Build your own intineraries

Use this tool to save details of accommodation, events, places to eat and things to see & do in Durham.

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Build your own intineraries

Use this tool to save details of accommodation, events, places to eat and things to see & do in Durham.

To add an item to ‘My Shortlist’, click the relevant

Add to Excursion

What's On

Welcome to your guide to what's on in Durham in 2015. Use our handy month-by-month guide above to explore the range of enthralling events and fascinating exhibitions coming up across the county. Search by date with the events finder on the right hand side of this page, or check out some of the categories below. 

Our packed year-round events calendar means there’s bound to be something for you to enjoy, whenever you choose to visit – from fascinating exhibitions and world-class events and festivals, to theatre, food, entertainment and international sporting events.

Festival favourites including the Bishop Auckland Food Festival, the Durham Streets Summer Festival and Brass: Durham International Festival are all set to return in 2015, and the spectacular Lumiere Durham is also back to light up Durham City for four winter evenings in November.

Plus, there is live sport too, as England take on New Zealand in the final Royal London One Day International at Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground in June. And with three Rugby World Cup matches taking place in nearby Newcastle, it's an exciting time for sports fans.

Don’t miss the many exciting exhibitions taking place at some of Durham's fascinating museums, including the UK's first ever Yves Saint Laurent exhibition which will take place at The Bowes Museum from July to October, and at the UNESCO World Heritage Site from 1 June - 31 August you can experience a fascinating Magna Carta exhibition at Durham University's Palace Green Library, marking 800 years since the sealing of one of history's most important documents.

Further Afield

Make Durham your base to enjoy one of the incredible events taking place nearby, including, the Great North Run and Sunderland Air Show. Find out more about exciting events taking place on Durham’s doorstep.

We've highlighted some of the major events below, and put together some categories too, to help you plan your visit. With so much going on, there's only one thing for it - stay a little longer. 

Don't miss...

Magna Carta

Between 1 June - 31 August, see the only surviving 1216 issue of the Magna Carta in a fascinating exhibition at Durham University’s Palace Green Library, in the heart of Durham City’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.

YSL - Style is Eternal

Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal, is the first exhibition in the UK to present a comprehensive display of the French designer’s work and life. Taking place on 11 July - 25 October.

Lumiere Durham

Prepare to be amazed as this breathtaking city-wide celebration of light returns to sprinkle magic across Durham City for four dazzling winter evenings on 12 - 15 November.

Food & Drink Events

From food festivals to farmers’ markets, we’ve got a packed calendar of foodie events to suit all tastes.

Heritage Events

Discover Durham’s amazing heritage with regular events at award-winning attractions across the county.

Outdoor Events

Experience the beauty of Durham’s great outdoors with a packed year-round calendar of events.

Family Events

From lambing time at award-winning farms, to climbing aboard a steam train, you’ll find a host of events to keep the whole family entertained in Durham.

Concerts & Theatre

Enjoy entertainment galore during your visit; from side-splitting comedy to live music and theatre, find out what’s on here.

February Half Term

Come to Durham and entertain the whole family this half-term.