Experience a thousand years of fascinating history, as you walk in the footsteps of the Prince Bishops of Durham.
Whether you enjoy wandering through beautiful parklands, exploring art and culture, or having fun with the family, there’s something here for everyone.
Come and explore. Plan your visit today.
Who's looking forward to Friday? The Full Moon Street Food Market is back in Bishop Auckland Market Place ... which means from 4 to 9pm, we'll have fab food and drink, live music, a brill atmosphere ... it's a great evening event, family friendly ... or come with friends or colleagues 😃
Click through for our trader list -
With Alpine 21, Caps Off, The Auckland Cupcake Co., Pizza Grande, It's Wheely cheesy, Acropolis Street Food, PiggyBlinders, Sarah’s Treats Bishop Auckland, Cassie’s Kitchen, Mivesi, Bishop Auckland Food Festival, Bishop Auckland Town Team, Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Bishop Auckland Town Council, Bishop FM, The Bishop Press, Teesdale and Bishop Auckland News, Auckland Castle, The Future of Fore Bondgate, Incredible Edible Bishop Auckland, Bishop Auckland Heritage Action Zone, Friends of Fore Bondgate
Absolutely beautiful walk down Auckland Castle with Mamma Knight & Pepper this afternoon 🐾 sometimes I feel privileged that these views 🌅 are on my doorstep!
We even saw two little Deers 🦌 Made my m**s day! 😍🥰
Yesterday's final sharing of Turtle Song Bishop Auckland at the stunning Auckland Castle was beautiful and a great success. A massive well done and thank you to all of our participants, staff, student volunteers, audience and partners.
The Auckland Project Auckland Castle Music Durham Durham University Royal College of Music English Touring Opera The Hedley Foundation.
‼️ GRAND CHRISTMAS RAFFLE‼️
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We are hosting a fantastic raffle with some wonderful prizes up for grabs.
The proceeds of this will all go towards the services and activities ran here at the Community Centre - so we would really appreciate the support ❤️
* TV & built in DVD player
* Overnight stay at Thomas Wright House
* Afternoon Tea at Redworth Hall Hotel
* HD Brows at The Brow Lounge
* Cream Tea at Fifteas Vintage Tearoom
* Family Annual Pass for Raby Castle
* Cupcakes from The Auckland Cupcake Co.
* Vouchers from Spice Lounge, Temptations and Caps Off
* Passes for the new Spanish Gallery, Auckland Castle and Mining Art Gallery
* Cash prizes......plus many more - full list will be updated and available soon 😊
*Further prize donations grateful accepted 😉
Tickets go on sale tomorrow....just £1 each!
Great visit. All the guides very knowledgeable. Especially Mary Wison and guy at the gate Ian in the scooter. They really went out of their way to give us lots of interesting information. Thankyou.
Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, visited Bishop Auckland last week to learn more about the wide-ranging proposals for the future of Bishop Auckland.
The visit follows news that we had been successful in bidding for £33.2 million from the government's Stronger Towns Fund to create a world-class visitor destination centred around the town.
Bishop Auckland will also benefit from £20 million from the Future High Streets Fund to support its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and to protect and create jobs.
Mr Jenrick took a tour of sites around the town including The Auckland Tower, Auckland Castle and park, the Market Place and Newgate Street. He was accompanied by our Leader, Cllr Amanda Hopgood; Cllr Richard Bell, Deputy Leader; Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Cabinet member for economy and partnerships; Amy Harhoff, director of regeneration and economic growth; David Land, Chair of the Stronger Town Board; and Jonathan Ruffer and David Maddan, of The Auckland Project.
The group took the opportunity to discuss our intention to bid for a share of the government's £4 billion national Levelling Up Fund (LUF), to support three schemes to improve connectivity, reduce travel times and expand economic and cultural opportunities in and around South West Durham.
Read more: http://ow.ly/ug8M50F9PXP
This week is - an initiative by Visit Britain and Visit England to boost England’s tourism industry. With this in mind, I thought I would share a mini guide to why you should consider Durham as a staycation destination.
I sometimes work with This is Durham and the attractions mentioned but this post has not been asked or paid for.
☀️Beaches - I absolutely love exploring the coastline in Durham with Blast Beach being a particular favourite. There is nowhere quite like it!
Check out our guide to visiting Seaham and Blast Beach here: https://www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk/2019/08/a-weekend-exploring-seaham-beach.html
🌻Countryside & The Great Outdoors - Hamsterley Forest - Forestry England, Durham Botanic Gardens, Raby Castle Deer Park & Walled Gardens, High Force Hotel and Waterfall, The Auckland Project Auckland Castle Deer Park, Hardwick Park, Northumbrian Water Waterside Parks Derwent Waterside Park, Wynyard Hall Gardens, Ushaw Historic House, Chapels & Gardens……You are spoilt for choice!
*Read our guide to Hamsterley Forest here: https://www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk/2015/01/the-gruffalos-child-trail-hamsterley.html
*Read our review of Wynyard Gardens here: https://www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk/2021/04/wynyard-hall-gardens-woodland-walk.html
*Read our guide to Durham Botanic Gardens here: https://www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk/2021/04/durham-botanic-garden-visitor.html
*Read our guide to Hardwick Park here: https://www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk/2020/10/hardwick-park-review-dinosaur-trail.html
*Read our guide to Auckland Castle Deer Park here: https://www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk/2020/07/auckland-castle-deer-park-review.html
*Read our guide to Derwent Waterside Park here: https://www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk/2018/08/nature-trail-at-derwent-waterside-park.html
🏰 Castles & Cathedrals - There are loads to choose from in Durham! Some of our favourites include Raby Castle, Auckland Castle (currently partially closed due to refurbishment - check their website for updates), Durham Cathedral & Castle. All stunners!
🏰History Brought To Life - Something pretty unique about Durham is how history is truly brought to life here whether this be though the Kynren show in the summer (plus additional afternoon activities and facilities which are launching at 11Arches this year), taking a ride on Britain’s oldest railway (Tanfield Railway) and of course, visiting Beamish Museum where you can walk through and experience life through the decades in multiple immersive experiences.
*Read our guide to Kynren here: https://www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk/2017/07/kynren-2017-tickets-bishop-auckland-tips.html
🤩Luxury Accommodation - Durham really specialises in luxury accommodation. We are spoilt with the likes of Rockliffe Hall Lumley Castle - No Ordinary Hotel, Ramside Hall , Seaham Hall, Walworth Castle Hotel, Lord Crewe Arms Blanchland, Wynyard Hall, South Causey Inn Suites…..on offer.
*Read our review of Rockliffe Hall here: https://www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk/2018/08/a-luxury-family-staycation-at-rockliffe-hall.html
*Read our review of Seaham Hall here: https://www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk/2019/09/a-luxury-short-break-in-county-durham-seaham-hall.html
*Read our review of South Causey Inn here: https://www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk/2016/06/south-causey-inn-durham-review.html
🧘♀️Fantastic Spas - Likewise, Durham is fantastic for a spa break and Rockliffe, Wynyard, Seaham, Ramside, The Garage Spa are all world-class spas.
*Read our review of Ramside Spa here: https://www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk/2019/11/13-reasons-why-ramside-spa-is-best-spa.html
*Read our review of The Garage Spa here: https://www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk/2015/07/the-garage-spa-review.html
✨Dark Skies - The Durham Dales is also home to Britain’s newest observatory! The state of the art Grassholme Observatory hosts lots of fantastic events across the year - check them out.
🔥❄️ Durham City - Durham is a compact city and easy to walk around. There is lots to see and do including river walks, boat hire, Durham Cathedral and shopping. I love visiting in February Half Term during the popular Durham BID Fire and Ice Festival.
We LOVE Durham and are so happy we have been able to spend a fair bit of time here over the years - we still have lots of the area to explore too 😍
One of the residents of the Castle who perhaps contributed to some of its biggest changes, Sir Arthur Heselrigg, took part in this battle.
He is also an ancestor of mine.
On this day 29 June 1644
The Battle of Cropredy Bridge.
Although fought primarily in North Oxfordshire along the Northamptonshire border, fighting did spill over into the county at Hay's Bridge over the Cherwell on the modern A361 Daventry to Banbury road
On 28th June 1644 Sir William Waller was near Banbury with his Parliamentary army while the King was at Brackley in Northamptonshire. Hearing of Waller’s approach, the King marched back to Banbury to seek battle with Waller.
Each side took up a strong position on either side of Banbury and skirmishing began in an attempt to bring the other to action on favourable ground.
Around 8am on 29th June 1644 King Charles I set his army marching away from Banbury on the road towards Daventry to the north, his purpose being, according to Clarendon, to draw Waller away from the favourable position he was occupying .
As the King’s stated intention was to bring Waller to battle it is far from clear what he proposed to achieve by marching away from him.
Early in the morning of 29 June, the Royalists began marching northwards towards Daventry. King Charles and his general-in-chief the Earl of Brentford intended to draw Waller out and to fight him on ground of their own choosing.
Brentford led the van of the Royalist army with the King in the centre; the rearguard comprised the cavalry brigades of the Earl of Cleveland and the Earl of Northampton supported by 1,000 commanded foot under Colonel Thelwell.
As the Royalists advanced along the eastern bank of the River Cherwell, the Parliamentarians shadowed them on the western bank. The two forces were in full view of one another and little more than a mile apart.
As the Royalists approached the village of Cropredy, news came in that a force of 300 Rebel cavalry had been sighted two miles ahead, probably on its way to join Waller. Brentford covered the left flank of the Royalist column by sending a force of dragoons to guard the crossing at Cropredy Bridge then ordered the advance guard to ride ahead and secure Hay's Bridge, the next crossing over the Cherwell.
Observing from Bourton Hill, Sir William Waller noticed that the rapid advance left the Royalist column widely strung out as the main body of infantry struggled to keep up with the vanguard. Seizing his chance, Waller sent a detachment of 1,500 horse, 1,000 foot and eleven guns under the overall command of Lieutenant-General Middleton to seize Cropredy bridge, cross the river and cut off the Royalist rearguard. The infantry, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Baines, easily scattered the dragoons guarding the bridge while Middleton led Heselrigg's and Vandruske's regiments of horse across the river and advanced towards Hay's Bridge. Meanwhile, Waller himself advanced with his remaining cavalry across the ford at Slat Mill, a mile south of Cropredy, intending to isolate the rearguard.
The Royalist vanguard and centre had nearly all crossed over Hay's Bridge onto the north bank of the Cherwell when Middleton's cavalry approached. The Royalists overturned a wagon to block the bridge and posted musketeers to defend the crossing. Having no infantry support, Middleton fell back towards Cropredy.
At the head of the Royalist rearguard, the Earl of Cleveland drew up his cavalry on rising ground facing Cropredy Bridge then led a counter-attack. A running cavalry fight developed. With Hay's Bridge secure, Lord Bernard Stuart advanced with the King's Lifeguard to assist Cleveland. Middleton's cavalry were routed and the Parliamentarian guns that had been prematurely moved across the Cherwell were captured by the Royalists, along with the artillery officer Lieutenant-General Wemyss.
Sir William Waller's advance across Slat Mill ford met with firm resistance from the Earl of Northampton's cavalry. Dismayed, Waller withdrew most of his forces to his unassailable position on Bourton Hill, leaving detachments to guard the river crossings against Royalist attacks. Under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Birch, the Tower Hamlets regiment stoutly defended Cropredy Bridge itself and the Royalists were unable to recapture it. Royalist infantry forced a crossing at Slat Mill, but Waller's heavy guns on Bourton Hill prevented them from advancing any further
The two armies remained in position facing one another across the Cherwell for the rest of the day and for most of 30 June. Waller and his senior officers suffered an unfortunate accident when the floor of the room in which they were meeting collapsed and they all fell into a cellar.
That evening, the Royalists received word that Major-General Browne's London Brigade had reached Buckingham and was marching to join forces with Waller. At dawn on 1 July, the Royalist army marched away westwards, arriving at Evesham two days later.
The battle of Cropredy Bridge had lifted the morale of the King's army but had the opposite effect on Waller's men. The Midlands regiments, the London regiments and the Kentish horse demanded to return home. By the end of July, the withdrawal of the garrison troops and heavy desertions from other regiments had reduced the strength of Waller's army by half. Badly disrupted, it no longer presented a threat to Oxford, which allowed the King's army to march to the south-west in pursuit of the Earl of Essex. The desertions would lead to Waller proposing the formation of a 'New Modelled Army' which would eventually play a large role in Parliaments victory in the first Civil War.