What's on inDurham

Welcome to Durham

Enjoy a mix of heritage, history, lively arts whilst visiting Durham - our guide to events and days out is just the ticket.

Whether you're looking to brush up on local history at a museum, enjoy local arts, watch some sport, or listen to live music, you're sure to find things to do in Durham to suit all the family, whatever the weather.

Tourist information Durham

Tourist Information

Everything you need to know if you're visiting Durham as a visitor or a resident.

Hotels in Durham

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Restaurants in Durham

Restaurants in Durham

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Forthcoming events in Durham

28
MAY
Derren Brown
Sunderland Empire

Derren Brown is a British illusionist and magician born in London England.While at university a show performed by hypnotist Martin Taylor inspired him to learn the art of illusion hypnosis and sleight of…

Location: 12 milesaway
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

28
MAY
Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular
Metro Radio Arena

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle upon Tyne on Thursday 28 May 2015. Youve all heard of horror stories of getting scammed by ticket touts havent youWell BritEvents have come up with the perfect solution ‐…

Location: 13.3 milesaway
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

29
MAY
Don McLean
The Sage Gateshead

Donald McLean famously known as don Mclean the famous American song writer and singer from New Rochelle New yorkfamous for his album American pie containing hit songs like American pie and Vincent performed…

Location: 13.5 milesaway
Category: Live Music & Concerts

01
JUN
Zoe Lyons - Mustard Cutter (Spring Tour)
The Stand Comedy Club

Direct from last year's Edinburgh FestivalZoe Lyons' critically acclaimed solo show Mustard Cutter' is set to tour the UK starting on 5th May at Bristol's Lantern Theatre and culminating at the Colchester Arts Centre on 4th July. Mustard…

Location: 13.8 milesaway
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01315 587272
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02
JUN
5 Seconds of Summer
Metro Radio Arena

Aussie pop‐rock band 5 Seconds of Summer consist of Calum Hood Luke Hemmings Michael Clifford and Ashton Irwin and formed in 2011 after meeting at the same school.After performing covers of pop songs…

Location: 13.3 milesaway
Category: Live Music & Concerts

02
JUN
Puttin on the Ritz
Theatre Royal Newcastle

Puttin on the Ritz at Theatre Royal Newcastle in Newcastle upon Tyne on Tuesday 02 June 2015. We dont want you to have to trawl the web searching for the cheapest Puttin on the Ritz tickets so weve done the legwork for…

Location: 13.9 milesaway
Category: Miscellaneous

04
JUN
The Magic of Motown
Sunderland Empire

The Magic of Motown at Sunderland Empire in Sunderland on Thursday 04 June 2015. We love live events and we know you love them too.Thats why weve created a ticket price comparison service that compares tickets from reputable companies including…

Location: 12 milesaway
Category: Live Music & Concerts

08
JUN
John Barrowman
The Sage Gateshead

Best known his his roles as Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and Torchwood John Barrowman has achieved household name status in the UK with his numerous TV film and theatre performances over the last…

Location: 13.5 milesaway
Category: Live Music & Concerts

08
JUN
The Importance of Being Earnest
Theatre Royal Newcastle

The Importance of Being Earnest Directed by Lucy Bailey Oscar Wilde’s much loved and brilliantly witty masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest stars The Bunbury Company of Players comprising Rosalind Ayres Outnumbered New Tricks God…

Location: 13.9 milesaway
Category: Miscellaneous

09
JUN
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Sunderland Empire

Acclaimed director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell Kinky Boots Legally Blonde Hairspray brings the new multi‐million pound production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels the Musical to the Savoy Theatre. Starring three time Olivier and Tony Award winner…

Location: 12 milesaway
Category: Miscellaneous

09
JUN
Elvis Costello
The Sage Gateshead

Regarded by many to be one of the more influential and creative musicians of his era Elvis Costello has consistently released his unique variety of music since the late 1970s. With an individual style that…

Location: 13.5 milesaway
Category: Live Music & Concerts

12
JUN
Bill Viola
Auckland Castle

Auckland Castle are delighted to present a new exhibition of four individual works by the internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Bill Viola. Earth Martyr Air Martyr Fire Martyr and Water Martyr all 2014 will all be on public display from 12 June to…

Location: 8.1 milesaway
Category: Exhibitions

TEL: 01388 743750
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12
JUN
Circus Circus Summer Ball
Lumley Castle

Raising funds towards Hope 4 Kidz and Matthews Milestone4 course gourmet mealLive EntertainmentDiscoFairground GamesRaffles Auctions and Mystery Door Prize Tickets £52.50 or a table of 10 £500Lumley Castle Hotel County Durham£95 B&B per courtyard room Contact us on 0191 5347788 or email…

Location: 5.7 milesaway
Category: Miscellaneous

TEL: 01915 347788
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15
JUN
Twelve Angry Men
Theatre Royal Newcastle

Tom Conti Jeff Fahey William Gaminara and Robert Vaughn lead a star cast in ‘the classiest most intelligent drama in the West End’ – Sunday Telegraph.  Twelve jurors have murder on their minds and a…

Location: 13.9 milesaway
Category: Miscellaneous

19
JUN
Lord of the Dance
The Sage Gateshead

Lord of the Dance at The Sage Gateshead in Gateshead on Friday 19 June 2015. Whats the best thing about going to watch Lord of the Dance liveIts knowing that youve got the best seats at the cheapest online prices…

Location: 13.5 milesaway
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

20
JUN
England vs New Zealand 5th ODI
Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground

England vs New Zealand 5th ODI at Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground in Durham on Saturday 20 June 2015. Its bloomin hard work tracking down the best seats at the best prices so why dont you let us do it.Our…

Location: 5.4 milesaway
Category: Sports

23
JUN
Oklahoma
Theatre Royal Newcastle

Oklahoma at Theatre Royal Newcastle in Newcastle upon Tyne on Tuesday 23 June 2015. We love live events and we know you love them too.Thats why weve created a ticket price comparison service that compares tickets from reputable companies including…

Location: 13.9 milesaway
Category: Miscellaneous

25
JUN
Swing into Spring @ Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle
Jesmond Dene House

Prepare to be stirred into a frenzy by the all‐time high‐kicking anthem New York New York shaken up by some of Elvis's greats and serenaded with beautiful classics like Beyond The Sea and Mr Bojangles. Smooth and effortless with an electric stage…

Location: 15.7 milesaway
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01912 131831
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26
JUN
Gladys Knight
The Sage Gateshead

Gladys Knight at The Sage Gateshead in Gateshead on Friday 26 June 2015. We love live events and we know you love them too.Thats why weve created a ticket price comparison service that compares tickets from reputable companies including Ticketmaster…

Location: 13.5 milesaway
Category: Live Music & Concerts

01
JUL
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Theatre Royal Newcastle

Peter Pan Goes Wrong at Theatre Royal Newcastle in Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday 01 July 2015. We search the UKs top ticket companies for the best seats at the best prices so you dont have to so you can watch Peter…

Location: 13.9 milesaway
Category: Miscellaneous

02
JUL
Take That
Metro Radio Arena

Take That is without a doubt the biggest come‐back of any boy band in the world.Were particularly excited to see Robbie back in the band for their Progress tour in 2011.Tickets…

Location: 13.3 milesaway
Category: Live Music & Concerts

05
JUL
Extreme Torque show
Nissan Plant

Come and join the Extreme Team for some general chaos and destruction on Sunday 5th July.With three diverse arenasUrban Arena Extreme Arena and Torque Arena were sure to have something for everyone.Whether youre a fan of drifting monster…

Location: 11.2 milesaway
Category: Family Events

TEL: 08444 771000
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08
JUL
Jane Eyre
Durham Gala Theatre

Young governess Jane Eyre arrives at the mysterious Thornfield Hall deep in the Yorkshire moors and meets enigmatic Mr Rochester. So begins this most unforgettable of love stories. When a secret from the past returns to haunt them can Jane and Rochesters…

Location: 0.5 milesaway
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 03000 266600
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11
JUL
Annie
Theatre Royal Newcastle

Annie at Theatre Royal Newcastle in Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 11 July 2015. We search the UKs top ticket companies for the best seats at the best prices so you dont have to so you can watch Annie live in the…

Location: 13.9 milesaway
Category: Miscellaneous

11
JUL
Jimmy Carr
Sunderland Empire

Funny man Jimmy Carr has become known and loved for his deadpan delivery and observational comedy. His humour is often dark yet hugely appealing as his success on TV and the live stand‐up stage keeps…

Location: 12 milesaway
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

11
JUL
Jimmy Carr Funny Business
Sunderland Empire

Jimmy Carr Funny Business performs live at Sunderland Empire in Sunderland Tyne and Wear on Saturday 11 July 2015.Buy and compare your tickets for Jimmy Carr Funny Business at Sunderland Empire now.…

Location: 12 milesaway
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

21
JUL
Sister Act
Theatre Royal Newcastle

Whoopi is back in the habit for 3 weeks only from 10 August as Mother Superior at the London Palladium in the fantastic show Sister Act.When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier is witness…

Location: 13.9 milesaway
Category: Miscellaneous

23
JUL
The Secret Garden
Gibside

Join young Mary Lennox on her journey of discovery as she travels to her uncles house deep in the Yorkshire countryside where unexpected friends and very magical creatures help her unlock the mystery of the secret garden. This most enchanting story loved…

Location: 11.9 milesaway
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01207 541820
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29
JUL
Badly Drawn Boy
The Sage Gateshead

Lancashire lad Damon Gough from Boltonis the talent behind Badly Drawn Boy. The name comes from a TV character in Sam and His Magic Ball viewed and enjoyed by Gough back in 1995.…

Location: 13.5 milesaway
Category: Live Music & Concerts

15
AUG
'World of Wine' Newcastle Wine Tasting Experience
Wine Unearthed Newcastle

Our Newcastle Wine‐Tasting Courses make for great days out in the North East ‐ learning about wine in a relaxed and fun environment ‐ suitable for everyone from the absolute beginner through to budding wine enthusiast. Its a full Wine Tasting Experience…

Location: 13.7 milesaway
Category: Lifestyle

TEL: 08456 808367
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Tourist Attractions


Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum

Britain&8217;s Best Museum Period Living & Traditional Homes &8216;2005 Best of British Awards&8217;and &8216;Living Museum of the Year 2004&8217; Good Britain Guide, Beamish is one of the region&8217;s leading tourist attractions. It vividly recreates life in the North of England in the early 1800s and early…

Durham Cathedral

Founded in 1093, this magnificent Norman cathedral is the shrone of St Cuthbert and one of the great architectural experiences in Europe.Together with the adjacent castle, it is a World Heritage site.Cathedral Opening Times & PricesMonday ‐ Saturday 9.30am ‐ 6.15pm, Sun 12.30pm ‐ 5pm, extended…

Auckland Castle

Once principal country residence of the Prince Bishops and now the official residence of the Bishop of Durham.The staterooms and chapel, one of the largest private chapels in Europe are open to the public.Adjacent Bishops Deer Park with 18th Century Deer House.Open:CastleEaster…

Croxdale Hall

The Salvin family home since 1402, Croxdale is now seen as an 18th Century re‐casing of an earlier Tudor building.Mid‐Georgian rooms with Rococo ceilings, private chapel and fine gardens.Open:House by Appointment OnlyTuesday and Wednesday from first Tuesday in may to second Wednesday in July,…

Durham Castle

Dating from 1072, one of England's largest surviving Norman castles and grandest Romanesque palaces.Seat of the Price Bishops until 1832 and now part of a World Heritage Site.Housing University College, Durham Universitys Foundation College, it is a conference, banqueting and holiday centre in vacations.Open:…

Killhope, North of England Lead Mining Museum

Winner of The Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award 2003, Killhope explores the life of North Pennine lead mining families.Park Level Mine underground experience, Northern England's largest working water wheel and hands‐on activities.Visitor Centre with shop, cafe and World's largest Spar Box exhibition.Woodland…

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Want to see what other attractions to visit when in Durham? See our list of attractions in Durham, including theme parks, castles, historic houses, zoos and many more family days out.


Updated: 28/05/2015 04:47:20