Events in Weardale

Weardale has a wide variety of events throughout the year ranging from its popular agricultural shows to more unusual hay and sheep shows,  from the Wear Valley Food Festival to its regular Farmers Markets, from majot cycling events to The Polar Express.

Check our calendar (left) and event organiser websites (below) for the latest information.

Use the advanced search facility on the calendar to find events in particular places or on particular days.

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Killhope Events

Killhope Lead-mining Museum is a real adventure and it has a programme of events for the whole family which run throughout the year.  Tour the mine, walk in the woodland, visit the exhibitions, see the wildlife.

Open daily throughout the season.

Contact 01388 537505 Website Events
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AONB Partnership Events

Check the AONB Partnership website for the events which they organise throughout the year. !!!  These need to be booked in advance.

The North Pennine AONB partnership also produce a series of excellent leaflets and publications about the countryside which can be obtained from their office or via the website.

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Show Time

The Agricultural Shows in August and September are the main events on the Dales calendar.

  • Weardale Agricultural Show - St John's Chapel - last weekend in August  01388 537606
  • Wolsingham Agricultural Show - Scotch Isle Farm, - first weekend in September 01388 527862 
  • Stanhope Agricultural Show - Unthank Park, - second weekend in September. 01388 529116
    • Eastgate Hay Show - First weekend in February
    • Eastgate Sheep Show - Last weekend in May
    • Contact Paul Collinson,
      Billingsheild Farm, Eastgate, Co. Durham, DL13 2LG
      01388 517374
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The Polar Express

” The Polar Express" will run again in November and through December.

Contact 01388 526203, Website Events page
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Cycling Events

Roof of England Sportive

Starting from St. John's Chapel, The Roof of England Sportive gives riders the choice of 90, 50 and 30 mile routes over the most glorious countryside and through the most welcoming of Pennine villages.


Tour of the Reservoir Race

The Tour of the Reservoir Race, (11th and 12th April 2015) attracts some of the world's best racing.


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Bishop Auckland Food Festival in the Durham Dales

The Food Festival held in April at Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland is the largest food festival in the North East.

Simon Rimmer, the star of ‘Sunday Brunch’ and the successful spin off ‘Daily Brunch’ will be once again cooking up a storm in the celebrity kitchen. The 2015 Food Festival is from Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th April



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Mighty Wurlitzer Concerts

The North East Theatre Organ Association holds monthly concerts in Howden-le-Wear on their Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.

Contact: David Kirkbride, Tel 01388 762467.



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Highlights Rural Touring Scheme

Over 80 volunteer groups across Cumbria, County Durham and Northumberland participate in The Highlights Rural Touring Scheme a programme of high quality professional, theatre, music, dance and craft events for village halls, schools and community centres, including several Weardale venues.



For more events easily reached from Weardale

Log on to the websites of

Gala Theatre - Durham
Bishop Auckland Town Hall
Consett Empire
Darlington Civic Theatre and Arts Centre
The Bowes Museum, at Barnard Castle
The Queen's Hall, Hexham
The Sage, Gateshead
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Sunderland Empire
Witham Hall, Barnard Castle


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