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What to do in Durham in the Autumn

If you think that autumn is just the time of year that the leaves change and nothing else exciting happens – think again. First term is the time to explore and meet new people before exam prep and summatives really set in. There is so much going on in Durham at this time of year, so make the most of it (clue – a lot of this involves food)!


Visit Durham Cathedral

You can’t miss out on visiting Durham Cathedral while at Durham University, and in autumn there’s lots to do.

The cathedral is  holding a Remembrance Day Service on Sunday 10th November at 10.15am in honour of Britain’s military past and present, as well as a Remembrance Concert on 12th November at 7pm, which will include the largest Muster Parade yet and will focus on the Battle of the Somme. On top of that, on the 22nd November, the Military Wives Choir will be performing a moving concert titled “Home for Christmas” including their UK number one charting singles.


Grey College Fireworks

To celebrate bonfire night, Grey College puts on an annual fireworks display. This year the 5th November falls on a Saturday so head to Grey College for what may be their last fireworks display – not one to miss. It’s free, however a voluntary donation of £4 has been suggested to cover costs.


Have a hearty meal

Fancy a change from potatoes and pasta? Head into town and grab a bite to eat at one of Durham’s independent restaurants. Fancy something a little different? Tia’s is a Mexican and Mediterranean restaurant on Claypath that will satisfy your chimichanga cravings. Even better when you can get Two for Tuesday on selected meals or discounts on your food bill with their promotional flyers!

Botanic Garden

Botanic Garden

Visit the Botanic Garden

On the 1st November, the Botanic Garden will be holding their Winter Wonderland event – perfect for those who are already excited for Christmas. Open from 10am- 6pm every day, the Botanic Garden is free to Durham University staff and students, and is a great place to go for a leisurely stroll, get yourself there before 30th November so you don’t miss out!


Carve a Pumpkin

Not just for kids, bring your flat together for a pumpkin carving session. Durham Market Hall’s fruit and veg stall offers student discount, so you’ll be getting a good deal on your halloween staple. This is a great activity for cold autumn nights when you don’t have the energy to go out and face the elements!

Grab Something Sweet

If you’re craving sweet treats, Durham has it covered. Head down to Waffley Good Company by Elvet bridge for a wide variety of waffles (I’d recommend Banofella). They also offer savoury waffles so you can have waffles for lunch and dessert! If pancakes are more your thing the Pancake Cafe is right up your street. Just off North Road, the quaint little pancake spot is your one stop for all things crepe.

Still suffering from freshers flu? Don’t worry about even leaving your room with desserts delivered straight to your door by Sweet Tooth delivery. As well as having a range of different flavours they also boast a variety of different confectioneries and generous portion sizes!

Durham Market

Durham Market

Farmers Market

Get your five-a-day and visit Durham’s farmers market. Running once a month, the stalls are packed with seasonal produce from local producers. If fruit and veg aren’t for you don’t worry, they also offer a great selection of goods such as local meats and beers. Keep your eyes peeled on the 17th November and 15th December.


Sophie Johnson

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