Crimdon Dene hosts unique arts event to celebrate its local history

East Durham Creates is proud to present an original performance of Everything There Ever Was – a large-scale participatory performance in the outdoor location of Crimdon Dene, featuring choirs, a live band and evocative stories of the area’s past. It’ll be funny, fun, moving and magical.

A great event for all the family everyone is invited down to the seaside and the vibe is somewhere between a music festival and a seaside postcard.

The show tells the story of a family who are about to move away from the area. Will they miss it? They’re not sure it really makes any difference where you live, or where you’re from, these days. But an encounter with the magical Watchers by the Sea leads them to the pageant of Everything There Ever Was – and their relationship with this place they call home will never be the same again.

The original songs have been written by Boff Whalley (former member of Chumbawamba) and the lyrics reflect the stories told by local people of their memories of this special seaside location.

The performance starts at 4.30pm on Saturday, August 25, at Crimdon Beach Car Park and then the audience will follow the performers down the bank into the Dene where there will be tents, a live band and a picnic available. The event will last about an hour and a half but people are welcome to stay afterwards in the Dene and celebrate with the performers.

Malcolm Fallow, CEO of East Durham Trust who manage the Project said: “For a whole generation of East Durham people Crimdon Dene represents a major part of their lives- this event uses the Arts to rekindle memories and get Crimdon back into the local psyche”

Elaine Wilson Project Manager for East Durham Creates said: “This is a unique opportunity for people from East Durham to celebrate this beautiful seaside location which holds fond childhood memories for so many who live here. Local people have had input into the creation of the piece and we would like as many of them as possible to be involved in the performance of it too, particularly the pop up choirs.”

Daniel Bye of That There – a consortium of artists who are behind the Everything There Ever Was commission added: “People from across East Durham have shared with us wonderful stories and memories of Crimdon. Turning them into songs and stories for our characters to tell has been a pleasure and a privilege. I’m so grateful to East Durham Creates and to the people of East Durham for giving us this opportunity.”

If people want to get involved in the choir at the event itself or just help out on the day it’s not too late!

Contact Annie Rigby on  or Elaine at the East Durham Creates Office on 1019 5185071  or

East Durham Creates is now part of the East Durham Trust charity. East Durham Trust provides a range of services for people in the East Durham area, many facing disadvantage and poverty. This event has been funded by Arts Council England and Durham Heritage Coast.

Creative People and Places is about more people choosing and taking part in brilliant art experiences in the places where they live.

Funded by Arts Council England, there are 21 projects based in areas where there are fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts.