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Durham Christmas Festival

Durham Christmas Festival

In it’s 25th year, the Durham Christmas Festival shows off this beautiful city to its best...

Begin the Christmas Festivities in spectacular surroundings...  In it’s 25th year, the Durham Christmas Festival shows off this beautiful city to its best - cobbled streets, with the sound of entertainers plenty, reindeer in the market place, children's lantern procession, carols for all in the Cathedral, fire juggling as twilight sets over the market place, as well as over 150 quality craft, gift and gourmet food stalls in a huge marquee on Palace Green, offering that extra special something as a Christmas gift. Join the wonderful Carols for All Service at 2pm in spectacular Durham Cathedral





Included in the price of this fabulous festive weekend treat -


  • Carols in Spectacular Durham Cathedral

    - Enjoy a memorable Carols for All service at 2pm.


  • Durham’s Traditional Christmas Festival

    - is the perfect start to the festive season with lots of  Christmas festivities. A huge, heated craft and gift Marquee on Palace Green will feature over 190 stalls. Entry to the marquee is £4 and is the place to get those special unique gifts! (entry to Christmas Festival is Free) In the Cathedral Cloisters, there’s a Local Food Producers Market. Durham Market Hall will also be open and there will be additional Festive Markets in the Market Place


  • The Best Panto In The North - Beauty & The Beast


    Laugh your way through Sunday afternoon, enjoying the fun and mayhem, at the local theatre in South Shields. Expect hilarious jokes, magical music and fabulous costumes. A highlight of the weekend! Originally written almost 300 years ago, Beauty and the Beast has had so many retellings. For the first time ever it now gets the unique Customes House twist. Why was the Prince of Peterlee turned into the Beast of Cooksonville by the beautiful enchantress, and how was Arbuthnot turned into a bidet? It will all become clear as Dame Bella leads the band of merry players through their take on this well-known story.


  • The Christmas Party Night

    - An evening of disco classics and buffet dinner. Or you may prefer to eat in the restaurant?


  • The Little Haven Hotel in South Shields

    - it’s on the beach! Beautifully dressed for the Festive season, this little gem of a hotel set in a spectacular location, on the beach front. All bedrooms in this stylish hotel have bath with shower. Double for sole use £22


  • Breakfast, Saturday Dinner & Sunday Late Lunch


  • Glass of Sherry & Mince Pie

    -  Hanson Exclusives’ traditional Christmas Cheer


  • Travel in style

    -  Coach from Pudsey, Leeds, Bradford, Ainley Top, Huddersfield, Wetherby


  • Fully Escorted by Hanson Exclusives Tour Manager

Day 1

Depart around 08.30 stopping en-route we arrive in Durham the Christmas festival and enjoy a carol service in the Cathedral. We arrive at our hotel late afternoon and enjoy a delicious dinner or the optional Christmas Party Night.


Day 2

After a leisurely breakfast, we depart for the Customs House Pantomime. For those not wanting to see the Panto, we will head to Gateshead Metro Centre for Christmas shopping. We head home in the afternoon stopping en-route for tea, and expect to arrive home early evening.


D=Dinner, B=Breakfast, HT=High Tea

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ainley Top Ainley Top - Layby in front of Cedar Court Hotel
Boroughbridge Boroughbridge - Outside Morrisons
Bradford Bradford - Drake Street
Behind Telegraph & Argus Building
Calverley Calverley - Carr Road
Outside Park Gates
Farsley Farsley - Old Road
Outside The Library
Huddersfield Huddersfield - John William Street
Opposite George Hotel
Leeds Leeds - Aire Street
By First Bus Stop
Pudsey Pudsey - Manor House Street
Behind Town Hall / Outside Wetherspoons
Wetherby Wetherby Services
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