Durham business bosses are hoping for a bumper summer, thanks to a series of high-profile events across the county.
The Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt exhibition runs at the Palace Green Library until the end of August, while this month sees the opening of Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal at The Bowes Museum.
November sees Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival, return to Durham City.
The BRASS festival kicks off on July 16, and the Streets of Summer Festival and Durham Book Festival are to come before the city starts the build-up to Christmas.
Ivor Stolliday, chairman of Visit County Durham, said: “Exhibitions and festivals like Lumiere and Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt help to bring Durham to life.
“They allow residents to see the county in a new light and attract visitors from across the country.”
“We can see from the increased visitor numbers that these events now have a key role to play in supporting Durham’s visitor economy.”
Coun Neil Foster, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economic regeneration, added: “Events such as these are vital for County Durham, attracting tens of thousands of people to the area and bringing millions of pounds into the local economy.
“Visitors don’t just stay in our hotels and guest houses and eat in our restaurants and cafés but also enjoy the unique retail offer which County Durham boasts.
“Our visitors get a glimpse of what the area has to offer, encouraging them to come back and enjoy the fantastic natural beauty and year-round attractions with friends and family.”