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Tracking the advance of the Barney Elf Army

This Christmas is a little different but, thanks to the good people of Barnard Castle, it still has moments of magical delight due to the appearance of an army of elves in the windows of many high street businesses and beyond.

Following our call out back in November, there have been elves spotted in all manner of funny places and up to some tricks in our town here in South West Durham. Have you seen any??

We are now posting here regularly to update our map (see below) with a green hat to show where an elf has been seen. We will try and keep up with the Barney Elf Army invasion but it is hard as they are quick little characters!! Please help by checking out the map below and, if you see an elf that isn’t yet marked by a green hat, do let us know either by emailing our Family Activities Co-ordinator Sarah at

You can also share your elf photos with us online with the hashtag #BarneyElfArmy on our Facebook and Instagram

A huge thanks to every person who has helped create this invasion to add a little Christmas cheer to our wonderful town.

Here at TCR Hub, we, like so many others, have been thinking of ways to help spread joy through little acts everyone can take in our community and we are so pleased that you all joined in!

We hope that the elves will help brighten your day, give the kids something to look out for and remind us all that a little bit of fun and community spirit goes a long way.

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