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Durham University

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.

Tuesday 15 October 2019

New Fitness Classes at Durham University

12:15pm to 2:20pm, The Dojo room, Maiden Castle Sports and Wellness Park, Durham, DH1 3SE

With the opening of the new sports and wellness facilities - I would like to share the weekly additional classes on offer at Maiden Castle; including Yoga, Barre and Pilates

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


Interface Arts presents 'East Meets West'

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

Interface Arts is a network for artists in County Durham and the surrounding areas. This exhibition showcases works influenced by both the Oriental Museum’s collections and Durham University’s contemporary Western Art collections.

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


Prehistoric Pioneers: a journey through life in Bronze Age Britain

10:00am to 4:00pm, Museum of Archaeology

This exciting exhibition explores the daily lives of our prehistoric ancestors. Discover their pioneering inventions, and a never-before-seen Bronze Age hoard recently discovered in County Durham. Explore life in ancient Britain, from warfare to rituals, and the way Bronze Age people buried weapons and treasure in hidden hoards. This exhibition gives a face to prehistoric people, and challenges the idea that these were ‘primitive’ cultures.

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


Things from Home

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

This installation of contemporary ceramics is inspired by the objects, landscapes and food that international students miss most when they are away from home. The works were created by award winning ceramic artist, Katrin Moye.

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


Wednesday 16 October 2019

Yoga

7:15am to 8:00am, The Dojo room, Maiden Castle Sports and Wellness Park, Durham, DH1 3SE

Enjoy an early morning Yoga Class in our new Sports and Wellbeing Park, every Wednesday until Christmas.
Classes are open to all and cost £5 or free to gym members.


Barre Exercise class

9:30am to 10:30am, The Dojo room, Maiden Castle Sports and Wellness Park, Durham, DH1 3SE

Try a Barre class on a Wednesday morning, just one of the fitness classes held in the newly extended and refurbished Maiden Castle Sports and Wellbring Park facilities.
Classes are open to all and cost £5 or free to gym members.

Another Barre Class takes place on Wednesday mornings, 9.30am - 10.30am


Wednesday Pilates

10:30am to 11:30am, The Dojo room, Maiden Castle Sports and Wellness Park, Durham, DH1 3SE

Take a Pilates class at Maiden Castle this morning, or join the alternative class on Minday lunchtime 12.15pm - 1.15pm

Classes are open to all and cost £5 or free to gym members.


Durham Charity Rugby Match vs Northumbria

4:00pm to 8:00pm, Durham City Rugby Club

Durham University Rugby 1st XV will play local rivals Northumbria University at Durham City's rugby.
Come along and support the Palatinates mens and womens teams in what promises to be a high quality games.

Contact ellie.j.rawnsley@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 17 October 2019

Barre exercise class every Thursday

12:15pm to 1:15pm, The Dojo room, Maiden Castle Sports and Wellness Park, Durham, DH1 3SE

Join a Barre exercise class this lunchtime or try a session on Wednesdays at 9.30am
Classes are open to all and cost £5 or free to gym members.


Shoestring Poetry Press Reading

5:00pm to 6:00pm, St Chad's College Chapel

A Durham Book Festival Fringe event featuring three brilliant poets with thirteen full collections between them. Free admission, all welcome!

Contact s.r.regan@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Durham Soup 001: Places

6:30pm to 9:30pm, The Old Cinema Launderette, Gilesgate, Durham

Collaboration, community & new connections: Interested in winning funding and expert support for your campaign, new business or big idea for people in Durham..?

Contact paul.drury-bradey@durham.ac.uk or durhamsoup@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Saturday 19 October 2019

Go Guerilla Girls!

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

The Guerrilla Girls are protest artists who create artworks using facts and figures, all while wearing Gorilla masks! They fight against inequality in art museums and galleries. What would
you like to protest against?

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


Powerful Pop Art

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

See our new exhibition East Meets West and make your own Pop Art style collage.

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


Monday 21 October 2019

Pilates

12:05pm to 1:15pm, The Dojo room, Maiden Castle Sports and Wellness Park, Durham, DH1 3SE

Stretch and tone with a Pilates class:
Monday lunchtime 12.15pm - 1.15pm
Wednesday morning 10.30am - 11.30am

Classes are open to all and cost £5 or free to gym members.

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


Thursday 24 October 2019

Northern Lights at York Minster, featuring Durham's Ordered Universe project

9:00am to 9:00pm, York Minster, York

This autumn see York Minster in a different light with Northern Lights, an awe-inspiring light and sound installation inspired by Durham University research. The installation will transform the cathedral’s vast Nave with images and audio, some inspired by the work of the Ordered Universe project led by Durham University.


Friday 25 October 2019

The Choral Pilgrimage 2019: An Enduring Voice

7:30pm to 9:15pm, Durham Cathedral

Harry Christophers & The Sixteen

Contact oliver@thesixteen.com for more information about this event.


Saturday 26 October 2019

Rocking Roman Art

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

The Romans made magnificent artworks, from paintings to sculptures; they would adorn their homes with beautiful possessions. One art form they are most famous for is mosaics; make your own mosaic inspired by what you can see in our museum.

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


Mummy Masks

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

See the Ancient Egyptian mummy masks on display and decorate your own mask to take home.

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


THE BIG DRAW

1:00pm to 4:00pm, Durham Sixth Form Centre

Join the World's biggest celebration of drawing in 2019!
A moment in time

Contact e.v.dowler@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Diwali - special late night opening

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

This October come and celebrate the much loved Hindu festival of Diwali at the Oriental Museum! Celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights with this special late night opening.

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


Monday 28 October 2019

Haunting Halloween

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Botanic Garden

Join us for the ever-popular spooky mask making session and make a mask from the craft materials provided and by collecting items from the garden

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


Tuesday 29 October 2019

Project Mars

10:00am to 4:00pm, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

During Celebrate Science 2019, Palace Green Library will be screening a short 20-minute film about the planet Mars in our Learning Centre. We will also be displaying some of the award-winning posters from Project Mars, alongside a Mars inspired craft activity.

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


Celebrate Science 2019

10:00am to 4:00pm, Marquee, Palace Green, Durham

Now in its tenth year!
Our annual Celebrate Science festival returns to Palace Green for another 3 fun-packed and fascinating days of FREE children's events, activities, workshops and experiments celebrating science!


Wednesday 30 October 2019

Magic Moons

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

It's 50 years since the first moon landings. Spot some moons on display and make a glow-in-the-dark moon picture.

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


Saturday 2 November 2019

Auckland Castle Community Day

10:30am to 4:00pm, Auckland Castle

The Auckland Project are hosting a Community Day to celebrate the re-opening of Auckland Castle

Contact bookings@aucklandproject.org for more information about this event.


Durham Light Infantry Drummers

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

Music was important to those who served with the Durham Light Infantry. Drums were used to keep soldiers marching in time and at the right speed, try your hand at assembling your own mini drum.

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


Saturday 9 November 2019

Creative Crowns

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

The Prince Bishops of Durham Castle loved to wear a crown and decorate everything they owned with symbols of crowns. Become royalty for the day and wear a crown upon your head.

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


The Durham Singers: The Souls of the Righteous

7:30pm to 9:00pm, St Cuthbert's Chapel, Ushaw College

The Durham Singers and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble perform music for remembrance and consolation by Purcell, Schütz, Bach, Howells and Francis Pott.

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


Saturday 16 November 2019

Norman Cornish Collage

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

Displayed in Palace Green Library are some of Norman Cornish's sketchbooks, a famous artist from County Durham. Celebrate the North East's heritage this weekend and the opening of this exhibition by making a different type of drawing, a collage.

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


Saturday 23 November 2019

Northern Poets

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

During our Norman Cornish exhibition we will have loads of fun events, including poetry readings! Write your own poem today, using Cornish's sketchbook as your muse, who or what will you write about?

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


Saturday 30 November 2019

Swashbuckling Swords

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

Palace Green Library stands on a World Heritage Site, famous for knights and soldiers. Search our Museum of Archaeology and find out all about swords that have been used throughout history. Decorate your sword, name it and take it home.

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


Tuesday 3 December 2019

Behind the Scenes at the Bowes Museum

5:45pm to 7:00pm, Gala Theatre, Durham

The Bowes Museum is one of the jewels in County Durham’s crown. Those who care for and work with its collections discuss their work and share insights into its history and current activities.

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


Saturday 25 January 2020

Durham Choral Society January Concert

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

Programme to include Faure's Requiem and Woods' This Joyous Night.

Contact tickets@durhamchoralsociety.org.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 29 February 2020

A British Museum touring exhibition Pushing paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now

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

A British Museum touring exhibition illustrating how artists experiment with the power of paper to express their ideas pushing the medium in new directions.

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