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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.


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November 2022

The Winter Experience

18 November @ 11:00 am - 31 December @ 7:00 pm
Market Place, Bishop Auckland, Market Place
Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7NP
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£14

A traditional experience with a twist awaits those visiting The Auckland Project this winter season. Events include: Deck The Halls, Neapolitan Nativity, Project X, A Festive Feast, Creative Workshops, Family Fun, Tours and Talks.

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Neapolitan Nativity

18 November @ 11:00 am - 31 December @ 7:00 pm
Market Place, Bishop Auckland, Market Place
Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7NP
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£14

*This event is included in our Auckland Castle Christmas experience ticket for £14 A monumental Neapolitan Nativity scene will dazzle visitors to The Auckland Project this Christmas. The 18th-century Baroque créche, known in Italian as a presepe, is a giant Nativity scene staged in a true-life Neapolitan setting. Look out for bawdy street-sellers, raucous musicians and boisterous children alongside the familiar sacred elements of the Holy Family, wise men, angels and shepherds. One of the most important examples outside Italy, the…

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Deck The Halls

18 November @ 11:00 am - 31 December @ 7:00 pm
Market Place, Bishop Auckland, Market Place
Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7NP
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£14

*This event is included in our Auckland Castle Christmas experience ticket for £14 The Throne Room of Auckland Castle will be festooned this festive season, with a large dried flower garland lovingly hand-crafted by our Gardeners and Castle team. The garland will feature over 30,000 flower heads, all individually picked from our 300 year-old Walled Garden and dried here in Bishop Auckland. This experience is included with our Auckland Castle Christmas ticket.

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Festive Afternoon Tea

18 November @ 3:00 pm - 23 December @ 3:30 pm
Market Place, Bishop Auckland, Market Place
Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7NP
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£30

Whether you're sitting down with family and friends, or reading a book from the surrounding bookshelves, this festive afternoon tea in the Old Library will be a real treat. Tickets cost £30pp and include a selection of sweet and savoury treats, a selection of our own-blend teas, and a glass of fizz (non-alcoholic option available). Booking is essential. This event is not included within our Auckland Castle Christmas ticket, which must be booked in addition.

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Festive Dinner in the Library

18 November @ 6:30 pm - 23 December @ 9:00 pm
Market Place, Bishop Auckland, Market Place
Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7NP
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£50

Celebrate the weekend with three courses of fine food sourced from the Castle's own Walled Garden and surrounding area. In the comfortable surroundings of the Old Library within the Castle, enjoy a welcome drink before your delicious meal. Tickets cost £50 per person and include a welcome drink, three-course meal, glass of wine (non-alcoholic options available) and tea or coffee to finish. This event is not included within our Auckland Castle Christmas Ticket, which must be booked in addition.

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Festive Sunday Lunch

20 November @ 12:00 pm - 18 December @ 2:30 pm
Market Place, Bishop Auckland, Market Place
Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7NP
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£30

Take a seat in the Old Library and tuck into a delicious two-course festive Sunday lunch. The chefs will be using the best winter vegetables from the nearby Walled Garden. And if that's not enough – peruse the titles on the bookshelves and enjoy a good read. Tickets cost £30 per person, including a two-course meal (main and dessert) with a glass of wine (non-alcoholic options available), and tea or coffee to finish. Booking is essential. This event is not…

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Garland Workshop

28 November @ 10:00 am - 13 December @ 2:00 pm
Market Place, Bishop Auckland, Market Place
Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7NP
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£35

Be inspired by a special visit to the dried flower garland in the Throne Room at Auckland Castle, before making your own door garland using natural materials gathered from the Auckland Castle estate. Members of the Garden team will guide you through this workshop in the atmospheric setting of the Bishop's Kitchen. The workshop also includes tea, coffee and cake, soup and a roll and a glass of mulled wine to celebrate completion. Please bring your own secateurs and gardening…

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