The Durham University Treasure Trap Banquet 2017

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Durham University Treasure Trap is proud to present a weekend of events to complement our annual banquet.

When and where?

The banquet itself will take place on Saturday 18th February from 6pm onward, at Moor House Adventure Centre, Rainton Gate, DH4 6QY.

We will have use of the site from Friday evening through to Sunday, including the buildings, woods and a camping field, and a full schedule of events will be taking place throughout the weekend - you're welcoming to come for the whole weekend or just the banquet.

Getting there

The site is just off the A690 on the Sunderland side of Junction 62 of the A1.

Leave the A1 at Junction 62 and take the A690 towards Sunderland. After 1.3 miles, the site entrance is on your left.

Buses 20 and 20A go to the site every 10 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays and every 20 minutes on Sundays, from Durham bus station, Gilesgate and Belmont, and also from Sunderland. Ask for "Rainton Gate". Be aware that the last bus back to Durham on Saturday night is at around 23:10, and to Sunderland 23:45.

Taxis can be ordered to the site.


Tickets cost £40 for the banquet and whole weekend of events. For students and other unwaged attendees (e.g. unemployed or retired) there is a special price of £35.


There are 35 bunks available to book. There is an extra charge of £5 for bunks.

Plentiful camping space is available, and we can pitch some large communal tents if there is demand for them. Be aware that camping will be cold! We do have emergency provision to allow further indoor sleeping if camping proves to be impossible.

Alternatively, buses and taxis are available back to Durham.

Pre-Banquet Bash

To make best use of the space, we are planning an epic adventure using the site and the surrounding woodland.

We'd like to know in advance if you would like to be part of this - let us know on the form. Also let us know if you'd be interested in helping to run this.


To be able to make the event work, we expect all attendees to help clear up on Sunday to the best of their ability, and to help with setup if asked on Friday and Saturday.

As with all Treasure Trap events, the banquet is run, staffed and cooked for by volunteers; some people pay less because they work instead of enjoying the banquet itself, but clearing up at the end of the event is everyone's responsibility.


Attendance will be limited to 120 attendees due to venue size, so we encourage you to book early!