Bishop Auckland is holding its third annual Heritage Festival from 10 – 27 September 2021 to celebrate the history and heritage of Bishop Auckland, as part of Heritage Open Days.

The Festival will include a series of interesting talks, walks and other activities.  Check out the Heritage Festival Calendar for details.

If you can’t attend the Festival in person, there are also plenty of opportunities to join in online – just follow@BishopAucklandHAZ on social media to find out more.

Bishop FM will be broadcasting the highlights from the Festival in a series of programmes at 2pm on Saturday 11th, 18th and 25th September and there will be plenty of opportunities to listen again and check out the extra features on our website.


Bishop Auckland Civic Society

Listen to Dr Bob McManners discuss the work of Bishop Auckland Civic Society with Ceri Pennington.

JG Miller

Bishop Auckland artist JG Miller

Bishop Auckland artist JG Miller chats through the inspiration behind a selection of his local scenes in a short slideshow.

Down the Batts with Tom Hutchinson

Local Historian Tom Hutchinson brings a walking tour 'Down the Batts' to life with interesting stories about colourful characters from bygone years.

Roman County Durham Q&A

A Q&A session with David Mason, County Durham Principal Archaeologist, about Roman County Durham.

In the Footsteps of Pevsner

Martin Roberts talks about his rewriting of The County Durham volume of The Buildings of England that was first written by Nikolaus Pevsner.

Three Greeners of Etherley and a Model Steam Engine

Tom Walker talks about the model steam engine built by Thomas Greener of Etherley in 1836.

The Heritage Show

The Heritage Show – Programme 2

Ceri Pennington interviews Dr Bob McManners about his roles as founder of the Bishop Auckland Civic Society and Chair of the Heritage Action Zone, and Zamir Shaikh tells us about the fascinating history of Bishop Auckland Football Club.

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The Heritage Show – Programme 1

Dr Anne Allen tells listeners what they can look forward to as part of this year’s Bishop Auckland Heritage Festival. Sue Snowdon, Lord Lieutenant of County Durham opens the Through Soldiers Eyes exhibition at Bishop Auckland Town Hall, running until 27th September. (The competition mentioned in this programme is now closed.)

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Heritage Festival Events

Events have concluded for the Heritage Festival 2021.