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Durham Region sets new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title at Durham Harvest Picnic

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development Department, Tourism Division, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Durham and Central Counties Tourism, has successfully broken the existing GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Longest Picnic Table, previously set at 120.33 metres.

The Durham Harvest Picnic world record breaking attempt concluded at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, with a final, verified, measurement of the picnic table at Victoria Fields in Whitby. The event took place during the inaugural four-day Durham Festival, a celebration of Durham Region’s culture and creativity.

As part of the world record breaking attempt at the Durham Harvest Picnic, a picnic table was built to measure 136.61 metres and accommodate more than 500 people. Participating individuals attended with their lunch, pre-ordered or purchased a lunch on site, during this historic event. Following the verification of the success of challenging the record, the table was dismantled and all components donated to Habitat for Humanity Durham, for the outside framing of four townhouses in Oshawa.

Durham Festival is a region-wide celebration of creativity and culture presented by The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development Department, Tourism Division in partnership with all eight local area municipalities and Central Counties Tourism. For more information about Durham Festival, visit www.durhamfestival.ca.

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Registration made easy for Culture Days 2015

To register your activity, visit the Culture Days website at www.culturedays.ca. There, you will also find a wealth of free tips and tools, including a detailed participation guide, to help you shape, stage and promote your activity. Other useful free resources available to support your successful Culture Days experience include:

  • Downloadable marketing resources, including the Culture Days logo, customizable posters, web banners, video bumpers, e-flyer, helpful infographics and more.
  • A sponsorship toolkit to help you develop support for your specific Culture Days activity, in addition to all through the year.
  • A public relations toolkit with useful tips on how to publicize and promote your event, and guidelines for communicating with members of the media and others in a position to support your Culture Days event.
  • Contact information for regional representatives.
  • A wealth of other tips and resources!*

The sixth edition of Culture Days (taking place from Sept. 25 to 27, 2015) will surely be bigger and better than ever! For more information on registering your event, visit www.culturedays.ca, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

*Source: www.culturedays.ca


Ride the waves: Set sail in Durham Region

Lucky for us living in Durham Region, we’re so close to many bodies of water, including lakes Ontario, Scugog and Simcoe. When you’re out of the water, you can catch a cool breeze and let yourself float away. If you’re not a sailor and down own your own vessel, Durham’s local businesses have got you covered.







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Celebrate Durham Region this summer!

Mark your calendar for the biggest event in Durham Region this summer! Be part of the first-annual Durham Festival, a celebration of culture and creativity for everyone! From cycling tours, gourmet food trucks, outdoor performances and a night-time disco dance party, Durham Festival offers a taste of all the goodness the region has to offer.

Visit the Durham Festival website for more information.



Durham Festival is quickly approaching! Please note that pre-registration is recommended for some events. Be sure to register in advance for the following events so you don’t miss out!

Elevation2015 is a one-day conference taking place on Aug. 13 celebrating the fastest growing sport in North America–road cycling and the passion that it inspires.**

Take part in the Durham Harvest Picnic on Aug. 15 and challenge the World Record for the longest picnic table!

Ride4UnitedWay Gran Fondo is an epic bike ride and fundraiser taking place on Aug. 16 that will get you moving across the region!

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Please note that the Elevation2015 cycling conference has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  

 We hope you are able to join us for other exciting Durham Festival events happening throughout Durham Region from Aug. 13 to 16.  

 If you are a cycling enthusiast, please consider registering for the Ride4UnitedWay Gran Fondo epic bike ride and fundraiser on Sunday, Aug. 16. Visit ride4unitedway.com for details.



All aboard! Bring the family out to the Uxbridge Train Station, ride the train with Thomas the Tank Engine and experience Thomas and Friends themed entertainment including storytelling, face painting, magicians, a petting zoo, arts and crafts and an opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway!


Day Out With Thomas will be held between Aug. 14 to 16 and Aug. 21 to 23. Tickets are $25 plus HST. 



Spend a fun day outdoors and enjoy the beauty of Lake Scugog during Take Back the Lake on Aug. 15! Presented by Port Perry Stand Up Paddling, this fun-filled event will feature an exciting paddle boat race, street sales and a craft brewery festival at Old Flame Brewery. Amateurs and professionals of all ages are invited to participate and compete in a variety of categories. Grab some friends and register a team today!



Celebrate all things delicious at the 2015 Bacon, Beer and Cider Festival taking place on Aug. 29 and enjoy a fun afternoon of food, drink, live music and of course–bacon! Sample savory treats such as bacon-wrapped onion rings or opt for something sweeter with delights like chocolate bacon mousse and bark. After satisfying your bacon craving, sample some of the local breweries at the event. Admission is $12.