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Crowdfunder appeal Visit County Durham

Crowdfunder appeal

11 May 2022

The Weardale Museum is looking to restore High House Chapel and create a new Heritage Centre with a view to preserving Weardale history. They have started a Crowdfunder to raise the final £10,500 needed to help preserve the Grade 2 Listed property, ensuring it continues to play a focal part in...

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National Accessible Scheme Visit County Durham

National Accessible Scheme

11 May 2022

VisitEngland is undertaking a review of the National Accessible Scheme (NAS). The NAS is a long-running voluntary scheme that helps accommodation proprietors in England to develop and promote their true level of accessibility. They are keen to receive the views of suppliers and others working in...

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How's Business Survey Visit County Durham

How's Business Survey

11 May 2022

Following the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two years, the visitor economy has entered the recovery phase. Understanding the ongoing impact on business performance and recovery helps us to review the work needed to support the industry. Therefore we would appreciate your time to complete our...

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City of Culture 2025 Panel Visit Visit County Durham

City of Culture 2025 Panel Visit

11 May 2022

The judging panel for UK City of Culture 2025 were welcomed to the county yesterday. An exciting and immersive timetable of activities was arranged for the judges, including visits to Redhills, the historic home of the Durham Miners' Association; Dawdon on the east coast of the county to meet...

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Ramside Spa named one of the best in the country Industry

Ramside Spa named one of the best in the country

11 May 2022

County Durham's luxurious Ramside Spa has been named one of the best in the UK at the beauty industry’s equivalent of the Oscars.  The spa, at Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa, took ‘Highly Commended’ in the Large Spa of the Year category at the British Association of Beauty Therapy and...

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Name for new County Durham history centre revealed Industry

Name for new County Durham history centre revealed

9 May 2022

The name for a new history centre for County Durham has been revealed. The centre, which is currently under construction and due to open to the public in 2023, is to be called The Story at Mount Oswald. The project brings the Grade II listed Mount Oswald Manor House back into use, while the...

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We're hiring! Visit County Durham

We're hiring!

5 May 2022

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Apprentice to join the Marketing and Communications team within Visit County Durham. The role will cover the full range of relevant disciplines including support with marketing campaigns, social media, e-CRM activity, press launches, photo calls, press...

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Trader pitch applications deadline Visit County Durham

Trader pitch applications deadline

5 May 2022

Seaham Food Festival 2022 is taking place Saturday 6th August and Sunday 7th August and there is still time for Traders to secure a pitch at the festival. Applications are welcome from Traders who offer quality artisan products that will appeal to festival visitors. The food festival is a popular...

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National consumer sentiment tracker Visit County Durham

National consumer sentiment tracker

5 May 2022

Wave 45 of the VisitEngland commissioned national Consumer Sentiment Tracker has been published covering fieldwork undertaken 1st-7th April. The survey addresses such areas as current attitude to travel and when visitors plan to book. Headline results show 60% of UK adults are planning on taking an...

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National Awards finalists named Visit County Durham

National Awards finalists named

5 May 2022

The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2022 finalists have been announced with congratulations and good luck going to our Strategic Partners, Hotel Indigo Durham (Large Hotel of the Year) and Seaham Hall (Small Hotel of the Year) who will be flying the flag for County Durham and North East...

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Well done! Visit County Durham

Well done!

27 Apr 2022

Congratulations to VCD Partner The Kingslodge Inn, part of the Inn Collection Group, on being voted as the best pub in County Durham at the National Pub and Bar Awards 2022. The awards look to put businesses across the UK in the national spotlight, showcasing the hospitality industry's diversity,...

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Financial Wellbeing Programme Visit County Durham

Financial Wellbeing Programme

27 Apr 2022

The Financial Ability project works closely with County Durham businesses to help improve the financial wellbeing of their staff. The project helps businesses formalise the work they are often already doing around staff wellbeing but includes financial resilience. T o find out more and arrange for...

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Tourism Sentiment Report Visit County Durham

Tourism Sentiment Report

27 Apr 2022

The Visit County Durham commissioned Tourism Sentiment report for March is now available, providing valuable insights for the county's tourism businesses. The score measures Durham's ability to generate positive word of mouth about our tourism offer through online conversations. This month, the...

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Carbon Calculator launched Visit County Durham

Carbon Calculator launched

27 Apr 2022

In collaboration with UKHospitality and the British Beer and Pub Association, The Zero Carbon Forum has launched a Hospitality and Brewing Calculator and Toolkit powered by Sky Zero. The calculator allows hospitality businesses to calculate their current carbon emissions to then produce a report...

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Local school children become Raby Rebels for the afternoon with exclusive first visit to new adventure playground Industry

Local school children become Raby Rebels for the afternoon with exclusive first visit to new adventure playground

26 Apr 2022

An entire class of students from Cockfield Primary School in Bishop Auckland were the first children in the county to test drive Raby Castle’s much-awaited new playground in the trees, The Plotters’ Forest, before it opens to the public at Easter.   Over thirty Class 4 students and their...

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