Park and Ride
There will be a park and ride service operating from Bishop Auckland College main campus, Woodhouse Lane, Bishop Auckland DL14 6JZ by Weardale Motor Services. The bus will run every 10 minutes. The return journey is from Newgate Street.
- Saturday 13 April: The first bus will leave the college at 9.45am until 5.15pm. The last bus will leave the festival at 5.30pm.
- Sunday 14 April: The first bus will leave the college at 9.45am until 4.15pm. The last bus will leave the festival at 4.30pm.
Adults: £2 return, children (6-15 years): 50p return, children (5 years and under): free.
The bus stops on Marketplace and North Bondgate will not be in use.
All services will go to the main bus station via Kingsway. The bus station is behind the Newgate Centre, a four minute walk from the Town Hall along Newgate Street.
Northern Rail runs through Bishop Auckland railway station, with connections from the mainline station at Darlington. The Weardale Railway from Stanhope and Wolsingham stops a few moments walk from the main station.
If using sat nav, the postcode is DL14 7NP. From the A1(M), take junction 60 at Bradbury, signposted Teesside and Bishop Auckland. Take the A689 following the sign to Bishop Auckland. At the junction with the A688 take the second exit straight across following the signs for the A689 to Crook. Drive down a long hill and then up a short hill and you will see signs for the market place.
There are a number of car parks in the centre of Bishop Auckland, including on North Bondgate and at The Newgate Shopping Centre. All town centre car parks are open as usual. Further car parks can be viewed here.
- Castle Chare (north-west bound only): Friday 12 April at 5.00am until Sunday 14 April at 9.00pm
- Market Place Southern Service Road (Weatherspoons): Friday 12 April at 5.00am until Sunday 14 April at 9.00pm
- Market Place Southern Circulatory Road (St Anne’s Church): Friday 12 April at 5.00am until Sunday 14 April at 9.00pm
- North Bondgate: Friday 12 April at 5.00am until Sunday 14 April at 9.00pm
- Fore Bondgate: Saturday 13 April at 5.00am until 9.00pm, and Sunday 14 April at 5.00am until 9.00pm
The taxi rank on North Bondgate will move further along the road.
For further information about the local area please call the Visitor Contact Centre on 03000 262 626.
Bishop Auckland in the Vale of County Durham is a lively market town with a fascinating 2,000 year heritage. Standing high above a meander in the River Wear, the town has commanding views of the surrounding countryside.
The town is home to Auckland Castle which was the palace of Durham’s Prince Bishops for more than 900 years.
Bishop Auckland is set for major developments over the next few years, with a new welcome building at Auckland Castle, a new Museum extension, an institute of Spanish art and culture, and the redevelopment of the 17th Century Walled Garden which will feature stunning new glasshouses providing ‘garden rooms’ restaurant and event spaces.
The historic town centre has a thriving arts and cultural scene, and at Bishop Auckland Town Hall you will find a superb library, cinema, theatre and arts complex, and in the summer of 2019, the town will burst into life as Eleven Arches presents ‘Kynren – an epic tale of England’ – the eagerly awaited third season of the spectacular open-air live-action show that wowed more than 100,000 visitors in 2018. Get more information on Kynren.
The Food Festival takes place in the Vale of Durham, but venture further afield and experience Durham City, the Durham Dales and Durham Coast.
Visit Durham City and take in the breathtaking Durham Cathedral and Castle – a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and don’t miss Open Treasure, the Cathedral’s new world-class exhibition experience. Delve further into the county’s past at amazing attractions including Beamish Museum and Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon in the Vale of Durham, and Killhope in the Durham Dales. And if you’re a culture vulture then seek out the fantastic fine and decorative art collections inside The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.
If you prefer the outdoors then you’ll find breathtaking views and walking and cycling routes galore amongst Durham’s stunning countryside and coastal areas. Explore the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty – a picture-perfect landscape of moors, hills, valleys and rivers – and home to High Force – one of England’s most impressive waterfalls. Or pack your hiking boots and head to the Durham Coast for dramatic sea views along the coastal footpath.
For more information on accommodation and to plan your break in Durham click the link below.
For information on place to visit, eat and shop, plus accommodation and special offers, visit Thisisdurham, or contact the official Durham Visitor Contact Centre:
Call: 03000 26 26 26
Text: ‘Visit’ and your enquiry to 8001 1