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.

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March 2021

Adventures in Wonderland

1 March @ 10:00 am - 30 June @ 3:00 pm
Beamish Hall Hotel, Beamish Hall Hotel, Beamish, Coppy Lane County Durham DH9 0YB United Kingdom + Google Map

Adventures in Wonderland Follow us down the rabbit hole into our imaginative outdoor family event Adventures in Wonderland. Set within our Enchanted Woodland we invite you to join us in a world filled with mischief and madness. You will encounter strange creatures, eye popping mad mazes and giant white rabbits which when all combined together make wonderland wonderfully fun.  

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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

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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June 2021

Father’s Day Ploughman’s in the Park at Raby Castle

19 June - 20 June
Raby Park, Raby Park, Staindrop County Durham DL2 3AH United Kingdom + Google Map

Father’s Day Ploughman’s in the Park at Raby Castle Our popular Picnic in the Park is back with a twist for Father’s Day. Pre-order a Ploughman’s Picnic Box to enjoy in the Deer Park on Saturday 19th and  Sunday 20th June. Picnics can be booked online when you order your admission tickets. You’ll be given an option to add them to your order. Each Ploughman’s Picnic Box includes a tasty selection of cheeses and accompaniments including Brie, Teesdale Doris, Blue cheese,…

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Raby Home Farm: Open Farm Sunday

20 June
Raby Park, Raby Park, Staindrop County Durham DL2 3AH United Kingdom + Google Map

Raby Home Farm: Open Farm Sunday We are delighted to be opening up Raby Home Farm to the public once again this year as part of the national LEAF Open Farm Sunday event. On Sunday 20th June 2021, farms up and down the country will be giving people a chance to experience everyday farm life first hand and learn more about how the food on our plates is produced. Learn about farm stewardship, how we care for our environment and…

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July 2021

Durham Comic-Con

4 July @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Rainton Arena, Rainton Arena, Mercantile Road, Houghton-le-Spring County Durham DH4 5PH United Kingdom + Google Map

Durham Comic-Con Comic-cons cover a multi-genre entertainment such as films, TV and gaming and have made being 'geeky' cool. A comic-con is a brief escape from reality where pop culture, ie sci-fi, superheroes, zombies, fantasy, etc., can be experienced all in one room. You can meet guests from the world of film and TV as well as seeing attractions to admire and interact with. There are geeky traders selling everything from art to collectables, items that you simply will not…

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Auto Italia at Raby Castle

10 July
Raby Park, Raby Park, Staindrop County Durham DL2 3AH United Kingdom + Google Map

Auto Italia at Raby Castle Auto Italia returns to Raby Castle this year, featuring Italian cars of all eras displayed against the magnificent backdrop of the Castle. In an exciting collaboration between Raby and Auto Italia Magazine, visitors can expect to see a stunning selection of Italian cars from Fiats to Ferraris and everything in between. The event will be held from 10am onwards on Saturday 10th July. Tickets coming soon.

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Horrible Histories–Gorgeous Georgians & Vile Victorians: Gala Theatre Durham

23 July @ 11:00 am - 24 July @ 7:00 pm
The Gala, Durham, Millennium Place, Durham City County Durham DH1 1WA United Kingdom + Google Map

Horrible Histories--Gorgeous Georgians & Vile Victorians: Gala Theatre Durham We all want to meet people from history! The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare for Horrible Histories live on stage with the acclaimed production of Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians! Are you ready to swing with a Georgian king? Can you see eye to eye with Admiral Nelson? Does the Duke the Wellington get the boot? Dare you dance the Tyburn gig? Will you be saved…

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September 2021

Heritage Open Days 2021

10 September - 19 September

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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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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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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Harvest Festival at Beamish Museum

12 October - 13 October
Beamish Musuem, Beamish Musuem County Durham DH9 0RG United Kingdom + Google Map

Harvest Festival at Beamish Museum Join Beamish Museum for an Autumnal celebration on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October at their Harvest Festival. Celebrate the agricultural and rural heritage of the North East with a visit to the award-winning attraction where there will be a stunning Harvest Festival display in The Pit Village chapel as well as beautiful choir performances and more harvest displays at Pockerley Old Hall and their 1940s Farm.

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