Durham road closures for Brass festival this weekend and how its final days will play out

As Durham BRASS festival prepares for its grand finale this weekend, wrapping up its 10-day programme of entertainment with a final blast of music, visitors are being reminded of the travel arrangements in place to help them make the most of what’s on offer. Crowds attending the festival are advised to use public transport wherever possible as several roads in Durham will be closed to traffic to benefit performers and spectators. The festival launched on July 12, with events including a secret rave , and now – following days of musical celebration –  this Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, will see Streets of Brass staged in the city centre as street bands from across the world perform two days of free alfresco music.

Streets of Brass will be flooding Durham with sounds and colour

Always a highlight of the festival, the outdoor concerts – aimed at capturing the diversity of modern brass music – also extend throughout neighbouring towns and villages while Durham centre itself is brought alive with sound and colour.

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There are plenty other music events on offer too during the final weekend, including the showpiece Verdi’s Requiem concert at Durham Cathedral on Saturday which will see a brass band and choir – including visiting singers from Texas – perform a specially-created new take on the choral masterpiece.

So, for those heading to Durham to share in the last blast of action, here are road closures and travel tips they need to know.

Saturday road closures

The following will be closed to traffic from 10.30am until 5.30pm when the city centre is set to be at its busiest

Market Place

Saddler Street

Back Silver Street

Fowler’s Yard

Note: These streets will be open on Sunday as there is expected to be less traffic on that day.

Travel tips

Festival-goers are encouraged to use public transport wherever possible. Durham Railway Station is just a 10-minute walk from the city centre. Bus services into the city will not be affected by the road closures, although the Cathedral bus route and timetable will be amended on Saturday.

One bus will be in operation every 20 minutes from Durham Railway Station to the foot of Claypath via Walkergate. Car parks – those in the city centre will be open as usual and visitors can also use Park and Ride. Park and Ride services are located at Belmont, Sniperley and Howlands.

A direct bus runs every 10 minutes to the city centre from each site.

Durham road closures for Brass festival this weekend and how its final days will play outA previous Streets of Brass

Coun Joy Allen, cabinet member for transformation, culture and tourism for Durham City Council which organises the festival, said: “Streets of Brass is one of our most popular events and we are looking forward to welcoming people into our beautiful city this weekend. “This year’s BRASS festival has been fantastic, bringing brass music from all over the world to the towns and villages of County Durham. “This not only encourages communities to get together but it attracts more visitors, boosting the local economy and inspiring the next generation of performers.”

In the run-up to the end of the festival, highlights still to come include – on Friday – the Big Brass Bus providing brass-theme fun in Newton Aycliffe from 7pm to 9pm and a music event at Jubilee Park in Spennymoor from 6pm to 9pm.

Then Streets of Brass will continue in the city into Saturday evening with a free Big Brass Party at Wharton Park from 6pm until 9pm on Saturday before a free outdoor concert on Sunday – Wharton Park Meets the West End – sees the Scottish Swing Orchestra and the Festival Broadway Chorus close the festival with jazzy versions of musical theatre hits from 6pm-8pm.

For a round-up of what’s happening over the remainder of the festival, see programme information here .

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