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September and October Weekends @ Lightwater Valley


01 September 2018 - 31 October 2018

Lightwater Valley in Ripon, North Yorkshire, is now open weekends throughout September and October so visitors can enjoy over 35 rides and attractions all week long!


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Youth Rangers at Gibside @ Gibside


29 September 2018 - 24 November 2018

The Youth Rangers will meet on Saturdays 29 September, 13 and 27 October, 10 and 24 November, 10am-1pm.

Youngsters are being offered the chance to develop their practical skills and their understanding about the great outdoors through a new group at the National Trust’s Gibside.


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Welly Walk @ Hardwick Park, Sedgefield


13 October 2018 - 28 October 2018

Saturday 13 October and Sunday 28 October only. 10.00am-4.00pm

50p per trail sheet.

Collect your trail form the shop and test out our crunchy, splashy and squelchy route around the park...


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The Gallery of Monsters! @ Hardwick Park, Sedgefield


20 October 2018 - 31 October 2018

10.00am-4.00pm

£1 per sheet

Join us all week for our Gallery of Monsters Park Trail. How many monster portraits will you discover in our woodland gallery?


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Solar System Trail


22 October 2018 - 04 November 2018

10am - 4:30pm

Cost: Children – 50p

Follow the themed trail from Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale to discover the planets in the grounds.


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Alston Skywatch


23 October 2018

7-9pm

Cost: Adult – £10; Child – £5; Families – £25 + Eventbrite booking fee

Come and join us for night of stargazing! After a short chat about what is on view in the night sky and a quick introduction to how to use the telescopes and binoculars we will get outside.


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Discover the Constellations


23 October 2018

6-8pm

Discover the beauty of the dark skies of the North Pennines.


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A Night with the Stars


25 October 2018

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Cost: £30

Join us in our recently renovated Gatehouse for an evening of stargazing with Joe Gordon. Joe is an expert in his field and will give a beginners’ guide to stargazing. If the weather is clear, expect a trip to the bottom of our garden to have a look through the telescopes!


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WHITBY ABBEY ILLUMINATIONS


25 October 2018 - 31 October 2018

Whitby Abbey will once again be illuminated during the Halloween Week (25 – 31 October).


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Skywatch @ Killhope @ Killhope


26 October 2018

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Cost: Adults – £4; Concessions/children – £2

Enjoy some of the darkest skies in the North Pennines. Experienced astronomers from the Sunderland Astronomical Society will be on hand to show you around the night sky, using a range of powerful telescopes and other specialist equipment.


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Family Halloween Fright Night


26 October 2018 - 27 October 2018

Times: 6.00pm - 8.00pm Friday and Saturday, gates 6.00pm, show starts 6.30pm

£10 per person or £36 family ticket (up to 4 people).

Let's Circus return to Wharton Park for the third year with a BRAND NEW Halloween themed circus performance taking place in the outdoor amphitheater for 2 nights.


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Woodland Trick or Treat @ Hardwick Park, Sedgefield


26 October 2018

10.00am - 11.30am or 1.00pm - 2.30pm

£4 per child.

Is it a trick? Is it a treat? You'd better be nimble on your feet! Find the woodland witch, solve her riddles and complete her challenges in this fun Halloween quest amongst the trees.


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North Pennines at Night Exhibition


27 October 2018

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This exhibition will make use of a large darkened space to project work by local photographers, featuring the dark skies and landscapes of the AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark.


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How Old Are You, Really?


27 October 2018

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

In this talk local astronomer and science educator Andy Gray will explore how physics and chemistry created biology.


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ALL HALLOWS’ @ Deer Park


27 October 2018

40-minute guided trails of the Deer Park, running from 5.30pm-8.30pm

Adults £6 / Under 16s £4/booking essential

Step into the shadows of Auckland Castle and come face to face with characters from local history, myth and fable...


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‘FRIGHTWATER’ VALLEY @ Lightwater Valley


27 October 2018 - 31 October 2018

Lightwater Valley is set to be transformed into ‘Frightwater Valley’ as part of its spooky Halloween celebrations (October 27th-31st).


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Stones of Durham - riverbanks walk @ Durham Cathedral


27 October 2018

10.30am - 12noon, Woodlands and riverbanks

£5 per person. Booking essential as places are limited.

An outdoor guided walk with local geologist Brian Young covering aspects of the geology of the Durham Cathedral site, including the riverbanks. Discover the variety, sources and uses of stone within the Cathedral and its associated buildings


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Skywatch Down Under


28 October 2018

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cost: £10 + Eventbrite booking fee

Join Gary Lintern, astronomer and astrophotographer, to see some of the highlights of the spring sky in the Southern Hemisphere, live from the Australian Outback.


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Skywatch Stanhope


28 October 2018

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cost: £10 + Eventbrite booking fee

Guided by Gary Lintern, Chair of the North Pennines Astronomy Society, you will see the highlights of the autumn sky in the North Pennines, using binoculars and a telescope.


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Searching for Life


30 October 2018

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Does ET really exist? Is there intelligent life out there and if so how will we ever get in contact? Join astronomer Richard Darn on a colourful trip through the cosmos to find answers to this time-less conundrum.


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Tame Your Telescope


30 October 2018

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cost: £25 + Eventbrite booking fee (£1 discount for members of the North Pennines Observatory – Supporting, Corporate or members of the North Pennines Astronomy Society)

Do you have a telescope that you do not really know how to use? Or would you simply like to get more out of the equipment you have? Join us to ‘tame your telescope’.


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Halloween ‘Trick or Treat’ Trail @ Wynyard Hall


31 October 2018

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

£5.00 per child (accompanying adults free)

You’ll find all the ingredients for a scary Halloween adventure on the Woodland Trail at Wynyard Hall.


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Musical Fireworks Spectacular


02 November 2018

Gates open at 5pm, display begins at 7pm prompt for a 30 minute performance.

Adult - £8.00 / Child (4 to 11yrs) and Young adult (12 to 15yrs) - £4.00 / Children up to 3yrs - free when sitting on an adult’s knee

Join us for the North East’s BIGGEST seated Musical Fireworks Spectacular, an evening of first class entertainment for all the family!


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Stanley Fireworks


03 November 2018

Doors open at 5pm, display at 7pm

Organisers Stanley Events are delighted to announce that Stanley Fireworks will be held this year on Saturday 3rd November 2018.


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Riverside Fireworks


04 November 2018

The gates for Riverside Fireworks will open at 4.30pm and the display will begin at 6.30pm.

£5, children under 6 go free!

Chester-le-Street Riverside Fireworks returns this year with a circus themed event featuring a spectacular fully choreographed fireworks display accompanied by a musical extravaganza of songs from the hit musical The Greatest Showman.


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Bonfire Night at Beamish


04 November 2018 - 05 November 2018

Arrival 5pm

£5.00 per car - limited parking / £3.00 per person.

Every year Beamish Hall leads the way as thousands turn out to celebrate Guy Fawkes night.


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Bonfire Night Fireworks Extravaganza @ Wynyard Hall


04 November 2018

Entry from 4pm, bonfire lit at 6pm

£5 Advance tickets / £6 on the door / Children Under The Age of 18 Months are FREE

As the Autumn evenings grow crisp and cool, November at Wynyard Hall begins with a Bonfire Night firework display to warm us all up! Children will love the Fairground Rides.


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Special Service: Durham Churches Together New Year's Eve Service @ Durham Cathedral


31 December 2018

6.30pm

Join with the churches of Durham and gather for a service of reflection on the past, of thanksgiving for the blessings of God in the present and of hope for the year to come.


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