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Cake decorating and pasta making classes on the menu at Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Published March 17, 2023 11.54am
Pasta making, creating "illusion" cakes, and chopping vegetables like a pro are just some of the skills people can learn at this year's Bishop Auckland Food Festival.
Fat Freddy's Drop announced for Durham Brass Festival
Published March 13, 2023 9.17am
A summer festival which brings the streets of County Durham alive with the sound of brass music is set to return this year, with the first act now announced.
Two more celebrity chefs confirmed for Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Published March 09, 2023 10.57am
A MasterChef champion and Great British Bake Off runner-up will be among the Sunday headliners at this year's Bishop Auckland Food Festival.
North East festival celebrates the diverse languages and cultures of the region
Published March 09, 2023 10.24am
This March the Express Yourself: North East Festival of Languages celebrates the diverse languages and cultures of the North East with free activities and resources for North East young people, schools and communities.
Celebrating Commonwealth Day 2023
Published March 09, 2023 10.01am
Members of the public are invited to support the Commonwealth of Nations Flag of Peace initiative as part of this year's Commonwealth Day.
Durham City Run Festival brings back World Heritage Site finish line
Published March 03, 2023 1.44pm
Organisers of the Durham City Run Festival have confirmed that races at the event will return to an iconic location this year.
Bishop Auckland Food Festival 2023: First three celebrity chefs revealed!
Published February 03, 2023 11.11am
Organisers of the hugely popular Bishop Auckland Food Festival have confirmed a trio of celebrity chefs will headline the event's Saturday line-up.
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).
Youth Council celebrates young people's achievements
Published August 30, 2022 9.06am
Young people across County Durham have been recognised for their outstanding achievements at an awards ceremony.
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.
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.
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.
Roadshow exhibition for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month
Published May 30, 2022 9.36am
A programme of activities will be taking place at venues across County Durham to celebrate Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller heritage.
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.
Lord Lieutenant checks on pupils' rehearsals ahead of Gala Platinum Jubilee culture event
Published May 18, 2022 8.39am
The Lord Lieutenant of County Durham has given school pupils preparing to perform in special Platinum Jubilee musical events the seal of approval.
Tales of First World War hero to be told at exhibition
Published May 05, 2022 9.17am
The fascinating story of a First World War hero will be told at a special event in County Durham this month.