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Horden station enters service

A new multi-million-pound station in County Durham has opened to passengers.

Published: 29 June 2020


Dalton Park Welcomes Shoppers Back

Dalton Park Outlet Shopping destination in County Durham reopened its doors to shoppers last week, following government advise that all non-essential shops could open from the 15th June.

Published: 23 June 2020


Joining together online to tackle climate change

Climate change and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on travel and work will be the focus of a virtual meeting spanning three countries next week.

Published: 22 June 2020


Help us save our industry: Sign our petition

By the time the tourism industry opens it will already have lost four months of trading. Social distancing restrictions will limit opportunities to recoup losses, with additional costs of PPE and other measures, and before we know it winter will be upon us again.

Published: 19 June 2020


Durham Cathedral to reopen for private prayer and reflection on 22 June

Durham Cathedral is pleased to announce that from 10am on 22 June the cathedral will reopen for private prayer and quiet reflection.

Published: 19 June 2020


More County Durham businesses being supported by grants scheme

Business owners across County Durham have spoken of their relief at further financial support being provided during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Published: 16 June 2020


Safety first for shoppers returning to town centres

Town centres in County Durham are preparing to welcome back shoppers as many more retailers reopen this month.

Published: 16 June 2020


Durham Cathedral Preparing to reopen for Private Prayer

Durham Cathedral welcomes the recent government guidance, in bringing forward the potential for places of worship to reopen for private prayer from 15 June if they are able to do so.

Published: 10 June 2020


Major works to commence on New Elvet Bridge

Major repairs to one of Durham City Centre’s bridges are expected to begin next month

Published: 05 June 2020


Raby Estates Submit Planning Application for Ambitious New Development

Ambitious plans to develop Raby Castle, Park and Gardens as a landmark tourism destination in the North East, along with proposals for new housing in Staindrop and Gainford and restoration works to the Grade I listed Gainford Hall, which are set to provide a much-needed economic boost to the County, and provide a range of job opportunities for the local community.

Published: 11 May 2020


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Industry standard and consumer mark launched

Industry standard and consumer mark launched

Visit England, in partnership with the national tourist organisations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, have launched a new industry standard and consumer mark to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for tourism as the sector works towards re-opening. 

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Published: 2020-07-01


'Know before you go' campaign

'Know before you go' campaign

Alongside the industry standard, VisitEngland have launched a ‘Know Before You Go’ public information campaign to support tourism in England.

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Published: 2020-07-01


Guidance for reopening tourism businesses

Guidance for reopening tourism businesses

Visitor economy guidance has been published by Government to support tourism businesses in their preparations for re-opening. 

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Published: 2020-07-01


VisitEngland free business recovery webinar series

VisitEngland free business recovery webinar series

VisitEngland are delivering a series of free webinars to support businesses during COVID-19 recovery. 

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Published: 2020-07-01


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