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April events

Meccano Exhibition at Beamish Museum

Visit the 1950s welfare hall to see marvellous Meccano creations. There’ll be a selection of construction sets on..... See more >
Beamish Museum DH9 0RG

Join our choir in Durham for a FREE taster session

Join our choir in Durham for a FREE taster session Are you looking to find a choir? The local Durham choir is run by singing teacher Rob Slater. We are the local..... See more >
Elvet Methodist Church, 8 Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HL
Mon 22 Apr, Mon 29 Apr, and more dates until Mon 17 Jun

FREE taster session with the Darlington Rock Choir

FREE taster session with the Darlington Rock Choir Ever wondered if there is a 'local ladies choir near me or nearby'? The Darlington Rock Choir is led by..... See more >
Northgate United Reformed Church, Northgate, Darlington DL1 1QU
Tue 23 Apr, Tue 30 Apr, and more dates until Tue 18 Jun

Tractor Gathering at Beamish Museum

See Fordsons, Fergies, Field Marshalls and more at this tractor-tastic two-day event. There will be a fantastic..... See more >
Beamish Museum DH9 0RG
Sat 27 Apr and Sun 28 Apr

Hilarity Bites presents Al Murray: Guv Island

Hilarity Bites presents Al Murray: Guv Island Coming to Hilarity Bites at Darlington Hippodrome on April 27th 2024: Hilarity Bites presents Al Murray: Guv... See more >
Darlington Hippodrome, Parkgate, Darlington DL1 1RR
Sat 27 Apr

OMG Stunts - Spennymoor

OMG Stunts - Spennymoor Are you ready for a world class show like you have never seen before? In our sensational new show OMG Stunts, you will..... See more >
Circus Site DL16 7RS
Tue 30 Apr to Mon 6 May

FREE taster session with the Chester le Street Rock Choir

FREE taster session with the Chester le Street Rock Choir If you are pondering whether there is a 'pop or gospel choir near me' then you may be interested in the... See more >
Cornerstones Centre for the Community, North Burns, Chester le Street, Durham DH3 3TF
Tue 30 Apr, Tue 14 May, Tue 4 Jun, Tue 11 Jun

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!