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Bag a bargain at town hall book sale
Published February 25, 2020 10.11am
Bookworms and literature fans can take advantage of a good bargain at a town hall's book sale.
Theatre director takes on enduring story of hope and struggle
Published February 21, 2020 2.56pm
One of Britain's most respected theatre directors will oversee a highly anticipated production in County Durham this spring.
Dom Joly presents travel and comedy in the danger zone at County Durham theatre
Published February 21, 2020 12.41pm
A well-travelled TV star will be stopping in County Durham to show audiences his holiday snaps.
Bake Off star Alice Fevronia heads to County Durham
Published February 20, 2020 10.24am
Fans of the Great British Bake Off can meet one of 2019's star bakers at a North East food festival this spring.
Defibrillator fitted at popular park
Published February 20, 2020 9.58am
Life-saving equipment is now on hand at a popular County Durham park, thanks to combined funding efforts.
Empire Theatre to receive a £500,000 upgrade
Published February 19, 2020 10.25am
A popular theatre in County Durham is set to receive significant investment to carry out improvement works.
Bowls club president receives Chairman's Medal
Published February 18, 2020 10.45am
A dedicated volunteer has been recognised for his commitment to a County Durham sporting club.
Win tea with a tiger at your local library
Published February 14, 2020 12.52pm
Families who visit their local library this half term could win tickets to see much-loved play, The Tiger Who Came to Tea.
Don't panic! There's still time to book for classic comedy
Published February 14, 2020 10.59am
A timeless BBC sitcom will be hilariously brought to life by a talented duo at a Durham City theatre this month.
TV chefs bring Mediterranean flavours to popular food festival
Published February 13, 2020 1.42pm
Celebrity chef Joe Hurd and reigning MasterChef champion Irini Tzortzoglou will bring the flavours of the Mediterranean to County Durham this spring.
World-famous vocalist powers into Consett theatre
Published February 13, 2020 10.22am
The original vocalist on one of the most famous power ballads of all time will star at Consett's Empire Theatre next month.
Iconic artwork receives overhaul
Published February 12, 2020 10.47am
A Durham City sculpture has been returned to its former glory with a full refurbishment.
Science and showmanship that entertains and inspires
Published February 10, 2020 10.44am
Captivating chemistry, phenomenal physics and bonkers biology - science and showmanship will collide at a County Durham theatre this month.
Bake Off star returns to Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Published February 07, 2020 2.31pm
Great British Bake Off favourite Jane Beedle will turn people of all ages into star bakers when she returns to a North East food festival this spring.
Multi-million-pound investment in council services
Published February 04, 2020 3.11pm
Wide-ranging plans to invest more than £145 million in frontline services and major development projects in County Durham will be considered by our Cabinet when it meets next week.
County Durham history talk back by popular demand
Published February 03, 2020 12.41pm
Family historians will have another chance to find out about their relatives' burial and cemetery records when a popular talk is repeated.
Seek sanctuary and get inspired at County Durham art gallery
Published February 03, 2020 11.17am
Durham's enduring status as a place of sanctuary is the subject of an interactive art installation that has been unveiled today (Monday 3 February).
Theatre hosts tea party with a much-loved tiger
Published January 31, 2020 1.30pm
A tea-guzzling tiger whose hilarious antics have been delighting youngsters for decades will be causing chaos in County Durham this spring.
County Durham-born opera star to launch vocal festival
Published January 22, 2020 12.40pm
A distinguished opera performer, outstanding acapella singers and a host of local musical talent will perform for audiences when Durham Vocal Festival returns for 2020.
Ground-breaking play explores friendship and desire in 1980s London
Published January 21, 2020 12.41pm
A dark comedy about the lives and loves of a group of gay friends in the 1980s will be performed at a County Durham theatre this spring.