As the Christmas season draws near, the lively town of Consett and its neighbouring areas are abuzz with a variety of engaging events, each offering a unique slice of entertainment and culture to both locals and visitors. From artistic exhibitions and imaginative workshops to charming Christmas markets and spirited musical performances.
Christmas Elf Trail
- When: 16th – 31st December, from 10am daily
- Where: Cafe at Inn on the Park, Allensford Park
- What’s Happening: Embark on a fun trail to discover Santa’s elves hidden around Allensford Country Park. Complete the challenge by identifying all the elves’ names on a sheet, and enjoy a warming hot chocolate as a reward. Don’t miss the exciting prize draw on the final day!
Christmas Wreath Making Workshop
- When: 9th December 2023, with two sessions: 10:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 16:00
- Where: House of Botanics, The Byre, Leadgate, Consett, DH8 7SH
- What’s Happening: Dive into the festive spirit by creating your own Christmas wreath using natural materials. This workshop is perfect for all, regardless of experience. Optionally, indulge in a festive afternoon tea to complete your day.
Durham Cathedral Events
- When: Various dates from 1st November 2023 to January 2024
- Where: Durham Cathedral
- What’s Happening: A plethora of events awaits at the Durham Cathedral, ranging from the “The World Comes to Durham: Museum Exhibition,” to the “Lumiere” light show, spiritual “Junior Church” services, theatrical “A Christmas Carol,” thought-provoking “Democracy: What Future? A discussion,” and many more.
Noo Noo’s Christmas at Haystax
- When: 22nd December 2023, 10am – 11am GMT
- Where: Haystax Inclusive Farm Experience, Longedge Lane, Lanchester, Consett, DH8 9BY
- What’s Happening: A magical outdoor Christmas adventure for families, featuring a Christmas trail, marshmallow toasting, and enchanting encounters with Mrs. Claus or Mr. Santa Claus. Note: Availability is limited to 15 spaces, so book early!
Catherine’s Festive Fun Run/Walk 2023
- When: 10th December, warm-up at 9:45am, start at 10am
- Where: Blackhill and Consett Park
- What’s Happening: Honour the memory of Catherine with a heartwarming fun run or walk. This event is not just a fitness challenge but also a meaningful way to contribute to St Cuthbert’s Hospice. A perfect blend of community spirit and healthy activity for a noble cause. Find out more Catherine’s Festive Fun Run 2023 link.
The Turf Event
- When: 26th December
- Where: The Turf, Consett
- What’s Happening: Get ready to rock with the Chilipinos, a Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band. This event promises to be a dynamic musical experience, perfect for fans of the iconic rock band and for those looking to add some zest to their holiday season.
- See live performance: https://fb.watch/ojmYmWYw4Q/
Blanchland Moon Runner Canicross 10k
- When: 9th December 2023, Start Time 4:30pm, Registration 3pm-4pm
- Where: Blanchland Village Hall, Clapshaw Rd, Blanchland, DH8 9UA
- What’s Happening: Experience the thrill of running with your dog under the moonlight in the stunning North Pennines. This unique Canicross event offers a challenging yet scenic 10k head torch trail run. Participants will enjoy amenities, food and drink options, and receive eco-friendly goodies, including wildflower seeds.
Rock Covers by Steel Blue
- When: 8th December 2023, 22:00 – 00:30
- Where: The New Turf, Consett
- What’s Happening: Join Steel Blue for a night of electrifying rock covers at The New Turf. This event is perfect for those looking to indulge in classic and modern rock tunes, delivered with energy and flair by the talented band.
Consett Christmas Tree Festival 2023
- When: Starts at 6pm on 1st December, spans over 4 days
- Where: Christ Church Consett, Consett, United Kingdom
- What’s Happening: Witness the magical switch-on of 50 beautifully decorated Christmas trees, each contributing to the festive atmosphere. Enjoy performances by the Consett Salvation Army Band and indulge in seasonal refreshments like hot chocolate, mince pies, and cookies. A heartwarming community event that’s free and open to all, attracting visitors from various sectors including businesses, schools, and groups. Last year, it drew in 1000 visitors.
Children’s Christmas UV Party
- When: Saturday 23rd December, 12-2pm
- Where: Grove & Moorside Community & Social Club, Consett Rd, Consett DH8 8BE
- What’s Happening: A unique Christmas party for children enhanced with ultraviolet (UV) lighting. The ticket for children includes a host of treats like a hot dog or popcorn, a tattoo, face paint, and a special gift. UV accessories and sweets are also available for purchase. Adults can join in the fun with tickets priced at £2.
Children’s Christmas Bauble Design Workshop
- When: Saturday 25th November, 3-5pm
- Where: Grove & Moorside Community & Social Club, Consett Rd, Consett DH8 9QL
- What’s Happening: A creative session for children to design their own Christmas baubles. The workshop ticket for children includes a hot dog & popcorn, and adults can accompany them for £2. A great opportunity for kids to unleash their creativity and take home a personalized festive keepsake.
Rainton Comic Con
- When: Sunday 10th December, 10am – 4pm
- Where: Rainton Arena, Mercantile Rd, Houghton le Spring, DH4 5PH
- What’s Happening: Fusion Events brings a vibrant comic convention featuring stalls selling a variety of items including action figures, comics, collectibles, and more. Attendees can enjoy cosplay, meet guest authors like Mark MJ Green, James Lefebure, Lee Richmond, and engage in photo ops with attractions such as Groot and a Barbie box. Ticket prices vary for different age groups and are available on Eventbrite.
Shotley Bridge Christmas Tree Lighting
- When: Friday 1st December 2023, Carol Singing at 4.00pm, Tree Lighting at 4.30pm
- Where: Hosted at The King’s Head Social Club
- What’s Happening: Kickstart the festive season with the Shotley Bridge Christmas Tree Lighting event. Enjoy carol singing led by Master Piper Mr. John Stafford, and witness the splendid tree lighting. The festivities continue with Santa’s Grotto at The King’s Head Social Club, where children can meet Santa, receive a gift, and enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
The Ultimate Live Music Christmas Party
- When: 9th December 2023, at 7.00pm
- Where: Blackhill Club
- What’s Happening: A Christmas party night featuring exhilarating live music from The NE Street Band, playing the best of Bruce Springsteen along with classic soul and dance floor fillers. The event also supports Willow Burn Hospice through fundraising. Tickets are priced at £10 and promise an unforgettable night of music and celebration.
Blackhill Late Night Shopping Event
- When: Thursday, 23rd November 2023, 10:00 – 20:00
- Where: Blackhill businesses, Consett
- What’s Happening: A cooperative event by local businesses including Jaspah Too, Sweetharts, Lisa’s Little Tea Rooms, and the Spotty Giraffe. This pre-Christmas gathering features carols by The Salvation Army, local church choirs, a visit from Santa, and fundraising activities. Jaspah Too offers a 10% discount on purchases, excluding gift vouchers. Free parking is available opposite the shopping area.
Whitney – Queen of the Night at Empire Consett
- When: 23rd November 2023, doors open at 19:00, show starts at 19:30
- Where: Empire Consett, Durham
- What’s Happening: A tribute concert celebrating the legendary Whitney Houston. Talented vocalists accompanied by a full live band will perform her most iconic hits. It’s an evening of nostalgic music and dynamic performances, honouring one of the most revered voices in music history.
Feliz Navidad – Spanish for Kids with a Festive Feel
- When: Wednesday 20th December, 10:00-11:30
- Where: The Kings Head Social Club, Shotley Bridge
- What’s Happening: Casalingua presents a delightful opportunity for children to learn Spanish in a festive setting. Activities include learning Spanish phrases and songs, enjoying hot chocolate and churros, listening to a Christmas story, and engaging in Spanish-themed crafts. Booking is available through Casalingua Events.
Consett in Focus – Documentary Photography Group Exhibition
- When: 11th November 2023 – 28th January 2024
- Where: Ushaw Historic House, Chapels & Gardens, near Durham City, DH7 9RH
- What’s Happening: An exhibition showcasing documentary photography capturing life in Consett during the pandemic and various playful town scenes. This event is part of the Corona Project and Town of Culture initiatives, offering a unique glimpse into the local community.
Consett Christmas Tree Festival
- Dates/Times: Various dates from 1st to 9th December
- Where: Christ Church, Middle Street, Consett
- What’s Happening: Over fifty dazzling Christmas trees, live music, bauble crafts, biking Santas, a nativity trail, and a visit from Santa. Enjoy tea, coffee, mince pies, mulled wine, and hot chocolate, along with a donkey visit and family carol service. The event supports Christ Church Consett and Food4U, with special guest judges from Consett Empire’s Jack and the Beanstalk.
The Roxy Christmas Market
- When: Sunday, 17th December
- Schedule: Market from 11:30, various Christmas concerts and sing-along from 12:00
- Where: The Roxy
- What’s Happening: A Christmas market with free entry and a series of festive concerts and a sing-along upstairs. Special offer includes a ticket, drink, and mince pie for £3. Check watlingspaces.co.uk for more details.
Christmas Market with Tombola for Charity
- When: Saturday, 16th December, 1pm-5pm
- Where: The Grove & Moorside Community and Social Club, Consett, DH8 9QL
- What’s Happening: A festive market offering a great opportunity to find Christmas bargains from local sellers. Includes a tombola for charity, with beverages and a bar available.
Remember to check online or with the venue for times and any updates before attending.
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