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Things to do in Peterlee

Where is Peterlee?

You may not have heard of Peterlee before in your lifetime. It is a small market based town which was built under the New Towns Act of 1946. Being located in the coastal area of County Durham it is close to Seaham, Hetton-Le-Hole and Ryhope. The latitude of Peterlee, County Durham, UK is 54.765442, and the longitude is -1.323166.


History of Peterlee 

Peterlee ironically gets it’s name from Peter Lee himself. A one time miner and trade union leader. Peter Lee was also head of England’s first all labour County Council that assembled at Durham in 1909. Unfortunately Peter Lee died in the 1935, meaning he knew nothing of the new town in which took his name.

The idea of Peterlee was to bring together miners from neighbouring villages into one town centre – this town was developed from 1950 and is now home to several well known stores such as: Asda, Wilkinsons, Costa Coffee, Subway, Select, Farmfoods, Lidl, HSBC, Poundworld and more.

Initially, Castle Eden Dene was planned to be the heart of Peterlee Town Centre. It was said to have the town placed either side of the valley with a connecting bridge for easy access. However, this plan was rejected by the Nationa Coal Board and Local Miners. Castle Eden Dene is now located in a separate area from the town, hover, it is easily accessible. The dene is three and a half miles long and has scientific interest and a National Nature Reserve attached to it. The Dene is also home to wildlife including birds and deer. If you want to find out more – just google search about Castle Eden Dene and The Devils connection!

Peterlee is also home to a large concrete public art sculpture that goes by the name of “Apollo Pavillion”, this was designed by Victor Pasmore, who was a Professor of Fine Art at Newcastle University.


What can I do in Peterlee:

Castle Eden Nature Reserve
Shotton Hall
The AFF School
Club 3000 Bingo
Peterlee Catholic Club
Durham Coastal Footpath
The Pavilion
Peterlee Annual Show

(We admit, there is not a great deal to do here, but, it is a great connection to the major towns such as Newcastle, Sunderland and Hartlepool)!


Are you planning to visit?

If you are planning to visit the local town of Peterlee in near future, let us know and drop your photos into our mail box –!

Peterlee is the town in which we operate from. We will happily meet you for a coffee over at Costa if you wish to chat to us about our Peterlee based website design, Peterlee printing services.

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