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Auckland Castle

Summer Fest event, featuring a range of live music, theatre and outdoor cinema. On this night, we are proud to offer a FREE community concert..... more >
Auckland Castle Market Place Bishop Auckland DL14 7NR
Today

St Margaret's Allotments - Open Garden for NGS

St Margaret’s Allotments - Open Garden for NGS Five acres of over 100 allotments against the spectacular backdrop of Durham Cathedral. Enthusiastic gardeners, many using organic methods, cultivate..... more >
St Margaret’s Allotments, Durham City DH1 4QU
Today

The Gardens of Carmel Road South - Open Garden for NGS

The Gardens of Carmel Road South - Open Garden for NGS The Carmel Road South Group comprise of 6 interesting and varied town gardens with some different and unusual plants, all have colour and interest... more >
The Gardens of Carmel Road South, Darlington DL3 8DR
Today

Folksy Theatre present 'As You Like It'

Whorlton are looking forward to welcoming The Folksy Theatre to our Village Green on Tuesday 16th July at 7pm with their performance of... more >
Whorlton Village Hall, Barnard Castle DL12 8XD
Tue 16 Jul

Hilarity Bites presents Rob Deering & Chris Cantrill (Preview shows)

Hilarity Bites presents Rob Deering & Chris Cantrill (Preview shows) Coming to Hilarity Bites at The Forum in Darlington on July 17th 2024: Hilarity Bites presents Rob Deering & Chris Cantrill (Preview... more >
The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG
Wed 17 Jul

Hilarity Bitesize New Act & New Material Night, with Steffen Peddie

Hilarity Bitesize New Act & New Material Night, with Steffen Peddie Coming to Hilarity Bites at Steam Machine Brewing Co. on July 18th 2024: Hilarity Bitesize New Act & New Material Night, with Steffen Peddie,..... more >
Steam Machine Brewing Co 26 Northfield Way Newton Aycliffe DL5 6UF
Thu 18 Jul

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Duncan Oakley & Becky Umbers

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Duncan Oakley & Becky Umbers Coming to Hilarity Bites at Bishop Auckland Town Hall on July 19th 2024: Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat... more >
Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP
Fri 19 Jul

Brancepeth Village Gardens - Open Garden for NGS

Brancepeth Village Gardens - Open Garden for NGS Village gardens spread out over ½ mile in a picturesque historic setting. Refreshments available in the Village Hall... more >
Brancepeth Village Gardens, Durham DH7 8EN
Sat 20 Jul

Sing, Sign and Sensory

Sing, Sign & Sensory offers sensory-based performance workshops tailored to infants between 0-24 months... more >
Fonteyn Ballroom @ Dunelm House New Elvet Durham DH1 3AN
Wed 24 Jul to Sat 27 Jul

Hilarity Bites presents Justin Moorhouse & Alun Cochrane (Previews)

Hilarity Bites presents Justin Moorhouse & Alun Cochrane (Previews) Coming to Hilarity Bites at The Forum in Darlington on July 24th 2024: Hilarity Bites presents Justin Moorhouse & Alun Cochrane (Preview... more >
The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG
Wed 24 Jul

Big Care UK Sports Day @ Hadrian Park

With the Olympics fast approaching, care homes across County Durham are limbering up for their very own sporting tournaments... more >
Hadrian Park Care Home Marsh House Avenue Billingham TS23 3DF
Wed 24 Jul

Big Care UK Sports Day @ Ventress Hall

With the Olympics fast approaching, care homes across County Durham are limbering up for their very own sporting tournaments... more >
Ventress Hall Trinity Road Darlington DL3 7AZ
Wed 24 Jul

An Evening Of Clairyovance with Karen Dawson - Hopetown Club Darlington · Darlington

An Evening Of Clairyovance with Karen Dawson - Hopetown Club Darlington · Darlington more >
Hopetown Club, 17-18 Alliance Street , Darlington, DL3 6RD
Wed 24 Jul

Body or Soul - a new play

Would you rather sell your body - or your soul? A young woman faces a choice: sell out on her principles and work for a capitalist conglomerate,..... more >
City Theatre, Fowler’s Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham DH1 3HN
Thu 25 Jul and Fri 26 Jul

Brancepeth Castle Summer Craft Fair 2024

Brancepeth Castle Summer Craft Fair 2024 A three-day craft fair at Brancepeth Castle, with over 60 unique stalls, delicious home-made hot and cold food and cakes served in the castle cafes,... more >
Brancepeth Castle, Brancepeth DH7 8DE
Fri 26 Jul to Sun 28 Jul
Premium

Big Care UK Sports Day @ Church View

With the Olympics fast approaching, care homes across County Durham are limbering up for their very own sporting tournaments... more >
Church View Church Lane Seaham SR7 7AF
Fri 26 Jul

Little Lindi Festival

A family camping festival at the picturesque Lambton Park in Co-Durham in the North East of England. The festival is built on the kind of values..... more >
Lambton Estate DH3 4PQ
Fri 26 Jul to Sun 28 Jul

Monster Trucks Show Free

Monster Trucks Show Free SUPPORTING THE CHARITY “MANHEALTH” FREE MONSTER TRUCKS with FREE ADMISSION WHILE OTHER SHOWS CHARGE TO GET IN OURS IS TOTALLY FREE IT’S THE ORIGINAL... more >
Streatlam Showground Barnard Castle County Durham DL12 8TZ
Sat 27 Jul
Premium

FREE MONSTER TRUCKS with FREE ADMISSION, WHILE OTHER SHOWS CHARGE TO G

FREE MONSTER TRUCKS with FREE ADMISSION, WHILE OTHER SHOWS CHARGE TO G FREE MONSTER TRUCKS with FREE ADMISSION, WHILE OTHER SHOWS CHARGE TO GET IN OURS IS TOTALLY FREE IT’S THE ORIGINAL BIGGEST AND BEST- SO POP IT IN... more >
STREATLAM SHOWGROUND BARNARD CASTLE D12 8RQ DL12 8RZ
Sat 27 Jul and Sun 28 Jul

St Cuthbert's Hospice - Open Garden for NGS

St Cuthbert’s Hospice - Open Garden for NGS 5 acres of mature gardens surround this CQC outstanding-rated Hospice. In development since 1988, the gardens are cared for by volunteers inc a..... more >
St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Durham DH1 3QF
Sun 28 Jul

Big Care UK Sports Day @ Stanley Park

With the Olympics fast approaching, care homes across County Durham are limbering up for their very own sporting tournaments... more >
Stanley Park Wear Road Stanley DH9 6AH
Mon 29 Jul

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. David Longley & Alex Hylton

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. David Longley & Alex Hylton Coming to Hilarity Bites at The Forum in Darlington on August 3rd 2024: Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat... more >
The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG
Sat 3 Aug

Heather Holm - Open Garden for NGS

Heather Holm - Open Garden for NGS Divided into several rooms, this is a garden of different aspects, formal, floral and architectural. The owners have a philosophy of colour..... more >
Heather Holm, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 3JU
Sun 4 Aug

An Evening Of Clairyovance with Karen Dawson - Coxhoe Village Hall · Durham

An Evening Of Clairyovance with Karen Dawson - Coxhoe Village Hall · Durham more >
Coxhoe Community Centre, Front Street, Coxhoe, DH6 4DB
Thu 8 Aug

Adventure Valley, Durham Family Fun Fest

Adventure Valley Amusement Park, Durham, launches their hottest ticket of the year! “Family Fun Fest!... more >
union Farm, Brasside, Durham DH1 5SG
Sat 10 Aug and Sun 11 Aug

Teddy Bears' Picnic at Durham University Botanic Garden

Join us for a fun-filled day of exploring bear habitats on an interactive guided walk through the Garden, a messy bear art workshop and all your... more >
Botanic Garden, Durham University Hollingside Lane South Road Durham DH1 3TN
Sun 11 Aug

Hilarity Bitesize New Act & New Material Night, with Dave Johns

Hilarity Bitesize New Act & New Material Night, with Dave Johns Coming to Hilarity Bites at Steam Machine Brewing Co. in Newton Aycliffe on August 15th 2024: Hilarity Bitesize New Act & New Material Night, with..... more >
Steam Machine Brewing Co 26 Northfield Way Newton Aycliffe DL5 6UF
Thu 15 Aug

Crazy Creatures at Durham University Botanic Garden

Get interactive with our Crazy Creatures who are visiting the Garden for the day. Animal encounters with rabbits, frogs, snakes, spiders, mice and..... more >
Botanic Garden, Durham University Hollingside Lane South Road Durham DH1 3TN
Thu 15 Aug

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Roger Monkhouse & Howard Walker

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Roger Monkhouse & Howard Walker Coming to Hilarity Bites at Bishop Auckland Town Hall on August 16th 2024: Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat... more >
Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP
Fri 16 Aug

Middleton Hall Retirement Village - Open Garden for NGS

Middleton Hall Retirement Village - Open Garden for NGS Main features are natural woodland and parkland walks within the 45 acre estate. There is a Japanese themed garden, Mediterranean and butterfly..... more >
Middleton Hall Retirement Village, Darlington DL2 1HA
Sat 17 Aug

Hilarity Bitesize New Act & New Material Night, with Tom Toal

Hilarity Bitesize New Act & New Material Night, with Tom Toal Coming to Hilarity Bites at Hops & Cheese in Hartlepool on August 22nd 2024: Hilarity Bitesize New Act & New Material Night, with Tom Toal, Jacob... more >
Hops & Cheese, 9-11 Tower Street Hartlepool TS24 7HH
Thu 22 Aug

Elizabeth Baker, StoryTeller at Durham University Botanic Garden

Join storyteller, Elizabeth Baker, for a whole host of stories and legends from some of the different countries where the wonderful plants in our... more >
Botanic Garden, Durham University Hollingside Lane South Road Durham DH1 3TN
Thu 22 Aug

An Evening Of Clairyovance with Karen Dawson - New Hesledon Social Club · Seaham

An Evening Of Clairyovance with Karen Dawson - New Hesledon Social Club · Seaham more >
New Hesledon WMC, Wellfield Road, Murton, Seaham, SR7 9HN
Thu 22 Aug

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Sir John Falstaff, everyone's favourite Shakespearean sleazeball, has fallen on hard times. In order to fix his finances he plans to seduce the..... more >
Crook Hall DH1 5SZ
Fri 30 Aug

Durham Mini Con

Durham Mini Con A one day Anime/Comic con mini event with trader stalls, artists, cosplay competition, performances, geeky food stalls and more!... more >
Sherburn Community Centre, Sherburn, Durham DH6 1HD
Sat 31 Aug
Premium

Night of The Stars Show

A stylish celebration of music from some of the most legendary Artistes of all time. From Shirley Bassey, Barbara Streisand & Adele, right up to..... more >
Witham Hall, Barnard Castle DL12 8JE
Wed 4 Sep

Introduction to Zentangle Workshop

The Zentangle method is an easy to learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns... more >
Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington DL3 8AR
Sat 7 Sep

Coptic Stitch Journal Workshop

Early Bird Offer - 20% off - Was £75 Now £60 - Offer valid until 4th June 2024 Come along and learn how to make a Coptic Stitch Journal... more >
Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington DL3 8AR
Sat 14 Sep

FREE taster session with the Durham Rock Choir

Ever wondered if there is a 'local ladies choir near me or nearby'? The Durham Rock Choir is led by local musician Rob Slater... more >
Elvet Methodist Church, 8 Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HL
Mon 16 Sep, Mon 7 Oct, Mon 21 Oct, Mon 4 Nov

Hilarity Bitesize New Act & New Material Night, with Steve Gribbin

Hilarity Bitesize New Act & New Material Night, with Steve Gribbin Coming to Hilarity Bites at Steam Machine Brewing Co. in Newton Aycliffe on September 19th 2024: Hilarity Bitesize New Act & New Material Night,..... more >
Steam Machine Brewing Co 26 Northfield Way Newton Aycliffe DL5 6UF
Thu 19 Sep

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Steve Gribbin & Alfie Joey

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Steve Gribbin & Alfie Joey Coming to Hilarity Bites at Bishop Auckland Town Hall on September 20th 2024: Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat... more >
Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP
Fri 20 Sep

Sterling Silver Jewellery Workshop

In this workshop, taught by Rebecca Stevenson, you will create two different items of silver jewellery to take home with you in just one day... more >
Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington DL3 8AR
Sat 21 Sep

Ravensford Farm - Open Garden for NGS

Ravensford Farm - Open Garden for NGS In 1984 Ravensford Farm was a ruin in a field full of weeds, with one tree. Today it is surrounded by a richly varied garden, a wood, two ponds,..... more >
Ravensford Farm, Bishop Auckland DL13 3NH
Sun 22 Sep

FREE taster session with the Chester le Street Rock Choir

Do you want to learn to sing near you? Your local Chester le Street choir is run by vocal teacher Rob Slater... more >
Cornerstones Centre for the Community, North Burns, Chester le Street, Durham DH3 3TF
Tue 1 Oct, Tue 22 Oct, Tue 12 Nov, Tue 26 Nov

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Rob Rouse & Matt Price

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Rob Rouse & Matt Price Coming to Hilarity Bites at The Forum in Darlington on October 5th 2024: Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat... more >
The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG
Sat 5 Oct

Proddy Mat Making Workshop

Create your own proddy/clippy mat using leftover and recycled scraps of fabrics to create your own decorative and functional small rug... more >
Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington DL3 8AR
Sat 5 Oct

The Poldark Show - El Mistico - Darlington

The Poldark Show Presents El Mistico, featuring Poldark and Angus Baskerville in a never-before-seen show, bringing magic, mind reading and comedy... more >
The Majestic Theatre, 78-80 Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT
Sat 12 Oct

Jesmonite Workshop

In this workshop you will be taught step by step, with demonstrations how to use 3 different techniques to create 3 items: a mini terrazzo pot, a... more >
Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington DL3 8AR
Sun 13 Oct

Hilarity Bitesize New Act & New Material Night, with Alfie Joey

Hilarity Bitesize New Act & New Material Night, with Alfie Joey Coming to Hilarity Bites at Steam Machine Brewing Co. in Newton Aycliffe on October 17th 2024: Hilarity Bitesize New Act & New Material Night,..... more >
Steam Machine Brewing Co 26 Northfield Way Newton Aycliffe DL5 6UF
Thu 17 Oct

Beginner's Drawing Workshop

Early Bird Offer - 20% off - Was £75 Now £60 - Offer valid until 4th June 2024 If you have never even picked up a pencil with the intention to... more >
Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington DL3 8AR
Sat 9 Nov

Christmas Origami Workshop

Early Bird Offer - 20% off - Was £40 Now £32 - Offer valid until 4th June 2024 Learn how to turn paper into stars and Christmas trees, in this... more >
Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington DL3 8AR
Sat 16 Nov

Sterling Silver Jewellery Workshop

Early Bird Offer - 20% off - Was £95 Now £76 - Offer valid until 4th June 2024 In this workshop, taught by Rebecca Stevenson, you will create a... more >
Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington DL3 8AR
Sat 16 Nov

Personalised Christmas Stocking Workshop

Early Bird Offer - 20% off - Was £75 Now £60 - Offer valid until 4th June 2024 Join Rachael for a day of festive fun creating your own,... more >
Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington DL3 8AR
Sat 23 Nov

Enamel Christmas Decorations Workshop

Early Bird Offer - 20% off - Was £50 Now £40 - Offer valid until 4th June 2024 Enjoy an introduction to the skill of enamelling (glass on metal)... more >
Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington DL3 8AR
Sat 30 Nov

Proddy Mat Making Workshop

Early Bird Offer - 20% off - Was £75 Now £60 - Offer valid until 4th June 2024 Create your own proddy/clippy mat using leftover and recycled... more >
Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington DL3 8AR
Sat 30 Nov

Felt Christmas Decorations Workshop

Early Bird Offer - 20% off - Was £45 Now £36 - Offer valid until 4th June 2024 Design and make some cute felt Christmas jumpers which you can use... more >
Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington DL3 8AR
Sat 7 Dec

Personalised Gift Sacks Workshop

Early Bird Offer - 20% off - Was £45 Now £36 - Offer valid until 4th June 2024 Stitch and personalise a Christmas gift sack with festive candy... more >
Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington DL3 8AR
Sat 7 Dec

Silver Clay Jewellery Making

Early Bird Offer - 20% off - Was £1145 Now £116 - Offer valid until 4th June 2024 Join us for this day of silver clay pendant making with a... more >
Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington DL3 8AR
Sat 7 Dec

Things to do around County Durham

If you're planning a day out in County Durham, this northernmost county in England offers a rich blend of history, natural beauty, and cultural attractions. Here are some delightful activities to consider:

1. Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle:
- Durham Cathedral, dating back to the 12th century, is a masterpiece of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Marvel at its stunning design and explore the tombs of St. Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede. Don't miss the Chapel of the Nine Altars. While in Durham, visit Durham Castle, occupied by University College since 1840. Take a guided tour to explore its medieval great hall, Norman Chapel, and Tunstall Chapel with intricate carvings.

2. Barnard Castle:
- Despite its recent notoriety, Barnard Castle remains a top attraction in County Durham. Visit the Bowes Museum, home to the largest art collection in northern England. Explore the 12th-century Norman castle perched high on a rock overlooking the River Tees. Look for King Richard III's boar emblem carved into the castle wall.

3. North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and High Force Waterfall:
- Discover the rugged beauty of the North Pennines AONB. Enjoy scenic walks, rolling hills, and breathtaking landscapes. Don't miss the High Force Waterfall, one of England's most impressive waterfalls.

4. Beamish Museum:
- Step back in time at the Beamish Museum, an open-air living museum near Stanley. Explore historic buildings, ride vintage trams, and immerse yourself in the past. It's a fascinating glimpse into the region's industrial heritage.

5. Raby Castle:
- Visit Raby Castle, a medieval fortress surrounded by beautiful gardens and deer parks. Explore its grand rooms, learn about its history, and enjoy the picturesque setting. Don't miss the views from the castle's towers.

Remember, County Durham offers a mix of cultural landmarks, natural wonders, and historic sites – perfect for an enriching and memorable day out!