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Balloons In Durham

6:30am to 10:00am, Palace Green and Houghall Campus

Look to the skies as Durham horizon lights up with hot air balloons galore!
A brand-new festival, Balloons In Durham, is like nothing you've ever seen before. Enjoy a weekend of family fun this Spring Bank Holiday. All activities are subject to weather conditions.


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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Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


A Good Reputation Endures Forever: The Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front

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

An exhibition exploring the role of the thousands of Chinese who risked their lives alongside the British armed forces during the First World War. This exhibition examines the vital role of the Chinese Labour Corps using historic photographs and objects created by the men at the front.

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Durham MEMSA Community Course 2017: Alchemy, Astronomy, Witchcraft and Magic, c. 500-1700 AD

6:00pm to 6:00pm, World Heritage Site Visitors Centre

This eight week community course, brought to you by Durham’s Medieval and Early Modern Student Association, will introduce you to the weirder and more wonderful side of medieval and renaissance culture.

Contact admin.imems@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


"To the Life" Art Exhibition

9:00am to 6:00pm, Trevelyan College, Durham

Local artist Allan Archibald exhibits this collection of paintings in Trevelyan College.

Contact janet.n.evans@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Time Machines: the past, the future, and how stories take us there

10:00am to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library

This exhibition asks, How big is time? And what will the future be like?
The sheer enormity of time is a mind-bending concept - one which humans have always tried to measure and understand. Step through a portal and journey through time as we reveal how advances in science allowed authors to create stories that transport us to the distant past, parallel universes, and future worlds.

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Fun Flags

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Design your own battalion flag to remember your visit to the DLI Gallery.

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Time for Tea

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Find out about the mysterious Japanese tea ceremony and decorate a teapot.

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.



Visitor Attractions

Durham Festival of the Arts 2017

2nd – 23rd June 2017

Durham Festival of the Arts is an exciting 3 week festival organised by Music Durham and Durham Student Theatre. The exciting programme of events includes a whole host of exciting performances in venues across the city.
Visit the website for details and booking www.dfoa.co.uk