North Pennines Stargazing Festival

20 October - 4 November 2018

Running from 20 October until 4 November stargazers in and around the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and UNESCO Global Geopark will have almost 30 star-themed events and tourist experiences to enjoy.

The programme covers the autumn half-term holidays for schools in Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland and will offer family-friendly events to enjoy the dark skies of the North Pennines AONB. There will also be lots events aimed at aspiring astronomers as well as visitors with a general interest in the night sky and stargazing.

View the North Pennines Stargazing Festival brochure here.


Durham Book Festival

6 - 14 October 2018

A host of household names take over the city with book-based discussions and interactive events at Durham Book Festival.  This annual celebration of all things books takes place 6 - 14 October. 



Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral


Marvel at over 2,000 years of spellbinding history at Open Treasure, a new world class exhibition experience at the heart of Durham Cathedral. 

Durham Cathedral has invested over £10 million in Open Treasure, which sees the Cathedral opening up previously hidden spaces within the Cathedral Cloister which represent some of the most intact surviving medieval monastic buildings in England and home to the best-preserved monastic library in the British Isles. 

The story of these remarkable buildings is told, revealing their historical and architectural significance through the creation of a new exhibition route which begins in the magnificent fourteenth-century Monks’ Dormitory and ends in the Great Kitchen, one of only two surviving monastic kitchens in the UK. 

Find out more about tickets and visiting times.