“If County Durham gains #UKCityofCulture2025 status, we can tap into this potential further and deliver an ambitious and inclusive cultural programme.” @Durham_2025 welcomes @BBC investment in North East.
Wander to a waterfall, hike in the hills or cycle along the coast - you can find beautiful landscapes and wonderful wildlife in every corner of our county.
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From a walk to High Force waterfall to a hike in the North Pennines, you can find beautiful landscapes and wonderful wildlife in every corner of our county.
Enjoying the great outdoors is a huge part of our culture in Durham! Whether you're a thrill seeker looking for adrenalin-fuelled activities or a cyclist always on the lookout for new routes, it's easy to get lost in nature and soak up the stunning scenery.
For outdoor inspiration visit: https://www.thisisdurham.com/discover-durham/discover-durhams-great-outdoors
TV and film are a huge part of our culture in Durham. Did you know that many cult classics and iconic shows feature famous Durham faces? #Durham2025 #CityofCulture2025
🌟 Actor Rowan Atkinson, star of Blackadder and Mr Bean, is originally from Consett and went on to study at Newcastle University before departing from the North East to study at Oxford University.
🌟 Actress Gina McKee, star of Notting Hill and Friends in the North, was born in East Durham and completed her A-Levels at East Durham College before embarking on her acting career.
🌟 Actor, comedian and screenwriter, Mark Gatiss, famous for The League of Gentleman, was born in Sedgefield. He attended Heighington Church of England Primary School and Woodham Comprehensive School in Newton Aycliffe before studying Theatre Arts at Bretton Hall College.
🌟 Actor Alun Armstrong, known for Get Carter and The Mummy Returns as well as a number of theatrical works, was born in Annfield Plain. He attended Annfield Plain Junior School, then Consett Grammar School, where a teacher inspired him to try acting.
You are formally invited to explore the former seat of power in the North, a lavish monument to opulence and influence, steeped in 1,000 years of political, economic and religious history. Wipe your feet at the door, please. Welcome to Auckland Castle @theaucklandproject
From the grandeur of the Throne Room to the beautiful long views through the Deer Park, Auckland Castle is a true gem in Durham's culture crown!
Book your visit now at https://aucklandproject.org/venues/auckland-castle/
Planning a trip to this year's #LumiereDurham? Whether you're local and coming along with your mates or a visiting from outside the region with your family, @thisisdurham itineraries will give you all the inspiration you need to plan your perfect visit and make Lumiere part of a magical winter break in Durham.
From places to eat before the night begins to accommodation for every budget, with only two months to go until the festival begins now is the perfect time to start planning:
Go Durham! 🎉👏 We are thrilled to have @rosemary.shrager's support for our bid for UK City of Culture 2025! Rosemary recently visited the county to demo at @seahamfoodfest so was able to experience our stunning heritage coast, delicious food and drink and fantastic local traders.
Securing Durham’s place as UK City of Culture 2025 would bring so many benefits to the county, including increased visitor numbers, the opportunity to attract additional investment and the chance to create more jobs and opportunities.
Find out more about #Durham2025:https://durham2025.co.uk
Take a step back in time to explore the rich history of Bishop Auckland and celebrate the anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in a special heritage festival organised by Bishop Auckland Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) and the Stockton and Darlington Railway HAZ.
Back for a third time, the festival is packed with an extensive programme of events and activities based around this year’s theme ‘Our Heritage', and will give visitors the opportunity to research their family trees, learn about the latest archaeological discoveries and enjoy free events, such as walks and exhibitions.
The festival runs until Monday 27 September and includes Heritage Open Days events taking place in the area, culminating in a series of events celebrating the anniversary of the opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.
This is just a small taste of what to expect in 2025, when large scale celebrations will take place across the region to mark the 200th anniversary of the railway - the year that we hope to be UK #CityofCulture2025! #Durham2025
We're over the moon that @durhamcathedral have an exciting, new art installation! 🌕
Luke Jerram's #MuseumOfTheMoon will be lighting up the cathedral nave until 11 November, with a whole host of fantastic activities coming up including:
🌑 Full Moon: Moon and Tower Experience
🌑 Capturing the moon: Matt Robinson talks astrophotography
🌑 Family Fun Silent Disco
🌑 Yoga Under the Moon
There’s still time to enjoy @heritageopendays events across County Durham.
From guided walks to special exhibitions, discover history, heritage and culture on your doorstep for FREE!
Find out more: https://www.durham.gov.uk/heritageopendays
#Durham2025 #CityofCulture2025 #heritageopendays #HODs #culture...
Through Soldiers' Eyes, a free exhibition featuring artwork from veterans and the Armed Forces community, officially opened at Bishop Auckland Town Hall at the weekend.
From historical pieces from the DLI Collection to artwork, photography, sculptures and oral, visual and written work from service men, women and their families, the exhibition offers a snapshot into the personal experiences of those serving, as well as the families left at home from the First World War to present day life in the Armed Forces.
Durham County Council's community arts team worked with over 100 members of the Armed Forces community over the previous 10 months, using art and creativity to support their mental health and wellbeing.
@heritageopendays returns this week with a new theme – Edible England! As part of our bid for UK City of Culture 2025, we want to explore the idea of food as an expression of cultural identity through the People’s Food Project.
From growing food in community gardens to foraging for edible vegetables, there’s lots of special events taking place across the county from Friday 10 September - Sunday 19 September as part of the annual festival.
Grab a bite of the action 👉 https://www.durham.gov.uk/heritageopendays
#CityofCulture2025 #Durham2025 #EdibleEngland #HODs #heritageopendays #culture...
Let’s celebrate the amazing history, architecture and culture we have right here on our doorstep in County Durham as part of the annual @heritageopendays!
Buildings of every age, style and function open their doors for free from Friday 10 September to Sunday 19 September so you can discover a new hidden gem or visit your favourite spot again and again!
Find out what’s on: https://www.durham.gov.uk/heritageopendays
Get your gladrags on, you're going to the theatre! 🎺🎵🎭
From musical masterpieces to laugh-a-minute panto, Durham is home to a fantastic range of theatres which host everything from stand-up and music tributes to ballet and Shakespeare.
There really is something for everyone! 🎉 #Durham2025
@thisisdurham have a full list of our theatres on their website: https://www.thisisdurham.com/things-to-do/entertainment/theatre
Exploring the Northern Saints Trails? @thisisdurham are running a photography competition to showcase the beauty of the routes and inspire people to explore the ancient pilgrimage trails for themselves. 📷 👉 https://www.thisisdurham.com/northernsaints/northern-saints-trails-photography-competition
The six routes reflect the saint’s journeys and their connections with the North East and also recognise the significance of Durham Cathedral as a destination for pilgrims for centuries.
The Northern Saints Passport allows visitors to collect stamps at attractions and places to eat and drink along the six Northern Saints routes. Look out for venues that showcase the passport icon on the Northern Saints Trails website.
Whether you want to browse collections of fine and decorative arts or explore what life was like in the 1900s, you can experience it all in Durham's fascinating museums and galleries.
From fun family days out to peaceful afternoons immersed in local artwork, we've got something for everyone!
Check out @thisisdurham's round up to decide where to visit next!
#Durham2025 #CityofCulture2025 #museums #galleries #art #culture #familydayout...
We're so proud to say that County Durham is home to a UNESCO world heritage site @durhamcathedral, a globally renowned university @durhamuniversity and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty @northpenninesaonb! It also boasts a growing calendar of events including #LumiereDurham, @kynren, @seahamfoodfest, @bishfoodfest, @durhambookfest and first class cricket.
Find out more about our culture offer: https://durham2025.co.uk/