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Behind the Seams

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Preston Park Museum’s Behind the Seams exhibition is back by popular demand. Returning to the museum this October, the exhibition is showcasing a whole new range of iconic costumes from well-loved...
Preston Park Museum, Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3RH
Today to Sun 5 Dec, Tue 7 Dec to Fri 10 Dec

Breakfast with Santa

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Event Time: 9am Till 11am We have been doing lots of work to make sure Santa can still work his magic this year. The excitement is building...
Poplar Tree Garden Centre Hall Lane, Shincliffe Durham. DH1 2NG
Wed 1 Dec, Mon 6 Dec

Santa's Wonderland Grotto

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Santa’s Wonderland Grotto 1 - 16 December - Wednesdays - Fridays 3pm - 4.30pm, Saturdays & Sundays, 10am - 4.30pm 20 - 23 December, 10am - 4.
The Bowes Museum Newgate, Barnard Castle County Durham DL12 8NP
Wed 1 Dec to Thu 16 Dec, Mon 20 Dec to Fri 24 Dec

Christmas Tree Festival

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The festive season is here, and to celebrate we welcome the return of our Christmas Tree Festival! Join us for a collaboration of local artists, businesses, societies, charities, staff, volunteers...
Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens Woodland Road Durham DH7 9RH (
Thu 2 Dec to Mon 3 Jan 2022

Illuminating Ushaw 2021

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Tis’ the season to be jolly, join us for dazzling lights and festive fun as Illuminating Ushaw returns for a bigger and better #ChristmasBeyondBelief.
Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens Woodland Road Durham DH7 9RH (
Fri 3 Dec to Sun 5 Dec, Fri 10 Dec to Sun 12 Dec, Sat 18 Dec to Mon 20 Dec

Jason Donovan

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Jason Donovan. Artists performing: Jason Donovan. Tickets avaiable.
Darlington Hippodrome, Darlington DL1 1RR
Fri 3 Dec

A Tribute to The Stars of the Stage & Screen

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A SHOW NOT TO BE MISSED, in this beautiful theatre on the outskirts of Durham A Tribute to the Stars of Stage and Screen. With some of the best songs of the eras, and stars.
Ushaw Historic House, Woodland Road, County Durham DH7 9RH
Fri 3 Dec

Afternoon Tea With Santa

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We have been doing lots of work to make sure Santa can still work his magic this year. The excitement is building...
Poplar Tree Garden Centre Hall Lane, Shincliffe Durham DH1 2NG
Fri 3 Dec, Wed 8 Dec

Christmas Elf Craft Workshop

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Christmas Elf Craft Workshop 04 December, 10.30 - £5 per family, booking essential. Enjoy a relaxed family friendly festive workshop where our sparkly team of elves will show you how to make a magical Elf house and a family...
The Bowes Museum Newgate, Barnard Castle County Durham DL12 8NP
Sat 4 Dec

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Tom Houghton & Dave Johns

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Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Tom Houghton & Dave Johns Coming to Hilarity Bites at The Forum in Darlington on December 4th 2021: Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat.
The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG
Sat 4 Dec

'Calendar Girls the Musical'

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Chester-le-Street Theatre Group proudly presents the North East premiere of ‘Calendar Girls the Musical’, written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth (Based on the play ‘Calendar Girls’ written by Tim Firth
Chester Le Street Community Centre Newcastle Road DH3 3TS
Tue 7 Dec to Sat 11 Dec

MAVIS SPARKLE

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Christmas at The Hullabaloo - reach for the stars with Mavis Sparkle! Over the past year we’ve learnt how important key workers are and Mavis Sparkle is no exception!
The Hullabaloo The Hullabaloo Borough Road Darlington DL1 1SG
Thu 9 Dec

A Christmas Day Out At The Bowes Museum

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A Christmas Day Out At The Bowes Museum Create fabulous Christmas crafts during our Virtual Family Fun Day! Join our team of merry elves from the comfort of your own home as they guide you through a series of exciting activities from...
Virtual Event
Sat 11 Dec

Behind the Seams

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Preston Park Museum’s Behind the Seams exhibition is back by popular demand. Returning to the museum this October, the exhibition is showcasing a whole new range of iconic costumes from well-loved...
Preston Park Museum, Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3RH
Sat 11 Dec

Hilarity Bites presents Aidan Goatley: 12 Films of Christmas

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Hilarity Bites presents Aidan Goatley: 12 Films of Christmas Coming to Hilarity Bites at Bishop Auckland Town Hall on December 13th 2021: Hilarity Bites presents Aidan Goatley: 12 Films of Christmas Show details: Deck the halls and grab the popcorn as
Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP
Mon 13 Dec

Sleeping Beauty

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Pantomime is coming to The Witham this Christmas, oh yes it is! Tom Rolfe Productions are thrilled to bring a dream of a show to Barnard Castle this festive season as they prepare to present the...
The Witham 3 Horsemarket Barnard Castle County Durham DL12 8LY
Thu 16 Dec to Fri 24 Dec

Santa at The Bowes Museum Christmas Market

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Santa at The Bowes Museum Christmas Market 17, 18 & 19 December 2021, 10.00 – 3.30, £5.00 per child (Includes Santa visit and present) Complete the magic of the Christmas Market by popping in to see Santa in his cosy sitting room and...
The Bowes Museum Newgate, Barnard Castle County Durham DL12 8NP
Fri 17 Dec to Sun 19 Dec

Christmas Market at The Bowes Museum

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Christmas Market at The Bowes Museum 17, 18 & 19 December 2021, 10.00 – 4.00, £5.00 Adults & £2.50 Children The galleries and grounds of The Bowes Museum are once again set to come alive with the aromas, sights and sounds of the...
The Bowes Museum Newgate, Barnard Castle County Durham DL12 8NP
Fri 17 Dec to Sun 19 Dec

The Snowman with live orchestra

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Make it a Christmas to remember, with a special screening of family favourite The Snowman accompanied by a magnificent live orchestra.
Durham Cathedral Cathedral Education Centre 15a The College Durham DH1 3EQ
Mon 20 Dec

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Noel James & George Zach

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Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Noel James & George Zach Coming to Hilarity Bites at The Forum in Darlington on January 8th 2022: Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat.
The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG
Sat 8 Jan 22

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