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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

Tent Events

From Saturday 5 - Friday 25 June 'The Tent on the Racecourse' will be the venue for an exciting programme of entertainment.

You can enjoy events run by student groups from across the University including the Durham University Charity Fashion Show, Opera, Gospel and A Cappella performances. Although a few of the events are just for our students, the majority of events are open to all of the Durham community, with theatrical performances and music concerts to enjoy. So come book now and come along to join in the fun and entertainment for all the family!

Check out the Programme below and book your tickets online

Durham University Labour Club presents - Durham Transformed

Date Saturday 5th June
Time: 4.30pm - 8pm

Durham Transformed aims to be an eclectic coming together of music and politics with the aim of raising awareness of issues both local and global. Enjoy performances from bands such as First Blush, Theaker folk, and Witless, along with a wide variety of speakers from the student and local community. It will embody the spirit of the Miners Gala that has been sadly absent from Durham city these last two years. Find us on Facebook

Book tickets online here

Bring Back the Bands with Brass and Concert Band

Date: Saturday 5 June
Time: 12pm-3.30pm

Our very own Brass Band and Concert Band are teaming up for an afternoon of mini concerts, with classic 'Big Band' tunes. Come along, soak up the atmospher and get 'The Tent' off to a swinging start!

Book tickets online at the Music Durham website

The Jam on the Racecourse

Date: Sunday 6 June
Time: 6pm (Doors open 5.30pm)

Join DOMAN, Music Durham and (potentially) many other music societies around the university for a relaxing open mic night celebrating original music, with some of the music having been composed and refined on the day!

Book tickets online at the Music Durham webpage

Durham University English Litereature Society (DUELS) Poetry Reading (University only event)

Date: Monday 7 June
Time: 12pm - 3pm

DUELS and ‘From The Lighthouse’ are combining to create the ultimate literary event, filled with literary performances, drinks and good vibes in general. Come along if you like poetry, prose, drama, or just want to sit around and watch our talented contributors!

Book tickets online here

DPOCA Home Foods Festival

Date: Monday7 June
Time: 4:30pm - 8pm

Join our students from around the world and experience a taste sensation as they share their home foods - more information to follow on what you can enjoy...

Queer the Wear

Date: Tuesday 8 June
12pm - 4pm

Come down to the Racecourse Marquee for drinks, performances from LGBT+ student artists, karaoke, and a celebration of LGBT+ culture and history! Any profit from this event will go to Mermaids, a charity that has been supporting transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse children, young people, and their families since 1995. Find us on Facebook Book tickets online here


Date: Wednesday 9 June
Time: 12pm - 6pm

TEDx Durham University returns with its annual conference this year entitled 'The Hill We Climb'. Covering themes of personal journeys, battles overcome and ensuring your voice is heard, this promises to be an event not to miss with an impressive lineup of speakers. Be sure to join us for this incredible day.
Book tickets online here

Instep Dance Showcase

Date: Thursday 10 June
Time: 5:30pm - 8pm

Our talented dancers are delighted to have their dancing shoes back on and be stepping out to perform an exciting showcsae an exciting range of different dance styles.
Book tickets online here

Music Durham x RT Projects ‘Never Give Up’ Concert

Date: Friday 11 June
Time: 7pm - 9:30pm

About: Music Durham and local charity RT Projects are proud to present this year’s 'Never Give Up' concert, showcasing local and student music talent on the same stage all in aid of supporting RTProjects’ vital work! We invite the local Durham community to come enjoy an evening’s entertainment in a celebration of music and life.
Book tickets online here

DU BigBand & Jazz Society present - ‘The Big Summer Festival’

Date: Saturday 12 June
Time: 12pm - 8pm

We are thrilled to be hosting The Big Summer Festival – a day long celebration of some of Durham’s finest Jazz, Funk, and Soul musicians. For the first time ever, you will be able to experience the best of College Big Bands and University Jazz Ensembles all in one place!
Book tickets online at Music Durham website

DU Ballet Company ‘The Four Seasons’

Date: Sunday 13 June
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

About: Durham University Ballet Company will be performing their brand-new production of 'The Four Seasons' in 'The Tent'. The original narrative and choreography will be performed by a talented cast of dancers, alongside a live orchestra, to Vivaldi’s famous score with additional recomposed pieces from Tchaikovsky’s ’Seasons’.

Click here to book tickets

Durham University Charity Fashion Show

Date: Wednesday 16 - Friday 18 June
Time: Various times

About: More information to follow...

Collingwood Charity Fashion Show (University event)

Date: 19th June
Time: 5:30pm-10pm

About: Information to follow

DanceSport ‘Durham Does Strictly’ (University event)

Date: 20th June
Time: 5:30pm- 8pm

Durham Does Strictly is back! So shake off those lockdown blues and come along to see a host of Durham student celebrities perform alongside their DUDT professional partners, all vying to win your vote! It promises to be a night full of fab-u-lous entertainment, fun, and (hopefully!) some fantastic dancing!

Book tickets online here

DICCU: KNOWN. How can I know God?

Date: 21st June
Times: 11am and 4.30pm

KNOWN is a series of events run by the Durham Christian Union (DICCU), giving the people of Durham an opportunity to explore what it means to know and be known by God. KNOWN is a space where questions can be asked about life, worth and faith. We’d love you to come to taste and see what Jesus is offering you.

Book places online for the 11am session or the 4.30pm session

The D'Oscars - DST Awards Ceremony (University event)

Date: Tuesday 22 June
Time: 12pm - 3:30pm

The D’Oscars is a celebration of Durham Student Theatre, applauding the hard work that has gone into creating theatre in this unconventional year, from live shows to radio plays. Join us for an afternoon of music, drinks, food, entertainment, and most importantly, our exciting awards!

Booking tickets: What’s On | Durham Student Theatre

Durham Student Volunteering Awards Ceremony (University event)

Date: Tuesday 22 June
Time: 4:30pm - 8pm

A chance to recognise and celebrate our student and staff volunteers who have worked even harder than eveer in a very trying year. Full details to follow.

Community Picnic in the Park

Date: Wednesday 23 June
10am - 1pm

Come and join in the fun for the launch of Durham Student Volunteering's new initiative, teaming up with members of local Parkinsons' grups to hold a 'Picnic in the Park'. The aim of the day is for members to be introduced to the students and promote the launch of the befriending/buddying scheme ‘Parkinson’s Pals’. Entertainment includes music form Durham's own 'Kinky Jeff and the Swingers', as well as a specialist Parkinson’s dance instructor.
To register your place, or for more info please email Kath:

Greenspace Festival

Date: Wednesday 23 June
Time: 1pm - 3:30pm

Greenspace will be taking over the 'Tent' as part of the University's Community Day. Come along to meet sustainable businesses, researchers and student groups from Durham and across the North East as they showcase their incredible work to tackle climate change and drives sustainable development. Plus - find out how you can make a difference by recycling and re-using. Follow the event on Facebook.

Durham Opera Ensemble present - ‘Pirates of Penzance’

Date: Thursday 24 June
Time: 4pm - 7pm

Enjoy a lively performance of this Gilbert and Sullivan classic! Frederic, a young pirate apprentice, is coming to the end of his indentured time and falls in love. But is he really as free as he thinks? Will the plots of the evil Pirate King steal Frederic of both his new love and his future, or will the Major-General and the policemen save him from his fate?
Book tickets online at Music Durham website

Durham University Palatinate Orchestra & Durham University Chamber Orchestra present - ‘A breath of Fresh Air’

Date: Friday 25 June
Time: 12pm - 3:30pm

Experience a 'Breath of Fresh Air' in our brand-new, Covid-safe venue. Here we provide an informal, 'Casual Classics' concert, where excellent music, played by some of Durham's top orchestral ensembles, can be enjoyed along with some drinks and food in our enchanting pastoral setting.
Book tickets online at the Music Durham website

Northern Lights & DU Gospel Choir present - ‘Summer Voices’

Date: Friday 25 June
Time: 5:30pm - 8pm

Join Northern Lights A Cappella, DU Gospel Choir and Durham Dynamics for a summer evening of some of the best contemporary vocal talent Music Durham has to offer. Enjoy hits from The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel to Ariana Grande, alongside a food and bar service – the perfect way to celebrate post-lockdown.
Booking Link: Summer Voices Tickets, Fri 25 Jun 2021 at 18:00 | Eventbrite