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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...

Restaurant review: Codrophenia at Dalton Park

Restaurant review: Codrophenia at Dalton Park

East Durham Business editor Leanne Fawcett visited Dalton Park’s only independent food outlet, Codrophenia, to see whether the fish and chip shop was worthy of a five-star review – or more Rotten Tomato… Fish and chips are about as quintessentially English as things...

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...