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Castle Players

The Castle Players are back for their first Winter Tour since the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

This year they are taking their new production of G.B.S.'s "Pygmalion" from Barnard Castle to the local village halls, starting at The Witham Hall on Saturday January 15th 2022 and finishing at Romaldkirk on Sunday February 13th 2022.. For full details of the programme and how to book tickets please go to the Castle Players' website, . It's a tremendous show!

Kynren: an epic tale of England.

Kynren is a sensational first for this part of the world! 2016 saw the first performance of what proved to be a spectacular evening event. It took place over a seven acre arena at Eleven Arches, Bishop Auckland and 100,000 visitors saw the show in its first year, performed by over 1000 volunteers who had been professionally trained. 7,000 trees have been planted around the Kynren site.

The show takes place annually. Due to the Corona Virus pandemic, shows were cancelled for 2020. The programme for 2021 was limited.

In 2022, the spectacular performances will be on Friday June 3rd, then on Saturday August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, September 3rd and 10th. Visit the website for full details and booking -

We attended Kynren in 2016 and it was every bit as good as we could have hoped. We cannot give away any of the numerous spectacles that went to make up the event, but they were quite remarkable. We visited again in 2018 and it proved to be even better. Any issues that some had with travel arrangements in previous years have now been resolved - the dedicated park and ride worked very smoothly. 

The 2019 season again met with critical acclaim.

The perfromance is not historical fact - it is pure spectacle with an historic twist.

The Bowes Museum

At the start of 2021, The Bowes Museum was closed due to the Corona Virus pandemic. After it reopened on May 17th it is be necessary to book, either online at or calling 01833 690606.

Outdoor Guided Tours

From March 29th, 2021, there have been 45-minute guided tours of the grounds of the Bowes Museum, understanding the Bowes Museum and its setting.

North Country Quilts

From May 17th until January 9th 2022, looking at the latest aquisitions, including from the family of the late Hannah Hauxwell.

Paul Scott: New American Scenery

Ceramics by Cumbrian potter, Paul Scott, with his updated versions of historical transferware exported from Staffordshire to America.

Durham Cathedral

Open Treasure

2016 saw the opening of the new "Open Treasure" exhibition at Durham Cathedral. It shows 2000 years of history in Durham, based on the wonderful collections at the cathedral. The "Treasures of St Cuthbert" - surviving Anglo-Saxon artefacts - are now on show in the Great Kitchen. The exhibition was officially opened by Prince Charles in February 2018.

Raby Castle

 The Castle is open, Tuesday to Sunday, between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm. Check the website for up to date information.

The Park and Walled Gardens, the Stables Cafe and Coachyard Seating are open daily from 10 am to 4 pm, but please remember to book.

The Stables Shop is open between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm, Tuesday to Sunday

Bishop Auckland

The Auckland Project

The town of Bishop Auckland is currently undergoing a timely transformation. Please visit their website,

The Auckland Project started with the purchase of Auckland Castle, the old Bishop's Palace with its famous Zurburan paintings.

The restored Auckland Palace/Castle re-opened on November 2nd, 2019 to join The Auckland Tower, the new visitors' entrance and the Bishop Trevor Gallery which were already open. The Castle re-opened after the Covid restrictions were lifted. It was open Thursday to Sunday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

The Mining Art Gallery is in the Market Square, along from the church. The gallery is displaying its great collection of Mining Art, mostly from the Northeast of England. It is well worth a visit, shining a light on an important part of the region's history. It is also open Thursday to Sunday, 10.00 am to 4 pm.

The new Spanish Gallery opened on October 15th 2021. Until December 18th, it is open Thursday to Saturday, between 11 am and 3 pm, with the last entry at 2 pm.

Due to the Covid 19 situation the new Tower remains closed.

Binchester Roman Fort

The excavated remains of a Roman fort, with the best preserved bath-house in England and parts of the civilian settlement, or vicus, also on display.

The fort and vicus have been excavated over some ten years, with many exciting discoveries. Excavations in 2018 and 2019 provided more evidence about the Roman Fort to add to what we already know, dating from 75 A.D. More areas are now on show.

Binchester is open from July 1st until October 31st, between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.