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Plays, Processions, and Parchment: Discovering Festive Traditions in the North East of England

9:00am to 5:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Chapel of the Nine Altars

19 April - 22 May 2016.
Did you know that a man-eating dragon once visited Durham City? Or that the oldest play in Britain may have been written in the North East? Or that Lord Neville of Raby claimed the right to enter Durham cathedral once a year and make an offering of a recently killed stag on the altar in Durham Cathedral?

The North East region is rich in a history of now-forgotten folk traditions, performances, plays and rituals. Rediscover your past at this free exhibition.

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Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience over 900 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College. Tours will be available at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

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Beautiful birds

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham

Sunday 1 - Tuesday 31 May
Pick up a free Explorer Pack from the Visitor Centre and see which birds you can discover in the Garden this month. (subject to availability)

Tradtional Crafts Weekend

10:00am to 4:00pm, Durham University Botanic Garden
Saturday 30 April - Monday 2 May
Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will demonstrate their craft skills in the garden.

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On the Threshold II: Formal Presence

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

29 January - 19 May 2016
This exhibition aims to present the meaning of our existence in a post-internet society and the lived experience of different cultures mainly through the mediums of painting and photography while exploring the use of colour.

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Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front

10:00am to 6:00pm, Palace Green Library

Friday 25 March - Sunday 2 October
100 years on, this commemorative exhibition will explore the reality of the Battle of the Somme through the eyes of the people from County Durham who were there. Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front tells the stories of the people from County Durham caught up in the battle: the men who fought and died on the battlefield; the women who nursed the wounded and comforted the dying; and the workers who toiled in factories, mines and shipyards across the county to support the war effort.

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12:00pm to 1:00pm, Maiden Castle

Every Monday throughout the academic year
Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing. Regular Pilates practise can help improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress.
Open to beginners - intermediate.

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Japanese Children's Day

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum

Celebrate Japanese Children's Day with traditional carp banner making and origami crafts for all the family.

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