COVID-19 Latest

The health and safety of visitors, delegates and residents is of paramount importance to us, and we will be regularly sharing ongoing advice related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on this page. 

Last updated: 10am Wednesday 27 May 2020.

Important Information

  • As of week commencing 23 March 2020 the UK Government announced a three-week closure of non-essential businesses and premises, which has since been extended.
  • As of week commencing 23 March 2020 accommodation providers were advised to take steps to close for commercial use as quickly as possible.
  • As of 13 May the Government announced that people can travel to outdoor open space for exercise, irrespective of distance. Ticketed parks, gardens and majority of car parks remain closed.
  • The Government has published staying safe outside your home for guidance on what the new rules will mean.
  • The Government has published FAQs on what you can and can’t do.
  • Visits to second homes, campsites, caravan parks etc. are still not permitted.

How will COVID-19 impact my travel to Durham? 

  • Attractions, accommodation and activity providers remain closed, along with non-essential shops and restaurants.
  • A significant number of events set to take place in Spring and Summer have already been cancelled.
  • If you were planning to visit Durham in Spring or Summer, we advise that you check directly with businesses for details on closures and cancellations.

Known closures and cancellations include:

  • Beamish, The Living Museum of the North - museum closed until further notice. Events taking place in April are postponed. 
  • Bishop Auckland Food Festival – 2020 event cancelled.
  • Dalton Park - centre closed until further notice. 
  • Durham Adventure Festival - 2020 event cancelled. 
  • Durham Cathedral - closed until further notice. All public events, exhibitions and gatherings, including group tours are cancelled for the next three months.
  • Durham County Council Venues - all of the county's leisure centres, libraries, theatres and town halls are now closed until further notice. County parks, beaches and green spaces will remain open to local residents for exercise. 
  • Durham Cricket - Emirates Riverside closed until further notice and all professional cricket postponed until at least 28 May 2020. 
  • Durham Miners Gala - 2020 event cancelled. 
  • Durham University Visitor Attractions – All events, workshops and clubs are postponed. All attractions, museums are now closed – Durham Castle, Botanic Garden, Palace Green Library, Museum of Archaeology and The Oriental Museum.
  • Hamsterley Forest - Now re-open, however information desk and play areas remain closed, and on-site café offering takeaway only.
  • Headlam Hall Hotel - hotel and spa closed until further notice. Golf Course remains open. 
  • Hotel Indigo Durham - hotel and all facilities closed temporarily.
  • Locomotion – museum closed and all events postponed until further notice.
  • North Pennines AONB - Bowlees Visitor Centre closed until further notice. The car park is open but there are no toilet facilities available.
  • Seaham Food Festival - 2020 event cancelled. 
  • Raby Estates - Raby Castle is closed, however the castle's Walled Gardens and Deer Park, and High Force Waterfall are now open to the public. Parking, take-away refreshments and limited toilet facilities are available at both locations.
  • Rockliffe Hall Luxury Golf and Spa Resort - Hotel, spa and restaurants are all closed for freseeable future. Golf Course remains open with strict measures in place to enable social distancing. 
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Durham - hotel and all facilities closed temporarily.
  • Rose and Crown at Romaldkirk - closed to non-residents until further notice.
  • Seaham Hall Hotel - hotel and all facilities closed until further notice. 
  • The Auckland Project – Auckland Castle, Auckland Tower and The Ming Art Gallery closed temporarily, however the castle’s Deer Park remains open.
  • The Bowes Museum - museum and grounds closed and all events postponed until further notice.
  • Waterside Parks - all Waterside Parks and reservoirs are now open. 

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