2013 - A year of Culture

2013 is an incredible year for culture in Durham with a host of exciting world-class festivals and events taking place across the county.
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North Pennines Walking Festival: 28 September - 6 October The first walking festival covering the whole of the North Pennines grew from a desire to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Wainwright’s 'Pennine Journey', a 247 mile long distance walk which traverses both the east and west sides of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Durham Dales provide stunning scenery and help make Durham the ideal destination for a walking break!

Durham Book Festival: 12-20 October The Durham Book Festival is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place in Durham each October. The 2013 will build on the festival's growing reputation for inviting world-class speakers to the city and for developing exciting new commissions, both made for and premièred in Durham.

Durham Book Festival is back, taking place from October in venues across the city of Durham.

Durham Regatta: 8-9 June The 2013 Durham Regatta marks the 180th anniversary of one of the oldest regattas in the country. It takes place on the racecourse stretch of the River Wear in Durham City. Activities are not restricted to the water; with trade stands, food stalls and other activities taking place, keeping the whole family entertained.

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Streets 2013: August Bank Holiday. The streets of Durham burst into life every August Bank Holiday when the city plays host to some of the best musicians and street performers from around the world. As well as the street-based entertainment, the 2013 festival will see performances taking place in some of Durham’s most iconic and beautiful venues.

The official tourism site for Durham. Book hotels & accommodation, find things to do, what's on, shopping & restaurants, plus special offers

Heritage Open Days: 12-15 September A unique chance to discover hidden treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring Durham’s history to life. Many fascinating buildings and historical sites open their doors and offer free entry to properties that are usually closed to the public or charge for admission.

Heritage Open Days: 12-15 September A unique chance to discover hidden treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring Durham’s history to life. Many fascinating buildings and historical sites open their doors and offer free entry to properties that are usually closed to the public or charge for admission.

Etape Pennines: 6 October  Etape Pennines quickly established itself as one of the toughest rides in the UK following its debut in 2012. Hailed as “Beautiful but Brutal” by Cycling Plus magazine, the event challenges riders to 78 miles and over 2,000 metres of climbing – thrilling for both riders and spectators alike.

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Brass: Durham International Festival: 5-21 July.  This vibrant annual festival celebrates Durham’s cherished musical tradition whilst pushing the boundaries of brass music through a diverse line-up of acclaimed artists, ensembles and creative collaborations. With a wide range of ticketed and free events to choose from there’s something to suit all tastes and ages

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England v Australia 4th Investec Ashes Test Series: 9-13 August  The eyes of the sporting world will be on the region this summer as one of the largest sporting events in the world comes to Durham. The Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground hosts its first Ashes test match as England take on Australia in what promises to be five exciting days of cricket:

Investec Ashes Test: England v Australia - Final Investec Ashes Test, England play Australia at the Kia Oval from August 21 to August

The thrills and spills of competitive cycling will once again return to the streets of Durham City when the professional cycling Tour Series arrives in town for the fourth year. During the Tour Series, cyclists will compete across a number of rural and city centre courses, including Durham.

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