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Increase your distribution Visit County Durham

Increase your distribution

16 Mar 2022

Tourism Exchange Great Britain (TXGB) has announced partnerships with Airbnb and Spektrix. This means businesses using TXGB can now opt in to the Airbnb channel, and businesses using the Spektrix ticketing system can enjoy real-time integration with other distribution opportunities including...

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Vintage rail travel exhibition launches in Durham – ‘Cradle of the Railways’ Industry

Vintage rail travel exhibition launches in Durham – ‘Cradle of the Railways’

16 Mar 2022

An exhibition of 40 vintage railway posters celebrating some of the most iconic stops on the London & North Eastern Railway line opens this week at Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens, County Durham. From Edinburgh to London & Beyond is a collection of original vintage railway posters...

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Well done Matthew! Visit County Durham

Well done Matthew!

9 Mar 2022

Many congratulations to Matthew Henderson, Product Development Manager at our Strategic Partner Beamish, The Living Museum of the North who recently won Rising Star and Overall Winner awards at the Cultural Enterprises Awards 2022 held at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow. Wonderful...

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New piccalilli & chutney catering packs Visit County Durham

New piccalilli & chutney catering packs

9 Mar 2022

Our Supplier Partner, Calder's Kitchen, producers of piccalilli and chutneys, has launched new catering packs for food service, sandwich makers, cafe's, deli's, pubs and restaurants. Available in seven delicious, fresh flavours, they are looking for businesses across County Durham to work...

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Raby schools competition Visit County Durham

Raby schools competition

9 Mar 2022

To inspire the next generation of budding designers and engineers, Raby Castle has launched a competition encouraging local schools to design their own adventure playground. The prize for the talented winner and their whole class is exclusive access to The Plotters' Forest, before it opens to the...

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Showcasing the county Visit County Durham

Showcasing the county

9 Mar 2022

Visit County Durham will be attending and promoting the county at the travel industry's leading media event, International Media Marketplace (IMM), being held at the QEII Centre, London on 14th and 15th March. IMM is a fantastic way to meet travel media representatives and a great opportunity for...

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Welcome Hannah! Visit County Durham

Welcome Hannah!

2 Mar 2022

The Bowes Museum has announced that Hannah Fox will take up the role of Director in May 2022. Hannah brings a wealth of experience to the Museum combining cross-sector knowledge, together with a passion for enabling access to museums for all people. She has been an Advisory Board member for...

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Annual Visitor Attractions Survey Visit County Durham

Annual Visitor Attractions Survey

2 Mar 2022

The VisitEngland Annual Attractions Survey is now live. This year's survey is particularly important as it will help VisitEngland understand the impact of the pandemic on the attractions sector in 2021 and inform industry and government about trends in the attractions' industry in England. If...

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Global Astrotourism Summit Visit County Durham

Global Astrotourism Summit

2 Mar 2022

Stargazing has always been a popular activity, but there has been an unprecedented demand for dark sky tours and events since the pandemic. VCD Partner, Star Safaris, has co-ordinated with colleagues to develop the 'Astro-tourism Summit'. The summit provides 18 hours of talks, interviews and...

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Removal of COVID-19 restrictions Visit County Durham

Removal of COVID-19 restrictions

2 Mar 2022

Most COVID-19 guidance in England ended last Thursday 24th February. This means that businesses no longer need to do things such as ask people to show proof of negative testing, ask them to check-in, or keep records of customers, visitors and staff for 21 days to support NHS Test and Trace -...

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Check your energy efficiency Visit County Durham

Check your energy efficiency

28 Feb 2022

Energy costs are rising rapidly which is having a huge impact on many businesses. But there are ways in which you could operate more efficiently, lowering your monthly bills and improving your carbon footprint. The Business Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) is here to help County Durham SMEs make...

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Save the date Visit County Durham

Save the date

28 Feb 2022

Save the date for our Product Knowledge event taking place at Hallgarth The Manor House Durham on Wednesday 30th March 2022. Hear the latest updates for the upcoming season from the county's top attractions and events as well as meet some of our Supplier Partners. Email invitations will be sent...

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New global campaign launched Visit County Durham

New global campaign launched

16 Feb 2022

As Britain gears up for a year of landmark events, VisitBritain has launched a new multi-million pound global campaign, 'Welcome to Another Side of Britain', to drive back inbound tourism. The campaign is targeting visitors that VisitBritain's consumer research shows have the greatest commitment...

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Attention Traders! Visit County Durham

Attention Traders!

16 Feb 2022

The hugely popular Seaham Food Festival, set against the backdrop of the stunning Durham Heritage Coast, is taking place over two days Saturday 6th August and Sunday 7th August. As always, stalls serving up the finest local produce and exciting street food will be at the heart of the event....

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Back to the 1950s Visit County Durham

Back to the 1950s

16 Feb 2022

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North will open its 1950s terrace with a week of celebrations this Half Term, 19th to 27th February 2022. Front Street terrace features John's Cafe, Middleton's Quality Fish and Chips, Elizabeth's Hairdressers, and a recreation of the 1950s home of celebrated...

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