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The annual Durham Christmas Festival takes place from 1-3 December 2023: it’s a must-visit event for coach parties – and this year it’s being filmed.

Organised by Durham Markets Company, the event will be under sharp focus as it will be filmed by UK travel trade specialists Steve Reed Tourism, working with communications specialist Emma Hignett of Staindrop in Durham. The finished short film will be sent to hundreds of coach and tour operators around the country so they can include the popular event in their tour schedules.

‘We’re really looking forward to working with Emma Hignett and will enjoy having the iconic backdrop of the historic City of Durham providing the context for this production,’ says Steve Reed.

‘The festive set piece is ideal for groups and coach parties so we want to encourage coach and tour companies to reserve their parking early in the process – before we know it the 2024 Festival will be on us!’

The filming will take in some of the main areas of the Festival and will include interviews with key individuals who work to put this prestigious event together each year. Steve Reed Tourism has produced numerous short films of attractions, events and destinations around the UK over recent years and this will be the latest. Each production aims to make it easy for tour planners to bring their groups.

A visit to Durham Christmas Festival is a visit to three seasonal markets, all full of small independent businesses providing unique products that you’re not going to find on a regular high street. The Craft & local Food Producers’ Marquee* on Palace Green, in the shadow of Durham’s stunning Cathedral, is home to more than 140 stalls selling gifts, seasonal decorations, festive food and drink and so much more. (Please note there is an entrance fee for this marquee, discounted entry is available in advance from the festival website. Visitors can also enjoy a Festive Outdoor Market in Durham market Place and discover 40 more businesses in Durham Market Hall.

To download the coach application form please see www.durhamchristmasfestival.com

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