These free events might be just up your street after the school holidays have come to an end.

If you've had an expensive Easter Bank Holiday with all the Durham events that were on offer, then a few free events might be just the ticket.

We've tried to find some ticketless events that will appeal both to families and adults, so take a look through and see what's available.

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#1: North Pennines AONB: Pow Hill Biohunt

Have a day outdoors for free while also doing something worthwhile. The North Pennines AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) is holding a Pow Hill Biohunt, in association with City Nature Challenge 2019: North East England.

Join the Cold-blooded and Spineless project in representing the North East as they try to record as many invertebrate species as possible. Pow Hill at Derwent Reservoir is a Special Invertebrate Site, managed by Durham County Council. You can read more about Pow Hill and see a 360 picture in our Derwent Reservoir virtual tour, or read about the Derwent Reservoir wildlife you might expect to see there.

With coniferous woodland, heathland and bog, there is a wide range of habitats to explore and species to find. The North Pennines AONB Pow Hill Biohunt takes place on Saturday April 27 from 1pm to 4pm. Meet at the Pow Hill Country Park car park (GR: NZ 01184 51671) from where the group will walk the Special Invertebrate Site transect, recording what they find.

Wear suitable footwear and clothing.

#2: Teesdale Book Fair

Enjoy an afternoon browsing, searching through and buying books at the Teesdale Book Fair.

There will be new books and second hand books at the event, which takes place on Saturday April 27 from 12-4pm. It's free to enter, and is being held at the TCR HUB events venue, on Shaw Bank in Barnard Castle (postcode DL12 8TD).

There'll be more than just books at the Teesdale Book Fair, however, with street food, acoustic music, stationery for sale and storytelling sessions with readings from children's books.

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#3: Rival Arts Easter fair, Ushaw

On Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and April 28, Ushaw will be holding the Rival Arts Easter fair. You can expect a wide variety of homemade food, drink, arts and crafts on display. It takes place 10am to 4pm each day.

#4: Ping Pong Parlour, Dalton Park

This event is finishing this week, so catch it before it goes. Created by Table Tennis England, the Ping Pong Parlours opened in several locations with the simple idea of letting people pick up a bat and have a go at table tennis when they're out and about shopping - for free.

The Dalton Park Ping Pong Parlour is located in units 67-68, next door to FatFace, and is open 11am-5pm daily until Wednesday April 24.

#5: North Eastern Determination, Both Fair and Foul, People's Bookshop

Another Durham event that's finishing soon, North Eastern Determination, Both Fair and Foul is an exhibition of illustrations by Durham artist Helen Temperley. Helen is a County Durham-based professional illustrator with a passion for history and cultural heritage.

North Eastern Determination, Both Fair and Foul is at The Peoples Bookshop on Saddler Street in the centre of Durham, 12-5pm until Tuesday April 30.

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