I'm applying for English too, and of my 3 friends also applying for the same subject (luckily not all from the same college), 1 has an offer, 1 has a rejection and 1 is still waiting.
I emailed to find out if we'll know before the open day in March, and this is the reply I got:
"Thank you for your enquiry. We are still in the process of grading the UCAS forms, and it is correct that you may not hear into March. However, you are welcome to look round the University at any time and visit the department. The talk on the 19th March is for prospective students considering applying for Durham. If you do receive a place, you will be invited to a post-applicant talk."
I'm not sure if I'm comforted or not!