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North East artists to transform historic estate into a land of enchantment Industry

North East artists to transform historic estate into a land of enchantment

22 Nov 2022

One of the North East’s leading heritage attractions is promising to light up Christmas with the return of a popular festive light trail, showcasing ambitious new outdoor artworks by regional artists. Illuminating Ushaw: Land of Enchantment will take visitors on a captivating journey around Ushaw...

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Grade One Listed Gainford Hall removed from Historic England at Risk Register Industry

Grade One Listed Gainford Hall removed from Historic England at Risk Register

17 Nov 2022

Grade one listed Gainford Hall has been successfully removed from the Historic England Heritage at Risk Register following restoration works by Raby Estates. This important step in The Rising, the five-year Raby Estates redevelopment plan, marks a turning point, as Raby delivers on its first...

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Lighting up lives: Lumiere announces 2023 dates Industry

Lighting up lives: Lumiere announces 2023 dates

15 Nov 2022

Tuesday 15 November 2022. Today marks one year until the return of Lumiere, the UK’s light art biennial. The free-to-attend, four-day event will take place from 16-19 November 2023 in Durham. Produced by leading arts producers Artichoke and commissioned by Durham County Council, Lumiere will...

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Big investment for culture in County Durham Industry

Big investment for culture in County Durham

7 Nov 2022

Organisations across County Durham will be supported in delivering key cultural events and attractions after being successful in bids for funding. The Arts Council selected County Durham as one of 54 Priority Places in the UK where it has announced it will be focusing its investment. Durham County...

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Call for traders for Bishop Auckland Food Festival 2023 Industry

Call for traders for Bishop Auckland Food Festival 2023

3 Nov 2022

Applications are now open for traders to be part of one of the North East’s most popular food festivals. Bishop Auckland Food Festival will return to the town’s Market Place on Saturday 22 April and Sunday 23 April. The Durham County Council-run festival, which this year attracted over 30,000...

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Spa plan and new bedroom wing unveiled for Hardwick Hall Hotel Industry

Spa plan and new bedroom wing unveiled for Hardwick Hall Hotel

18 Oct 2022

An ambitious scheme to create a luxury spa and health club and additional 35 bedrooms at a Durham hotel is hoping to get the go-ahead from councillors. Hardwick Hall Hotel near Sedgefield is currently awaiting planning permission for the £13m scheme, which if successful will see work begin late...

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Hotel makes treats a priority for its club members Industry

Hotel makes treats a priority for its club members

4 Oct 2022

A top North East hotel has unveiled the latest tranche of treats for those signed up to its Priority Club. 600-year-old Lumley Castle Hotel, at Chester-le-Street, launched the free-to-join membership scheme – which gives access to special offers and early bird event invitations - earlier this...

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Discover unique and exciting jobs at Beamish Museum Industry

Discover unique and exciting jobs at Beamish Museum

3 Oct 2022

Step back in time and become immersed in North East history with exciting new jobs at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North. From an Edwardian Engager to a fish fryer, a range of unique roles are being advertised at the award-winning County Durham museum, including in The 1900s Town, new 1950s...

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Master Chef of Great Britain launches new menu at Lumley Castle Industry

Master Chef of Great Britain launches new menu at Lumley Castle

30 Sep 2022

The elite head chef at one of the North East’s most renowned hotels is showcasing his skill and experience with a new, fine dining menu. Jim Hall, recently awarded the prestigious Master Chef of Great Britain title, leads the catering team at historic Lumley Castle Hotel, Chester-le-Street, Co...

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Raby Estates announces high connectivity broadband for Upper Teesdale Industry

Raby Estates announces high connectivity broadband for Upper Teesdale

30 Sep 2022

Raby Estates has announced that householders and businesses across the whole of Upper Teesdale will have the benefit of ultrafast broadband from the autumn. A programme to bring high connectivity broadband to over 50 tenants of the estate and other neighbouring properties is being rolled out over...

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New after dark Halloween trail to open at Raby's popular woodland play area Industry

New after dark Halloween trail to open at Raby's popular woodland play area

28 Sep 2022

A new after dark twilight trail will be opening for the first time at the woodland adventure playground The Plotters’ Forest, for Halloween. As the sun sets, the trail at Raby Castle’s adventure playground – which is woven within its Christmas Tree plantation – will come alive in a...

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Aged miners’ homes underway in Beamish’s 1950s Town Industry

Aged miners’ homes underway in Beamish’s 1950s Town

26 Sep 2022

Work is underway at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North on a replica of aged miners’ homes that will provide a space for people living with dementia and other long-term health conditions. Dedication stones have been unveiled on the replicas of the aged miners’ homes from Marsden Road, in...

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Durham Cathedral’s interior is set to be transformed with light and sound this October Industry

Durham Cathedral’s interior is set to be transformed with light and sound this October

22 Sep 2022

Durham Cathedral is set to be transformed with dazzling sound and light this October as Life by artists Luxmuralis comes to the North East for the first time. This autumn, visitors can experience Durham Cathedral in a whole new light as from 6.45pm every evening, between 12-16 October, the...

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Set a date for starry nights and nocturnal adventures Industry

Set a date for starry nights and nocturnal adventures

7 Sep 2022

The programme has been launched for this year’s celebration of the dark skies of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and UNESCO Global Geopark. The sixth North Pennines Stargazing Festival will run from 21 to 30 October 2022, during the Autumn half term, and has over 20...

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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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