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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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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Philadelphia Cricket Club Beer and Music Festival

23 September @ 5:00 pm - 26 September @ 10:00 pm
Philadelphia Cricket Club, Bunker Hill
Philadelphia, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 4JE United Kingdom
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Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th September A weekend of Live Music and Real Ales Friday- £5 Saturday- £12 SATURDAY IS ALMOST CERTAIN TO BE SOLD OUT GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT Tickets available now from the club house

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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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November 2021

This is Lumiere 2021

18 November @ 4:00 pm - 21 November @ 11:30 pm

This is Lumiere 2021 Lumiere, the UK's largest light festival, will return to Durham in November Across four magical winter evenings from 18-21 November 2021, Durham City will once again transform into a glittering art trail. The largest light festival in the UK saw hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy 37 dramatic light art installations in 2019, across Durham City, bringing the number of people who have enjoyed the festival since it began in 2009 at just over one million.

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Robin Hood at The Gala, Durham

24th November 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 9th January 2022 @ 10:00 pm
The Gala, Durham, Millennium Place, Durham City County Durham DH1 1WA United Kingdom + Google Map

Robin Hood at The Gala, Durham Written & Directed by Neil Armstrong & Paul Hartley. More fun and mayhem from your favourite panto family, as they all head for Sherwood Forest to tell the tale of heroic outlaw Robin Hood, his merry men (and women!), and his battles with the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.

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December 2021

Twelfth Night Celebrations at Beamish Museum

27th December 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5th January 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Twelfth Night Celebrations at Beamish Museum Looking for the perfect post Christmas outing? Well Beamish Museum invite you to join their Twelfth Night celebrations and traditional first footing at Pockerley Old Hall from the 27 December to 5 January (closed New Year’s Day). Enjoy music, dancing, food and first footing, the perfect outing to blow away the post-Christmas cobwebs. 1820s Pockerley Take part in Twelfth Night mask-making Enjoy Ceilidh dancing See our amazing clog dancer Play charades Enjoy hot punch and Twelfth Night cake…

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