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Penned and Printed

27 May 2023 - 31 August 2024

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Historic Libraries

An exhibition of our Archives and Special Collections, telling hidden stories from the shelves and strongrooms.

  • Exhibition
  • Everyone

Beautiful Durham

16 August 2023 - 31 May 2024

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Outdoor Art Gallery, Art Collection

As a Part of the Summer in the City Art Festival and in collaboration with nine County Durham Schools, come see a collection of artworks that answer the question “What makes Durham Beautiful?”

  • Accessible
  • Creative
  • Exhibition
  • Everyone

Durham Castle Guided Tours

20 May 2024 - 20 May 2024

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Durham Castle

Join one of our guided tours of Durham Castle - experience 1000 years of fascinating history and discover how the building has evolved in time and functions today as the home of University College.

  • Public
  • Tour
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

Durham Castle Guided Tours

21 May 2024 - 21 May 2024

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Durham Castle

Join one of our guided tours of Durham Castle - experience 1000 years of fascinating history and discover how the building has evolved in time and functions today as the home of University College.

  • Public
  • Tour
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

Durham Castle Guided Tours

22 May 2024 - 22 May 2024

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Durham Castle

Join one of our guided tours of Durham Castle - experience 1000 years of fascinating history and discover how the building has evolved in time and functions today as the home of University College.

  • Public
  • Tour
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

Toy Box: celebrating toys and games across cultures

23 May 2024 - 15 September 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oriental Museum

A student-led, family-friendly summer exhibition showcasing toys from across Asia and Egypt to celebrate a simple fact of humanity: we all love to play.

  • Creative
  • Exhibition
  • Exhibitions
  • Public
  • Family friendly
  • Everyone

Durham Castle Guided Tours

23 May 2024 - 23 May 2024

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Durham Castle

Join one of our guided tours of Durham Castle - experience 1000 years of fascinating history and discover how the building has evolved in time and functions today as the home of University College.

  • Public
  • Tour
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

Twilight Opening at Palace Green Library

23 May 2024 - 23 May 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, Museum of Archaeology

Palace Green Library is open until 7pm the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.

  • Accessible
  • Exhibitions
  • Lates
  • Public
  • Everyone

Eternal Ascent: Bentley Beetham and the 1924 Mount Everest Expedition

24 May 2024 - 15 September 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Oriental Museum

This exhibition marks the centenary of the 1924 Mount Everest Expedition, the first Western, and ultimately tragic, attempt to climb the highest mountain in the world.

  • Creative
  • Exhibition
  • Exhibitions
  • Partnerships & Collaboration
  • Public
  • Family friendly
  • Everyone

Under Durham: The Untold Stories

24 May 2024 - 21 November 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Museum of Archaeology

When you think about the history of Durham, what comes to mind? Beautiful architecture, rich and powerful people and the history you find in textbooks. But how often do we stop and think about the lives of ordinary people? This exhibition explores the past of Durham through the ordinary people who lived and worked here.

  • Exhibition
  • Everyone

Repair and Care: The Norman Chapel Project

24 May 2024 - 17 November 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Durham Castle

Have you ever looked at an ancient castle and wondered how it’s still standing? This exhibition will explore the history of construction and building conservation at Durham Castle, with a particular focus on the Norman Chapel Project, a long-term endeavour to preserve the oldest free-standing building in Durham.

  • Exhibition
  • Everyone

Durham Castle Guided Tours

24 May 2024 - 24 May 2024

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Durham Castle

Join one of our guided tours of Durham Castle - experience 1000 years of fascinating history and discover how the building has evolved in time and functions today as the home of University College.

  • Public
  • Tour
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

Celebrating Durham Pride

25 May 2024 - 25 May 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Come and start the Pride celebrations!

  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Durham Castle Guided Tours

25 May 2024 - 25 May 2024

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Durham Castle

Join one of our guided tours of Durham Castle - experience 1000 years of fascinating history and discover how the building has evolved in time and functions today as the home of University College.

  • Public
  • Tour
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

Durham Castle Guided Tours

26 May 2024 - 26 May 2024

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Durham Castle

Join one of our guided tours of Durham Castle - experience 1000 years of fascinating history and discover how the building has evolved in time and functions today as the home of University College.

  • Public
  • Tour
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

Durham Castle Guided Tours

27 May 2024 - 27 May 2024

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Durham Castle

Join one of our guided tours of Durham Castle - experience 1000 years of fascinating history and discover how the building has evolved in time and functions today as the home of University College.

  • Public
  • Tour
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

Durham Castle Guided Tours

28 May 2024 - 28 May 2024

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Durham Castle

Join one of our guided tours of Durham Castle - experience 1000 years of fascinating history and discover how the building has evolved in time and functions today as the home of University College.

  • Public
  • Tour
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

Little Dragons

29 May 2024 - 29 May 2024

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oriental Museum

Join us at the Oriental Museum on Wednesday mornings for Little Dragons, our FREE session for children under 5 and their families/carers. Each session will be packed full of exploring the museum galleries, fun craft activities, singing, games and stories.

  • Creative
  • Public
  • Under 5s

Little Dragons

29 May 2024 - 29 May 2024

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Oriental Museum

Join us at the Oriental Museum on Wednesday mornings for Little Dragons, our FREE session for children under 5 and their families/carers. Each session will be packed full of exploring the museum galleries, fun craft activities, singing, games and stories.

  • Creative
  • Public
  • Under 5s

High and Mighty

29 May 2024 - 29 May 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore our new photography exhibition!

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Durham Castle Guided Tours

29 May 2024 - 29 May 2024

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Durham Castle

Join one of our guided tours of Durham Castle - experience 1000 years of fascinating history and discover how the building has evolved in time and functions today as the home of University College.

  • Public
  • Tour
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

ART SOCIAL: Feel My Words: The Power of Text in Visual Art

29 May 2024 - 29 May 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum, Art Collection

Join poet, picture-maker and playwright Lizzie Lovejoy in a workshop to combine creative writing and visual art.

  • Creative
  • Lates
  • Performance
  • Student experience
  • Workshop
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • School students
  • Students in HE
  • Young People

Gentian Launch, Open Mic and Exhibition Launch

30 May 2024 - 31 May 2024

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Oriental Museum, Art Collection

Please join the Poetry Society for the launch Gentian, a poetry zine and display of poems responding to objects displayed in the Oriental Museum. With open mic, all welcome!

  • Creative
  • Exhibitions
  • Lates
  • Performance
  • Student experience
  • Everyone
  • Friends of the Oriental Museum
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • School students
  • Students in HE
  • Young People

DU Poetry Society 'Living Objects'

31 May 2024 - 30 September 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Oriental Museum, Art Collection

Living Objects shows a display of poems by DU Poetry Society

  • Exhibition
  • Exhibitions
  • Children and families
  • Everyone
  • Friends of the Oriental Museum
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Local and family historians
  • School students
  • Students in HE
  • Teachers / Home Educators
  • Young People

Mythical Beasts

31 May 2024 - 31 May 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Can you spot any mythical beasts or lion dogs in our galleries?

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Perfect Perfume

01 June 2024 - 01 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore our beautiful Ancient Egyptian perfume jars, make up items and jewellery.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

ART SOCIAL: SOCIAL!

05 June 2024 - 05 June 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Art Collection

Join us for quizzes and art games in the pub!

  • Creative
  • Lates
  • Public
  • Student experience
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Local and family historians
  • Students in HE

Make a Rangoli

08 June 2024 - 08 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Find out about the Indian tradition of Rangoli art, and make your own.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Durham Art Collective

12 June 2024 - 12 June 2024

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

A youth group for 12-18 year olds to learn practical art skills.

  • Creative
  • School students
  • Young People

Gel Plate Printmaking Workshop with Sarah Calavera

14 June 2024 - 14 June 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

Dive into The Dynamic Universe of Gel Printing!

  • Creative
  • Lates
  • Workshop
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • School students
  • Students in HE
  • Teachers / Home Educators
  • Young People

Wonderful Weather Dolls

15 June 2024 - 15 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Find out about teru teru bozu - the famous Japanese weather doll and have a go at making one.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Botanic Garden Fun Day

16 June 2024 - 16 June 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Botanic Garden

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Botanic Garden Fun Day, this has now become an annual event and will take place on Sunday 16 June, from 10am-4pm. This family-friendly, Fun Day offers loads of free activities, all in the beautiful surroundings of the Garden.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Autism-Friendly Family Activities

20 June 2024 - 20 June 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Join us for some fun, autism-friendly crafts for families at the Oriental Museum when the galleries are quieter. Experiment with ways of folding, scrunching and sticking to make your own paper sculpture.

  • Accessible
  • Creative
  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Outreach & community
  • Public
  • Workshop
  • Family friendly
  • Children and families
  • Everyone

Play Time!

22 June 2024 - 22 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore our new exhibition all about play and toys, then try making your own game.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Portrait and Figure Drawing with Isabel Gotti 1. Portrait Drawing Crash Course

28 June 2024 - 28 June 2024

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

Want to sharpen your drawing skills or draw? Join our Arts Social with Durham University's Art Collection for a tutored drawing session.

  • Creative
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Students in HE

Magnificent Manga

29 June 2024 - 29 June 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore the Oriental Museum's collection of Japanese Manga comics and create your own to take home.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Portrait and Figure Drawing with Isabel Gotti 2.Facial Features

05 July 2024 - 05 July 2024

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

Want to sharpen your drawing skills or draw? Join our Arts Social with Durham University's Art Collection for a tutored drawing session.

  • Creative
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Students in HE

Tanabata Festival

06 July 2024 - 06 July 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Tanabata is the Japanese summer star festival. Find out about this special time of year and make tanabata decorations.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

MG Car Display

07 July 2024 - 07 July 2024

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Botanic Garden

The Durham MG & Classic Car Club was formed in 2001 for local car enthusiasts interested in MG cars, both classic and modern. This informal gathering will showcase cars representing models produced from the late 1940s through to the early 2000s.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Durham Art Collective

10 July 2024 - 10 July 2024

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

A youth group for 12-18 year olds to learn practical art skills.

  • Creative
  • School students

Portrait and Figure Drawing with Isabel Gotti 3. Figure Drawing Crash Course

12 July 2024 - 12 July 2024

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

Want to sharpen your drawing skills or draw? Join our Arts Social with Durham University's Art Collection for a tutored drawing session.

  • Creative
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Students in HE

Festival of Archaeology Fun

13 July 2024 - 13 July 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Handle some archaeological finds from Ancient Egypt and China and try our special archaeology trail.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Portrait and Figure Drawing with Isabel Gotti 4. Figure Quicksketch

19 July 2024 - 19 July 2024

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

Want to sharpen your drawing skills or draw? Join our Arts Social with Durham University's Art Collection for a tutored drawing session.

  • Creative
  • Everyone
  • Lifelong Learners and Community groups
  • Students in HE

Yak-tastic!

20 July 2024 - 20 July 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Did you know that yaks were a vital part of the first attempts to climb Mount Everest? Find out why and make cute yak puppet.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Toy Box

27 July 2024 - 27 July 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore our new exhibition, try our new playful gallery trail and make your own game.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Sketchbook Workshop

31 July 2024 - 31 July 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Get a free mini sketchbook and try some easy, fun drawing ideas.

  • Workshop
  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Awesome Armies

02 August 2024 - 02 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Learn about the Chinese terracotta army, and make your own terracotta warrior from clay.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Terrible Teeth

03 August 2024 - 03 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Find out why many Ancient Egyptians had terrible teeth and make a set of chompers from plasticine.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Gorgeous Glass

07 August 2024 - 07 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Decorate a glass jar with your favourite colours.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Paper Marbling Workshop

09 August 2024 - 09 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Experiment with colour and try paper marbling.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Sculpture Saturday

10 August 2024 - 10 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

See our huge Ancient Egyptian temple frieze and then make your own relief sculpture.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Teddy Bear's Picnic

12 August 2024 - 12 August 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Botanic Garden

Join us for a fun-filled day of exploring bear habitats on an interactive guided walk through the Garden, a messy bear art workshop and all your favourite bear stories.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Mountain Zine Making

14 August 2024 - 14 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Explore the sights and sounds of the Himalayas and make a cool mountain zine.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Durham Art Collective

14 August 2024 - 14 August 2024

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

A youth group for 12-18 year olds to learn practical art skills.

  • Creative
  • School students

Crazy Creatures

15 August 2024 - 15 August 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Botanic Garden

Get interactive with our Crazy Creatures who are visiting the Garden for the day.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Sail Away

16 August 2024 - 16 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

See a beautiful boat on display and make your own watercolour sail boat.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Awesome Obelisks

17 August 2024 - 17 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Find out about the ancient Egyptian obelisk on display and create your own 3D model to take home.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Chinese Writing Workshop

21 August 2024 - 21 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Learn some Chinese characters and try writing your own.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Elizabeth Baker, StoryTeller

22 August 2024 - 22 August 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Botanic Garden

Join storyteller, Elizabeth Baker, for a whole host of stories and legends from some of the different countries where the wonderful plants in our Garden grow.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Beautiful Bastet

23 August 2024 - 23 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Bastet was the Ancient Egyptian goddess of protection. Find out why she was so important and make a fun cat painting.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

The Shang Dynasty of China

24 August 2024 - 24 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Find out about the Shang Dynasty of China and make a scary taotie mask with embossed metal detail.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Mughal Miniatures

28 August 2024 - 28 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Create your own Indian-style miniature painting.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Make a Mosaic

30 August 2024 - 30 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Create your own mini mosaic from glass tiles.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Glorious Gardens

31 August 2024 - 31 August 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Get creative and make a mini Japanese Zen garden.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Walk Like a Pharaoh

07 September 2024 - 07 September 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Find out about ancient Egyptian life and make your own sandy pyramid.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Durham Art Collective

11 September 2024 - 11 September 2024

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

A youth group for 12-18 year olds to learn practical art skills.

  • Creative
  • School students

Magnificent Moon Jar

14 September 2024 - 14 September 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

See our fabulous Korean Moon Jar - then create a mini one from clay.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Horse Play

21 September 2024 - 21 September 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

See the magnificent horse on display in the China Gallery and make a hobby horse.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

28 September 2024 - 28 September 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oriental Museum

Find out about Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year festival, and make a shofar musical instrument.

  • Family friendly
  • Children and families

Durham Art Collective

09 October 2024 - 09 October 2024

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

A youth group for 12-18 year olds to learn practical art skills.

  • Creative
  • School students

Durham Art Collective

13 November 2024 - 13 November 2024

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

7 Owengate, Art Collection

A youth group for 12-18 year olds to learn practical art skills.

  • Creative
  • School students

What’s on across our venues

Our unique cultural attractions include Durham Castle, Botanic Garden, Historic Libraries at Palace Green, Oriental Museum, Museum of Archaeology and our World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. Whatever your interest, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

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