As Beamish gears up for Christmas, an interesting week has seen council meetings, the launch of Green GB Week from County Durham, and local business successes. Plus there are things to do next weekend and an interesting POLITICAL expected this Sunday 10 November.

There are internet links to find out more about all the following on my blog at:


• DCC Environment Scrutiny Meeting, Monday 4 November.

• The Green GB Week EV Roadshow was launched from Bishop Auckland on Monday 4 November.

• Last chance to volunteer as a festival maker at #LumiereDurham.

• Middridge Parish Council meeting, Monday 4 November.

• Healthwatch County Durham November newsletter.

• Aycliffe Business Park‘s Sara Davies has been named Great British Entrepreneur of the Year for the North East.

• Well done Warrens Group, converting its feet to biomethane gas generating 84 per cent percent less carbon dioxide than diesel.

• Double success for the PCP.

• You must register by midnight on 26 November to vote in the General Election on 12 December.


• Guided walk: Forgotten Railways around Shildon (8 miles/5 hours), meet Locomotion Museum Shildon, Wednesday 13 November, £4.

• Lumière, Durham City, 14-17 November: tickets have now sold out, but you only need a ticket for the central peninsula, only before 7:30pm, and more than two-thirds of the installations do not need a ticket.

• Celebration for Inter-faith week (5-11s), Durham Oriental Museum, drop-in 1-3pm, Saturday 16 November, FREE.

• Norman Cornish exhibition (5-11s), Palace Green Museum, drop-in 1-3pm 16-17 November, FREE.

• Christmas at Beamish, every day, 10am to 4pm from 16th November to 24th December (entrance fee).

• Beamish Ice-Skating, Daily from 16th November 2019 to 5th Jan 2020 (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years’ Day). Weekends only from 7th Jan to 14th February 2020, daily from 15th February to 23rd February 2020 (entrance fee plus A: £5, C: £4).


• The ‘Big Story’ on POLITICAL / Aycliffe Radio, live at 6-7:30pm, Sunday 10 November will feature DCC Transformation & Tourism portfolio-holder Joy Allen who will be discussing #Durham19 Year of Culture, along with the latest on the Brelection and two more listener-chosen topics: