2020 Events & Challenges


This year we have a host of events planned, please find our list below and links to purchase tickets or to register your intertest.


Update: All lodges should now have tickets; we recommend that ticket sales are suspended until further notice. It is our intention to postpone the draw date until early 2021. This will give sufficient time to sell our allocation of tickets. For any tickets sold to date we have been given the advice by the Sunderland Council to “Make all reasonable efforts to inform those to whom we have, or intend to sell tickets to, that the date of the draw will be postponed (by a reasonable time) due to the Covid19 virus". A new draw date will be determined when we return from this enforced recess.

Tickets: £1

Win: 19 Prizes, £5,000 first prize.

Details: Tickets to be sold in lodges with all ticket sales are allocated to lodge targets.

Unfortunately this event has now been cancelled, full details about the effect of the coronavirus on our fund raising events on the homepage.

Event: Festival Easter Ball (Black tie evening)

Date: 18/04/20 - Postponed to a future date.

Venue: The Swan, Billingham.

Includes: Welcome drinks, four course meal, entertainment & dancing.

Tickets: £30 and can be booked by emailing Bmhcltd@gmail.com. Tables seat a maximum of 12.

Challenge: 12 mile Lanchester Valley Railway Path Walk. Family and dogs are very welcome.

Fee: £15 includes a free MCF shirt. Buy tickets here https://www.tickettailor.com/events/durham2021festival/339157

Details: The Lanchester Valley railway Path is part of an extensive network of Railway Paths which are fantastic for cyclists, walkers and horse-riders.

The Lanchester Valley railway opened in 1862 and was built to carry iron ore to Consett steelworks and coal from Langley Park; it closed in 1965.

The route is about 12 miles long, we encourage everyone to get involved, this walk is also pet friendly so a good opportunity to take the dog for a long walk.

Sponsor Durham 2021

Date: 23/05/20 starting at 9.30am.

Venue: Shildon Masonic Hall.

Hosted by: Corinthian Lodge,

Challenge: Starting from UGLE and finishing at the Eiffel Tower, 4 days including travel and cycling.

Fee riders: £300 entry fee including a free MCF cycling shirt. Terms and conditions on application

Fee support crew: £150 including a free MCF cycling shirt. Terms and conditions on application

Book your place: SOLD OUT!

Availability: 30 riders & 6 support driver places available.

Details: As we enter the final full year of our Festival fundraising activities we have organised an iconic sponsored cycle event as a suitable finale to our cycling activities.

After an overnight stay in London we will assemble on the steps of the United Grand Lodge of England before setting off to ride to Newhaven, arriving in time to catch the 5.30pm crossing to Dieppe. Cycling a distance of around 65 Miles.

After a night in Dieppe, on day 2 we will ride through picturesque Normandy countryside, heading for Beauvais, the capital of the Oise Département, in the Hauts-de-France region where we will overnight again. The ride is around 69 miles.

Our final leg is of around 60 miles from Beauvais to our finish point beneath the iconic Eiffel Tower. After a celebratory glass of something sparkling, overnight accommodation has been arranged in Paris before our return.

Join us in marking the finale of our Festival Cycling Events in what promises to be a very special way!

Sponsor Durham 2021

Challenge: 10,000ft Tandem skydive

Fee: £195

Venue: Peterlee Parachute Centre.

Details: No training required. A briefing will be given on the day.

10,000 ft Tandem skydive at Peterlee Parachute Centre.

12th June 2020

Cost £195.00 which includes full training on the day.

You agree to the terms and conditions set out as below on the Checkout form and print off the attached completed medical form below and send it to the Festival Secretary @ paul.quinn@durham2021.org via email.


Skydiving courses available for beginners and a continuation facility for those wishing to make further jumps. Central for the North East of England, mid-way between Tyneside & Teesside, only a short drive from Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham and Middlesbrough as well as accessible from North Yorkshire and Southern Scotland. Our Texas Turbine converted Cessna 208B regularly lifts 15 parachutists to 15,000ft up & down in 15 minutes, as well as 4 place Cessna 182 climbing to 10,000 ft in 30 minutes.

The Peterlee Parachute Drop Zone has been active since 1 April 1987 and is a listed site of significant sporting interest by Sport England. National Parachuting Championships, UK Skydiving League Events and British Parachute Association Instructor Courses have all been hosted here.

Book Tickets for the event at  https://www.tickettailor.com/events/durham2021festival/340273

Sponsor Durham 2021


Unfortunately this event has now been cancelled, full details about the effect of the coronavirus on our fund raising events on the homepage.

Event: Chester Le Street Beer & Cider Festival.

Date: 02/07/20 to 05/07/20

Details: All beers and ciders will be sourced as local as possible. 15-20 beers and 8-12 ciders, one of which will be the 2021 one.

Challenge: The iconic half marathon. Date: 13/09/20 Fee: £58 Apply now: www.greatrun.org/great-north-run. Ballot closes 9th February 2020. Sponsor Durham 2021

Challenge: Dragon Boat Racing

Date: 13/09/20

Fee: £30 per person with 15 entrants per boat.

Venue: River Tees

Book Tickets online at: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/durham2021festival/340695

Download event posters

2020 Events Poster


Cycling Poster

Click on the image below to open the .pdf file, which you will then be able to print or download.
London to Paris cycling Challenge