THE Auckland Project has announced a series of events this summer from art and archaeology, to nature and wellbeing activities.

The charity, which is behind a major tourism-based regeneration project in Bishop Auckland, will open its 150-acre Deer Park at Auckland Castle daily from 7am to 8pm, offering visitors the chance to wander its woodland paths to explore its 800-year heritage and natural beauty, including a Georgian Deer House, ice house and stone pyramid that caps an early water supply for the castle.

The opening exhibition at new attraction The Bishop Trevor Gallery, inside Auckland Castle– The Origins of British Landscape which features artwork by masters such as Thomas Gainsborough and George Stubbs– will run until September 8.

Summer arts sessions at No.42 in Bishop Auckland Market Place will run every Friday and Saturday, 11am to 3pm, from Friday, July 26 to Saturday, August 31. These will encourage children and adults to paint, draw and make pieces based on the landscape around them. Each week one piece of art will be displayed as part of the venue's summer exhibition.

Paint like an Artist workshops, taking inspiration from the Market Place and Deer Park, will run throughout the week at the Auckland Tower visitor centre from Saturday, July 20 to Sunday, August 25.

This summer will also offer a chance to uncover local history with a series of archaeological digs.

From Saturday, June 15 to Sunday, June 30, visitors can learn more about the objects discovered during excavations at Auckland Castle. From 11am to 3pm on weekends, and 10am to 3.30pm on weekdays, history lovers can help to wash discovered finds and take part in archaeological activities.

Archaeological digs will also be held at Binchester Roman Fort throughout July and August, aiming to uncover more fascinating finds after a number of significant discoveries during 2018.

Family activities will be held there, every Tuesday from July 23 to August 20, from 1pm to 3pm, at which visitors can learn about the Romans who lived at Binchester, try Roman crafts and handle objects discovered at the site. Cost included in entry price to

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For the more active, the return of the Auckland Castle Trail Race and Fun Run on Sunday, August 25 is open to runners of all ages.

For more information about The Auckland Project’s summer events visit

aucklandproject.org

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