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Events & Training

2020 Industry Events Calendar

Below you will find details of all Visit County Durham events and training opportunities, as well as key national dates for your diary. 

Date Event Details
28th January 2020 Weddings A morning workshop covering current/future trends and sustainability.
25th February 2020 Taste Durham Workshop This workshop will offer help and advice in relation to your business in the food & drink industry, including key industry trends, business improvement and a practical workshop.
4th March 2020 VCD Spring Conference The theme of the conference will be helping to shape Durham’s visitor economy as we will be reviewing the Durham Tourism Management Plan (DTMaP) which has been produced by Visit County Durham in collaboration with the county’s tourism industry and a range of partners and stakeholders. The DTMaP has become the blueprint for development of the visitor economy in the county and provides a structure and direction outlining how the vision for growth can be achieved. The conference will start the process of shaping the DTMaP for 2021- 2025.
TBC Product Knowledge Session

An exciting opportunity to hear about what is up and coming during 2020 and 2021. This FREE event for VCD Partners will include speakers from;
Auckland Project
Eleven Arches
Durham Distillery
Northern Saints

18th - 25th April 2020 English Tourism Week An annual celebration of English tourism. Showcasing the quality, range and value of English tourism to stakeholders. English Tourism Week highlights the vast contribution of tourism to the UK economy.
1st - 7th June 2020 Volunteers Week Volunteers Week is celebrated between 1st and 7th June every year. It is a week in which the UK celebrates volunteers and says thank you to them for the contribution that they make.
July 2020 Summer Garden Party Dates TBC
Networking event
September TBC Welcome to Durham Training The Welcome to Durham training course gives people practical and immediately usable skills that can make the difference between a visitor being satisfied, and a visitor being made to feel special. The course focusses upon customer service skills for the hospitality industry and provides an overview of the tourism product the county has to offer.
Cancelled Taking England to the World

FREE market-leading training to help grow your business

Visit County Durham and VisitEngland would like to invite you to Taking England to the World at Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County on 10th September 2020. Whether you manage a large hotel or small B&B, run a well-established attraction or a new experience, this one day training course from VisitEngland will equip you with the skills to develop and promote your product in international and domestic markets.


11th - 20th September 2020 Heritage Open Days Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 organisations, 5,500 events and 46,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.
7th September 2020 World Tourism Day On the 27th of September every year, the world celebrates the World Tourism Day. The reason for World Tourism Day is to cultivate and create awareness among the society globally on the significance of tourism, and it’s social, political, financial and also cultural worth and value.
October 2020 Dark Skies Friendly, Business Support Dates TBC
November 2020 VCD Autumn Conference Dates TBC

For more information on any of the Visit County Durham events and training opportunities listed above, please call 03000 261 220 or email