Key Events 2019

With so many events and festivals taking place during Durham’s Year of Culture, we’ve provided a handy list of some of the key dates.

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ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour 7 – 8 April
Beamish Museum – The Great North Festival of Transport11 – 28 April
Bishop Auckland Food Festival13 – 14 April
Durham Adventure Festival26 – 28 April
Tour SeriesMay
Locomotion: Festival of Steam4 – 6 May


Durham Regatta8 – 9 June
Seaham Food Festival8 – 9 June
ICC Cricket World Cup Fan Zone 28, 29, 30 June
Exhibition - The Vikings in Northumbria – Durham Cathedraltbc
ICC Cricket World Cup – The Riverside 28 June Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1 July Sri Lanka v West Indies, 3 July England v New Zealand
KynrenJune – Sept
Durham City RunJuly
Miners Gala13 July
Durham Brass Festival13 – 21 July
Beamish Museum: Great North Festival of Agriculture29 Aug – 29 Sept

Autumn / Winter

Wolsingham Show7 – 8 Sept
Heritage Open Days13 – 22 Sept
Locomotion: Autumn Steam Gala21 – 22 Sept
Durham Book Festival5 – 13 Oct
Take Off Festival21 – 26 Oct
North Pennines Stargazing Festivaltbc
Lumiere Durham14 – 17 Nov
Exhibition: Norman Cornish – The Bowes Museum16 Nov – 5 Jan 2020
Durham City’s Traditional Christmas Festival29 Nov – 1 Dec

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