Looking for free activities to fill your spare time? We've rounded up all the ticketless events and activities for this week, June 3-9 2019.
There're always plenty of things to do in Durham, so whether it's child-friendly activities or something for after work one evening, take a look below at what's on without having to pay.
#1: Free two day music festival, Newton Aycliffe
On Saturday and Sunday June 8-9, Aycliffe Radio presents a two day open air live music festival in Newton Aycliffe Town Centre mall. The event is free to attend and will include a selection of local performers, and runs from 12-6pm.
#2: Durham Kayak Club Open Day, Durham
Want to try your hand at kayaking and other river sports? Durham Kayak Club is holding a free Paddle Sport Open Day for people to go along and try out a new activity. If you're aged over 11, then go along and have a go, stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, sit on top canoes, and playboards.
The Durham Kayak Club Open Day is being held at the Corn Mill, South Street Banks, in Durham, on Sunday June 9 between 10.30am and 3.30pm. For more information or to book, contact @DurhamKayakClub on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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#3: Open Farm Sunday, Raby Castle
As part of the Open Farm Sunday event, Raby Castle is opening its Raby Home Farm to the public, for free. Taking place on Sunday June 9 from 10am to 4pm, you can learn about how Raby Home Farm looks after the environment and about farm stewardship, and you can see the oilseed, barley and wheat crops, and meet the animals from sheep to Longhorn cattle and deer.
There will also be trailer rides every hour from 10.30am to 3.30pm. These are free but you need to book a place here.
#4: Seaham Food Festival, Seaham seafront
#5: Pentecost Evensong and Procession, Durham Cathedral
Pentecost calls to mind the descent of the Holy Spirit to Jesus' disciples and the beginning of their mission to take God's word out into the world. Incense is offered, and the choir sings music to commemorate this feast. The service concludes with a procession to the Easter Garden in the Galilee Chapel, where the Paschal Candle is extinguished, marking the end of the Easter season.
Durham Cathedral Pentecost Evensong and Procession is on Sunday June 9 at 3.30pm.
#6: Summer in the City, Durham city centre
The Summer in the City is a celebration of Durham's art, music and theatre scene. With events predominantly throughout June, there's lots of variety and some of it is free. You can read our Durham Summer in the City guide or our full Durham Summer in the City theatre listings.
#7: Final year recitals, Durham University Music Department
Durham University final year music students are performing a series of free recitals from Tuesday to Thursday June 4-6. Held at the Durham University Music Department on Palace Green, the individual recitals will last for 45 minutes.
On Tuesday June 5 are:
10am: Tarquin Strickland (cello)
11am: Serena Holbech (voice)
12pm: Lydia Marshall (voice)
2pm: Alex Akhurst (voice)
3pm: Christopher Knight (voice)
On Wednesday June 5 are:
11am: William Harrison (piano)
12pm: Rory McNeilage (voice)
2pm: Zachary Fox (saxophone)
3pm: James Draper (voice)
4pm: Ellie Holland (flute)
On Thursday June 6 are:
10am: Emilie Harlow (flute)
11am: David Hedley (oboe)
12pm: Hannah Thomson (voice)
2pm: Richard Johnsen (voice)
3pm Amy Porter (voice)
#8: Go Wild, Durham Botanic Gardens
Part of the Summer in the City Durham festival, Go Wild at Durham Botanic Gardens is a workshop where you can combine wildlife and art by making your very own garden treasure to take home. It takes place from 1-3pm on Saturday June 8 and is free.
#9: Craft sale, Barnard Castle
St Mary's Parish Hall in Barnard Castle hosts a table top and craft sale on the first and last Saturday of the month from February until December. It's open from 9.30am to 3.30pm and sells items such as cakes, plants, jewellery, handmade items, bric-a-brac, books and collectables.
#10: Wild, Palace Green Library
Wild is a free exhibition at Palace Green Library in the centre of Durham. It's a celebration of the natural history of the British Isles, and will show how animals have adapted to live and thrive in the varied environments across the country.
Held in the Palace Green Library gallery, Wild exhibition has games and activities, including a free gallery trail to complete, and also includes some treasures from the Palace Green Library Special Collections including 19th Century Boys Own Annuals and hand painted illustrations of British birds by ornithologist John Selby.
There will also be the chance to learn about the work of Durham Wildlife Trust, including taking part in their animal spotting programme Mammal Web.
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