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Big Bang Event on Saturday 29th June

No More Nowt is excited to announce ‘Big Bang’ a free, fun, family summer fair – all about space!

This first-time event will take place on Saturday 29th June at TCR Hub, Barnard Castle, promising rocket launches, live music, space-themed performances, and an immersive trip across the galaxy!

Staff and community members from three County Durham community centres - Blackhall Community Centre, Gaunless Gateway (Bishop Auckland), Teesdale Community Resource Hub (Barnard Castle) - have been working hard with world-leading astrophysicists at Durham University, and community arts charity No More Nowt, to create BIG BANG.

BIG BANG is a one-of-a-kind free, summer fair that brings space to life with rocket launches, cosmic installations, games, and live music within the beautiful scenery of TCR Hub.

Event Highlights:

  • Kids make their own spacesuits

  • Rocket launches from Durham University rocketry students!

  • An immersive journey across the galaxy

  • Toast a marshmallow and chat to an astrophysicist about life on other planets

  • Plus facepainting, bouncy castles and classic summer fair fun!

Not many people know that, through the pioneering research at Durham University and innovation at NET Park, Sedgefield, County Durham is at the forefront of space exploration and technology. Come and discover how our region is leading the way in space. Whether you're a budding astronaut or just curious about the cosmos, there’s something for everyone at the BIG BANG!

BIG BANG is part of a County Durham ‘space-placemaking’ campaign, using culture and events to put communities right in the middle of all these exciting space-tech developments. The event brings together two likeminded projects, ‘Street Cosmos’ and ‘Light Years’. Street Cosmos, led by Durham University, is a collaboration that puts world leading astrophysics into community centres in County Durham. Light Years is part of the new Place Partnership led by Durham County Council, a transformative initiative driving growth in County Durham by cultivating talent, enhancing creative skills, breaking down barriers, fostering ambitious collaboration and inspiring future leaders.

Dive into interactive space-themed games that will spark curiosity and excitement in both children and adults alike. Perfect for families and space enthusiasts of all ages. Enjoy live music and surprise performances that will keep you entertained throughout the day. Satisfy your taste buds with a variety of mouth-watering street food options. Witness thrilling rocket launches and explore fascinating space installations.


“We are beyond excited to welcome people to the BIG BANG summer fair. The space industry in County Durham is about to go supernova. With 10,000 new jobs in spacetech created by 2030. Events like BIG BANG can ensure that our communities are right at the heart of it all - driving the vision and building excitement. But the 29th June is all about having fun and getting your mind blown!

- Ged Matthews, Senior Manager Cultural Engagement, Durham University.

“Street Cosmos has provided opportunities for communities across County Durham to explore the vastness of the universe, connecting with space and co-creating arts and culture together. BIG BANG celebrates the work of communities from Blackhall, Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle who have worked alongside artists, scientists and academics to explore space in a way that matters to them.”

-       Jess Hunt, Director of No More Nowt

Additional Information:

  • Tickets: The event is free but booking a timed sot in advance is essential. Book here: 

  • Sponsors and Partners: BIG BANG is brought to you by Durham University, No More Nowt, Blackhall Community Centre, Gaunless Gateway, TCR Hub, Daisy Arts

  • Social Media and Website: Provide links to the event's social media pages and website for further information.

No More Nowt is Co. Durham, Co. Created. We work to engage local people to choose, create and take part in art experiences where they live in ways that are sustainable and can last. We are particularly interested in collaborating on culture with Left Behind Neighbourhoods in County Durham, where access and opportunity may not be equal to other areas.

No More Nowt is part of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places National Portfolio programme. It is hosted by East Durham Trust working in partnership and supported by Beamish, Believe Housing, Durham University and Durham County Council via East Durham Area Action Partnership and Culture, Sport and Tourism Services. 


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