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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

The Tent on the Racecourse

Welcome to our festival style venue, hosting an exciting programme of Covid safe events and performances from our talented students.

Saturday 5 - Friday 25 June.

'The Tent' will be situated on the Racecourse, on the banks fo the river Wear, the site of Durham University’s Cricket Ground and playing fields.

This summer, 'The Tent' aims to kickstart and revitalise Performing Arts, as well as the Wider Student Experience at Durham University. It will be housing a whole host of events from the nationally recognised Durham University Charity Fashion Show to Opera, Gospel and A Cappella performances to Dance and theatre. Plus - Community Days for all the family, all run by student groups from across the university and delivered withing Covid Safety guidelines.

After a year of restrictions, lockdowns and everything else that comes with a global pandemic, our students could not be more excited to get back to running the events that they are passionate about.

So what are you waiting for? Check out the Progamme, book your tickets online and prepare to be entertained!

For more information, please click one of the following options:

Students - Test to participate

In accordance with our Test To Participate requirements, all student participants at the Tent on the Racecourse should:

  • take two tests in the week prior to participation,
  • take their tests at a DU site,
  • ensure one test is taken within 48 hours of the event/activity,
  • ensure one test is taken 3-4 days prior to this,
  • always bring proof of their negative results and their campus card to the event/activity.
Same day bookings are available at Palace Green, with test slots up to 6.30pm. Tests at Palace Green are subject to capacity and students should please note that bookings can only be made up to 12pm.

Walk-ins are welcome at Maiden Castle, 9.30am to 3.30pm (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun) and 1.30pm to 7pm (Tue and Thurs). You do not need to book in advance for a walk-in slot.
If you need to take a test, full inforamtion is available on the website here.