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Nearly Ready to Open the Doors on Durham Christmas Festival 2017


Durham Christmas Festival is working closely with all its partners to ensure the enjoyment of all visitors to this year’s festival, which takes place from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd December. 


The three day festival brings more shoppers into Durham than at any other time of the year, and festival organisers want everyone who comes to be confident of their safety and security.  With this in mind, officers from Durham Constabulary will be present in the city centre throughout the festival.  Durham Constabulary has also confirmed that the Police Interceptor Team, who were exceptionally popular last year, will be back on Palace Green on Saturday 2nd December.


Colin Wilkes, Managing Director of Durham Markets which organises Durham Christmas Festival along with Durham University, commented: “Visitors’ safety and confidence is of the utmost importance to us and for that reason we will have an enhanced police presence in the city centre throughout the festival.  The event is always fun and festive, but with 1000s visiting the city over the weekend, it’s essential that we have the right people in place to provide reassurance.”


Festival organisers have advised that visitors to the Christmas Festival may be subject to spot checks of bags, and are asked not to bring either backpacks or suitcases when visiting the Craft and Gift Marquee on Palace Green.

Sergeant Kay Howarth of Durham City Neighbourhood Policing team said: “It is a fantastic event and we are pleased to be part of it again this year.  People may see armed and unarmed police officers around the city.  They are there to provide a reassuring presence and not in response to a specific threat.  Security measures are in place to protect you and keep you safe.

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“We would encourage the public to engage with us, tell us about your day, ask for a selfie if you wish.


“Also our Police Interceptors will be at the event on Saturday.  


“We look forward to welcoming you to the city.”


Colin added: “With over 300 market stalls in five festive markets in the city centre, there will be lots of shopping to be enjoyed - there really will be something for everyone.  However, in line with safety recommendations, we ask that everyone is patient if there are any queues, and understands that occasional spot checks of bags may be required, particularly if entering the marquee on Palace Green.”




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Online advanced tickets to the Christmas Festival Craft and Gift Marquee are currently closed.