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UK City of Culture bid is just the start of County Durham's journey Industry

UK City of Culture bid is just the start of County Durham's journey

1 Jun 2022

County Durham may not have been named UK City of Culture 2025, but after such a captivating campaign, the partners driving the bid remain committed to delivering a pioneering cultural programme with a lasting legacy. Today, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) revealed...

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Geotours app explores the geology and landscape of the North Pennines Industry

Geotours app explores the geology and landscape of the North Pennines

27 May 2022

A free app has been created to help people explore the geology and landscape of inspiring sites along the European Atlantic Geotourism Route, including the North Pennines.   The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and UNESCO Global Geopark is an area rich in geological...

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Durham Cricket is delighted to announce Seat Unique as the Club’s new Ground Naming Rights partner on a 3-year deal. Industry

Durham Cricket is delighted to announce Seat Unique as the Club’s new Ground Naming Rights partner on a 3-year deal.

26 May 2022

The Riverside ground in Chester le Street will now be known as the Seat Unique Riverside with immediate effect. Seat Unique is a premium ticketing marketplace where fans can buy official hospitality packages and premium tickets to live sports, music and cultural events. They work with clubs, venues...

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Well done! Visit County Durham

Well done!

26 May 2022

Congratulations to VCD Partner Mill Granary Glamping, Ingleton and Fairfield House, Stanhope on receiving the prestigious VisitEngland Rose Award 2022. Rose Awards are nominated by VisitEngland's quality scheme assessors and selected from assessor comments and online feedback from overseas and...

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Heritage Open Days Visit County Durham

Heritage Open Days

26 May 2022

Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, and this year will take place Friday 9th to Sunday 18th September. The festival brings together over 2,000 local people and organisations, and thousands of volunteers to celebrate their heritage.

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Charging Point Grants Visit County Durham

Charging Point Grants

26 May 2022

Accommodation businesses can now apply for a £350 grant to install an electric vehicle charging point through the Workplace Charging Scheme, a voucher-based scheme that provides eligible applicants with support towards upfront costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging...

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The search is back on for Durham’s Tourism Superstars Visit County Durham

The search is back on for Durham’s Tourism Superstars

20 May 2022

After coming to a standstill for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Visit County Durham has today announced that the search is officially back on for County Durham’s best and brightest Tourism Superstars. Visit County Durham is calling for nominations of anyone working within tourism who has...

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Go North East Survey Visit County Durham

Go North East Survey

18 May 2022

Due to changes in lifestyles, including home working and online shopping, Go North East is seeking feedback to ensure services are adapted to efficiently meet new patterns of demand. Help shape the future of their bus network by completing the survey - the closing date for responses is 31st May...

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Bishop Auckland Workshop Visit County Durham

Bishop Auckland Workshop

18 May 2022

Join Visit County Durham and other speakers for a Visitor Accommodation Development Workshop on 9th June between 12pm and 4pm at 43 Market Place, Bishop Auckland. Speakers include Visit County Durham, Durham County Council, The Auckland Project, Hotel Solutions and Host & Stay. For more...

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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Visit County Durham

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

18 May 2022

Visit County Durham has launched a dedicated landing page for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The page highlights the many different activities, events and experiences visitors can enjoy across the extended bank holiday weekend in County Durham. The page will be supported with social media activity...

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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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