We've found the best free activities that you can enjoy this week, and as ever there's plenty going on.
From ticketless events through to free exhibitions and activities, we've found what's on this week for free, July 1-7 2019.
#1: Art exhibition, Bowlees
The Bowlees visitor centre, not far from High Force waterfall in Teesdale, is hosting an exhibition of art and photographs by Andy Beck, an award-winning Teesdale artist. The Bowlees visitor centre art exhibition runs from Tuesday July 2 until Wednesday July 31, from 10am to 5pm, and is free entry.
#2: Allotment workshops, Bishop Auckland
Learn about planting vegetables and horticulture skills at these drop in sessions. Part of Incredible Edible Bishop Auckland and in collaboration with Cultivate4Life, you can drop in to Woodhouse Close Allotment in Bishop Auckland (postcode DL14 6QH) on Tuesday July 2 and every subsequent Tuesday at 9.30-11am or 3.30-4.30pm. No experience is necessary and it's family friendly.
#3: Durham Dales Craft Fair, Stanhope
The Durham Dales Craft Fair is on at the Durham Dales Centre in Stanhope (postcode DL13 2FJ) on Friday July 5, from 11am until 3pm. It's run by Wolsingham Gift and Craft Fair and has a variety of produce such as jams and chutneys, and crafts including greetings cards. Call Chris on 07813629304 for more information.
#4: Cricket fever, Hamsterley Forest
Active Forests at Hamsterley Forest is hosting a cricket fever event on Saturday and Sunday July 6 and 7. To coincide with the cricket world cup there'll be informal cricket matches, family activities and cream teas. Call 01388 488312 for more information.
#5: Garden Gig with John Gatenby, Blanchland
The Gatehouse at the Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland (postcode DH8 9SP) is hosting a free gig in the Crewe garden with live music from local lad John Gatenby. The event is free to attend although you'll need to pay for food and drink. There'll be a barbecue. It's on Saturday July 6 from 3-5pm.
#6: Northern Crafts, Witham
The Witham arts centre in Barnard Castle is hosting a craft sale with some fantastic locally-made items for sale, including jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, and vintage items. You're bound to find something you like amongst that little lot.
Northern Crafts takes place on Saturday July 6 at the Witham in Barnard Castle, and entry is free. Call 01833 631107 for more information.
#7: Armed Forces Day, Bearpark
Bearpark Community Centre in Institute Terrace, Bearpark (postcode DH7 7AG) is hosting the Bearpark Armed Forces Day on Saturday July 6 from 12-4pm. The funday will have a field kitchen, a flag raising, climbing wall, games, cadets, face painting, sideshows, military memorabilia and refreshments. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07977076517.
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#8: Durham coastal footpath walk – Seaham to Crimdon
This is a free Durham walk on Sunday July 7, part of the SeaScapes series. No dogs allowed. It's led by Deborah Hannaby and needs a very good level of fitness and stout boots, covering nine miles in six hours. It starts at 10am and will focus on local heritage and nature. Take a packed lunch.
Booking is essential, on 03000 266 678, and full details of starting place will be given on booking.
#9: Wharton Park: Summer Brass Series
There will be a series of free Sunday afternoon Brass in the Park concerts, by some of the county's finest brass bands, performed in the Wharton Park amphitheatre. The first is on Sunday July 7 from 1-3pm.
#10: Durham Doggy Social, Whisky River
Get together with other dog lovers at Whisky River's regular Durham Doggy Social. From 12-5pm on Sunday July 7, walk along the Durham riverside with your four legged friend, then have a hot drink and slice of cake in the company of other dog owners.
Whisky River bar and cafe is on the riverside in Prince Bishops Shopping Centre near Elvet Bridge. Collect a Durham city walking map and give a donation for their nominated charity, Stray Aid. Remember to take leads and poo bags. Call 0191 384 9511 for more information.
#11: Story Busking Sessions, Witham Arts Centre
Town crier Ian Kirkbride reads stories at the Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle, either in the cafe or outside in the meadow depending on the weather. It's free and is on Sunday July 7 at 10am.
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