150th anniversary community events

Communities across County Durham will come together this summer to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Durham Miners’ Gala.

First held in 1871, the Gala has been cancelled for the second year running due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2021 Gala was due to take place on Saturday 10 July.

For a century and a half people from across the region have travelled to Durham for The Big Meeting, the annual celebration of community, solidarity and working-class life.

This year, a series of ‘little big meetings’ will be held in more than a dozen communities – from Greenside in the north to Shildon in the south – bringing people together in the spirit of the Gala to mark the event’s 150th anniversary. 

It had been hoped events could be held on what would have been Gala day (July 10), but have been rearranged following changes to the government’s roadmap out of lockdown. READ MORE HERE.

Durham Miners’ Gala 150th anniversary community events (check back for more details and updates as they become available):

31 July 


Parade to Horden Welfare Park begins at 10.30am

7 August


Hackworth Park 11am - 4pm

14 August

Hetton/ Eppleton

Hetton School 12noon - 8pm


Shotton Community Hub 11am - 4pm

21 August

Women’s Banner Group 

Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

1pm – 4pm



11am to 4pm

Band performance - 1.30pm - 2.30pm

28 August

Harton and Westoe

Miners Welfare from 12 noon

29 August


Greenside Cricket Club 

1pm – 5pm

3-5 September

Seaham Carnival

4 September


Usworth Park

1pm – 4pm

12 September

West Rainton

Parade from West Rainton Primary School to St Mary’s Church starts 10.30am

25 September

Quaking Houses

Village Hall

11am – 5pm

31 October

Pelton Fell

Brockwell Centre

2pm – 5pm


The 150th anniversary of the Gala is also being marked with a new souvenir enamel badge.

The deep red hard enamel badge in the style of a miners’ banner features detailing in raised gold metal.

The badge measures 25mm high by 20.8mm wide.

The badge is priced at £5 including postage and packing.

All proceeds will go to the Marras – Friends of Durham Miners Gala to help fund the return of the Gala in 2022.