About the Durham Women’s Gala

Durham Women’s Gala


For decades women in County Durham organised their own Gala. At its peak, it attracted thousands of people and saw speakers such as Barbara Castle, Jennie Lee and Harold Wilson. The event was marked by singing, speeches and parading of banners.

Until 1918 women were not allowed to vote. Campaigning and action by the women’s suffrage movement finally achieved the vote for some women.

As 2018 marks the centenary of women’s suffrage, around the UK and in County Durham women are planning to celebrate.

A Durham Women’s Gala Group has been formed to organise an event to celebrate how much women in County Durham have achieved, and to look at ahead at what must still be done.

The Durham Women’s Gala will take place in Wharton Park on Saturday 30 June 2018, 12.00pm-4.00pm. There will be speakers, live music, refreshments, family crafts, mini golf, mini cars, football, women’s section banners, voter registration, and spaces for unions and not-for-profit organisations to raise awareness and fundraise.

At the end of the afternoon there will be a short service of celebration in St Cuthbert’s Church on North Road where banners will be blessed. This will be followed by refreshments in the church hall.

All are welcome regardless of gender, and families are particularly encouraged to attend. Entry will be free.

The Durham Women’s Gala was formally launched on Friday 2 February 2018 at 5.30-6.00pm in Miners Hall, Redhills, Durham with Roberta Blackman-Woods MP. This event saw the unveiling of a logo designed free for us by Samantha Townsend for the event and chosen by public poll.