Witches and wizards flew into Durham as the city celebrated a Magical Day.
Characters from the Wizard of Oz and the Harry Potter films took to the streets in the special event organised by Durham Business Improvement District (BID).
The Great Hall of Durham Castle was transformed into a cinema for screenings of the children’s classic and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, giving Potter fans the chance to view the film in the place where some of the scenes were shot.
Visitors were encouraged to dress up, with prizes for the best costumes.
Both of the Harry Potter events also featured an interactive show with characters from the film and a unique chance to sit under the Sorting Hat in the Great Hall.
Broomstick lessons were also on offer with magical face-painting and children’s activities outside the castle throughout the afternoon and a Magical Day Treasure Trail through the city and the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre was transformed into scenes from Oz.
The event was the brainchild of Durham BID, a non-profit organisation funded by local businesses.
As a result of the foundation of Durham BID in 2012, many new events are now planned for the city centre. The aim is to use these events to increase footfall and encourage people into town, thereby directly benefiting city centre businesses.
All proceeds from ticket sales for A Magical Day in Durham and all other BID events will be put towards the cost of the event with the remainder, if any, being utilised for any future events in the city centre.
“The Magical Day is a great new event for Durham,” said Sonali Craddock, Manager of Durham BID.
“There was something for all the family, young and old, and it was designed to promote both the businesses and locations in the city.”