950th Birthday of Durham Castle

2022 marks Durham Castle’s 950th anniversary. Join us as we celebrate this remarkable milestone and embrace the theme of Reawakening!

Located at the heart of Durham the Castle is a focal point for the college, university and wider community throughout the year we will be hosting a diverse series of events bringing these groups together to celebrate our shared stories and build future history as we tackle the challenges of the 21st century. 

As part of the celebrations, we are excited to announce the return of Durham Castle Lectures! Step into great hall (in person or virtually) as leading experts from around the world grapple with the big questions of our age and the times past.  These talks invite the wider community to engage with both the intellectual and social life of the college in this extraordinary historic setting.

As we approach a millennium of the Durham Castle we recognize that it is the people who live and work here that make it such a unique place be a part of shaping future history and share how castle has impacted you, use the hashtag #castle950 #castleimpact and #futurehistory be sure to stay up to date on our upcoming events through these channels and let us know how you’ll be celebrating.

Upcoming events: 

Summer Celebration

It’s Summertime in Durham and in our 950th year we are delighted to welcome you to the Castle for a Summer Celebration! Enjoy a family day out with treasure hunts in the castle gardens, children’s craft activities in the Great Hall, self-guided visits around the Castle.

When: 25 June 2022, 11:00-15:00

Where: Durham Castle

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/summer-celebration-at-the-castle-tickets-339349913727

 

Knights at the Castle

Explore what life might have been like in a medieval castle. Bring along a picnic to enjoy in the Fellows' Garden. Tea and cake will be available in the Great Hall.

When: 31 July 2022, 11:00-15:00

Where: Durham Castle

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/knights-at-the-castle-tickets-359430053967

 

Knights at the Castle

Explore what life might have been like in a medieval castle. Bring along a picnic to enjoy in the Fellows' Garden. Tea and cake will be available in the Great Hall.

When: 14 August 2022, 11:00-15:00

Where: Durham Castle

Booking: Knights at the Castle - Self-Guided Day Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

 

Happy Birthday Durham Castle

Help us celebrate 950th birthday of Durham Castle in style. From 11AM-3PM our friendly volunteers will be around Durham Castle to lead family-friendly activities, answer your questions and share some of the stories about the Castle. Afterwards, from 4-8PM we will be celebrating with live music and pizza in the courtyard.

When: 29 August 2022, 11:00-15:00 and 16:00-20:00

Where: Durham Castle

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/happy-birthday-durham-castle-self-guided-day-tickets-395804490887

 

You can watch recordings from some of our most recent Castle lectures by clicking on the images below.

Castle 950 Talk: 'A strong castle, in their language called Durham' Dr John Munns

Curator in Conversation: Dr Barbara Drake Boehm