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Raby branching out with adventure playground in the forest

World-class playground designers have started work on an enchanting new children’s adventure play area inside a mysterious forest in Raby Castle’s grounds.

Published: 19 January 2022


2021 top pages on thisisdurham.com

We’re looking back at how the ongoing pandemic impacted what consumers searched for on thisisdurham.com, the county’s official tourism website, and what pages proved to be the most popular last year. We’re looking back at how the ongoing pandemic impacted what consumers searched for on thisisdurham.com, the county’s official tourism website, and what pages proved to be the most popular last year.

Published: 18 January 2022


Strong performance at Dalton Park leads to 26 new job opportunities

A strong performance during 2021 has led to the creation of 26 new jobs at the North East’s biggest outlet shopping centre.

Published: 14 January 2022


Castle restoration work takes regional award

Work to revitalise a medieval castle in County Durham has won a regional award.

Published: 23 December 2021


A muggles' guide to North East Harry Potter locations

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone first hit our screens.

Published: 23 November 2021


Tens of thousands attend Lumiere 2021 under the light of the full moon

Lumiere light festival declared a triumph as people come together to enjoy biggest outdoor event in the North East since lockdown.

Published: 23 November 2021


First Glimpse at Ramside Hall's Triangular Treehouses

A County Durham hotel continues to build its reputation as the perfect spot for romance, with a glimpse of how its new treehouses will look.

Published: 17 November 2021


VisitEngland announces Visitor Attraction Accolade Winners 2020-21

VisitEngland has today announced the latest winners of its Visitor Attraction Accolades for 2020 and 2021 recognising the outstanding visitor experiences on offer across the country.

Published: 10 November 2021


New Blue Badge Guides for the region

On Tuesday 14th September 2021, at a glittering evening ceremony, in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Durham, a group of newly-qualified ‘Blue Badge Tourist Guides’ for North East England were awarded their badges and certificates in the historic surroundings of the Great Hall of Durham Town Hall. 

Published: 13 October 2021


UK’s leading light festival announces blazing new programme today

The full programme of 37 international artworks for Lumiere 2021 has been revealed today, Tuesday 12th October, following Friday’s announcement that County Durham’s has made it onto the longlist for UK City of Culture 2025.

Published: 12 October 2021


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Funding for digital improvement

Funding for digital improvement

Tourism, leisure and hospitality businesses in County Durham are among those who can apply for a share of an almost £1million fund to help them in their recovery from the effects of Covid-19. 

Published: 2022-01-19


Durham Pocket Guide 2022

Durham Pocket Guide 2022

Work is now underway in conjunction with our publishing partner, Offstone, to create the 2022 edition of the Durham Pocket Guide, with Visit County Durham partners able to benefit from exclusive discounted rates.

Published: 2022-01-19


Rail consultation

Rail consultation

Great British Railways (GBR) is a new public body set up by government that will run and plan the rail network, own the infrastructure, procure passenger services and set most fares and timetables.

Published: 2022-01-19


The year in search

The year in search

Throughout 2021, the pandemic continued to have a profound effect on the county's visitor economy.

Published: 2022-01-19


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