Events in Durham

World Heritage Day Celebrations – Celebrate World Heritage Day 16-18 April 2022 (Easter weekend) at Durham City’s World Heritage Site with a weekend of events, including the return of the popular Lumiere light installation 'Crown of Light' projection onto the façade of Durham Cathedral. Plus live music, drama performances, lectures, family fun day and food markets.

Durham Regatta – The 189th regatta returns to the River Wear from 11-12 June 2022, with a spectacular weekend of racing and riverbank entertainment. The second oldest regatta in the UK - Durham Regatta dates back to 1983, but its roots can be traced back even further to 1815!

Seaham Food Festival - The seaside foodie festival returns to the bustling town of Seaham every summer with delicious street food, cookery classes, live music, TV chefs and tasty local produce. 2022 dates TBC. 

Durham Miners Gala – 136th “Big Meeting” will take place on Saturday 9 July 2022. The annual gathering has been held on the second Saturday of July in Durham City since 1871 and this weekend as always promises to be another fantastic event.

Durham Brass Festival - Durham’s loudest festival will return in July 2022 with brilliant bands and outstanding musicians from across the globe descending on the county, for a ten-day celebration of all things brass. 2022 dates TBC.

Kynren, An Epic Tale of England - The award-winning night-time show, returns to Bishop Auckland for another spectacular summer season, every Saturday evening from 6 August to 10 September 2022. Plus an extra-special performance to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Friday 3 June 2022.

Bishop Auckland Food Festival - The region's biggest food event has plenty on the menu with exciting street food, tempting tipples and indulgent treats, alongside an amazing line up of celebrity chefs and workshops. 2022 dates TBC.

Wolsingham Show – Celebrate farming life at England’s oldest and Durham’s biggest open-air Agricultural show, 3 – 4 September 2022. A jam-packed weekend of family-friendly entertainment.

Durham Book Festival – Founded in 1990, Durham Book Festival is one of the country’s oldest literary festivals and takes place every October, with an exciting programme of in-person and online events, talks and workshops. 2022 dates TBC.

North Pennines Stargazing Festival – As the clocks go back, and the night skies become darker, Durham’s come alive as dark sky season begins. Unlock the wonders of the night sky with 'out of this world' activities and events at the annual North Pennines Stargazing Festival, which takes place every October. 2022 dates TBC.

Durham Christmas Festival - Soak up the festive atmosphere at Durham City’s annual festive festival, with fabulous Christmas shopping, carol services, live music, street performers and more! Taking place on the first weekend in December, 2-4 December 2022.