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What's On

Family and Community

Whether you choose to visit a museum, stroll in the Botanic Garden, attend a lecture, view an exhibition, see a play or live musical performace, there is always something to see and do in and around the University. Our busy programme of activities and events offers a great range of things to enjoy for all the family.

Wednesday 26 July 2017

Learn to Row Summer Camp

9:30am to 4:30pm, The Graham Sports Centre (Maiden Castle, DH1 3SE)

Our Learn to Row camp is for participants aged 11-16 who have never rowed before. Based on the River Wear and using our state of the art indoor rowing tank and ergo gallery, this camp is ideal for anyone with an interest in rowing who is looking for an opportunity to finally get out on the water!

Contact teamdurham.holidaycamps@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.


Junior Development Sculling Camp

8:30am to 4:30pm, The Graham Sports Centre (Maiden Castle, DH1 3SE)

Following on from the success of our Learn to Row Camps, we now offer a 5 day camp for Juniors aged 11-16 with some experience of the sport. The focus of the week will be on improving confidence and technique on the water in all boat types; progressing to a single scull regatta at the end of the week.

Contact teamdurham.holidaycamps@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


DECAY: Time, Objects & Destruction

10:00am to 5:00pm, Archaeology Museum, Palace Green Library, Durham, DH1 3RN

16 June - 29 October

Find out about the hidden world of decay in museums through this exhibition looking at the effects of time on objects.

Contact archaeology.museum@durham.ac.uk 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.


Humour, History, and Methodology: A Multidisciplinary and Trans-Professional Enquiry

9:00am to 5:00pm, Collingwood College, Durham University

The Humours of the Past (HOP) Network brings together researchers and practitioners with a mutual stake in understanding, interpreting and communicating humour of various kinds from particular times and cultural contexts.

Contact conferenceadministration.service@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Durham Castle Tours

10:15am to 12:15pm, 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 10.15am and 12.15pm.

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


Festival of Archaeology: Chinese Tombs

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

Pop along to our object handling station and explore objects found in ancient Chinese tombs with the help of our curator. Suitable for all.

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


Thursday 27 July 2017

Durham Castle Tours

2:00pm to 2:00pm, 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 10.15am, 11.15am and 12.15pm.

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


Friday 28 July 2017

Durham Castle Tours

10:15am 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 10.15am, 11.15am, 1.45pm, 2.15pm, 2.45pm, 3:15pm, 3.45pm and 4:15pm.

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


Historic Durham Tours

12:30pm to 2:30pm

Enjoy a tour of Durham’s history in the magnificent setting of Durham’s World Heritage Site and hear local tales and stories from the last 1000 years. Discover why Durham was such an important city in the medieval period, why the Normans had a difficult time and how St Cuthbert helped the city grow. The tours today will take place on 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

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


Festival of Archaeology: Dinky Dig!

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

A mini archaeological dig for children. All equipment provided. Be prepared to get muddy!

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


Saturday 29 July 2017

Roma Antiqua

11:00am to 3:00pm, Museum of Archaeology, Palace Green Library

Learn all about the Roman Army at the Museum of Archaeology today, with Roma Antiqua re-enactment group who will be turning the clock back 2000 years to demonstrate the life and skills of the Roman Army.

Free entry. Suitable for all.

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


Fabulous Flowers

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

Explore our touchable Hindu shrine and create your own beautiful paper lotus flower.

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


Sunday 30 July 2017

Junior Performance Sculling Camps

9:00am to 5:00pm, The Graham Sports Centre (Maiden Castle, DH1 3SE)

The Junior Performance Camp was introduced in 2007 as a residential course aimed at junior scullers of 14 -18 years. This year due to popular demand, we are splitting the group by age across two weeks and offering a camp for ages 13-16, followed by a week specifically for the 16+ age range.

Contact teamdurham.holidaycamps@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 31 July 2017

Durham Castle Tours

10:15am 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 10.15am, 11.15am. 12.15pm, 1.45pm, 2.15pm, 2.45pm, 3.45pm and 4:15pm.

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


Wednesday 2 August 2017

Family Fun Tour, 10.15pm

10:15am to 11:15am, Durham Castle

Bring the whole family and enjoy a family-focused tour around Durham Castle, with activities for children throughout the tour. Explore what it was to live and work in Durham Castle in the past and find out more about some of the characters that have made Durham Castle their home over the centuries.

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


Awesome Amulets

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

Follow in the footsteps of the Ancient Egyptians and create your own amulet necklace.

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


Friday 4 August 2017

Autism Friendly Family Activity: Soaring Sculptures

10:30am to 12:30pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

A special early bird opening for children with autism, learning or sensory impairments.

Children with autism, learning or sensory impairments, together with their families and carers, are invited to take part in our quiet-time craft activities. Create your own 3D sculpture. Free with usual admission.

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


Soaring Sculptures

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

The Oriental Museum has lots of sculptures on display. Come and explore and make your own 3D sculpture.

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


Saturday 5 August 2017

Beautiful Bunnies

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

Take inspiration from Molang the rabbit and create your own crazy character.

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


Time Machines: Film Screenings

3:00pm, Gala Theatre, Durham

Back to the Future

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


Wednesday 9 August 2017

Smooth as Silk

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

Silk was an ancient Chinese secret. Learn how silk is made and make a slithery silkworm.

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


Friday 11 August 2017

Super Swords

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

Have a look at the swords on display in the galleries and create your own mighty weapon.

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


Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them

7:30pm to 8:30pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre, North Baily, Durham. DH1 3ET

Join Durham A Cappella group Northern Lights as they premier their latest show in Durham, before heading up to Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Make your way to the Assembly rooms for an hour long show-stopper which is perfect for all ages. Expect singing, dancing and of course absolutely NO instruments!

Contact acappella.society@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 12 August 2017

Wonderful Weather

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

Celebrate summer and make a Japanese fine weather doll.

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


Muddy Fingers Pottery workshop

1:30pm to 4:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Make your own teapot in this creative workshop, led by Muddy Fingers Pottery expert tutors.

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


Muddy Fingers Pottery workshop

1:30pm to 4:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Make your own teapot in this creative workshop, led by Muddy Fingers Pottery expert tutors.

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


Sunday 13 August 2017

Time Machines: Film Screenings

6:00pm to 10:00pm, Gala Theatre, Durham

H.G. Wells double bill - 'The Time Machine' and 'Time After Time'

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


Wednesday 16 August 2017

Powerful Pots

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

Explore the Oriental Museum's collection of Chinese ceramics and decorate your own mini vase to take home.

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


Thursday 17 August 2017

Family Fun Tour

10:15am to 11:00am, Durham Castle

Bring the whole family and enjoy a family-focused tour around Durham Castle, with activities for children throughout the tour. Explore what it was to live and work in Durham Castle in the past and find out more about some of the characters that have made Durham Castle their home over the centuries.

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


Friday 18 August 2017

Autism Friendly Family Activity: Lovely Lions

10:30am to 12:30pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

A special early bird opening for children with autism, learning or sensory impairments.

Children with autism, learning or sensory impairments, together with their families and carers, are invited to take part in our quiet-time craft activities. Make a lion mask. Free with usual admission.

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


Lovely Lions

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

Everyone loves our Chinese lion which hangs in our gallery. Come and say hello and make a lion mask.

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


Saturday 19 August 2017

Amazing Art

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

Make your own personal calligraphy portrait and see yourself as never before.

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


Wednesday 23 August 2017

Awesome Astronomy

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

The people of the ancient Near East were fantastic astronomers. Make your own telescope to look at the stars.

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


Friday 25 August 2017

Teacup Travels Special Event

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

Follow in the footsteps of Charlotte and Lokesh and create your own special Japanese inro container.

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


Saturday 26 August 2017

Prints with Pizzazz

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

Explore our Japanese prints and try making your own lino print.

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


Wednesday 30 August 2017

Hooray for Hieroglyphs

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

Create your own Ancient Egyptian cartouche and write your name in hieroglyphs.

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


Friday 29 September 2017

Resilience within the Rubble

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

Reconstructing the Kasthamandap and its past after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.

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


Saturday 7 October 2017

Durham Book Festival 2017

Various venues around Durham City

Saturday 7 - Sunday 15 October 2017.

Durham Book Festival is set to return this autumn taking place in and around the beautiful city. Events are held in a range of iconic venues including the historic Durham Town Hall, Durham Cathedral and the Gala Theatre.

The programme for the festival will be revealed on 9th August 2017.


Tuesday 10 October 2017

12th Global Toxicology and Risk Assessment Meeting

1:40pm to 1:40pm, London, UK

Canvassing New Innovations with the Depictive Version of Toxicology Study

Contact global@toxicologyconferences.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 21 October 2017

Monteverdi 1610 Vespers with I Fagiolini and Durham Singers

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Durham Cathedral

Hear one of the most ravishing pieces in the choral repertoire performed in Durham Cathedral under the direction of Monteverdi specialist Robert Hollingworth with soloists from his ensemble I Fagiolini

Contact info@durham-singers.org for more information about this event.


Tuesday 24 October 2017

Celebrate Science 2017

10:00am to 4:00pm, Celebrate Science Marquee, Palace Green

Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26 October
The free, family-friendly science festival returns this October half term.
Now in its 8th year, Celebrate Science will once again bring science to life, with amazing activities and exciting experiments showing younger children how science shapes their world.
Full progamme details to follow.