Durham has a packed year-round calendar of events.
So no matter when you choose to visit, there's certain to be something happening to enhance your visit. For more events or to search for what's on when you're visiting, take a look at our what's on page.
1 -2 April 2017: Bishop Auckland will burst into gastronomic life on the weekend of 1-2 April with the return of its annual food festival.
March - April 2017: Beamish Museum’s Great North Festival of Transport includes Old King Coal (29 March – 2 April), the Great North Steam Fair (6 – 9 April) and Horses at Work (22 – 23 April)
19 June to 9 September 2017: See all three issues of Durham Cathedral’s Magna Carta, one of the most influential texts in British history as part of Open Treasure’s rolling programme of fascinating exhibitions in 2017.
July – September 2017: Eleven Arches’ Kynren – An Epic Tale of England returns to Bishop Auckland and the night-time spectacular is set to be bigger, better and brighter than ever.
7-16 July 2017: International acts bring the county to life with the return of Brass. Bands perform jazz, funk, classical, ska and traditional music.
16 - 17 September 2017: Head to Locomotion, the National railway Museum at Shildon in the Vale of Durham for the annual Steam Gala on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September.
16 September 2017: See England take on the West Indies in an international T20 at the Emirates Riverside in Chester-le-Street on 16 September.
October 2017: This annual celebration of all things books takes place in October. A host of household names take over the city with book-based discussions and interactive events.
16-19 November 2017: The UK’s largest outdoor light festival returns in 2017 to light up Durham City over four magical evenings in November, illuminating Durham City for the fifth time.
1-3 December 2017: Cobbled streets with entertainers, reindeer for the children, carols at Durham Cathedral, plus over 150 quality craft, gift and food stalls in a huge marquee on Palace Green.