Travel information for Bishop Auckland Food Festival

One day away from the Bishop Auckland Food Festival, visitors are encouraged to plan their trip ahead of the weekend.

The free event organized by Durham County Council will return to Bishop Auckland city center this weekend on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April.

Visitors can expect to try tasty dishes from over 100 vendors and watch demonstrations by celebrity chefs and bakers, such as chef and TV presenter John Whaite and Great British Bake Off favorite Crystelle Pereira. as they prepare a storm for the public.

This year the festival is also a key part of County Durham’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2025, showing how people can engage with culture through food.

With a host of demonstrations, workshops and entertainment to satisfy people’s taste buds, the festival is expected to attract thousands throughout the weekend, so organizers are encouraging visitors to think carefully about their travel arrangements.

An accessible park and ride service will be in place for visitors between Bishop Auckland College (DL14 6JZ) and the city centre.

Buses will depart from the college from 9.30am on Saturday and Sunday, with the last return bus leaving from Newgate Street at 5.30pm on Saturday and 4.30pm on Sunday.

Return tickets cost £2 for adults, 50 pence for children aged 5-15 and free for children under 5.

City center car parks will be open, but may be busy and drivers should be aware of detours due to road closures for the event.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Economy and Partnerships, said: ‘With just days to go, we hope people are as excited as we are to welcome back visitors, celebrity chefs and traders for two days filled with fun, food and entertainment.

“With so many exciting things planned, we expect the city center to be busy and encourage people to think about how they will get to the festival. We will have an accessible Park & ​​Ride lot on both days which will help minimize delays and reduce traffic congestion, allowing people to arrive easily and not miss any of the fun.

Information on travel arrangements can be found at www.bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk or follow @BishFoodFest on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest festival news and announcements.

To find out more about the City of Culture bid, submit ideas and leave messages of support, visit www.durham2025.co.uk or follow Durham 2025’s social media accounts at @Durham2025 on Facebook, @Durham_2025 on Twitter and @Durham2025_ on Instagram.

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