Top things to do in Durham this winter
There’s so much to see and do in the fabulous city of Durham. However, it’s during the winter months that the city truly comes alive. Here are some of the top things to do in Durham this winter, from hands-on festive workshops to world-renowned markets and festivals.
Why not take a stroll around the historic Hardwick Park, home to classical ruins and beautiful lakes and woodland? From 2nd December, you can embark on a festive adventure and search for hidden elves on the Elf Trail, or make your very own wooden reindeer using natural materials collected from the park.
Experience the delights of Durham by night at Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival. This magical event returns to Durham for the fifth time from 16th – 19th November, and sees artists from across the globe illuminate the city using a series of stunning light installations.
The National Railway Museum
Marvel at fabulous street entertainers, listen to carols at the Cathedral and enjoy a mulled wine or two at the annual Durham Christmas Festival, held on 1st – 3rd December. With over 190 quality craft, gift and food stalls in a marquee on Palace Green, it’s the perfect place to indulge in some Christmas shopping.
Step back in time and explore the beautiful Auckland Castle, one of the best preserved medieval bishop’s palaces in Europe. There are plenty of Christmas activities to get stuck into this winter, from Christmas candle and tree decoration workshops with professional craftspeople to fabulous food markets.
The historic landmark of Durham Cathedral is a must see for anyone visiting Durham. Explore the Cathedral’s fascinating heritage at the new Open Treasure exhibition and enjoy one of the special carol services or Christmas concerts taking place throughout December.
Discover what life was like in the North East of England during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s at the world famous open air museum. From traditional experiences such as blacksmithing and steamrolling, to the Edwardian-themed ice rink featuring festoon lighting and fairground organ music, at Beamish Museum, there really is something for everyone.
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