The annual Durham Miners’ Gala is a unique and inspiring spectacle. It is Europe’s biggest celebration of community, international solidarity, and working class culture.
More than 200,000 people pack the streets of Durham to enjoy the sights and sounds of The Big Meeting.
People from across County Durham, the country, and much further afield, assemble in the city centre from early morning.
Beautiful banners celebrating the region’s history are carried through the city to the sound of brass band music, creating a wonderful feel of street theatre and celebration.
The procession passes below the balcony of the County Hotel, along Old Elvet to the Old Racecourse by the River Wear. By afternoon, tens of thousands of people have gathered to listen to speeches, browse stalls, enjoy the fun fair, and soak up the communal atmosphere.
At Durham Cathedral, bands play and banners are blessed during the moving Miners’ Festival Service.
Hosted by the Durham Miners’ Association since 1871, the Big Meeting is a vibrant carnival of hope and unity.
It is a living expression of the Durham Miners’ motto – ‘the past we inherit, the future we build’.
There is nothing like it anywhere else in the world.
For more than a century, The Big Meeting was funded by the working miners of the Durham Coalfield. It is their gift to us all. Today, it is funded by Marras - the Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala. To become a Marra and contribute to the Gala, go to: https://www.friendsofdurhamminersgala.org/join_us
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Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
- In town/city centre
- Outdoor Event
- Family Fun
- Marketed Towards Children
- Marketed Towards Families
- Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
- Marketed Towards Students / Youth
|Season (13 July 2019)|
Map & Directions
By Car - Durham is served by excellent roads. The A1/A1(M) motorway provides, fast, easy access from the South. From the North choose from the A1 coastal route or the A68 cross-country 'holiday route' through Northumberland and Border Country. From the West, the A66 provides a scenic cross-Pennine route from the Lake District and M6 motorway.
Public Transport Directions
By Train - There are around 16 high-speed main-line services to Durham from London, covering the journey in about 3 hours. Fast through-trains run from most other parts of Britain. For details telephone National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.By Bus: Interactive planner available at http://durham.pindar.com/default.aspCar Park Information for Durham city available on: http://www.durham.gov.uk/pages/Service.aspx?ServiceId=6975Park & Ride information: http://www.durham.gov.uk/Pages/Service.aspx?ServiceId=1112