Come and see what Durham has to offer, with a packed two-night fam trip in July including a spectacular show and fascinating attractions. 

Raby Castle, Durham

Source: Raby Estates

Experience incredible new developments at Raby Castle.

If you think you know Durham - think again! Recent years have seen significant enhancements to the county’s group travel offer, and with even more exciting developments set to open this spring and beyond, there has never been a better time to visit.


The details…

  • Dates: Friday 12th – Sunday 14th July 2024.
  • Cost: £50 per person.
  • Visits on the trip: Kynren – An Epic Tale of England | The Auckland Project | Beamish, the Living Museum of the North | Raby Castle | The Bowes Museum.
  • Accommodation: two nights’ stay at the Park Head Hotel in Bishop Auckland.
  • What else is included?: transport throughout the weekend, as well as evening meals, breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday, plus lunch on the Saturday.

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Deadline to apply: Sunday 26th May 2024

Our hosts have advised that there will be sufficient time for arrival and departure, and specific timings will be confirmed in due course.


Here’s what you can expect…

Kynren - An Epic Tale of England

The lucky readers coming along will enjoy a special preview performance of Kynren – An Epic Tale of England before the 2024 season officially opens. The spectacular, multi-award winning, live outdoor theatre production, features a 1,000-strong volunteer cast and crew, performed on a gigantic 7.5-acre stage.

Knights walking in Kynren - An Epic Tale of England

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You’ll get to see a special performance of Kynren on the trip.

You will watch legends come to life and travel through 2,000 years of history, while hearing about the new Viking Village pre-show experience, a recreation of a ninth century village, complete with cookhouse, cottages and a working blacksmith’s forge.

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

The incredible developments at Beamish Museum continue, with more additions to the already fantastic range of experiences set to open this year. In the 1950s Town a toy shop, electrical store and cinema will be opening their doors. And a Georgian-themed tavern will tempt taste buds, as it becomes the latest in the museum’s unique food and drink offer.

Visitors getting on a tram at Beamism, The Living Museum of the North

Source: Beamish Museum

Explore what’s new at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, as well as retro shops and even historic transport.

The Auckland Project

Together we will also get the chance to discover Auckland Castle, once home to the mighty Prince Bishops. In addition, the group will explore The Auckland Project’s unique collection of heritage attractions, galleries and gardens. The Spanish Gallery was recently named North East England’s Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, and the Faith Museum, the latest addition, opened in October and explores 6,000 years of British history through the lens of faith.

The Faith Museum at the Auckland Project

Source: The Auckland Project

The Faith Museum explores 6,000 years of British history.

The Bowes Museum

Finally, discover outstanding collections of art, fashion and design which is all housed in the beautiful French-style Bowes Museum set in gardens and parkland. And after four years and more than 1,500 hours of painstaking work carried out by specialists, the iconic 250-year-old life-size Silver Swan, the only one in the world, is now wowing audiences once again with daily performances.

The Bowes Museum, Durham

Source: Visit County Durham

The Bowes Museum is just one of the many stops on this packed itinerary. 

The Rising at Raby Castle

Ambitious renovations and developments have been under way at Raby, one of the finest medieval castles in England, to create a visitor destination unlike any other. Our readers will experience the remodelled five-acre walled gardens, restored heritage buildings, stylish shopping and local food and drink.

Be sure to join us on this fam visit. which is sure to tempt you into booking a follow up trip. so your whole group can enjoy the many delights of Durham.


How Reader Club works

Our trips and tours provide group travel organisers with the chance to familiarise themselves with venues, attractions and destinations they feel may be of interest and suitable for their group. It’s a ‘try before you buy’ scenario, but please only join us if this is a viable option for your group.

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If you have any queries about the trip please call the editorial team on 01908 613323 or email