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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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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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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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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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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