What's New for 2024 and Beyond
A number of exciting new openings will be taking place across the county in 2024, further enhancing Durham’s offer, attracting new audiences and encouraging return visits.
Ambitious renovations and developments are underway at Raby Estates, as they expand the visitor offer at Raby Castle, Park and Gardens. The Rising development is due to be completed in spring 2024 and will include reimagined walled gardens, restored heritage buildings and the new Vinery Café Restaurant.
Locomotion is investing in new experiences, buildings and interpretation across the museum to better tell the significant story of Shildon, and its contribution to the development of railways worldwide. In spring 2024, the opening of New Hall will make Locomotion home to the largest collection of historic rail vehicles, under cover and on one site anywhere in the world.
Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, is celebrating the largest single investment ever seen with a £10.9m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Remaking Beamish project. Work to expand the 1950s Town continues with the construction of a new toy shop, electrical store and cinema underway. Georgian themed accommodation, a pottery workshop and tavern are also in the pipeline. Due to be opened in 2024.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded £2.78m to the Tyne to Tees, Shores and Seas Partnership scheme (SeaScapes).
After almost six years of fundraising, work has now started on the ambitious renewal of Redhills, the historic Durham Miners’ Hall. Opening late 2024.
The grade II listed Mount Oswald is currently undergoing restoration and will become a state-of-the-art history centre – The Story at Mount Oswald. It will bring Durham’s fascinating history to life through historic records, photographs and objects, alongside exhibitions, activities and events. Due to Friday 14 June 2024.
DLI Museum and Art Gallery
Plans to reopen the DLI Museum and Art Gallery in Aykley Heads, Durham City, have moved a step closer as proposals to bring the venue back into use as a visitor destination have been approved.
Re-opening date to be announced soon.
Northern Saints Trails
Six walking trails that bring to life the stories of the region’s saints, set against a backdrop of the best of the North East’s landscapes, heritage and food and drink.
Stockton and Darlington Railway 200th Anniversary
There is now less than two years to go until the bi-centenary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway - the world's first passenger railway, which started its journey in Durham. Celebrations taking place in 2025 will include S&DR2000 – a nine-month festival, featuring internationally significant events and projects that shine a light on the history and future of transport.