Become a Marra – Join Friends of Durham Miners' Gala



The Durham Miners Gala returned in style in 2022. It was the biggest Big Meeting in decades, with more than 200,000 people in attendance, accompanied by 69 Durham miners banners, over 60 bands and in excess of 100 trade union banners from across the country and beyond.

The Gala is the world's most inspiring display of trades union and community celebration. Please see here for Gala day information.

Please help us to make the 137th Gala the greatest show of solidarity ever by making an investment in this historic display of collectivism.

For more than a century, the Gala was paid for by the working miners of the Durham Coalfield. It is their gift to us all.

Today, it is funded by our Marras, who make contributions throughout the year. Without the Marras, the Gala could not happen. 

‘Marra’ is a Durham miners’ term for a trusted friend or workmate who can be relied on in times of need. In the collieries, we depended on our Marras for our lives. Without the support of our Marras today, the Gala simply could not happen.

Please invest in the Gala by becoming a Marra. You will help ensure the Gala survives, and thrives, and is here to inspire generations to come. 

We welcome one-off donations of any size to help fund the Durham Miners Gala.

But if you become a Marra by signing up for £2 a month/ £24 a year or more, you will receive a Marras card with your name on it and the official 2023 Gala brochure in the run up to this year's Gala. You'll also be entitled to a 20 per cent discount on official Durham Miners Gala camping.

Donate monthly Donate yearly


Chip in by making a one-off donation to the Gala fund.


One off donation


You can also get a year's gift subscription to Friends of Durham Miners' Gala and make your friend or loved one a Marra for just £24.


Gift subscription

Other ways to join:

You can download a Direct Debit mandate and return it to us via freepost, or send a cheque made payable to "Friends of Durham Miners' Gala", to the following address:

Freepost, RTKC-EALS-HJKK, Friends of the Durham Miners’ Gala, Miners’ Hall, Flass Street, Durham DH1 4BE



If you live outside the UK, you can still contribute in support of the Gala. To arrange, please email [email protected].


Thank you all for supporting the Durham Miners' Gala. 



Make the most of the Gala by booking to stay at our official campsite. We offer high-quality facilities and affordable accommodation just a short walk from the festivities.

Book now for an early price of just £15 per person per night for adults, £7.50 for under 16s, and free for under 5s. Prices will then rise to full price ahead of the Gala. For more information, click the link below.