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Gala Durham announce packed line up of shows this spring

Gala Durham announce packed line up of shows this spring

Critically-acclaimed live theatre, high profile stand-up performances and family fun are just some of the components making up an eclectic season of shows this spring at Gala Durham. The Durham City venue, which is operated by Durham County Council, opens its new...

Strong performance at Dalton Park leads to 26 new job opportunities

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. Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Destination saw like-for-like sales increase by 13% against the same period in 2019, despite hugely challenging...

Early bird offer for Gala panto following Robin Hood success

Early bird offer for Gala panto following Robin Hood success

Organisers at a County Durham theatre have hailed the success of its recent Christmas pantomime, and are already looking forward to entertaining audiences once again next December. Durham County Council’s Gala Durham production of The Adventures of Robin Hood has come...

Residents invited to have their say on the future of library services

Residents invited to have their say on the future of library services

Residents across County Durham can have their say on the future of local library services. Durham County Council held the last review of the county’s library service in 2012. In recent years society has experienced massive digital and technological advancements and as...

NHS app turns three with 22 million people using it

NHS app turns three with 22 million people using it

The NHS App, launched just over three years ago, on 31 December 2018, now has over 22 million users and is one of the UK’s most downloaded apps. More than 22 million NHS App users (over 18 million registrations since the NHS COVID Pass was added on 17 May) The NHS App...

Castle restoration work takes regional award

Castle restoration work takes regional award

Work to revitalise a medieval castle in County Durham has won a regional award. Auckland Castle, in Bishop Auckland, is one of the most significant complexes of medieval buildings in England.  As a favoured residence of the bishops of Durham for at least 800 years, it...

Archive office takes first steps towards new premises

Archive office takes first steps towards new premises

Changes to a County Durham archive will mark the beginning of an exciting new era for the service, as it prepares to move to a vibrant new local history centre. From January 2022, Durham County Record Office’s search room will temporarily close to visitors to allow...

Council claims top award for custom build housing work

Council claims top award for custom build housing work

A North East council has won a national award for its work on a pilot project which helps buyers custom build their own homes. Durham County Council has been working with Custom Build Homes to develop nine serviced plots at the new Trinity Mews development on the...

Accessible pantomime performances available for families over Christmas

Accessible pantomime performances available for families over Christmas

With pantomime season in full swing, two County Durham theatre venues are providing accessible performances of their Christmas shows, so that all audiences can share in the festive fun. Since late-November, Gala Durham and Consett’s Empire Theatre have been hosting...

Traders invited to apply for Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Traders invited to apply for Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Traders are being invited to apply for a stand at one of the region’s most popular food festivals ahead of its return next spring. Durham County Council has confirmed Bishop Auckland Food Festival will take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April next year. This...

HR Dept, Durham blog: Let’s get creative with Secret Santa

HR Dept, Durham blog: Let’s get creative with Secret Santa

You know that the festive season has well and truly arrived when temperatures are going down and lights are going up! Plus, of course, the return of Mariah Carey, Michael Bublé and co to the airwaves. The pandemic is still making headlines, but virtual or otherwise,...

Festive fun for all the family at Prince Bishop’s Place

Festive fun for all the family at Prince Bishop’s Place

Prince Bishops Place is full of festive cheer this season with visits to Father Christmas, a children’s Christmas trail and a magical pedal powered tree! Plus the centre is raising funds for Treetops Children’s Ward at the University Hospital of North Durham....

Selective licensing scheme set to improve housing in County Durham

Selective licensing scheme set to improve housing in County Durham

A scheme which aims to drive up standards across County Durham’s private rented housing sector has been approved by the government. Durham County Council has been successful in applying for a large-scale selective licensing scheme, requiring all private landlords to...

Horden charity DDS secures National Lottery funding in support boost

Horden charity DDS secures National Lottery funding in support boost

Durham Deafened Support (DDS) has been given an early Christmas present with a further funding boost. The Horden-based charity has received an award from the National Lottery Community Fund to enable it to continue the valuable support that it provides to those with...

New tasting menu restaurant coming to Durham city

New tasting menu restaurant coming to Durham city

Plans for a new restaurant, offering diners an affordable six-course tasting menu using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, have been unveiled. Coarse will be based in the heart of Durham city centre and will open in the new year. Ruari Mackay, former chef at...

Local authority working to help those affected by Storm Arwen

Local authority working to help those affected by Storm Arwen

Supporting those affected by Storm Arwen is a key priority for the North East’s largest council. The storm, which brought gale force winds, heavy rain and heavy snow over the weekend, saw many households lose power, roads forced to close, and damage caused to housing...

New campaign urges North East shoppers to be kind this Christmas

New campaign urges North East shoppers to be kind this Christmas

Crimestoppers and retailers are urging shoppers across the North East to #ShopKind when they visit local high streets this Christmas, as new national polling reveals that over one third of shoppers (38%) have witnessed violence and abuse against shopworkers. With at...

Ho Ho Ho… Come and see Santa at Castle Dene Shopping Centre

Ho Ho Ho… Come and see Santa at Castle Dene Shopping Centre

The Countdown to Christmas is on and from this weekend, you can visit Santa Claus at Castle Dene Shopping Centre in Peterlee. From Sunday, and then every Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm until Christmas, you can pop down and meet The Big Man. No booking is...

County Durham pupils spread international Christmas cheer

County Durham pupils spread international Christmas cheer

Primary school pupils across County Durham have started spreading early Christmas cheer amongst their international peers. As part of an annual festive project, Durham County Council has brought together more than 300 schools from 19 different countries to help...

Christmas is coming as festive shop opens in Prince Bishops Place

Christmas is coming as festive shop opens in Prince Bishops Place

Prince Bishops Place is delighted to welcome Elvet and Bailey’s Handmade Christmas to the centre. The new venture is the second shop from the people behind Elvet & Bailey and specialises in locally produced, Christmas themed gifts. All products stocked are...

Eleven new jobs created as Etto Caffe opens at Dalton Park

Eleven new jobs created as Etto Caffe opens at Dalton Park

A brand new eatery has opened its doors at Dalton Park and is already welcoming guests in with a tempting range of hot and cold drinks, a delicious brunch menu, tasty artisan cakes and authentic Italian Gelato. Etto Caffé is part of the Massarella Catering Group, a...

Innovative new project connects Blackhall with years of history

Innovative new project connects Blackhall with years of history

East Durham Creates is working together with Durham University on an innovative new project which connects a former mining village in East Durham to thousands of years of history in the university’s collection. As we emerged from lockdown in 2020 local arts engagement...

Funding boost to support proposals for passenger rail service

Funding boost to support proposals for passenger rail service

Plans to develop a passenger rail service from Weardale to Darlington are to be further considered thanks to £50,000 funding. Durham County Council and The Auckland Project have been successful in applying for the grant from the Department for Transport’s Restoring...

County Durham parks awarded for being kept in tip top shape

County Durham parks awarded for being kept in tip top shape

Parks across County Durham have been handed Green Flag Awards after being kept in tip top shape during the past year. The awards recognise excellence and good practice in the management and development of parks and open spaces. Ranging from parks to cemeteries, to...

Appeal launched to find more foster carers in County Durham

Appeal launched to find more foster carers in County Durham

More people are being urged to consider becoming foster carers to help make a difference to the lives of children across County Durham. Durham County Council has launched an appeal to recruit more carers for children with additional needs and disabilities. This could...

Lucy Wood blog: Battling mental health when circumstances change

Lucy Wood blog: Battling mental health when circumstances change

Since returning to college at the end of August, I’ve been at a constant battle with my mental health. Mainly my anxiety. This is due to me having to make new friends after my friends from last year have now moved on with their lives and have jobs or are going to...

Spa days are back… Seaham Hall Hotel and Serenity Spa review

Spa days are back… Seaham Hall Hotel and Serenity Spa review

Seaham Hall Serenity Spa Review by Leanne Fawcett for East Durham Business magazine... Nearly two years after my last visit to the wonderful Seaham Hall Hotel – a real gem in the North East’s crown -  because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was with open arms and...

Thousands of people attend Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Thousands of people attend Bishop Auckland Food Festival

People across County Durham and beyond came to Bishop Auckland to celebrate all things food, when a popular festival returned at the weekend with extra flavour. Thousands of people attended this year’s Bishop Auckland Food Festival, laid on by Durham County Council,...

Christmas is coming early to East Durham Garden Centre

Christmas is coming early to East Durham Garden Centre

It might only be October but next weekend Christmas is coming to East Durham Garden Centre. On Sunday, October 9, the centre will officially launch its festive displays, with decorations, trees and gifts all available to buy. The incredible Christmas displays are...

Greggs renews partnership with Seaham-based Redu Retail

Greggs renews partnership with Seaham-based Redu Retail

Greggs has reappointed retail marketing and branded payments provider Redu Retail to lead its Corporate Gift Card provision. The agreement marks the continuation of a collaborative partnership intended to facilitate further growth for the UK’s leading bakery food...

The Five Quarter cutting food and drink prices for one-day special

The Five Quarter cutting food and drink prices for one-day special

A Peterlee pub is to cut the price of all food and drink by 7.5 per cent on Thursday, September 23 - to highlight the benefit of a permanent VAT reduction in the hospitality industry. Prices at The Five Quarter in Hailsham Place will be reduced for one day only to...

Community groups encouraged to apply for bulbs to brighten up their area

Community groups encouraged to apply for bulbs to brighten up their area

Community groups across County Durham have the opportunity of winning 2,000 bulbs to brighten up their area. Green-fingered champions across each of Durham County Council’s 14 Area Action Partnerships (AAPs) are in with a chance of securing the floral treats for their...

Free activities are keeping young ones entertained this summer

Free activities are keeping young ones entertained this summer

From bug hunting, basketball, den building and dancing, children across County Durham have been taking part in fun activities thanks to a summer holiday programme. Summer holiday activities are being supported by Durham County Council’s Area Action Partnerships...

Lucy Wood blog: What will adult life look like living with MS

Lucy Wood blog: What will adult life look like living with MS

Tomorrow (August 19), I will be celebrating my 18th birthday. An age that is supposed to mean the start of adulthood and becoming independent. In the past couple of years, I have learnt a great deal about my condition. What I have learnt has made me revaluate the...

Food fans enjoy a weekend full of flavour in Seaham

Food fans enjoy a weekend full of flavour in Seaham

County Durham’s foodies made the most of the sunshine and showers to enjoy this year’s Seaham Food Festival. Thousands of people visited the Durham County Council festival over the weekend to support independent traders, boost business recovery and enjoy two days of...

Flagship homes coming to Wingate housing development

Flagship homes coming to Wingate housing development

Bellway Durham is delivering 250 homes from its flagship Artisan Collection at a new development in Wingate. The developer is building a mix of two, three and four-bedroom detached, semi-detached and terrace houses at Wellfield Rise in the village. All 250 properties...

Covid secure space allows expansion of East Durham community support

Covid secure space allows expansion of East Durham community support

Vital community support programmes, halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, can now return safely thanks to funding from a local housing association. Residents in east Durham, with a particular focus on Blackhall Rocks, Deneside in Seaham, Shotton Colliery, Wheatley...

Fun for all the family at next month’s Seaham Food Festival

Fun for all the family at next month’s Seaham Food Festival

Family entertainment, street theatre and music have been added to the menu for the return of a County Durham food festival next month. Seaham Food Festival, which is taking place in just three weeks, has a full line-up of entertainment planned in addition to the...

Fun activities on offer for County Durham youngsters this summer

Fun activities on offer for County Durham youngsters this summer

A fun-filled summer awaits County Durham youngsters with more than 100 free activities with healthy food lined up for the school holidays. Following on from successful schemes over Easter and spring half-term, the Fun and Food programme will return this summer to...

Dalton Park is first to achieve prestigious parking accreditation

Dalton Park is first to achieve prestigious parking accreditation

Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Destination is the first in the North East to achieve a prestigious accreditation for its well-managed, high quality car park. The North East’s largest outlet centre already held the renowned Park Mark accreditation, a coveted national...

Public Notice: Acre Rigg Social Club, Peterlee

Public Notice: Acre Rigg Social Club, Peterlee

THE LICENSING ACT 2003 Notice is hereby given that We, Acre Rigg Social Club, have applied to the Durham County Council in respect of the premises known as ACRE RIGG SOCIAL CLUB LOWHILLS ROAD PETERLEE SR8 2DW To vary a Premises Licence to permit the following proposed...

Lucy Wood blog: Lockdown has shown me there’s nothing I cannot face

Lucy Wood blog: Lockdown has shown me there’s nothing I cannot face

When lockdown first hit in March, I naively thought that it would only last about three weeks. But two months in, these high hopes of freedom slowly decreased, and my mental state started to plummet. My anxiety was at an all-time high and I did not think we would ever...

Sculptures inspired by popular characters installed at Hardwick Park

Sculptures inspired by popular characters installed at Hardwick Park

Weird and wonderful sculptures inspired by children’s book characters have gone on display at a popular County Durham park. Talented artist and sculptor Graeme Hopper, who is from Crook, has created two new welcome additions for Sedgefield’s Hardwick Park. The new...

Free half-term activities with food on offer in County Durham

Free half-term activities with food on offer in County Durham

Virtual cookery demonstrations, arts and crafts sessions and fun ideas to try at home are just some of the free activities on offer for County Durham families this half-term. Durham County Council’s Fun and Food programme provides activities with healthy food during...

It’s all about selfie selfie selfie this summer at Dalton Park

It’s all about selfie selfie selfie this summer at Dalton Park

An amazing selfie experience is heading to Dalton Park this summer, as lockdown restrictions start to ease. Three vibrant and immersive pop-up sets with dazzling neons, gorgeous rainbows and funky florals as well as a grand piano will be at the North East’s largest...

Indoor fitness classes return to County Durham’s leisure centres

Indoor fitness classes return to County Durham’s leisure centres

County Durham residents can return to their indoor fitness classes from Monday (17 May). Durham County Council is restarting its indoor fitness programme, in line with Step 3 of the government’s roadmap, following the reopening of its gyms and swimming pools last...

Charity launches research project to boost mental health support

Charity launches research project to boost mental health support

A leading North East charity has launched a new befriending research project to target mental health needs across the region. Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP), a health and wellbeing charity, are underway creating a befriending focused insight that will engage with...

Four-figure grant transforms Belmont Community Centre

Four-figure grant transforms Belmont Community Centre

A busy County Durham community centre is looking smart as it prepares to welcome local people back, thanks to a four-figure grant from a regional employer. As part of ensuring that it had enough room to continue running educational activities for a local special needs...

Gift cards up for grabs at Dalton Park Shopping Outlet

Gift cards up for grabs at Dalton Park Shopping Outlet

Since re-opening on Monday, April 12, Dalton Park Shopping Outlet has been giving away £25 gift cards every week. This is the popular shopping destination's final week. To end on a high the Dalton Park management team are doubling the number of prizes up for grabs and...

Beach visitors asked to protect the beautiful County Durham coastline

Beach visitors asked to protect the beautiful County Durham coastline

Visitors to County Durham’s coastline are being encouraged to help protect the local environment as more people hit the beach. Durham County Council is asking everyone to follow the new Countryside Code, which has recently been updated to allow people to enjoy the...

Dalton Park reopens as further lockdown restrictions are lifted

Dalton Park reopens as further lockdown restrictions are lifted

After months of preparations Dalton Park has today welcomed shoppers back, in line with the latest easing of the government’s lockdown restrictions. It’s huge canopies have had a professional clean and the mall seating has been reinstalled to give shoppers a place to...

Leisure centres across County Durham preparing to re-open Monday

Leisure centres across County Durham preparing to re-open Monday

Staff at leisure centres across County Durham are working hard to prepare sites for re-opening to the public from Monday, April 12. The centres will initially open with gym, swim and outdoor fitness facilities available, while the indoor fitness class programme is...

First properties at new Wingate housing development released for sale

First properties at new Wingate housing development released for sale

Bellway has released the first properties for sale at a new housing development in Wingate which will eventually deliver 250 homes for the local area. The first phase at Wellfield Rise, which comprises 90 homes off Wellfield Road, launched on Thursday 1 April. The...

Dates announced for hugely popular Seaham Food Festival

Dates announced for hugely popular Seaham Food Festival

A free food festival is set to return to a County Durham seaside town this year with measures in place to keep people safe. Subject to coronavirus restrictions, Seaham Food Festival will take place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 August. This will be followed by Bishop...

First of 250 new homes in Wingate to be released for sale

First of 250 new homes in Wingate to be released for sale

Bellway is to release the first properties for sale at a new housing development in Wingate which will eventually deliver 250 homes for the local area. The first phase at Wellfield Rise, which comprises 90 homes off Wellfield Road, will launch on Thursday 1 April. The...

£6m regeneration scheme will transform Horden

£6m regeneration scheme will transform Horden

Vacant buildings that have blighted a County Durham village for years can now be demolished and replaced with high quality homes thanks to a £6 million investment. Durham County Council has allocated £4.5 million from its Towns and Villages Investment Plan for a major...

New app will celebrate the history and heritage of Seaham

New app will celebrate the history and heritage of Seaham

The rich heritage of a County Durham seaside town is being enhanced through the regeneration of historical buildings and the launch of a new app. Durham County Council launched the Seaham Townscape Heritage Project in 2019 after it secured £1.6 million from the...

Express Yourself at the North East Festival of Languages

Express Yourself at the North East Festival of Languages

Free keep-fit, language tasters and the story of how a former Bishop Auckland pupil has used her language skills to advise US Presidents are all part of an exciting line-up at a regional language festival this month. Schools, families and communities can enjoy a host...

History talk helps shine light on soldiers of the past

History talk helps shine light on soldiers of the past

Family historians can gain top tips on how to discover their ancestors’ military past at an online talk this week. Durham County Record Office, which is run by Durham County Council, is continuing its successful Branching Out programme with an archivist-led talk about...

Work underway on new £10.4m Durham City bus station

Work underway on new £10.4m Durham City bus station

Construction work on a new £10.4 million state-of-the-art bus station in the heart of Durham City has started. Workers started on site on Monday, with the current bus station closing to passengers and temporary stops being put in place close by. The new station has...

Housing association awards £150,000 to community groups across the area

Housing association awards £150,000 to community groups across the area

A north east funding programme that supports community groups including food banks, sports clubs and mental health projects has passed a major milestone. Believe Housing’s Community Investment Programme has awarded £150,000 of grants in the last nine months. More than...

East Durham residents encouraged to get ‘Wild About Winter’

East Durham residents encouraged to get ‘Wild About Winter’

A giant wolf, a story online and a call for people to make their own artwork – Wild About Winter is coming your way! Wild about Winter is a new project with artists and local people in East Durham, led by The Barn at Easington, running now until the end of April and...

Owner’s desperate plea for people to stop feeding horses

Owner’s desperate plea for people to stop feeding horses

Horse owner Jayne McGowan is making a heartfelt plea to people in the East Durham area to stop feeding the animals. It comes as figures show the number of deaths in horses since lockdown started has risen, with stories in the national media suggesting this is due to...

New Durham City bus station plans get £3.6m funding boost

New Durham City bus station plans get £3.6m funding boost

Work to create a modern and vibrant new bus station for Durham City is set to press ahead after a multi-million pound funding package was approved. The North East Joint Transport Committee (JTC) has allocated £3.6million towards the overall £10.4m scheme following a...

Specsavers stores to remain open throughout national lockdown

Specsavers stores to remain open throughout national lockdown

The UK’s largest opticians and audiologists, Specsavers, will stay open for all eye and hearing needs now most of the country is in lockdown. Under current government guidance, people are allowed to leave home to attend medical appointments, including eye and hearing...

£4.6bn support package announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak

£4.6bn support package announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has today (Tuesday) announced a £4.6bn of support for companies affected by last night's national lockdown announcement made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Leisure and retail venues can access up to £9,000 per business, depending on the...