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.
Bishop Auckland will burst into gastronomic life on the weekend of 21-22 April with the return of its annual food festival. As one of the most anticipated events in the regional culinary calendar, the Bishop Auckland Food Festival is set to delight foodies with its biggest and best programme yet. For more information visit www.bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk
4th - 21st April: There is something for everyone to enjoy as three mini-events makeup the 'Great North Festival of Transport' at Beamish this April.
'Our friends electric' is a tramway spectacular taking place from 4th - 7th April to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Beamish Tramway. The Great North Steam Fair (11th - 14th April) will showcase vehicles of all shapes, sizes and colour and Old King Coal (18th - 21st April) is a celebration of the rich mining heritage of the north east.
The eyes of the sporting world will be on the region this summer as one of the largest sporting events in the world comes to Durham. The Emirates Durham test will be the 4th in the series, from Friday 9th - Tuesday 13th August.
International acts bring Durham to life summer with the sound of brass. Bands perform jazz, funk, classical, ska and traditional music during a packed programme of live entertainment running from 5th - 21st July 2013.
1st July - 30th September
This once in a lifetime exhibition tells the incredible tale of St Cuthbert and one of the World's greatest books - its creation, its journey and its special symbolism for the people of the north.
The Durham Streets Summer Festival
The streets of Durham burst into life every August Bank Holiday when the city plays host to some of the best musicians and street performers from around the world. (Image shown: Streets of Dance 2010, photo by Gavin Duthie)
7th - 8th September: A weekend of family entertainmnet Saturday is the Agricultural Day which includes a variety of different animals competiting to be prize winners. Sunday the County Fair day which will include miniature Shetland pony show jumping. Dog trials, Farmer Olympics and much more!
Durham Book Festival
This annual celebration of all things books takes place in October each year. A host of household names take over the city with book-based discussions and interactive events.
14th - 17th November: For four nights in November 2013 Durham City will once again be transformed by a series of light installations and projections from leading regional, national and international artists and organisers. Residents and visitos alike will be able to enjoy a sense of celebration as they explore the new nocturnal landscape of the city. Familiar and forgotten features and spaces will be given new life as they become the subject or background for beautiful illuminations and projections.
Durham Victorian Christmas Festival
This annual event takes place between November and December - 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.