Durham Miners’ Gala 2022: Start time, road closures, location


The Durham Miners’ Gala will be held for the first time since 2019.

The Durham Miners’ Gala will return in all its glory after three years.


The so-called Big Meeting is taking place for the first time since 2019.

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Due to the corona pandemic, the events in 2020 and 2021 had to be cancelled.


It is estimated that 200,000 people will attend the big gathering.

There will be the usual march through the city and the streets are expected to be packed.


Here’s everything you need to know about the big gathering.

When is Durham Miners’ Gala


The Big Meeting will take place in 2022 on Saturday (July 9th).

It always takes place on the second Saturday in July.


The Durham Miners’ Gala has been held since 1871 – but was unable to celebrate its 150th anniversary in person last year due to the pandemic.

The Durham Miners Gala.

What time does the march start?


The march begins at 8:30 a.m. on July 9.

The main gathering point is the Market Square in the city center and from there bands and banners begin to march at 8:30am.


How long is the march and what is the route?

The march will last several hours.


The main gathering point is the market place in the city center and the procession leads to the racecourse.

The focal point of the gala is the County Hotel in Old Elvet and this is where the two legs of the procession converge.


Union leaders, invited guests and local dignitaries greet the march from the hotel balcony and the bands pause to play their ‘party tune’.

After this, the bands continue to march the short distance to the racecourse where there is a platform for the speakers.


At 1pm the platform party arrives and the Chair opens the session.

After the speeches, four or five selected bands and banners march to the miners’ service in the cathedral.


Full list of road closures for the Durham Miners’ Gala

There will be a series of road closures for the Big Meeting this year on Saturday 9th July.


The following roads will be closed from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

  • South Bailey
  • North Bailey
  • Bow Lane
  • Castle Green
  • Owengate
  • Sattlerstrasse
  • marketplace
  • silver road
  • Framwellgate Bridge
  • Pelaw Leazes Lane
  • North Road (between its junctions with Framwellgate Bridge and Milburngate)
  • New Elvet Bridge
  • new elf
  • Dun Cow Lane
  • Hofgasse
  • elven crescent
  • old elf
  • Prison Green (Old Elvet South)
  • territorial track
  • Elvet Waterside
  • Elvet Bridge

The following roads will be closed from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

  • Winney Hill
  • Green track
  • Church Street
  • Hallgarthstr

From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m

  • Framwellgate Waterside from its junction with Sidegate to its junction with Millburngate
  • Claypath (between its intersection with the Prince Bishops Car Park Roundabout and the intersection
  • with Providence Row)
  • One way eastbound from A690 to Claypath
  • Crossgate (from the junction with North Road/Framwellgate Bridge to the junction with South
  • Street
  • Claypath (between its junction with the Prince Bishops Car Park Roundabout and the junction with the eastbound one-way street) in a north-westerly direction and then just a northeasterly direction.
  • A 50 meter long claypath, north side, between the zigzag lines of the crosswalk and the car park mini-roundabout

What happens at the racetrack?


The Durham Miners’ Gala says on its website: “At the racecourse banners are strapped to the surrounding fences creating a colorful tapestry of working class history.

“The riverfront has rides for children and stalls selling everything from books to fast food.


“There are many exhibitions in the marquees and a place to buy tea and sandwiches which is run by the Durham Labor Party. And in a field overlooking the racecourse there’s a funfair with some spooky rides for the adventurous.

Is there parking in Durham?


The Durham Miners’ Gala website states: ‘Central Durham will be closed to traffic from 7am but those arriving early can access the multi-storey car park near Market Square.

“There are three large Park and Ride car parks. You can also park at the Houghall campus.”