Competition Winners
Competition Winners

Competition Winners

Listed below are the winners from competitions hosted on, along with our Terms & Conditions.

Previous winners

Winner: Katy Parsons
Date: December 2020
Competition prize:

  • Two-night stay for two people in a Main Hall Deluxe or Spa Balcony room at Headlam Hall Hotel
  • Dinner on one evening
  • A chilled bottle of Prosecco on arrival
  • Access to the hotel’s spa (subject to Covid-19 restrictions)


Winners name: David Messer
Date: October 2020
Competition Prize:

  • Overnight stay for two in a Junior Suite with dinner and breakfast at Seaham Hall Hotel.
  • Access to the Serenity Spa facilities. 
  • 45 minute spa treatment per person

Winners name:  Sandra Hinder
Date: August 2020 
Competition Prize:

  • One night stay including breakfast for two at the Radisson Bu Hotel, Durham City. 
  • Durham Family VIP Pass

Winners name: Mr Gerald Gregory-Jones
Date: October 2019
Competition Prize:

  • Two night’s B&B with dinner on the first night at Headlam Hall
  • A family day pass and photography experience at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, plus traditional sweet shop vouchers
  • Guided tour of Durham Cathedral along with entry to Open Treasure and the Cathedral’s newly re-opened Central Tower
  • Private tour of Durham Castle
  • Durham Family VIP Pass

Winner name: Nicola Weir 
Date: September 2019 
Competition prize:  win a two night stay at Hotel Indigo during the Lumiere

  • Two night stay for two people at Hotel Indigo Durham
  • Breakfast on both mornings
  • Three course evening meal on one night at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill 
  • Durham VIP Pass


Date: June 2019 
Competition prize:  CWC match tickets – a pair of tickets to each of the three cwc19 matches played at Riverside Stadium.  
Winners names: 
1.    Shiva Sirikonda
2.    Matthew Lafferty 
3.    Nick Thompson
4.    Rebecca Dodds
5.    Graham Henry
6.    Maria Hackett
7.    Charlotte Hughes 
8.    James McVie
9.    Jaskaran dhami
10.    Kevin Mackenzie
11.    Ramsundar Govindarajan
12.    Paul Hoggarth 
13.    Ben Aynsley
14.    David Fawcett
15.    James Smith
16.    Beverley Smith-Elgey 
17.    David Mynot
18.    Nitin Aggarwal  
19.    Michelle Tebbutt
20.    Gerard  Ward


Winner name: Matthew Bobbin
Date: May 2019
Competition prize:  A two night family break in the Durham Dales.

  • Two-night stay in one of the Yurts at Killhope and museum family pass.
  • #TasteDurham Breakfast Hamper, filled with delicious local produce waiting for you in your yurt. 
  • Hamsterley Forest Discovery Pass and two Zog Activity Trail Packs.
  • Canoeing experience with Weardale Adventure Centre. 
  • Afternoon of activities at T C R The Hub including high ropes, archery and kayaking and warm meal. 
  • A Family Durham VIP Pass to the county's top attractions.               

Winner name: Lorraine Fletcher  
Date: January 2019 
Competition prize:  A two night break on the Durham Coast

  • Two-night stay with breakfast at The Seaton Lane Inn with welcome cocktail on arrival and three course meal every night. 
  • £100 gift voucher to spend at Dalton Park Shopping and Outlet Centre.  
  • Two hour taster session at Seaham Harbour Marina Activity Centre. 
  • A Durham VIP Pass allowing complimentary access to Durham’s primary attractions, worth £400


Winner name: Brian Barks 
Date: October 2018 
Competition prize: Win a  luxury historic two night break in Durham.

  • Two-night stay with breakfast at Hotel Indigo Durham.
  • Three-course a la carte meal in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill 
  • A Durham VIP Pass allowing complimentary access to Durham’s primary attractions, worth £400

Winner name: Gwenda Culkin 
Date: October 2018 
Competition prize:  Win a two night stay for 4 people at the North Pennines Stargazing in the Durham Dales.

  • Sky-Watcher Startravel 102 (AZ3) Telescope worth £200
  • Four tickets to The Science of the Moon and the Stars event with Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE
  • Two nights at the North Pennines Stargazing Festival Star Camp, staying in a Northern Star Tepee 19th – 21st October
  • Taste Durham Breakfast Hamper
  • Stargazing Kit - including picnic blanket, Stargazing for Dummies Book, travel mugs and night vision headlight
  • A Durham VIP Pass allowing complimentary access to Durham’s primary attractions, worth £400


Winner: Mrs Gwenda Culkin
Competition Entered: Stargazing Festival Family Break (Ended October 12 2018)
Prize: A two-night glmaping break in a Northern Tepee, tickets to star gazing events, a Sky-Watcher telescope, Taste Durham Hamper, a stargazing goodie pack and a Durham VIP Pass.


Winner: Gail Ward
Competition Entered: Outdoor Break in the Durham Dales (Ended February 28 2018)
Prize: A two-night stay at Bonners Lodge, a two-course dinner for two at the Punch Bowl Inn at Edmundbyers, Electric bike hire from the Old Village shop, Edmundbyers and a Durham VIP Pass.


Winner: Mrs Barrowman
Competition Entered: Durham City Break (Ended September 30 2017)
Prize: Overnight stay at Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County, three course evening meal at Finbarrs and a Durham VIP Pass


Winner: Ms N Threadingham
Competition Entered: Tasty Breaks (Ended June 30 2017)
Prize: Overnight stay at Dowfold House, and evening meal at Whitworth Hall 

Terms & Conditions

The winner(s) will be drawn at random by the Promoter (Visit County Durham) within four working days of the competition closing date. The winner(s) will be notified by email within one week of the winner being drawn. The winner(s) must notify Visit County Durham of their acceptance of the prize within five working days of notification. In the event of non-response or non-acceptance within the specified time period, the Promoter reserves the right to reallocate the prize to the next randomly drawn valid entry.

  • No purchase is necessary
  • Open to adults aged 18 and over
  • No cash alternative
  • Non-transferable
  • Please refer to competition details above for prize-specific terms and conditions
  • Visit County Durham employees and their families, and any person professionally connected with the competition, are not permitted to enter
  • Unless specified, travel costs are not included in the prize
  • Any expenditure incurred by the winner(s) over and above the prize elements detailed, must be settled by the prize winner
  • Winner(s) names will be published on

It is a condition of entry that the terms and conditions are accepted as final and that entrants agree to abide by the rules.
The Promoter will not accept responsibility for loss of entries through technical fault or transmission delays, or due to incomplete or illegible submissions. Proof of entry is not automatically proof of receipt.
No correspondence will be entered into.
In the event of unforeseen circumstances the Promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.
The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any incident which may occur during redemption of a prize.
Promoter: Visit County Durham, 2nd Floor, County Hall, Dryburn Road, Durham, DH1 5UL