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Discover fun activities this winter

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This November and December, you can discover a whole range of fun, seasonal events hosted by our Durham community. Whether it’s exploring the North East’s winter spectacles or crafting decorations for Diwali at our Oriental Museum, there are plenty of attractions and activities for all ages.

Join the Diwali celebrations at the Oriental Museum

Our students and community volunteers will spring into action to help celebrate the spectacular Indian festival of Diwali at the Oriental Museum on Tuesday 14 November, 6pm – 8pm.

Diwali is the Indian festival of lights and is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists. It marks the victory of good over evil and hope over despair.

Visitors can take part in traditional prayers to the goddess Lakshmi, try delicious vegetarian snacks and arts and craft activities. There will also be a Rajasthani-style puppet performance to enjoy, inspired by Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, art and music. Plus, live Indian raga music.

To ensure a smooth service, visitors will be asked to choose a food slot upon booking.

Charlotte Spink, Learning Coordinator at the Oriental Museum said: 

This year we have collaborated with the Durham University Hindu Society to host these wonderful celebrations. I want to thank them and all our community and student volunteers who help us every year to make this such as welcoming and inclusive event for everyone.

Mitali Goel, President of Durham University Hindu Society, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone to the Diwali event at the Oriental Museum. Diwali is a very special time of year and coming together with family and friends is one important part of the celebrations.”

Tickets are £3 for adults and children (under-5s free) and must be booked in advance via Eventbrite.

Also in November

All throughout November our Botanic Garden welcomes you to follow our Nature Trails to find objects hidden among trees and plants. Search for pictures of animals inhabiting the foliage that closely resembles their own natural habitat, like a squirrel in a hazelnut tree, or a panda in the bamboo grove!

Running from Thursday 16 - Sunday 19 November, Lumiere is back with a nocturnal art experience of spectacular light installations by over 30 artists. You can read more about the biennial spectacle over in our special feature on Lumiere.

Moving into December

Durham Christmas Festival will be running from Friday 1 December to Sunday 3 December. You can visit the Christmas markets, enjoy family entertainment, or even take part in the annual Children’s Lantern Parade.

There’s also lots of festive fun to be had at Durham Castle, where visitors can see the Christmas tree, enjoy seasonal music and sample festive refreshments. Children can also follow the Castle trail, enjoy festive crafts and take part in a range of activities.

Find out more

That’s not all for 2023. From workshops to talks, there are plenty more things to do this winter. Head to our website to discover more.



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