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Sleeping Beauty is a spellbinding success
Published January 20, 2023 10.10am
After a successful festive period, a County Durham theatre is now looking ahead to its next Christmas performance.
Pantomime attracts record-breaking audience numbers
Published January 12, 2023 9.19am
A County Durham theatre has had a successful festive season as its pantomime became the venue's bestselling Christmas production.
Change your health for the better this year, and thrive
Published December 26, 2022 9.00am
There's just something about this time of year that inspires us all to make positive changes in our lives, so why not kick it off by making your health and fitness a priority this year?
Dates announced for Seaham Food Festival
Published December 16, 2022 9.59am
Traders are being encouraged to get ahead for the new year as applications open to be involved in one of the North East's most popular food festivals.
Have your say on outdoor sports facilities in Chester-le-Street
Published December 14, 2022 10.09am
Residents are invited to have their say on how to ensure outdoor sporting facilities in Chester-le-Street meet the needs of local communities and are as sustainable as possible.
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.
New gym, play area and bowling at Peterlee Leisure Centre
Published December 12, 2022 11.03am
A leisure centre in East Durham is set to undergo significant works to enhance its sports and leisure offer.
School pupils take part in Spanish Apprentice challenge
Published December 01, 2022 11.20am
Business savvy school pupils are encouraging Spanish tourists to visit County Durham.
Work to begin on improved leisure facilities and new library at Spennymoor
Published November 10, 2022 10.49am
Work to provide improved leisure facilities and a new library for a County Durham town is to begin this month.
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.