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Durham City Centre

2019 is set to be an unmissable year, with a packed programme of festivals, events and openings making Durham an exciting short break destination.

The UK’s largest light festival, Lumiere Durham, will return in November for its 10th anniversary edition as the streets of Durham City are transformed in to a nocturnal art trail once again, whilst summer will see the county play host to the ICC Cricket World Cup, including England’s final group game against New Zealand.

Some of the county’s most iconic attractions also have exciting new experiences for visitors in 2019. Auckland Castle, the 900-year-old former home of the Prince Bishops of Durham and one of the best preserved medieval bishops’ palaces in Europe will once again welcome visitors, whilst Durham Cathedral Tower will reopen following conservation works to preserve it for future generations. And at Beamish Museum the £18million Remaking Beamish scheme continues, creating a range of new ways for people to experience the heritage of the North East.

Whether it’s a food festival getting your taste buds tingling, music or dance getting your toes tapping, drama putting you on the edge of your seat, an exhibition that opens your eyes, a heritage event bringing the past to life or a festival that lets you get back to nature – you’re certain to have an eventful time on a short break in Durham.

For details of everything happening in Durham visit https://www.thisisdurham.com/

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