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Plans unveiled for Stockton and Darlington Railway 200th anniversary celebrations
Published January 14, 2022 3.56pm
Special steam train journeys, exhibitions, parades and arts and theatre events are all being planned to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway (S&DR), it has been revealed.
Early bird offer for Gala panto following Robin Hood success
Published January 14, 2022 9.22am
Organisers at a County Durham theatre have hailed the success of its recent Christmas pantomime, and are already looking forward to entertaining audiences once again next December.
Popular family history talks return this month
Published January 10, 2022 9.17am
Those wanting to uncover the secrets of their family history can find out how to get started with the return of a series of popular online courses.
Accessible pantomime performances available for families over Christmas
Published December 21, 2021 9.08am
With pantomime season in full swing, two County Durham theatre venues are providing accessible performances of their Christmas shows, so that all audiences can share in the festive fun.
Celebrating work of famous children's author
Published November 25, 2021 9.14am
An exhibition showcasing the work of celebrated children's author and illustrator Judith Kerr - who created the classic tale The Tiger Who Came to Tea - is on display at Durham's Gala Gallery.
Christmas panto sails into Empire Theatre
Published October 29, 2021 9.26am
Swashbuckling sword fights, hidden treasure, and an adventure on the high seas await audiences who are going to a County Durham theatre's Christmas panto this year.
Christmas show takes young audiences on festive Durham adventure
Published October 26, 2021 10.34am
Young audiences can help three mice save a little girl's Christmas, as a children's festive show takes to the stage in County Durham from next month.
Gala Durham's Christmas panto returns to the stage
Published October 22, 2021 9.18am
Families can take a trip through 'Sherburn Forest' to find a heroic outlaw and his band of merry men and women, as a County Durham venue's annual festive panto returns to the stage.
Take on a star role at the UK's leading light festival
Published October 21, 2021 9.20am
With excitement for Lumiere building, volunteers are needed to help make the magic happen.
Travel information issued for Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Published September 28, 2021 9.24am
With just days to go until Bishop Auckland Food Festival, visitors are being encouraged to plan their journey ahead of the weekend.
BBC investment recognises the talent and potential of North East
Published September 22, 2021 1.46pm
News the BBC is to make its biggest investment in the North East in decades has been welcomed by the partnership spearheading County Durham's Bid to be UK City of Culture 2025.
Traders ready to share their produce at Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Published September 17, 2021 10.15am
Foodies can look forward to a weekend of tasty treats and delicious dishes as traders across County Durham and beyond prepare to show off their produce at Bishop Auckland Food Festival.
Exploring life Through Soldiers' Eyes
Published September 13, 2021 10.47am
A free exhibition featuring artwork from veterans and the Armed Forces community officially opened to the public at the weekend.
Magical Christmas mice and a host of TV favourites head to Durham theatre
Published September 01, 2021 9.55am
Tickets are now on sale for a new season of shows at Gala Durham, including the return of the theatre's annual pantomime, a new Christ-mouse musical for families, and lots of familiar faces.
Bishop Auckland Food Festival celebrity chefs announced
Published August 27, 2021 11.12am
Organisers of a popular County Durham food festival have announced the line-up of celebrity chefs who will be each adding a unique flavour to the weekend.
County Durham secondary school students to write their words in light at Lumiere 2021
Published July 22, 2021 12.09pm
Young people from The Durham Federation school in Ushaw Moor will produce a major art installation at this year's Lumiere Festival in November.
Durham theatre to perform in the park with free summer tour
Published July 13, 2021 10.45am
Gala Durham will be going on tour this summer with a family performance to enchant audiences across County Durham.
Stories of love, loss and secrets unveiled at annual reading event
Published July 02, 2021 4.12pm
Three acclaimed authors will be talking about their latest novels in an annual reading event.
Town hall reopens with first exhibition since refurbishment
Published May 28, 2021 1.19pm
A historic town hall is set to host its first exhibition since its refurbishment, at which families and visitors will be able to explore the fascinating secrets of the Roman gladiators.
Express Yourself at the North East Festival of Languages
Published March 12, 2021 11.23am
Free keep-fit, language tasters and the story of how a former Bishop Auckland pupil has used her language skills to advise US Presidents are all part of an exciting line-up at a regional language festival this month.