These free events for April 1-7 are a great way to stay entertained throughout the week without having to pay out.

While many of the biggest Durham events are ticketed, there are plenty of free things to do too. We've pulled together some events for this week - take a look below.

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#1: Durham Doggy Social, Whisky River

Has your family got a four-legged friend (not a horse...)? From 12-5pm on Sunday April 7 2019, you can enjoy a dog walk along the Durham riverside.

Run by Whisky River bar and cafe which is on the riverside in Prince Bishops Shopping Centre near Elvet Bridge, they will be handing out Durham city walking maps and collecting donations for their nominated charity, Stray Aid. A chance to socialise with your best pal in the company of like-minded people. Remember to take leads and poo bags.

You can get more information by phoning Whisky River on 0191 384 9511.

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#2: New Norman Cornish Exhibition, Spennymoor Town Hall

The new Norman Cornish exhibition at Spennymoor Town Hall has some fabulous additions. The permanent refurbishment of the John Kitson Archway at Spennymoor Town Hall includes an amazing display of Norman Cornish work infused onto glass with back lighting.

Also, available within Spennymoor Town Hall's Bob Abley Art Gallery is the 'Durham Miners Gala Exhibition' by Norman Cornish, which is complemented by work from other top regional artists depicting the social history of County Durham and the North East, with all the art available for sale.

The Norman Cornish Exhibition is open Monday to Friday 12-4pm and 10am-2pm on Saturdays. For more information call 01388 815276.

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#3: Northern Crafts, Witham Theatre

Head to the Witham Theatre in Barnard Castle to enjoy the Northern Crafts craft fair, which will include jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted gifts, puzzles, wooden gifts, bags and vintage. It's on Saturday April 6 from 10.30am-3.30pm.

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#4: Wild Woods Natural Art, Tanfield Lea

Create clay sculptures and decorate the trees in the Tanfield Lea woodland using materials you find. You can also make name badges and necklaces from natural materials, all led by an experienced Earth Educator. The activities are aimed at children aged three to 12 years old.

Wild Woods Natural Art takes place on Saturday April 6 from 10am to 12 noon, and is free, but you need to book a ticket.

Book for the Wild Woods Natural Art here.

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