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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.

Refectory Café and Gift Shop

Wednesday to Saturday 11am - 5pm

Main House and Chapels

Wednesday to Saturday 1pm - 5pm

Ferryhill Town Band Picnic Concert - 22nd July at 2pm

The second in our popular Picnic Series, another of the regions finest bands will perform for you while you enjoy a picnic in the scenic grounds of Ushaw. This afternoon with the Ferryhill Town Band will undoubtedly supply a chance to enjoy good music and family fun in the sun. Bring a picnic and enjoy the show!

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Chuck Close Tapestries

Chuck Close Tapestries is the first exhibition of contemporary art to be displayed in the ornately designed St Cuthbert’s Chapel at Ushaw. The dramatic juxtaposition of the monumental, monochrome portraits against the richly coloured, high Gothic architecture is intended to encourage visitors to look at the space in a different way, reflecting on the changing history of Ushaw. A new era sees Ushaw emerging as a cultural and heritage site, continuing its commitment to education and spirituality and its unique buildings and chapels are now open freely for everyone to discover and enjoy with this wonderful exhibition.

30th June to 30th September at St. Cuthbert's Chapel, Ushaw

Secret Faith at Ushaw


Come and learn about the darker history of the Catholic Church in England, from persecution to secret worship. From the break with Rome in 1534 to 1829 Catholics in England experienced various levels of persecution. Any act of allegiance to the Catholic faith was considered illegal. At Ushaw, you can learn about those who practiced regardless of the law; the Recusant Catholics. Another great exhibition at Ushaw for those with a taste for history.

Shield and Defender: Family Fun - 26th July at 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Drop in to our exciting family workshop and take a look at the fascinating range of heraldic shields here at Ushaw. You can even try your hand at designing one for you and your family! Tickets £3.

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Jazz - Jo Harrop Quartet - 28th July at 7.30pm

Jo Harrop is a young jazz singer with the rich and captivating tones of one twice her age. Inspired by great musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, Jo offers you an evening of classic jazz as the perfect end to your week. Why not come along and support another young musician at Ushaw? Tickets £7.

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Selfies at Ushaw - Family Fun - 2nd August at 1.30pm

Drop in to this exciting family workshop. Look at all the old portraits, dress up in authentic outfits, and take a "selfie" in a frame against the historic college background. Tickets £3. 

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Spennymoor Town Band Picnic Concert - 5th August at 2pm

Continuing our tradition of supporting the region's local bands, Ushaw presents the Spennymoor Town Band. Bring a picnic or pop into the Refectory Cafè for a bite to eat while enjoying an afternoon of wonderful music, as well as supporting this fantastic group of performers, in the stunning grounds of Ushaw College.

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Coloured Light: Family Fun - 9th August at 1.30pm

Another event in our family fun series. While the summer holidays are in full swing, come and experience the beautiful stained glass windows at Ushaw. Follow our stained glass trail to get the full experience, whilst the little ones can have a go at making their own "stained glass" designs. Fun for the whole family! Tickets £3  

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Bearfoot in the Park: Family Fun - 16th August at 1.30pm  

Join Jim and Sir James for a stroll round the scenic grounds of Ushaw, with some great stories of the historic site and some sculpture activities for the kids to enjoy. Bring along a bear and a picnic tea and make a day of it Ushaw! Tickets £3

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Royal Northern Sinfonia - September 30th

the Royal Northern Sinfonia is coming to Ushaw for a performance of some of the best classical music around. Including Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Borodin's String Quartet in F Minor, and Mendelssohn's Octet in E-flat. Performance starts at 7.30pm in the Exhibition Hall, with food available in The Refectory from 6pm. Tickets £7, book early to avoid disappointment!

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Chuck Close Tapestries Timelapse

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, Honorary President of Ushaw College

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