PREVIEW: Top picks of unmissable spring events in Durham

Posted on May 6th 2019 by Whats on Northeast

With days getting longer and lighter nights to enjoy, things are certainly starting to heat up in Durham, with a packed programme of unmissable events, festivals, anniversaries and openings to look forward to this Spring!

Norman Cornish Centenary

Born into the mining town of Spennymoor in November 1919, Norman Cornish was famous for capturing the hard-lived, but often bright lives of the mining communities where he lived and worked.

Throughout 2019, various venues across the county will be celebrating the centenary of the birth of Norman Cornish, one of the North East’s most famous artists with fascinating exhibitions and exciting events.

Locomotion: Festival of Steam 4 – 6 May

Experience the awe-inspiring power of steam at the annual Festival of Steam at Locomotion, Shildon. Enjoy steam rides, interactive displays, street theatre performers, intriguing exhibitions and much more!

Teechers 6 – 11  May

Teechers at the Gala Theatre brings to life the story of three school leavers who decide to perform an end of term tribute. This fast-moving comedy takes an hilarious look at life in secondary school.

OVO Energy Tour Series Cycling 18 May

A firm favourite with cycling fans, supporters will be able to cheer on Britain’s fastest teams as they tackle this fearsome Durham City circuit. With its cobbled streets and a daunting 500m climb up South Street, Durham City is regarded as one of the most challenging rounds of the competition.

Lego®: Building The Bowes Museum 25 May – 13 October

People of all ages, from children to the young at heart, can see The Bowes Museum in a new way, as you recreate the museum’s history and collections in Lego® and follow the interactive trail around the museum.

Durham Pride 25 – 26 May

Founded in 2014, Durham Pride is one of the biggest and liveliest pride events in the North East, and promises to be even bigger in 2019. Join in the family friendly celebrations in Durham City with live music, entertainment, fairground rides, sports zone and of course the annual Pride parade.


Durham Regatta 8 – 9 June

The 186th Durham Regatta returns to the mighty River Wear for a spectacular weekend of exciting racing and free riverside entertainment – live music, stalls to browse and delicious food and drink.

Seaham Food Festival 8 – 9 June

The lively harbour town of Seaham on the Durham Heritage Coast will be bringing together the finest local producers, tempting street food, culinary delights, top entertainment and celeb chefs including John Torode and Phil Vickery for its inaugural food festival.

If you think you know Durham, think again!

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