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Jazz Festival - 25th to 27th August 2017

The inaugural Ushaw Jazz Festival in 2016 was a great success. Audiences came from around the UK for a weekend of outstanding music celebrating the rich diversity of jazz and improvised music in the uniquely beautiful setting of Ushaw. Over the August bank holiday weekend in 2017 the Ushaw Jazz Festival returns! Featuring the Buck Clayton Legacy Band (led by Alyn Shipton and including the ever popular and hugely talented Alan Barnes) Emma Fisk and James Birkett, Chris Sharkey Trio, Tom Sharp Big Band (winners of the 2016 Great North Big Band Jazz Festival), Paul Edis Sextet, Francis Tulip Band, Early Bird Band, you can also expect talks, an artist in residence, food and drink and a weekend full of great music in an amazing location.

Visit our Jazz Festival page for more info, including ticket prices.

Café, Shop, and Museum

Wednesday to Saturday 11am - 5pm                    

Main House and Chapels

Wednesday to Saturday 1pm - 5pm  

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.

Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea, available during standard opening hours (Wednesday to Friday, 11am to 5pm) and for groups on Mondays and Tuesdays.

More information here

Fay Pomerance: Redemption - 4th August to 24th September

Durham University and Ushaw College present Redemption, an exhibition of little seen work by British Jewish artist, Fay Pomerance (1912-2001).

Pomerance stood apart from the mainstream of post-war British art. Throughout her life the artist experienced spiritual visions, which informed her dreamlike iconography and complex narratives. Building on the work of nineteenth-century visionaries such as William Blake, her unique style foreshadowed the flowing imagery of 1960s psychedelia. Pomerance's mystical faith was central to her work, and this exhibition explores her response to questions of evil and redemption.

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.

Bearfoot in the Park: The Bears

Here are just a few examples of the wonderful bears that the children who came to our most recent family fun day made for us. Some fabulous creations, and all of the kids enjoyed it. Keep an eye out for more of our Family Fun events this summer at Ushaw.

The Medium is the Message: A Lecture

Join Dr Giles Gasper, Professor Brian Tanner and UShaw's own Artist in Residence, Alexandra Carr for a discussion of a new art project happening at Ushaw; Understanding Medieval an Modern Science Through Art.

August 24th - 6pm at Ushaw College

Organ Recital: Matthew Atherton - 19th August at 2.30pm

On leaving university, Matthew was appointed Assistant Director of Music and Organist at Barnard Castle School in County Durham and in 2013 took up the post of Director of Music at Aysgarth School. In addition to his demanding teaching post, Matthew is a frequent and well-known organ recitalist, having given concerts at many churches and cathedrals, both great and small. The programme will include music by Bach, Mozart and Widor. Donations welcome.