About Durham Dash

Durham Dash in Durham City

The Durham Dash is a School Sports Day like no other!

Moving alternative years between the UNESCO Palace Green in Durham City and Beamish Museum the pioneering living museum The Durham Dash continues to use the power of sport to inspire and enthuse young people in Durham and Chester le Street to be more physically active.

Being able to take part in sport in the heart of the city centre or stepping into Victorian and Edwardian era is a unique opportunity for the hundred plus school teams; Durham Cathedral is an internationally recognised UNESCO world heritage site and as proud citizens we love our City Centre, Cathedral and Castle, in the same way we hold our award winning pioneering living Museum. To be able to combine this “one of a kind” backdrops for young people provides a unique sporting experience that will live in the memory of the children for years to come.

Over 800 Year 3-6 Boys and Girls, nominated by the individual schools, have the opportunity to compete in either a running race, jumping or throwing sport event. The 550m road race will consist of a number of heats and a final for each year group.

The amphitheatre of Palace Green and the early 20th century setting of the Events Field at Beamish will host the jumping and throwing events along with other fun “try it” sporting activity for young people.