Crook Hall and Gardens, on Sidegate, Durham, has applied for planning permission to build a visitor centre at the attraction. For further details, visit

POTATO DAY: Durham Organic Gardeners’ Association will hold a potato day at Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn, on Saturday, February 1, from 10am to 1pm. There will be 20 varieties of seed potatoes plus onion and shallot sets. There will be advice on organic gardening and home composting. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

PAUL EDIS: The Gala Theatre’s lunchtime concert series continues on Friday (January 17) with a performance by Durham-born pianist Paul Edis, whose debut solo album won critical acclaim. The music starts at 1pm. Tickets are £4. To book, call 03000-266-600 or visit

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