am
Two celebrity chefs born and bred in the North East have been confirmed as the final additions to a star-studded line-up for Seaham Food Festival.
Personal exhibition delivered to care home residents
Published June 15, 2022 9.38am
County Durham residents who took part in a photography project to show what life was like in lockdown will see the results of their work for the first time.