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Durham

DURHAM

If you’re looking to visit a county that offers rolling countryside and rugged coastlines that are peppered with cultural gems, then look no further than County Durham. Located in the North East of England, the county is bordered by Northumberland, Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Tyne and Wear. It’s a county bursting with history, most obvious in the cobbled streets and towering castles. However, there’s much more to this county than meets the eye.

Peering Into Durham’s Past

For those who do like to peer into the past Durham is packed with historic sites such as Auckland Castle and Finchale Priory. However, the county’s more recent history is also there to be explored in the form of attractions such as the Derwentcote Steel Furnace and the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, where you can gain an in-depth overview of the county’s evolution and expansion.

The Best of Coast and Countryside

When it comes to the Great Outdoors, Durham has scenery that rivals any of the best in the country. A trek across the Durham Dales or the North Pennines will bring you into contact with some of the UK’s most breathtaking and wild backdrops. However, if you prefer to be close to the sea, the Durham Heritage Coast offers spectacular views of the North Sea and wonderful cliff-top walks.

Dining Out in Durham

Durham has also staked its claim as a contender on the culinary scene. With plenty of fertile farmland, restaurateurs and chefs are taking advantage of the local crops and livestock to serve sumptuous, locally-sourced dishes. Be sure to check out Beamish Hall, The Bay Horse in Darlington and Bistro 21 in the city of Durham.

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April
Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival
Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival

Walks for all standards. Take a look on theirt site for details of the walks to find out which are suitable for you. All walks must be pre-booked and numbers are limited. (photo - VisitEngland/Visit Hull and East Yorkshire)

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Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering
Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering

An exciting three-day annual festival of street entertainment, indoor events, music, dance, craft, dialect, heritage and traditional fun - held the weekend after Easter in the medieval market town of Morpeth, 14 miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne. (photo ©VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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May
Amble Puffin Festival
Amble Puffin Festival

Amble Puffin Festival celebrates everything Puffin! A week of fun and activities in the Friendliest Port takes place at the best time of year to see the Coquet Island Puffins as they care for their new young. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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Coastal Challenge Walk
Coastal Challenge Walk

All the challenge walks in Northumberland (except Cragside and St Cuthbert's Way Challenge Walk which has a guided option) are self guided. You will be sent the route beforehand, but all the challenge walks we hold in Northumberland will be way marked to make for an enjoyable day.(photo ©VisitEngland Visit Hull and East Yorkshire)

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Riding of the Bounds
Riding of the Bounds

The annual Riding of the Bounds in Berwick. The ride is open to all riders, who are confident in walk, trot and fast canter in large groups and open spaces. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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June
Rothbury Walking Festival
Rothbury Walking Festival

With 16 guided walks, taster sessions and themed walks over the nine days there is something for everybody in the heart of Northumberland. (photo ©VisitEngland Visit Hull and East Yorkshire)

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September
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Transforming the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed into one big screen through film premieres, site-specific installations and live events in locations across Berwick and along the town walls, attracting over 8,000 visitors, and artists and filmmakers from all corners of the world to Berwick.

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Berwick Food and Beer Festival
Berwick Food and Beer Festival

Berwick Food and Beer Festival is a must for anyone interested in great tasting food and beer. Organised by Slow Food Berwick, and held in the magnificent surroundings of the towns 18th Century barracks, the entrance fee to the festival also grants you access to the museums many informative exhibits. (photo - VisitEngland)
 

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