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Flower Festival to pay tribute to County Durham’s people, places and past Industry

Flower Festival to pay tribute to County Durham’s people, places and past

17 Aug 2022

Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens is to host a flower festival celebrating County Durham’s heritage, culture, people and places. Ushaw Flower Fest, will see the 214-year-old Georgian house transform into a floral walking tour that tells rich stories from Durham’s past and present,...

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Summer’s sorted, with affordable fun for all the family at Ushaw Industry

Summer’s sorted, with affordable fun for all the family at Ushaw

10 Aug 2022

As we reach the halfway point of the school summer holidays, you’d be forgiven for running somewhat short of ideas to keep the kids entertained. With the cost of living crisis biting, parents up and down the country are on the lookout for ways to make the holidays fun without breaking the bank,...

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Visitors enjoy a taste of the seaside at Seaham Food Festival Industry

Visitors enjoy a taste of the seaside at Seaham Food Festival

8 Aug 2022

Food-lovers from across the region flocked to Durham’s coastline for two days of festival fun. The sun was shining across the weekend for Seaham Food Festival, which saw over 100 traders set up shop to sell everything from mouth-watering street food to delicious cakes and sweet treats. The Durham...

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Durham Miners Heritage could soon win worldwide recognition Industry

Durham Miners Heritage could soon win worldwide recognition

2 Aug 2022

Redhills, the miners' hall in Durham City, may be among only the 900 global sites of UNESCO world heritage status. And, if a bid by an international consortium is successful, it could mean that Durham City becomes one of the few places to have two World Heritage sites. Durham Cathedral and Castle...

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Apply to the North East Tourism Awards Industry

Apply to the North East Tourism Awards

27 Jul 2022

Applications for the North East England Tourism Awards close on 22nd September 2022. County Durham is blessed with excellent tourism businesses across the range of categories, and the Awards give you an opportunity to shine a light on your successes and generate great PR. If you missed the recent...

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Successful US Mission Visit County Durham

Successful US Mission

27 Jul 2022

In partnership with Marketing Manchester and Avanti Destinations, Visit County Durham has completed a successful US mission to Texas. Feedback from the visit was positive, with many US travel agents keen to start booking clients to the county and advising that there is a real interest from the US...

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Visitor Economy Factsheet 2021 Visit County Durham

Visitor Economy Factsheet 2021

27 Jul 2022

Visit County Durham has commissioned the STEAM report over the last 15 years, an economic impact study which allows us to track the performance of our destination. The latest results from this study relate to 2021 and you can view the full breakdown of performance by downloading the Visitor Economy...

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Durham security office scoops tourism superstar award

Durham security office scoops tourism superstar award

21 Jul 2022

Durham has crowned its first Tourism Superstar in three years, following a hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Connor Turnbull, a security officer at Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Destination, has been crowned Durham Tourism Superstar 2022 thanks to his excellent customer service, volunteering...

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CO2 offsetting Visit County Durham

CO2 offsetting

21 Jul 2022

Our Supplier Partner Stick Marketing is planting trees in collaboration with Tree-Nation as part of its ongoing commitment to a more sustainable future. Working with Tree-Nation, they planted 131 trees in June to help offset their CO2 emissions.

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A66 update Visit County Durham

A66 update

21 Jul 2022

Our Strategic Partner National Highways has reached an important project milestone! The application for consent to dual the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine route has been accepted and moves into the next stages of examination. If approved, construction will start in 2024. The A66 is a key local,...

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Rediscovered cast of St Bede’s skull brought to Durham Cathedral Museum after more than 190 years Industry

Rediscovered cast of St Bede’s skull brought to Durham Cathedral Museum after more than 190 years

20 Jul 2022

More than 190 years after it was made, the rediscovered cast of St Bede’s skull has arrived at Durham Cathedral Museum as part of the new exhibition which marks 1000 years since Bede’s remains were brought to Durham Cathedral. As part of the latest Durham Cathedral Museum exhibition, Meet St...

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Walking trails on track to boost tourism recovery in Durham and wider region Visit County Durham

Walking trails on track to boost tourism recovery in Durham and wider region

19 Jul 2022

Six long-distance walking trails inspired by the North East’s historic reputation as a place of pilgrimage are playing a significant role in boosting Durham’s tourism economy. Launched last year, the Northern Saints Trails cover more than 200 miles and are positioning the North East as the...

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Pleased to be back on home turf at last says Raby's new Head Gardener Industry

Pleased to be back on home turf at last says Raby's new Head Gardener

18 Jul 2022

From the palace of the King and Queen of Jordan to the foothills of a Caribbean mountain-side mansion, Raby Castle’s new head gardener has had a career which spans near three decades and has taken him all over the world. But since joining Raby Estates recently, Tim Marshall says he feels like...

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World cup winner! Visit County Durham

World cup winner!

13 Jul 2022

Congratulations to our Supplier Partner Calder's Kitchen on winning the 'World Cup of Condiments' with their Sillylilli, an Indian take on its traditional piccalilli. The competition was run by North Yorkshire pork pie maker Vale of Mowbray to find the best accompaniment for their popular pie, and...

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Baton Relay Visit County Durham

Baton Relay

13 Jul 2022

The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay is set to visit Durham City and Seaham tomorrow, Thursday 14th July during its final journey through England ahead of this year's Commonwealth Games, providing the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement building for Birmingham 2022.

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