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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

The Spanish Gallery welcomes a special guest as opening date approaches

The Auckland Project have confirmed the much-anticipated opening of The Spanish Gallery.

Published: 08 October 2021

Launch of North Pennines Stargazing Festival programme

The programme for the fifth North Pennines Stargazing Festival launches this week. The return of in-person stargazing events is set for Autumn half term (22 to 31 October 2021).

Published: 06 October 2021

Lord Barnard announces ambitious development plans at Raby Castle

Raby Castle, which has stood as a landmark within County Durham for 700 years, has announced the full extent of its significant investment to enhance the visitor experience of the Castle, Park and Gardens, securing it as an important resource for the local community.  

Published: 28 September 2021

Durham Launches Bid to be Named UK City of Culture 2025

Durham has launched its bid to be named UK City of Culture 2025 – with the hope the accolade will provide a major boost for the whole north east region.

Published: 01 September 2021

New Lumiere 2021 installation announced, as Durham University renews backing for UK’s leading light festival

A video-mapped projection and soundscape telling the story of time from nanoseconds to millennia will be among the attractions at this year’s Lumiere light festival, it has been announced.

Published: 30 August 2021

Durham Book Festival returns to live events with an international programme and a warm welcome

The annual literary festival returns this October with an exciting blend of live and digital events, including headline guests Lemn Sissay, Richard Osman, Pat Barker, Val McDermid, Leïla Slimani, Fiona Hill, Ed Balls and the announcement of the Gordon Burn Prize.

Published: 19 August 2021

Over 300 County Durham businesses benefitted from £6m recovery grant

More than 300 businesses have been supported and over 3,500 jobs safeguarded through a County Durham coronavirus recovery grant.

Published: 27 July 2021

Ushaw welcomes world-acclaimed choir Tenebrae for intimate Durham concert

Ushaw, Durham’s historic house, chapels and gardens, welcomes multi award-winning and Grammy nominated British choir Tenebrae to perform in St Cuthbert’s Chapel on Friday, July 30.

Published: 26 July 2021

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