Arts & Culture

Communities Staying Healthy and Active in County Durham

County Durham communities are being supported to become more active and lead healthier lives. Having received a grant from Sport England, Durham County Council plans to pilot a range of projects across Shildon and Deerness Valley to help keep residents moving. It will work alongside its partners to find ways to help people fit activity […]
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Jean Davidson is named Chair for Northumberland National Park Authority Board

Jean Davidson has been appointed Chair of Members for the Northumberland National Park Authority Board. The appointment of Davidson follows the addition of Elizabeth Ellis, Policy Project Manager at the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Marie Fallon, former Director of Regulated Industry at the Environment Agency as Secretary of State Members to the Board in […]
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A Coastal Community Hub And Café To Be Built At Beauty Spot

A new coastal community hub is set to be built at a County Durham tourist spot for residents and visitors to enjoy when taking a trip to the seaside. Working with the Heritage Coast Partnership, Durham County Council is investing £250,000 to attract £1.35 million funding from the government’s Coastal Community Fund for a new […]
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Government’s Culture Recovery Fund gives grants to Ushaw College and Durham & Darlington Music Education Hub

Richard Holden, MP for North West Durham, welcomed £862,664 worth of Government grant funding provided to Durham & Darlington Music Education Hub and Ushaw College. The funding represents the first tranche of support being provided by the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund Grants programme which is being administered by the Arts Council. The money is part […]
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Arts Award Lockdown Success In County Durham

County Durham school children have successfully achieved an Arts Award thanks to their hard work and home learning during the lockdown. Durham County Record Office began working with Year 5 children from Langley Moor Primary before the pandemic, helping them to complete an arts project and work their way towards an Arts Award Explore certificate. […]
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Art Projects To Explore People’s Experiences With Isolation

  Two art projects that engage with the community and highlight people’s experiences of isolation will be on show to the public this month. Durham County Council’s Community Arts team has organised two pieces with local artists that bring older people together to share their experiences of being isolated, either before or during the coronavirus […]
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LINE-UP REVEALED FOR FIRST DIGITAL DURHAM BOOK FESTIVAL

The annual literary festival returns this October with a huge range of digital events, including headline guests Alex Wheatle, Alastair Campbell, Ann Cleeves, Anthony Anaxagorou, Brit Bennett, David Almond, DBC Pierre, Fatima Bhutto, Ian Rankin, Jenny Offill, Laura Bates and Richard Osman. The programme has been announced for Durham Book Festival 2020, the North East’s […]
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Adult Learners Recognised For Their Hard Work In Making A Difference

A festival that promotes lifelong learning in adults has been celebrating individuals and organisations who have gone above and beyond in their learning. Durham County Council’s Adult Learning and Skills Service (ALSS) hosts an annual awards ceremony to recognise those who have used the service to make a difference to their own lives or the […]
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The Joy of Reading: Exclusive Gifts For Durham Book Festival Audiences

As Ann Cleeves’ ninth novel in the Vera series, The Darkest Evening, hits the bookshelves this month, Durham Book Festival is offering readers a free and exclusive new story about the famed detective, as well as a free event with its author. Written in Blood is a new Ann Cleeves story, penned as the Big […]
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Poem Inspires Durham Staycation Campaign

A poem that gave so many people hope during the coronavirus lockdown is now inspiring people to visit the county in which it was written. The Rainbow Children, by Gemma Peacock of Shotton Colliery in County Durham, is part of a new campaign from Visit County Durham aimed at encouraging people to visit Durham following […]
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