With its breathtaking scenery, picturesque villages and market towns, the county of Durham, in the North East of England, is an inspiring destination centred on the city and its cathedral and castle.
With such a wealth of experiences on offer, we thought it would be worthwhile highlighting a selection of the more unusual events in the area.
10,16 & 17 Sept – Kynren – An Epic Tale of England
Tickets are selling fast for this spectacular open-air show, set against the magnificent backdrop of Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, it takes its audience through 2,000 years of British history. With a stunning 7 ½ acre stage moulded out of the landscape, it is a truly exceptional spectacle.
Sept to 9 Oct – ‘Shoes : Pleasure and Pain’ Exhibition
This amazing Exhibition of more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary shoes has been organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum and is on display at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, the only UK venue outside London to be showing the collection before it tours internationally to the USA and China.
Sept to 2 Oct – Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front
As 2016 marks the centenary anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, this Exhibition, taking place at Palace Green Library in the heart of Durham, explores the stark reality of events through the eyes of the people from County Durham at the time.
24-25 Sept – Locomotion Steampunk Spectacular
A great opportunity to take a ride on a steam train and explore these great machines as the National Railway Museum at Shildon holds a grand exhibition of Victorian locomotive contraptions.
Throughout 2016 – Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral
A new exhibition route has opened at the stunning Durham Cathedral, allowing visitors for the first time to explore previously hidden spaces within the Cathedral Cloister, including the 14th century Monk’s Dormitory and the monastic Great Kitchen, some of the best surviving monastic buildings in England.
For more ideas on things to do and a selection of our special B&Bs in the area, check out:-