This winter, take some time out in Durham and take home some fantastic memories.
Enjoy a night under the stars
In Durham, even when there's darkness there's light, so pack your warm clothes and head to the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you can feast your eyes on up to 2,000 stars at any one time. With more Dark Sky Discovery sites than any other part of the UK, this area is perfect for stargazing.
Discover something new on a short break
Durham's rich, varied landscapes take on a whole new life in winter - think brisk walks along the dramatic cliffs of the Durham Heritage Coast or through the breathtaking scenery of our unspoilt countryside. Don't forget your camera for the perfect photo opportunity at High Force waterfall, and enjoy a warm welcome as you explore Durham's market towns and villages.
Wander Durham City's cobbled streets as you make your way to our breathtaking Cathedral, explore Open Treasure, the Cathedral's new world-class exhibition experience, or enjoy one of the many events taking place including carol services, the lighting of the tree and many more.
Plus, when it's time to refuel you'll be spoilt for choice with award-winning restaurants, bars, cafes and tearooms across the county. Look out for the Taste Durham Award, proudly displayed at more than 70 venues.
Wonderful winter shopping ideas
For shopping with a difference discover Durham City's cobbled streets where stylish boutiques and quirky craft shops jostle for attention alongside big name brands, whilst our market towns offer their own unique shopping experiences - such as Barnard Castle with its vast array of antique shops. Or for bargains galore head to Dalton Park - the biggest outlet shopping centre in the region.
Wrap up warm and take to the real ice rink at Beamish Museum - the perfect festive experience for all the family! Whether you’re a novice skater or fancy yourself as an Edwardian expert, test out your skills until February.
Photo credits: Thanks to the following people for supplying photos for our short video: Andy Beck, Mark Brownless, Gary Richardson, Colin Richardson, Martin Hagan, Kevin Scott.