Durham Events Calendar

Looking for something to do in Durham? Whether you're a local, new in town or just cruising through we've got loads of great tips and events to offer. Find out what’s on in Durham with our regularly updated events calendar featuring the best upcoming events in Durham and the area.

This guide lists events at a glance, showing what’s on each month. See the highlights of What’s On for Durham, featuring the best of things to do in Durham – Live Music and Gigs, Family Events, Art & Culture, Food & Drink and much more. Durham fundraisers and charity events.


Important This Event Calendar is not maintained on a daily basis and some events may have changed dates or are no longer happening. Please double-check the event websites for the most up-to-date information.

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March 2021

Children’s Scavenger Hunt at Raby Castle

8 March @ 10:00 am - 31 August @ 4:00 pm
Raby Park, Raby Park, Staindrop County Durham DL2 3AH United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

Children's Scavenger Hunt at Raby Castle Younger visitors to Raby can discover hidden treasures as they explore the Deer Park with our FREE Scavenger Hunt. Pick up a sheet when you arrive and see how many colours, shapes, sounds and objects you can spot during your visit from a list of 20 items.

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July 2021

Durham Cricket – The Royal London Cup

22 July @ 8:00 am - 12 August @ 5:00 pm
Emirates Riverside, Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street County Durham DH3 3QR United Kingdom + Google Map

Durham Cricket - The Royal London Cup The Royal London Cup will return this summer, following a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Durham travelling to Beckenham for their opening round of matches to face Kent on Thursday 22 July. The annual South Northumberland fixture is back for 2021, with Durham hosting Gloucestershire at Gosforth for our opening home fixture, before back-to-back home games against Lancashire and Essex on Thursday 5 and Sunday 8 August. For information…

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Grammy nominated Tenebrae Choir at St Cuthbert’s Chapel, Ushaw, Durham

30 July @ 7:30 pm
Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens, Woodland Road
Durham, DH7 9RH Durham
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£15 – £45

Ushaw, Durham’s historic house, chapels and gardens, welcomes multi award-winning and Grammy nominated British choir Tenebrae to perform in St Cuthbert’s Chapel on Friday, July 30. Limited tickets are still available for this intimate concert in one of the North East’s most celebrated religious buildings, the Gothic-era St Cuthbert’s Chapel at Ushaw. Jonathan Ward, commercial director at Ushaw, said: “Our purpose is to provide experiences beyond belief for visitors to Ushaw. Tenebrae are one of the world’s leading choirs, celebrated…

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August 2021

Kynren – An epic tale of England

7 August - 11 September
Flatts Farm, Flatts Farm
Bishop Auckland, DL14 7SF United Kingdom
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Kynren - An epic tale of England Kynren – An Epic Tale of England is the UK’s ‘must see’ spectacular outdoor live action show. Travel through time and watch legends come to life before your very eyes, in a thrilling tale told on an epic scale - 2,000 years in the making. The multi-award-winning live action outdoor theatre spectacular is set in the beautifully landscaped grounds of Kynren, nestled at the bottom of the escarpment on which Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, proudly sits,…

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Darlington Food and Drink Festival

27 August @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Darlington Market, Covered Market, 1 Tubwell Row
Darlington,
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Free

Darlington Food & Drink Festival welcomes food & drink professionals from across the region to showcase their food and skills. A 4-day event with tutorials, entertainment and most importantly great food and drink! For traders wanting to apply for a pitch at the event please click this link: https://forms.gle/QsSYbYoVLJkNuxDQ9

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September 2021

Heritage Open Days 2021

10 September - 19 September
Free

Heritage Open Days 2021 Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

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Milky Way Photoshoot – High Force Waterfall

10 September @ 9:00 pm - 8 October @ 8:00 pm
High Force Waterfall, High Force Waterfall, Alston Road, Forest in Teesdale County Durham DL12 0XH United Kingdom + Google Map
£43

Milky Way Photoshoot - High Force Waterfall Join us for an astrophotography workshop at High Force, where we'll concentrate on capturing the Milky Way. In the case of cloud cover, further shooting opportunities will be available, including illumination setups. Opening Times: 10th September 2021 - 21:15 - 23:00 8th October 2021 - 10:00 - 20:00 To book tickets please visit: https://book.peek.com/s/e22a7aca-eb58-45bd-9a26-c65694cdd2f9/p_3bpdk--764fd855-2678-4410-b9c4-6dd68fb35258?mode=standalone

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Race For Life

19 September @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
St Leonards Sports Fields, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL
Durham, DH1 5UL Durham
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£10.00 – £14.99

Race for Life is Cancer Research UK’s biggest series of fundraising events. Taking place across the UK, the events include 3k, 5k and 10k routes for participants to walk, jog or run, as well as our Pretty Muddy obstacle events. Started more than 25 years ago as a women-only event, Race for Life has grown into a series of hundreds of events across the country, raising nearly £500 million towards beating cancer over the last quarter of a century. In…

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Durham Night Photography: Durham City Centre

19 September @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Durham City Centre County Durham + Google Map
£35

Durham Night Photography: Durham City Centre Join us for a night photography workshop in Durham City Centre. To book tickets, please visit: https://book.peek.com/s/e22a7aca-eb58-45bd-9a26-c65694cdd2f9/p_kz3z8--6e7f956d-0e2f-49d0-b2bd-e7ded10777c0?mode=standalone  

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October 2021

Bishop Auckland Food Festival 2021

2 October - 3 October
Market Place, Bishop Auckland, Market Place
Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7NP
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Free

Bishop Auckland Food Festival 2021   The food festival will stretch across the stunning market place in front of Bishop Auckland Town Hall. With a fantastic range of delicious street food traders and artisan food producers.

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