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POSTPONED - Jam Shop


01 March 2020 - 01 September 2020

We wish to invite all local talent to pop in and join in a jam session


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POSTPONED - The Inside Story: Conserving Auckland Castle

@ Auckland Castle


04 March 2020 - 06 September 2020

Discover what goes on behind the scenes of a major conservation project in this new exhibition, revealing the processes and techniques used to restore Auckland Castle to its former glory...


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The Bouts Art Competition Young People’s Exhibition

@ The Bowes Museum


20 July 2020 - 31 August 2020

Come and see the winning entries from the Bouts Art Competition in the Museum’s parterre garden and find out more about the project surrounding Dieric Bouts’ painting St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child.


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CANCELLED - Wizarding Wonders Workshop

@ Durham Cathedral


21 July 2020 - 27 August 2020

Enjoy magical family activities in a Harry Potter filming location! Join us in the sunny Cloister to make your own magical broom stick, take part in flying practice and see the Chapter House.


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Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection

@ The Bowes Museum


01 August 2020 - 17 January 2021

Celebrating the centenary of acclaimed artist Norman Cornish MBE, this major retrospective tells the story of his enduring career with the most comprehensive collection of his work ever assembled, including a number of previously unseen pieces.


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Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World

@ The Bowes Museum


01 August 2020 - 27 September 2020

Explore a world of medieval myths and legends, of tales of heroic deeds and chivalric honour; for the most part the knights depicted by the Pre-Raphaelites in the 19th century were lovers as well as fighters.


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Judy Hurst – Illumination: The Gateway to Eternity

@ The Bowes Museum


01 August 2020 - 13 September 2020

Judy Hurst returns to The Bowes Museum with another selling exhibition of intricate illustrative works. 


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blimey! Lucretia

@ The Bowes Museum


01 August 2020 - 11 October 2020

This exhibition is based on a collective response to Guido Reni’s Death of Lucretia painting. Showcasing the patches that people have sewn with their interpretation of what the painting represents.


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Storytelling & Photography with artist Rachel McGivern

@ The Bowes Museum


06 August 2020

The Bouts Art School online continues on the Museum’s instagram account @thebowesmuseum, as guest artist Rachel McGivern gives a half hour tutorial on the secrets of great story telling through photography...


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Knights and Dragons

@ The Bowes Museum


06 August 2020 - 27 August 2020

Be inspired by our Pre-Raphaelite Knights exhibition and travel back in time for this crafty workshop that’s suitable for all ages, where you’ll make a fire-breathing dragon and a knight in shining armour.


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Voyage of Splendour and Festivity

@ The Bowes Museum


07 August 2020 - 24 August 2020

Imagine you’re in Venice and make sparkly masquerade masks for the Regatta on the Grand Canal. Take inspiration from our Canaletto paintings and find out more about the stories they tell.


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SUMMER FESTIVAL FUN AT RAINTON ARENA…

@ RAINTON AREA


07 August 2020 - 31 August 2020

A FAMILY friendly festival will bring top comedians, children’s entertainers, DJs, live music and Disney favourites to the North East starting this weekend (7 August).


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CANCELLED - MILKSHAKE! LIVE

@ Darlington Hippodrome


08 August 2020

Milkshake Monkey can't wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all!


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CANCELLED - THE HANDLEBARDS: MACBETH

@ The Hullabaloo


08 August 2020

Pedalling from venue to venue with all of their set, props and costumes on the back of their bikes, THE HANDLEBARDS are a four-strong troupe of actors who are spending the summer bringing environmentally sustainable Shakespeare to venues across the UK...


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CANCELLED - Stones of Durham: outdoor geology walk

@ Durham Cathedral


08 August 2020

Walk with local geologist Brian Young along Durham Cathedral's riverbanks to discover the geology of Durham's peninsula. 10.30am-12 noon.


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CANCELLED - Stones of Durham: cathedral geology walk

@ Durham Cathedral


08 August 2020

A talk from local geologist Brian Young on the geology of the cathedral, followed by refreshments and a tour of the cathedral.


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Dream Jars Galore!

@ The Bowes Museum


08 August 2020 - 28 August 2020

“I is A Big Friendly Giant!” See our special BFG statue in the Museum gardens and then get crafty and create your own magical dream jar to take home.


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Go Wild!

@ The Bowes Museum


10 August 2020 - 25 August 2020

Who will you be - the King of the Jungle or a beautiful butterfly? Find your inner beast at this crafty animal themed workshop and let your imagination run wild.


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Picnics and Art in the Park – Drawing in the Grounds led by Jilly Johnston

@ The Bowes Museum


12 August 2020

Come and draw the beautiful parkland around the Museum with artist Jilly Johnston.  You’ll be provided with your very own sketching pack and learn how to use different materials to mark-make as we look at observational drawing and still life inspired by nature in this fun and relaxing activity.


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Unfiltered Views with artist Jilly Johnston

@ The Bowes Museum


13 August 2020

In this live Bouts Art School workshop we’ll look at the world from the point of view of what is unframed....


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The Greatest Showman - OUTDOOR SCREENING HEXHAM ABBEY


15 August 2020

Join us for a summer night's outdoor screening of The Greatest Showman against the stunning back drop of Hexham Abbey on Saturday 15 August. Entry via Beaumont Street from 7:30pm, with the film starting at 8:30pm.


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