Chester-le-Street - a great north market town, home of the Durham Emirates Cricket Ground and proud of its Christian heritage.
The picturesque cricket venue in this bustling town hosts an exciting programme of domestic and international cricket every year. At the height of the summer the ground is transformed into a concert venue, with Elton John, James Morrison and Jamie Cullum having played there in recent years.
Chester-le-Street is also home to the Riverside Park, a popular place to walk, exercise and simply enjoy the surroundings, with artist-designed ornamental gardens, an events arena and a popular play area and paddling pool.
St Mary and St Cuthbert’s Church has been a place of Christian worship since 883AD, when monks from Lindisfarne bearing the body of St Cuthbert built a shrine which became, for more than a century, the Cathedral of the Kingdom of Northumbria. It was here that the Gospels were first translated into Saxon English and one of only three facsimiles of the Lindisfarne Gospels can be seen at the Parish Church. The attached anchorage contains fascinating displays on Roman, Saxon and Medieval times.