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Ushaw is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11am until 5pm, and we offer guided tours of our wonderful buildings. For more information on who we are, our history and visitor details, click below.

Café, Shop, and Museum

Wednesday to Saturday 11am - 5pm                      

Main House and Chapels

Wednesday to Saturday 1pm - 5pm  March to October

In association with The Court Inn in Durham, Ushaw will now be offering food in our magnificent refectory.

Entry to the Main House and Chapels is free. Guided Tours and certain events are chargeable.

FLOG IT! Ushaw 12th December 2017

The Flog It!  team and presenter Paul Martin invite you to come and have your antiques and family heirlooms valued for free at  our valuation day at Ushaw. If you're interested in selling them, the experts will consider putting them into auction and flogging them for you. You could end up on television, and with a tidy sum in your pocket.

Click here for details.

Ushaw Art Sale 

Ushaw is hosting an Art Sale between the 2nd and the 16th December.  All featured artists either live, work, or study in County Durham, and were invited to submit pieces for the exhibition. The exhibition of work will be displayed in The Museum, and all artwork is being offered for sale.

A great chance to purchase some unique Christmas Gifts!

Choir at Ushaw - Singers Wanted

Ushaw has a tradition of choral singing going back over 200 years. A new choir is being established to revive and renew that tradition – with hopes to have about 35 singers. 

To get involved, visit our page.

Theatre at Ushaw - Actors, Front and Back Technicians Wanted

Like music, theatre has been a feature of life at Ushaw since its inception in 1808. We want to bring together local people interested in performing and supporting theatrical productions at Ushaw and create a new theatre company. 

To get involved, visit our page.

Announcements and Events

Spirituality at Ushaw

We are delighted to announce that Mass will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Chapel (next to St Cuthbert’s Chapel) at 12.30 p.m. on Fridays by Ushaw’s new chaplain in residence Canon Bob Spence.

Canon Bob was on the staff at Ushaw many years ago and has just retired as Parish Priest at Lanchester.

We hope this will be appreciated by visitors and local people.

Portraits from the North East, Crafts People of the North East

Ushaw is proud to present the wonderful second project by the Portraits From The North East photographers, who have worked hard to bring together a collection of photographs featuring the talented crafts people of our region, in the comfort of their own workshops and studios. From the glass blowing of Jane Charles to the dry stone walling of James Mason from Crook; the jewellery-making of Andrew Croft to the magical book-maker Sarah Morpeth, the variety is wide and spectacular. This exhibition is a wonderful display of talent in the North East, and is open now at Ushaw. 

Visit our page for more information.

Alan Barnes Jazz: A Christmas Carol - 1st December at 7.30pm

Alan Barnes returns for another taste of his take on a Dickensian Christmas. Refreshments in the Refectory from 6.00pm included in the price, with support from Jambone: one of the region's top youth Jazz ensembles directed by Paul Edis, who are performing from 7pm-7.30pm. A Christmas Carol begins at 7.30pm.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Blessing and Lighting of the Tree - 2nd December at 4pm

The now traditional Blessing and Lighting of the Ushaw Christmas Tree with carols and Christmas refreshments. Why not join us for Christmas Afternoon tea before hand? 
Booking essential.

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Royal Northern Sinfonia: Baroque Christmas by Candlelight - Thursday 7th December at 7.30pm

Get into the Christmas spirit at Ushaw with The Royal Northern Sinfonia’s world class music, brought to you by candlelight and surrounded by the stunning architecture here at Ushaw. These performers, who have had successful performances at Ushaw in the past, will make this Christmas one you will never forget. Tickets £15, Under 18s £5. 

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The Snowman at Ushaw - 8th and 9th December

8th December at 7pm, The Snowman performance and ‘Snowman Plus’, includes some extra musical performances. £7 adults, £3 children.

9th December 1.15pm and 3.30pm, just The Snowman Performance. £5 adults, £3 children.

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Our Artist in Residence, Alexandra Carr:

The residency, 'Sculpting with Light: Medieval and Modern Cosmology' confronts human attempts to grasp and master the structure and meaning of the universe. Inspired by Durham’s resources, from illuminated medieval manuscripts to the DiRac2-Super-Computer, I am investigating the world of medieval cosmology from Aristotle to Dante, via Islamic astronomy, in conjunction with the cutting edge of modern galaxy modelling and soft matter physics and material-flow.

I am exploring key themes of medieval and modern cosmology within the project. The central importance of light to the universe in both periods, the notion of power and movement within the heavens, the importance of geometry in establishing sense of place, and ideas about unity and complexity, order and disorder, structure and entropy. Medieval and modern cosmologies have very different premises, but an underlying interest in order, mathematical explanation, and a powerful sense of the incredible scale of the universe.

I am also be working in collaboration with the University of Sunderland, National Glass Centre, Dr Cate Watkinson and Dr Colin Rennie, of the Department of Glass and Ceramics, and their undergraduate and postgraduate students. A film of the project, titled 'Through a Glass Darkly', will be made by film-maker Alan Fentiman.

A message from the Honorary President of Ushaw College

Ushaw College was founded over two hundred years ago and has a rich and fascinating history, with some of the finest Victorian architecture in the North East - surprisingly however, it is relatively unknown. We are now opening up our beautiful chapels and performance spaces for an exciting and varied programme of folk, classical, jazz and choral music as well as talks, plays, exhibitions and services. Our impressive buildings and grounds, which are also being restored, are worthy of a visit themselves and will be open, along with our gift shop and Café Ushaw, before and after events as shown in our programme. We hope that as a result, Ushaw will soon be much better known, it will be a major cultural venue for the North East and it will become a special place for local people to pop in and spend time in the beautiful gardens and chapels.

Fr. John Marsland

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