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Archaeology Day returns to County Hall

A popular archaeology day focusing on fascinating discoveries and research in County Durham is returning to County Hall next month.

This year’s Archaeology Day, organised and hosted by Durham County Council, will take place on Saturday, 10 March, and will include a series of talks on topics including the ongoing investigations at Auckland Castle and information around a community excavation at Piercebridge Roman fort.

The day will also discuss research on the remains of the Scottish soldiers found at Palace Green and include a talk on the Roman fleet diploma discovered near Lanchester Roman fort last year.

There will also be a range of displays and bookstalls in the Durham Room.

David Mason, principal archaeologist at Durham County Council, said: “Archaeology Day has always been a popular event because it gives people the chance to find out more about what has been going on in our region in the previous year in archaeology.

“There is so much fascinating history to see and discover here in Durham and we would urge anyone interested in the event to buy tickets as soon as they are on sale as we know they will sell out quickly.”

The day runs from 9.50am to 4.20pm, with tickets priced at £16 per person or £12 for students, including a buffet lunch and refreshments.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Monday, 19 February and can be bought by visiting and choosing Archaeology Day from the services listed.

Alternatively call 03000 266 000 to book a place and pay over the phone.

Time to go crazy with your imagination.


It’s time for another cake decorating competition , this time is all about Christmas.

The competition is for 11-14 year olds, ( no help from parents please -we can tell)
Leave your -Name, date of birth, contact details with your cake

The details:
Closing date- December 15th at 4pm 11-14yr olds
Round cake -10″
Go crazy , think outside the box , as Christmassy as you can make it.

The competition will be judged by our customers, in an anonymous judging.

It’s not about the cake flavour, so don’t worry about the taste , it’s all about the decoration.

We won’t be able to return the entered cakes, so take a picture for you to keep.

And the prize- a gift basket filled with cake decorating and sugar craft items similar to the one in the picture.

Please share with anyone you think may be interested

4B The Market Place
County Durham
DL13 2UL

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Father Christmas’ grand parade to launch Christmas past at Beamish

Father Christmas will arrive in spectacular style at Beamish Museum this Saturday (18th November) in a magnificent parade featuring horses, huskies, fire engines, bands and period vehicles.

Crowds will line The 1900s Town street to cheer on the procession, before Father Christmas leads the countdown to the Christmas tree lights switch-on, signaling the start of the magical festive season at Beamish. He will then take up residence in his cosy Grotto at Pockerley Waggonway, with his reindeer nearby.

Father Christmas will be joined in the parade by Mrs. Claus in her sleigh pulled by huskies, alongside fire engines from the 1920s to present day, horse-drawn carriages, period vehicles and cycles, costumed folk and music from the Borneo Band, Houghton Brass Band and the Beamish Choir.

The procession will leave Pockerley Waggonway at 1 pm on Saturday (18th November) before making its way through The 1900s Town and down to the Winter Fun Fair for the switch-on of the tree lights.

Christmas at Beamish will run every day from 18th November until 24th December, as Christmas past comes to life in the Georgian, Edwardian and 1940s eras, with traditional festive food, decorations, music, and song.

Visitors can enjoy a spin on the real ice rink at the Winter Fun Fair from this Saturday, browse the stalls at the Christmas Bazaar in The Town park and join in the festivities at 1820s Pockerley, 1900s Town, 1900s Pit Village, and The 1940s Farm.

Paul Foster, Beamish’s Historic Events Officer, said: “We’re so excited to be welcoming Father Christmas to Beamish in such a fantastically festive fashion, with this magnificent parade through the museum.

“There’ll be everything from huskies and horses to fabulous fire engines, musicians, and vehicles. Come and join us this Saturday to see the arrival of Father Christmas and celebrate the launch of the festive season at Beamish.”

Beamish Unlimited Passes, which are valid for 12 months, can be used for Christmas at Beamish daytimes. Beamish is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm (last admission 3 pm, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day). A small extra charge applies for Father Christmas’ Grotto, ice rink, gallopers, and sideshows.

Christmas at Beamish is followed by Twelfth Night festivities from 27th December to 6th January, including music, pantomime, dancing, food, first-footing and family activities.

Dated: 18/12/2016
Christmas 2016 at Beamish Open Air Museum in County Durham.
CONSENT FORMS NOTE  (adults) Rachel Coad and Frances Coad
(children) Tia and Amara Gavriel












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The Empire – Cinema and Theatre

The Glass Castle (12a)
A young woman reflects on her unconventional upbringing at the hands of her artsy, nonconformist parents, which sometimes resulted in the family living in poverty. Now married to a man who works in finance in New York, she faces criticism from her parents that she’s betrayed their values. Based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by Jeannette Walls.

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Featured Events
The Glass Castle (12a) 

Mon 30th October – Thu 2nd November 2017

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3D Geostorm (12a)

Fri 3rd – Thu 9th November 2017

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2D Geostorm (12a)

Sat 4th – Tue 7th November 2017

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The Death of Stalin (15)

Fri 10th – Thu 16th November 2017

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Thor: Ragnarok (12a)

Fri 17th – Thu 23rd November 2017

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Murder On The Orient Express (12a) 

Sat 2nd – Thu 14th December 2017

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3D Justice League (tbc) 

Fri 15th – Thu 21st December 2017

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2D Justice League (tbc) 

Mon 18th – Thu 28th December 2017

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Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool (15)

Fri 29th December – Thu 4th January 2018

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My Little Pony: The Movie (U)

Tue 2nd – Sat 6th January 2018

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3D Star Wars: The Last Jedi (tbc)

Fri 5th – Thu 18th January 2018

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2D Star Wars: The Last Jedi (tbc) 

Sat 6th – Wed 17th January 2018

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Opening Times

Mon – Sat: 10am – 3pm Tue – Sat: 6.30pm – 9pm Sundays – open 1 hour prior to performance. Closed Bank Holidays


Front Street, Consett, Co Durham DH8 5AB

Empire Theatre & Cinema is a facility provided by Durham County Council and operated by Leisureworks

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Stanhope Community Association Events

Stanhope Community Association

11 Front Street, STANHOPE, County Durham, DL13 2NQ
Telephone : 01388 528955  e-mail
Charity No : 1166351

MONDAY 9.30am – 10.30am WellBeing for Life – Circuits/Exercise
12noon – 2.00pm Learn Bridge
2.00pm – 5.00pm Intermediate Bridge
6.30pm – 8.30pm Ukulele Group – beginners welcome
TUESDAY 10.00am – 12 noon Tiffany Style Glass
10.00am – 12 noon Community Bank
10.00.00am – 12noon German Language
12.00 noon – 1.30pm Table Tennis
WEDNESDAY 9.30am – 10.30am Exercise
10.30am – 11.30am Pilates
10.00am – 12.00 noon Creative Writing
1.00pm – 4.00pm Textile Group  – Fibre Folk
6.00pm – 7.00pm Exercise
  7.00pm – 8.00pm Pilates
6.30pm – 8.30pm Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – 1st Wednesday of month
THURSDAY 9.30am– 12.30pm Pottery
FRIDAY 10.00a.m. – 12.30 pm SEWING GROUP /Patchwork
11.00a.m. – 12.00 noon Boccia
7.30pm Whist Drive – 1st and 3rd Friday of month
SATURDAY 10.00am – 12noon MATHS TUITION – see Posters

  Garage Sale – Saturdays – look for board!!! Whist Drive Saturday 11th November @ 2.00pm – all Welcome!!

Stanhope Community Association – Event List 47- November 2017