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Dalton Park gets set for the most wonderful time of the year

Dalton Park gets set for the most wonderful time of the year

Christmas at Dalton Park will be bigger and better than ever before with a whole host of new festive family activities and treats in store for shoppers. With so much to see and do, the launch of Christmas will now run across two events - doubling up on the magic! The...

At Your Leisure: The Festive Gift That Keeps On Giving

At Your Leisure: The Festive Gift That Keeps On Giving

A story written more than twenty-five years ago has been given new life by a regional gifts retailer. On New Year’s Eve 1994, author Christopher Goulding told a story to his friend’s children. That story was Tinseltoon – about the fairy from the clock on Newcastle’s...

Turtle Bay launches Caribbean Christmas and bottomless cocktails

Turtle Bay launches Caribbean Christmas and bottomless cocktails

Caribbean restaurant and bar Turtle Bay Durham a has launched its Christmas offering and its sunkissed tropical escapism all the way.  Turtle Bay Durham’s vibrant soul food makes the perfect, laid back festive feasting experience.  Guests can choose two courses for...

Pirates take over Dalton Park in preparation for half term fun

Pirates take over Dalton Park in preparation for half term fun

A crew of pesky pirates have washed up at the North East’s largest outlet shopping destination with plans to take over during the half term holidays! Dalton Park’s Scare Academy II - The Haunted Island won’t leave you a nervous wreck though - it’s a fun-filled (and...

New carer is a breath of fresh air for Shotton Colliery care home

New carer is a breath of fresh air for Shotton Colliery care home

A Shotton Colliery care home is bucking the national trend with a local new carer who could not be happier with her new career. Nicola Hunter started working at Croft House in April 2022 having never worked in the sector before. Having long held an interest in looking...

Free art exhibition created by young adults on show at Gala Gallery

Free art exhibition created by young adults on show at Gala Gallery

Colourful artworks created by young adults who need additional support have gone on show as part of a free exhibition. We Can We Will, by The Wider World Project, will be displayed at Gala Gallery in Durham City, which is run by Durham County Council, until Friday 30...

New running club launches in East Durham

New running club launches in East Durham

A new running club to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get fit has launched. East Durham Running Club is based in Easington and is affiliated by England Athletics. The club has recently seen its first cohort of runners complete the Couch to 5k challenge....

Expansion in the pipeline at award-winning distillery

Expansion in the pipeline at award-winning distillery

It’s been two years since the first bottle of gin left WL Distillery and the County Durham based distillery have been shaking up quite a ginpire ever since with plans for future expansion set to be unveiled. In a short space of time the independent distillery made one...

Food Review, East Durham Business magazine: Seaton Lane Inn

Food Review, East Durham Business magazine: Seaton Lane Inn

The Seaton Lane Inn has long been a firm favourite on the East Durham food scene, with it’s modern, zen-like interior and luxury rooms which make it a popular choice for national and international visitors to the North East. Keen to keep up with the demand for...

Clear Climate confirmed as new shirt sponsor of Durham Women FC

Clear Climate confirmed as new shirt sponsor of Durham Women FC

Durham Women FC are delighted to announce a new partnership with local renewables firm Clear Climate. The Peterlee-based business will see their logo feature on the front of our away shirt for the 2022/23 season. Our new away shirt, which is again produced by Hummel,...

Turtle Bay Durham launches sizzling new tropical cocktail menu

Turtle Bay Durham launches sizzling new tropical cocktail menu

Turtle Bay Durham has announced a brand new cocktail menu as well as two new “Steel Bottom Beers” which will launch on 12th September, serving up some much needed sunshine as the Autumn months beckon. Turtle Bay Durham has ramped up its island-style beach bar vibes to...

Roofing firm ensures kids are Kool 4 Skool

Roofing firm ensures kids are Kool 4 Skool

A North East roofing firm is supporting local schoolchildren by providing equipment for the new school year. Findley Roofing and Building, which is based in Hartlepool, has continued its Kool 4 Skool initiative for the fourth year in a row, providing local children...

Public Halloween ghost hunt and sleepover at Vane Tempest Hall

Public Halloween ghost hunt and sleepover at Vane Tempest Hall

Believed to have been built on a mass grave, this former hospital is one of the most chilling locations we’ve ever investigated. Built in 1873 as a military barracks known as Gilesgate Militia Barracks, the building also served as a smallpox isolation hospital for...

The Hearty Hedgehog food review

The Hearty Hedgehog food review

A Hearty Affair Hallgarth, The Manor House, in Pittington has long been a firm favourite for happy couples tying the knot. But recently, thanks to a six-figure investment committed by its new owners, the venue is branching out. EDB editor Leanne Fawcett went along to...

Budding actors set to star in Brassed Off at Gala Durham

Budding actors set to star in Brassed Off at Gala Durham

Talented young actors are set to take to the stage as a hit film is adapted for Gala Durham. Six youngsters have been cast in Brassed Off, directed by Conrad Nelson. The production is based on the 1996 film about the troubles faced by a colliery brass band as it...

Tourism boost as AJ Bell Tour of Britain race comes to county

Tourism boost as AJ Bell Tour of Britain race comes to county

County Durham is set for a tourism boost as the internationally broadcast AJ Bell Tour of Britain cycle race comes to the region next month. Over 100 of the world’s top professional cyclists will be racing in Stage Three of the tour as it journeys from the county to...

Dalton Park hosts its first BeachFest bonanza

Dalton Park hosts its first BeachFest bonanza

Dalton Park’s first BeachFest bonanza has proven a big hit with little shoppers and the fun is set to continue until Monday 29th August. The free, two-week event celebrates the great British seaside and, inspired by the nearby stunning Durham Heritage Coast, it...

Upgraded cycle route helping to get people moving across East Durham

Upgraded cycle route helping to get people moving across East Durham

People who live and work in County Durham can now make more active travel choices following a range of improvements to a popular national cycle route. Durham County Council has been able to extend its current work on the county’s 23-mile stretch of the National Cycle...

Progress continues on new Durham City bus station

Progress continues on new Durham City bus station

Construction of a state-of-the-art bus station in the heart of Durham City is now well underway. Durham County Council is developing the project to provide new first-class facilities on the site of the current bus station, which serves as a major transport hub for...

Easington Colliery band help tell Brassed Off story in County Durham

Easington Colliery band help tell Brassed Off story in County Durham

Two County Durham brass bands will play in a theatre production of a classic film which shares their deep mining history. Easington Colliery Band and RMT Fishburn Brass Band will be part of Durham County Council’s Gala Durham production of Brassed Off, which runs from...

All North East cast to appear in Sleeping Beauty pantomime

All North East cast to appear in Sleeping Beauty pantomime

Audiences can expect to be put under a spell as a mesmerising cast is announced for Sleeping Beauty at Gala Durham. With a mix of new and familiar faces, this year’s pantomime at the theatre will see an all-North East-based cast come together. Lizzie Glazier,...

North East Chef of the Year to appear at Seaham Food Festival

North East Chef of the Year to appear at Seaham Food Festival

An award-winning chef at a County Durham spa and hotel will be showcasing the best of local produce at Seaham Food Festival. The Durham County Council-run event will return to the Seaham coastline on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August, and organisers are pleased to...

Work to start on South Seaham Garden Village this summer

Work to start on South Seaham Garden Village this summer

South Seaham Garden Village has taken a huge step forward with landowner Tolent completing the land sale to a trio of developers including Karbon Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Miller Homes. The completion of the deal means construction of the project, which was awarded...

Family entertainment on the menu at Seaham Food Festival

Family entertainment on the menu at Seaham Food Festival

From well-known music and street performances to sports games and arts and crafts, there will be plenty of entertainment for people to get their teeth into during Seaham Food Festival. The Durham County Council-run festival will be returning to Seaham’s coastline in...

Traders announced for this year’s Seaham Food Festival

Traders announced for this year’s Seaham Food Festival

In just five weeks’ time, a County Durham seaside town will come to life with a scrumptious selection of food vendors and entertainment. Traders from the county and beyond are preparing for Seaham Food Festival, which will be returning for two days of food and fun at...

Seaham funday will help raise funds for melanoma

Seaham funday will help raise funds for melanoma

A fun day to raise money for, and awareness of, melanoma is being held in Seaham on Sunday, June 26. The 'Melanoma Me' event, at Seaham Park Cricket Club, will take place between 11am and 6pm. It will include stalls, a bar, live music, a raffle and games. All proceeds...

First celebrity chefs announced for Seaham Food Festival

First celebrity chefs announced for Seaham Food Festival

A Saturday Kitchen star and a formidable TV judge are the first celebrity chefs confirmed to appear at a popular seaside food festival. Seaham Food Festival returns on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August, bringing back sensational street food, family entertainment and live...

Trees planted by believe housing for Queen’s jubilee

Trees planted by believe housing for Queen’s jubilee

Believe housing has planted two special trees to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s platinum jubilee – supporting a veterans’ charity and the environment at the same time. Bill Fullen, Chief Executive of the County Durham-based housing association, was joined by Board...

Customers can help Believe Housing award community grants

Customers can help Believe Housing award community grants

A housing association with 18,000 homes across County Durham and beyond is inviting customers to help it allocate grants to community projects. Throughout the year, believe housing supports projects and activities that make a difference to people’s lives and wellbeing...

Seaham’s Lickety Split recognised at environmental awards

Seaham’s Lickety Split recognised at environmental awards

County Durham’s green-minded residents and community groups have been celebrated at a virtual awards ceremony. The annual County Durham Environment Awards, which are run by Durham County Council on behalf of the County Durham Environment and Climate Change...

County Durham showcased to UK City of Culture 2025 judging panel

County Durham showcased to UK City of Culture 2025 judging panel

Ambitious plans to drive growth, spark creativity and celebrate the extraordinary people and places of County Durham have showcased to the UK City of Culture 2025 judging panel. An exciting and immersive timetable of activities was arranged for the judges’ eagerly...

Army Cadet Force recognised with Chairman’s Medal

Army Cadet Force recognised with Chairman’s Medal

An organisation which has helped countless young adults to develop their skills, broaden their horizons and become better citizens, has been awarded County Durham’s highest honour. Durham County Council’s Chairman, Cllr Watts Stelling, presented the Chairman’s Medal...

Free swimming sessions to promote water safety

Free swimming sessions to promote water safety

Families in County Durham can enjoy free pool fun as part of a campaign to encourage safer swimming. Durham County Council is offering free pool-based activities for children and young people aged 18 and under who live in the county, in support of national Be Water...

Record-breaking 30,000 people visit Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Record-breaking 30,000 people visit Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Bishop Auckland Food Festival returned to its original spring date this year and was a roaring success, as people travelled from County Durham and beyond to celebrate all things food. The Durham County Council-run festival saw record-breaking visitor numbers this...

Travel information for Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Travel information for Bishop Auckland Food Festival

With just one day to go until Bishop Auckland Food Festival, visitors are being encouraged to plan their journey ahead of the weekend. The free Durham County Council-run event will be returning to Bishop Auckland town centre this weekend on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24...

Dalton Park welcomes new Centre Manager Richard Kaye

Dalton Park welcomes new Centre Manager Richard Kaye

It’s all change at Dalton Park, as the North East’s largest outlet shopping destination bids a fond farewell to Centre Manager Jerry Hatch after 16 years at the helm. New centre manager Richard Kaye is excited to take over the role. Having spent over 5 years managing...

Just two weeks to go until Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Just two weeks to go until Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Organisers of Bishop Auckland Food Festival are counting down the days until visitors are welcomed back to celebrate all things food. There are just two more weeks to go until the Durham County Council-run festival, which will take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24...

Anticipation builds for reimagined DLI Museum and Gallery

Anticipation builds for reimagined DLI Museum and Gallery

A first glimpse of an exciting new cultural venue for County Durham has been revealed. Durham County Council has released a visualisation of what the former DLI Museum and Gallery will look like after it is transformed into a vibrant exhibition centre, gallery and...

The Five Quarter in Peterlee takes part in 12-day beer festival

The Five Quarter in Peterlee takes part in 12-day beer festival

A range of real ales, including three from overseas brewers, will be available at The Five Quarter in Peterlee during its 12-day real ale festival. The pub in Hailsham Place will host the festival from now until Sunday,  April 10. The overseas brewers are from...

New eatery the Palm Courtyard Cafe in Seaham officially opened

New eatery the Palm Courtyard Cafe in Seaham officially opened

The Palm Courtyard Café at Seaham Town Park has been officially opened. The opening was conducted by the Mayor of Seaham, Councillor Leanne Kennedy; Seaham Town Councillors, Cllr Kathryn Brace, Cllr Jenny Bell, Cllr Sonia Foster and Cllr Georgina Fuller; and Hayley...

Partners and residents support Murton Parish Council litter pick

Partners and residents support Murton Parish Council litter pick

Murton Parish Council have been leading an initiative in partnership with Dalton Park and Morrisons, and with the support of the Dancing Betty and Durham County Council, so that Murton can call itself a litter free community. On Saturday, March 19, 2022, the council...

Headline acts announced for this year’s Durham BRASS festival

Headline acts announced for this year’s Durham BRASS festival

A double MOBO Award winner, a Mercury Music Prize and Brit Award nominee, a band fronted by the current British Poet Laureate, and arguably the most famous brass band in the world will headline a popular music festival when it returns this summer. Tickets for a range...

Final chef announced for Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Final chef announced for Bishop Auckland Food Festival

With six weeks to go until Bishop Auckland Food Festival, organisers are excited to announce the final celebrity chef making up the weekend’s line up. The Durham County Council-run festival will delight foodies from across County Durham and beyond on Saturday 23 and...

Dalton Park’s first EcoFest event hailed a success

Dalton Park’s first EcoFest event hailed a success

Dalton Park’s first EcoFest event has been hailed a huge success by shoppers, traders, retailers and official partner Climate Action North. More than 1,500 people attended over the weekend with all workshops and activities fully booked in advance. The two-day free...

East Durham Business magazine review: The Royal George, Old Shotton

East Durham Business magazine review: The Royal George, Old Shotton

The Royal George at Old Shotton has long been a firm favourite among the East Durham food scene so when we were given the chance the visit the popular eatery to sample a two-course lunch, we were more than happy to accept. East Durham Business editor Leanne Fawcett...

Council bringing empty homes back into use across County Durham

Council bringing empty homes back into use across County Durham

The importance of bringing derelict properties back into use to benefit communities is being highlighted by a North East council as part of National Empty Homes Week. Durham County Council is taking part in the week of action from Monday 28 February to Sunday 6 March...

Lucy Wood blog: Overcoming emotions and achieving your dreams

Lucy Wood blog: Overcoming emotions and achieving your dreams

The beginning of January was such a turbulent time. Both my parents had caught Covid-19 on New Year's Eve and were having to isolate in a room separate to me. I tested myself and I was negative, which was a bittersweet moment because as much as I was pleased that I...

Save the date as this year’s Seaham Food Festival confirmed

Save the date as this year’s Seaham Food Festival confirmed

A popular festival will bring delicious street food, celebrity chefs and more to the County Durham coast when it returns this summer. Food fans are being invited to save the date for Seaham Food Festival, which will take place this year on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7...

First celebrity chefs revealed for Bishop Auckland Food Festival

First celebrity chefs revealed for Bishop Auckland Food Festival

One of the North East’s most popular food festivals has announced its first line up of celebrity chefs, as organisers prepare to welcome foodies back to Bishop Auckland this spring. Bishop Auckland Food Festival will be returning to its April date after taking place...

County Durham finalises its bid for UK City of Culture 2025

County Durham finalises its bid for UK City of Culture 2025

Being named UK City of Culture 2025 will attract millions of visitors to County Durham and the north east, create thousands of jobs, and significantly support the region’s levelling up. Today, Durham County Council has outlined its plans for the Durham 2025 campaign,...

Festival to celebrate choral music in County Durham

Festival to celebrate choral music in County Durham

World-famous artists will be part of a returning festival which helps to further young people’s learning of choral music in County Durham. Durham Vocal Festival was established by Durham Music Service (DMS) in 2017 to celebrate the heritage and depth of choral music...

Chinese New Year to be celebrated in Durham City

Chinese New Year to be celebrated in Durham City

Communities and venues across County Durham are preparing to ring in the Year of the Tiger with a host of traditional events and activities. Durham City will be celebrating the Lunar New Year on Saturday, 5 February with activities, performances and entertainment from...

Home Time exhibition explores life under lockdown

Home Time exhibition explores life under lockdown

An exhibition exploring the lockdown experiences of some of County Durham’s most vulnerable residents has gone on display at Gala Durham’s Gala Gallery. Home Time tells the story of life under lockdown through the eyes of care home residents, those who had to shield...

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...

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...