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Peterlee company Auxillis steps in to keep NHS workers mobile

Peterlee company Auxillis steps in to keep NHS workers mobile

Auxillis has again stepped up to support insurer Admiral with its NHS and emergency service worker mobility scheme - providing a free courtesy vehicle if theirs is stolen, undriveable after an accident, or declared a total loss - keeping essential workers on the road...

East Durham housing association joins fight against hunger

East Durham housing association joins fight against hunger

County Durham-based believe housing is playing its part in tackling the threat of hunger during the coronavirus pandemic with food parcels to customers in need. The award-winning housing association is arranging for food parcels to be delivered to customers who are...

New project to make East Durham cleaner and greener launches

New project to make East Durham cleaner and greener launches

A new project aiming to make local neighbourhoods cleaner and greener is underway across County Durham. Launched by Durham County Council, Find and Fix involves the council and community working together to tackle a range of unsightly issues in the community such as...

Coastal community hub and café to be built at East Durham beauty spot

Coastal community hub and café to be built at East Durham beauty spot

A new coastal community hub is set to be built at a County Durham tourist spot for residents and visitors to enjoy when taking a trip to the seaside. Working with the Heritage Coast Partnership, Durham County Council is investing £250,000 to attract £1.35 million...

Over 65s encouraged to ‘fall on their feet’

Over 65s encouraged to ‘fall on their feet’

A new 10-week wellbeing challenge aimed at people aged over 65 in the Easington GP area launches next week. Helix Arts’ regional Falling on your Feet programme is a dance and health initiative for older people to help increase their strength and balance to prevent...

Seventeen-day real ale festival comes to the Five Quarter in Peterlee

Seventeen-day real ale festival comes to the Five Quarter in Peterlee

A range of up to 20 classic British real ales will be available at The Five Quarter in Peterlee during its 17-day real ale festival. The pub in Hailsham Place will host the festival from Friday, October 9, to Sunday, October 25. The beers will cost £1.69 a pint. The...

McDonald’s re-opens in Seaham and launches McDelivery

McDonald’s re-opens in Seaham and launches McDelivery

McDonald's has officially re-opened at Dalton Park Shopping Outlet in Murton. And there's more good news for customers because as well as being able to benefit from drive thru and take away, at the Murton restaurant locals can now benefit from the introduction of the...

Beautiful gardens and floral displays vying for county-wide accolade

Beautiful gardens and floral displays vying for county-wide accolade

Beautiful gardens and floral displays across County Durham are vying for the public’s vote this month. Entries for the Garden Treasures contest are now closed and now members of the public are being called on to help choose the winners. Organised by Durham County...

Seaham Hall Hotel recognised at national tourism awards

Seaham Hall Hotel recognised at national tourism awards

Three exceptional North East tourism businesses represented the region at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2020 last night, where they took home a host of awards and secured their position as some of the finest examples of tourism businesses in the country. The...

Seaham Hall Hotel shortlisted at prestigious national tourism awards

Seaham Hall Hotel shortlisted at prestigious national tourism awards

Three outstanding North East tourism businesses have been shortlisted in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2020, an event that champions the very best of the country’s tourism industry and celebrates quality, innovation and best practice. Seahouses bed and...

Peterlee Leisure Centre open today, Seaham in two weeks

Peterlee Leisure Centre open today, Seaham in two weeks

1Life has announced that it will be re-opening Peterlee Leisure Centre today, Monday, July 27, with Seaham anticipated to follow on August 10. Following advice and guidance from the Government as well as the fitness trade body ukactive and there independent scientific...

Seaham Food Festival moves online

Seaham Food Festival moves online

Food lovers can stock up on their favourite treats while supporting some of the region’s best producers when a popular festival moves online. Seaham Food Festival was due to take place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June but was cancelled to help slow the spread of...

Prestigious tourism award win for Seaham Hall Hotel

Prestigious tourism award win for Seaham Hall Hotel

Durham’s five-star boutique hotel, Seaham Hall, has scooped Gold in the Small Hotel of the Year category at the prestigious North East England Tourism Awards. The awards, organised by the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, in partnership with a number of organisations,...

Popular online stories to continue through May

Popular online stories to continue through May

New virtual storytelling sessions are to continue throughout May following their initial success. Durham County Council’s library service recently began teaming up with artists to create video recitals of popular stories and poems which children and their families can...

Ho ho ho as Santa Claus comes to Hardwick Park

Ho ho ho as Santa Claus comes to Hardwick Park

Father Christmas will be welcoming visitors to his festive yurt for two weekends in the lead up to Christmas. Hardwick Park is once again inviting children to meet Santa Claus as he makes his pre-Christmas visit to County Durham. As well as receiving a gift from...

One More Sleep brings festive fun for little ones this Christmas

One More Sleep brings festive fun for little ones this Christmas

Little adventurers and their grown-ups can journey to a winter wonderland at a County Durham theatre this Christmas. The Gala Theatre’s production of One More Sleep will transport youngsters to an enchanting world, where dreams comes true on the most magical night of...

Ho ho ho… businesses urged to have fun within reason this Christmas

Ho ho ho… businesses urged to have fun within reason this Christmas

East Durham businesses are being warned to have fun this Christmas - but to be prepared for the problems which can come from an overly indulgent office party or night. HR expert Alison Schreiber of the HR Dept Durham works with a number of companies in the area to...

Business Review – LG Therapy

Business Review – LG Therapy

Business Review, LG Therapy Review by East Durham News editor Leanne Fawcett (it can also be found in issue two of East Durham Business magazine). The past few weeks have been particularly stressful and physically draining, so to say my body was ready for a bit of...

Seaham Food Festival to return in 2020

Seaham Food Festival to return in 2020

A seaside town will serve up a second helping of culinary fun when a successful food festival returns next year. Organiser Durham County Council has announced the second annual Seaham Food Festival will take place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June 2020. County...

Peterlee pub to host Christmas carol concert to raise funds for church

Peterlee pub to host Christmas carol concert to raise funds for church

Peterlee pub The Five Quarter will get into the festive spirit this December by hosting a carol concert to raise money for St Cuthbert’s Church. Duty manager Sara Malcolm has teamed up with vicar Elaine Jones to encourage people to support the church, which is located...

Peterlee community garden triumphs at environmental awards

Peterlee community garden triumphs at environmental awards

Inspirational examples of innovative design, environmental guardianship and community spirit have been recognised at an annual awards ceremony. The winners of the 30th anniversary County Durham Environment Awards were announced at Hardwick Hall Hotel near Sedgefield....

Peterlee boxer prepares to square up in prestigious competition

Peterlee boxer prepares to square up in prestigious competition

A former East Durham College student is about to square up to the biggest opportunity of his boxing career as he prepares to compete in the prestigious MTK Global’s Golden Contract Tournament. Darren Surtees is a former bricklaying student at East Durham College who...

East Durham families sought for Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

East Durham families sought for Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Producers of Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway are looking for a family in East Durham who could receive the hit ITV series' biggest surprise ever. People across the area are asked to put forward nominations for families they think are deserving of the surprise. A...

CCBC stars head to Seaham to kick off their summer tour

CCBC stars head to Seaham to kick off their summer tour

CBBC and Panto stars Danny Adams, brother Mick Potts and dad Clive Webb will be pitching up the big-top at Seaham next week to prepare for the start of their Midsummer Madness tour of the North East. Star of ‘Danny and Mick!’, Danny Adams, will also show his daring...

Peterlee Netball Club launches with grant from believe housing

Peterlee Netball Club launches with grant from believe housing

A new netball club for east Durham youngsters has been set up thanks to support from a leading housing association. Families have the opportunity to get involved with netball thanks to a new club, founded thanks to a small grant from believe housing. Peterlee Netball...

15,000 people head to inaugural Seaham Food Festival

15,000 people head to inaugural Seaham Food Festival

Almost 15,000 people headed to the first Seaham Food Festival yesterday (Sunday). County Durham’s spectacular heritage coast provided a beautiful backdrop to the event, with people of all ages enjoying fresh sea air while tucking into delicious local produce and...

Seaham gears up for its very first food festival

Seaham gears up for its very first food festival

As Seaham gets set to host its first food festival this weekend, visitors are being encouraged to plan their journeys in advance. Seaham Food Festival will serve up more than 100 traders, cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs John Torode and Phil Vickery,...

Seaham Food Festival just one month away

Seaham Food Festival just one month away

Children’s cookery workshops, live music and bingo with a refreshing twist – a food festival will serve up more than delicious dishes next month. Excitement is building ahead of the first Seaham Food Festival which is set to bring tasty local produce and enticing eats...

Northumbria in Bloom judges head to Durham for judging

Northumbria in Bloom judges head to Durham for judging

Green fingered groups, volunteers and residents are hoping for horticultural success after a visit from competition judges. Representatives from the Royal Horticultural Society headed to Durham City and Chester-le-Street to consider the areas’ entries for the...

Beamish Museum’s Emily wins prestigious national tourism award

Beamish Museum’s Emily wins prestigious national tourism award

Beamish Museum’s Emily Hope is celebrating after being named national VisitEngland Tourism Superstar. Emily, who works at the museum’s Entrance, is thrilled to have won the public vote to claim the prestigious title. She was among 10 finalists and made the shortlist...

Plan your travel as popular food festival approaches

Plan your travel as popular food festival approaches

As excitement builds for one of the region’s favourite food festivals, visitors are being encouraged to plan their journeys in advance. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend Bishop Auckland Food Festival when it returns this weekend with a tempting...

Upcoming theatre talent to be showcased at Durham Gala

Upcoming theatre talent to be showcased at Durham Gala

An event that will showcase work by some of the North East's most exciting new theatre-makers will take place later this month. This event, entitled 'Next Up...', is the first of its kind at Durham's Gala Theatre and offers a first look at work-in-progress shows as...

Blues, rhythm and rock at Durham this weekend

Blues, rhythm and rock at Durham this weekend

A live music festival returns to Durham tomorrow as The Durham Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival is set to take place at the Gala Theatre. Now in its sixth year in Durham, the festival showcases the quality of live music in the UK and presents a line-up that aims to...

Durham set to shine again with Lumiere 2017

Durham set to shine again with Lumiere 2017

The UKs largest light festival looks set to return to Durham for a fifth time next year. This morning Durham County Council’s Cabinet agreed to recommission Artichoke to deliver another spectacular Lumiere in November 2017, with members endorsing a commissioning fee...

Durham Cathedral prepares to remember

Durham Cathedral prepares to remember

Durham Cathedral is preparing to welcome visitors and pilgrims from far and wide as they come to the Cathedral to remember those killed during the Battle of the Somme, on the centenary of this tragic event. A series of services will be held at the Cathedral from...

Helen Mirren brings The Queen to Durham cinema

Helen Mirren brings The Queen to Durham cinema

A cinema broadcast of the original West End production of The Audience, featuring Helen Mirren’s multi-award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II, returns this week in celebration of the monarch’s 90th birthday. The play is written by Peter Morgan, who wrote the...

Picture perfect postcard competition to launch at Durham Cathedral

Picture perfect postcard competition to launch at Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is hosting a special opportunity for photographers to snap the inside of the Cathedral this week. Photos of this world-famous building can then be used to enter the World Heritage Site’s postcard competition, with winning entries being displayed as a...

Lumiere festival delivers biggest ever economic impact

Lumiere festival delivers biggest ever economic impact

An event described by visitors as ‘majestic and mesmerising has delivered hugely increased financial benefits to County Durham and the North East. Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival, was staged in Durham for the fourth time last November. It instilled a sense of...

Graeme of Thrones comes to Durham Gala

Graeme of Thrones comes to Durham Gala

A hilarious parody of Game of Thrones is set to have the audience in stitches when it comes to Gala next month. The show, which will be performed at Durham's Gala Theatre on Monday 13th June, 7.30pm, is created by some of the UK's top comedy writers and will promise...

Will you be the one to complete Durham Cathedral’s LEGO replica?

Will you be the one to complete Durham Cathedral’s LEGO replica?

Durham Cathedral has launched a LEGO lottery where the lucky winner will be selected to place the final brick on the now world-famous scale-model replica. The LEGO model, which was set up as a fundraising tool for the state of the art Open Treasure exhibition...

Durham Miners’ Gala mixes punk with reggae at Alington House gig

Durham Miners’ Gala mixes punk with reggae at Alington House gig

A club night organised by a Durham book shop is set to host a Punky Reggae Party event in aid of a 'justice' campaign for Durham miners. The 2016 Durham Miners' Gala will take place on Saturday 9th July and will this year go beyond its usual early evening wind-down...

Ancient cross donated for display in Open Treasure

Ancient cross donated for display in Open Treasure

A crucifix found on the site of the Battle of Neville’s Cross has been donated to Durham Cathedral to feature in a metal-work display as part of the Open Treasure exhibition experience, when it opens on Saturday 23 July. The crucifix was found between 1829 and 1868 in...

School gives Open Treasure a test run at Durham Cathedral

School gives Open Treasure a test run at Durham Cathedral

Schoolchildren from Dipton have visited Durham Cathedral’s £10.9 million Open Treasure exhibition experience ahead of the official opening, to give its education programme a test run. Twenty-five children from Collierley Primary School came to Durham Cathedral to take...

Hundreds of youngsters flying the flag at Empire and Flag Weekend

Hundreds of youngsters flying the flag at Empire and Flag Weekend

Hundreds of young people from across the region will gather at Beamish Museum to celebrate the contribution made by youth groups to the First World War effort. A magnificent flag parade, featuring Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Cadets and other young people’s groups will...

Cathedral Canon launches book of Sunday reflections

Cathedral Canon launches book of Sunday reflections

A new book will be launched at Durham Cathedral this weekend, featuring the writings of Canon Rosalind Brown. Fresh from the Word gathers together the reflections on the lectionary readings that appeared in the Church Times newspaper every week for three years,...

Rugby stars swap balls for bricks at Durham Cathedral

Rugby stars swap balls for bricks at Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral welcomed two of the Newcastle Falcons rugby stars as the players swapped their rugby balls for bricks and placed a section on the LEGO model of the Cathedral. The LEGO model is a fundraising project for Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral’s world-class...

Home bird Sarah is no outsider in the North East

Home bird Sarah is no outsider in the North East

South Shields lass Sarah Millican comes home to the region for the first of ten Newcastle gigs on her Outsider UK tour. Sarah is renowned for her sell-out tours and record-breaking homecoming show runs. The BAFTA-winning comedian embarked on her first national tour,...

Acclaimed musicians set for Gala gigs

Acclaimed musicians set for Gala gigs

Two of the country’s most renowned jazz and folk acts are set for gigs in Durham this week. The Ronnie Scott's All Stars will bring music from jazz greats and tales of old Soho in a celebration of one of the capitals most famous venues, Ronnie Scott’s jazz club....

US property expert is helping Durham househunters to the Max

US property expert is helping Durham househunters to the Max

A US property expert looks set to help househunters find homes in Durham thanks to a new reality TV show. Max Blake is coming to the UK to help couples who are trying to find their perfect home and to provide them with vital funding towards their deposit. With over a...

Tibetan monks to fill Durham Cathedral with music and colour

Tibetan monks to fill Durham Cathedral with music and colour

Durham Cathedral is preparing to welcome a team of eight monks from the Tashi Lhunpo monastery in Tibet. The monks will be taking part in a series of educational workshops and public performances from Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th May, including the creation of a sand...

Russell is the right man for North East comedy fans

Russell is the right man for North East comedy fans

Funnyman Russell Kane brings his Right Man, Wrong Age tour to the region this month. In his brand new show, the multi-award winning comedian and host of BBC3's Live At The Electric, unleashes a stand-up performance about growing up, growing down, and why farts will...

Durham Cathedral invites 6-10 year olds to be a chorister for the day

Durham Cathedral invites 6-10 year olds to be a chorister for the day

Children who love music are being invited to try their hand at being a Durham Cathedral chorister for the day. Children aged 6-10 years old can come along and enjoy making music in one of the world’s most majestic cathedrals, with some of the country’s most talented...

Tell Me On A Sunday this Saturday in Durham

Tell Me On A Sunday this Saturday in Durham

I'd Do Anything star Jodie Prenger stars in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic musical, Tell Me On A Sunday, which comes to Durham's Gala Theatre this weekend. Following her acclaimed performance in the Watermill’s production of Calamity Jane, the stage star...

Former Fringe director becomes Durham festival’s top BRASS

Former Fringe director becomes Durham festival’s top BRASS

One of the world's leading festival directors, who ran the Edinburgh Fringe for eight years, is taking the top job at Durham's BRASS Festival ahead of its 10th birthday. Paul Gudgin, who is sought worldwide for his festivals expertise, has been recruited as the...

Tribute acts Wannasee you in Bishop Auckland this May

Tribute acts Wannasee you in Bishop Auckland this May

The Wannasee Live Music Festival comes to County Durham later this month and features tributes to some of the world’s most popular acts past and present. With tributes to Prince, Elvis, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Oasis, Blues Brothers, U2, Stereophonics and many more,...

Pirates set to bring swashbuckling fun to Crimdon Dene

Pirates set to bring swashbuckling fun to Crimdon Dene

During May half-term families are invited to explore the beautiful coastal surroundings of Crimdon Dene at a free pirate-themed arts activity trail. Pirates of Crimdon Dene - The Treasure of Many Happy Returns is imaginatively based around a fictional tale about...

Mouth of the south heads up north

Mouth of the south heads up north

After a sell-out autumn tour last year, the star of BBC's Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week and Channel 4's 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, is back on the road. Rob Beckett's Mouth Of The South tour has so far seen the comic take in over 30 venues including five...

Catherine Tate brings nan and co to North East

Catherine Tate brings nan and co to North East

A decade after her TV series ended, Catherine Tate will bring some of her best-known characters back to life this Autumn as she takes her sketch show on the road. The Catherine Tate Show, which last aired on BBC Two in November 2006, has been turned into a live show...

An evening of creative mayhem at Easington

An evening of creative mayhem at Easington

East Durham Creates will host its Mayhem In The Garden event in Easington next month. The event will take place on Saturday 14th May and will feature live music, a licensed bar and food. There will also be a musical parade for the kids along with arts and crafts...

American idiots will rock Sunderland

American idiots will rock Sunderland

American rock group Green Day's award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot comes to Sunderland Empire next month with a cast that includes Nunthorpe-born X Factor star Amelia Lily and British singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner. Winner of two Tony Awards® and the...

Parades, pit ponies and pirates – Old King Coal at Beamish

Parades, pit ponies and pirates – Old King Coal at Beamish

Visitors will discover how North East mining towns and villages supported the First World War effort during a five-day event at Beamish Museum. A magnificent fund-raising parade held by a colliery community in 1915 will be recreated during Old King Coal, which runs...

Battle of the Somme, 1916: No Turning Back

Battle of the Somme, 1916: No Turning Back

Accompany a new recruit as he volunteers to fight for his country, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the trenches and experience one of the bloodiest battles in human history. 1916: No Turning Back promises to be an exhilarating experience for...

Reeves and Mortimer – back by popular demand

Reeves and Mortimer – back by popular demand

The announcement of Reeves and Mortimer’s first tour since 1995 has proved so popular that the legendary Northern comedy duo have added extra dates. 25 Years of Reeves and Mortimer: The Poignant Moments will be a celebration of the first 25 years of their professional...

Cranham tackles dementia in acclaimed play

Cranham tackles dementia in acclaimed play

Award winning actor Kenneth Cranham will play dementia sufferer Andre in The Father, which comes to the North East next month. Plunging the audience into the experience of senility, the play "throws the switches in your brain and lets you step into dementia through...

Masterclasses feature The Science of Beer at food festival

Masterclasses feature The Science of Beer at food festival

From a refreshing California-style lager to a smoked porter infused with lapsang souchong tea leaves – no two beers taste the same! That’s the promise from a former science teacher – turned master brewer - about his specialist beers which are bound for Bishop Auckland...

Call the cavalry ….Horses at War at Beamish Museum

Call the cavalry ….Horses at War at Beamish Museum

An amazing 60 horses, from the cavalry to pack ponies, will be at Beamish Museum this weekend to tell the story of First World War horses. Horses at War, on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th April, will include the 16th Lancers Cavalry Unit, magnificent horse-drawn...

Disney Cruisers set to be delighted by Durham Cathedral

Disney Cruisers set to be delighted by Durham Cathedral

The arrival of Disney Cruise Lines into the Port of Tyne this summer is set to benefit Durham Cathedral, as it announces that passengers from the ship have signed up for tours to the world-famous building. The Disney Magic ship will visit the North East twice in June...

Sunderland star Lauren moves to BBC Newcastle

Sunderland star Lauren moves to BBC Newcastle

BBC Newcastle has announced that former Kenickie star Lauren Laverne will be the new voice of the station. The Sunderland-born DJ, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with her band, Kenickie, has recorded a number of radio jingles that will be played out on BBC...

Two sell out North East shows for Romesh

Two sell out North East shows for Romesh

One of the country's top comics has announced additional dates for his UK tour, which comes to the North East in a few weeks’ time. The Irrational Tour sees Romesh Ranganathan examine the issues close to his heart, and explain why everybody else is wrong about them....

Billy Elliot tour kicks off Sunderland run

Billy Elliot tour kicks off Sunderland run

A musical based on one of the North East's best-loved films opened its three-week run at Sunderland Empire last night. Billy Elliot the Musical has now stopped off at Sunderland Empire, where it will run until the end of the month. The show is scheduled to tour until...

The English Rose exhibition opens at Bowes Museum this May

The English Rose exhibition opens at Bowes Museum this May

The concept of the ‘English Rose’ will be celebrated in a major new exhibition opening at The Bowes Museum next month. The catalyst for The English Rose – Feminine Beauty from Van Dyck to Sargent – is a portrait recently acquired by the Museum via Arts Council...

Four top comics bring stand-up show to Durham

Four top comics bring stand-up show to Durham

Four international comedy stars come to Durham's Gala Theatre later this month with their All-Star Stand-Up Tour. The tour stars double Sony Award winner and star of Mock The Week Gary Delaney, top comedy trickster and star of BBC One’s The Magicians Pete Firman, Kiwi...

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain at the Bowes Museum

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain at the Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce a major fashion coup for summer 2016. The Museum is the only UK venue outside London that will stage Shoes: Pleasure & Pain, which opens on Saturday 11 June in its award winning Fashion & Textile Gallery. The...

Jenny Eclair brings Grumpy Old Women to Newcastle

Jenny Eclair brings Grumpy Old Women to Newcastle

Three 'Grumpy Old Women' will continue to knock further sense in to the nation with a fourth leg of their hit UK tour, Fifty Shades of Beige. Perrier Award winning comedian, writer and original star of Grumpy Old Women, Jenny Eclair, will be joined by fellow recruits...

Acoustic roots duo to play Gala Theatre

Acoustic roots duo to play Gala Theatre

Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, collectively known as Show Of Hands, are widely acknowledged as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. Making a return to the songs and sounds that inspired them, their current tour features material from the duo's latest studio album...