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Mudibu and the Jezebel Sextet

ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

Experience the incredible sound of Otis Redding's music as two of the UK's most exciting soul acts join forces to create the world’s funkiest Otis tribute! Originally ...

Monstersaurus

Sage, Gateshead

This brand new show from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants is monster-ously good! Follow the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of whacky inventions and ...

David Haye Vs Tony Bellew

Grosvenor Casino Newcastle, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Former World champions David Haye and Tony Bellew will clash in a Heavyweight blockbuster at The O2 in London on 4 March 2017.Former two-weight World champion Haye returned from a ...

Mamma Mia

Theatre Royal, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Join the ultimate feel-good party at Mamma Mia!, the world's sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical! Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and ...

Ballet Classes for Adults

Pilates and Beyond , Darlington

Basic /intermediate adult ballet classes in Darlington. Learn ballet. Tone, sculpt, stretch. Relax and enjoy! Thursday's 12.15-1pm Contact info@popupballet.co.uk

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 12:15-13:00

Location: Pilates and Beyond , Grange Rd, Darlington, DL1 5NN

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Jay returns with a selection of wonderful creatures including tarantulas, snakes and scorpions! During this bookable workshop children will be able to handle the animals and learn interesting facts about these marvellous creatures before creating a meerkat bookmark to take home. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

Location: The Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL128NP

The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond in North Yorks

Based on actual events which occurred in Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613, Shakespeare’s eldest daughter Susanna was publicly accused of having a sexual liaison with Rafe Smith, a married family friend. Despite a recanting by her accuser, Susanna sues him for slander in the court of Worcester Cathedral. Faced with political divisions

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: The Georgian Theatre Royal, Victoria Road, Richmond in North Yorks, DL104DW

FREE Ice Rink at Feethams

Feethams, Darlington

Join us on the podium at Feethams Darlington this half term for our FREE ICE RINK! There will be music, food sampling from the restaurants at Feethams, exclusive offers and discounts and much much more. Pop along, don your skates (free skate hire!) and head onto the rink! Skate aids will also be supplied for the kids too. Opening times are as below

Category: Fireworks, Festivals & Outdoors
Dates:    Times: All day event. 12:00

Location: Feethams, Feethams, Darlington, DL1 5RD

North Road Works: 50 Years of Memories Coffee Morning & NELPG Visit

Head of Steam, Railway Museum, Darlington

Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum are once again inviting former North Road Works employees to catch up with former colleagues 11am to 1pm, Thursday 23rd February 2017. There will also be the opportunity to visit Hopetown Carriage Works and see the J72 undergoing winter maintenance. North Road Works: 50 Years of Memories was created to

Category: Talks, Meetings & Business
Dates:    Times: 11:00-13:00

Location: Head of Steam, Railway Museum, Station Road, Darlington, DL36ST

Family Arts and Crafts

Head of Steam, Railway Museum, Darlington

Join us in February Half Term for fun arts and crafts for all the family. Included in admission and yearly passes.

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 13:00-15:00

Location: Head of Steam, Railway Museum, Station Road, Darlington, DL36ST

Folkworks: Celtic Fiddle Festival

Sage, Gateshead

Kevin Burke (Ireland) Christian Lemaître (Brittany) Charlie McKerron (Scotland) Nicolas Quemener (Brittany) Called ‘three of the finest folk violinists anywhere’ by The Washington Post, Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations. Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany,

Category: Music - Folk
Dates:    Times: 20:00

Location: Sage, St Mary's Square, Gateshead, NE82JR

Paul Carrack in Concert: A Celebration plus support

Sage, Gateshead

Paul Carrack is one the UK’s great singer songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Balancing his career between his solo work and guesting on the current Eric Clapton album / tour, his widely-varied CV also includes Roxy Music, BB King, Nick Lowe, Roger Waters, Squeeze, Mike + Mechanics, Elton John, The Smiths and Ringo Starr to name just a few.

Category: Music - Other
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: Sage, St Mary's Square, Gateshead, NE82JR

Half-term arts and crafts

Sage, Gateshead

Come and join us on the Concourse for some crafty fun this February half term to keep little fingers busy! On until Feb 26 Suitable for all ages.

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Sage, St Mary's Square, Gateshead, NE82JR

Half-term fun at National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum, York

From steam rides behind Flying Scotsman to storytelling, we’ve got lots of hands-on fun for the whole family this February half term. Join in with Flying Scotsman model making, take a ride on the Miniature Railway and find out all about speedy locomotives in our exciting Need for Speed science show. On Feb 18-26

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO264XJ

Need for Speed science show

National Railway Museum, York

How are we able to travel so fast on trains and which famous locomotives have broken incredible speed records? All this and more in our fast paced interactive family science show: Need for Speed.

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 12:30, 14:15

Location: National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO264XJ

Art Academy: Portraits and Personalities

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Be prepared to make new friends, get messy and have fun. Young artists will have the opportunity to explore our new exhibition Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck & the Artists’ Eye, featuring a self-portrait by Van Dyck as well as a range of historical and contemporary artists’ work. Learn how artists represent themselves through portraits, and

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 10:00-15:00

Location: Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE18JA

Darlington Folk Club presents Flossie Malavialle

Copper Beech, Darlington

Flossie Malavialle is a French born singer who has been based in the North East of England since 2002. Several years on, she has become an accomplished performer playing at folk clubs and festivals all over the UK (and beyond) and supporting acts such as Fairport Convention and Show of Hands. Flossie’s powerful yet sensitive rendition of songs

Category: Music - Folk
Dates:    Times: 20:00-23:00

Location: Copper Beech, Neasham Road, Darlington, DL14DH

Tower House Gallery Art Exhibition

Tower House Gallery, Seaton Sluice

The Tower House Art Gallery has a regular group of artists and changing work by other artists. Until the end of February the gallery is featuring work by the children of Seaton Sluice First School with the themes of "Winter" and "Spring''.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 11:00-16:30

Location: Tower House Gallery, Collywell Bay Road, Seaton Sluice, NE26 4QN

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

learn about the pottery of Roman Britain, handle original artefacts and replicas and make your own pot in style

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

Location: Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, Bishop Auckland, DL147NR

Flossie Mallaviale

Copper Beech, Darlington

live music

Category: Music - Folk
Dates:    Times: 20:00

Location: Copper Beech, Neasham Road, Darlington, DL14DH

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Jay will return to The Bowes Museum with a selection of wonderful creatures including tarantulas, snakes and scorpions! During this bookable workshop children will be able to handle the animals and learn interesting facts about these marvellous creatures before creating some artwork to take home. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 10:00, 11:00, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30

Location: The Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL128NP

Northallerton Ramblers

catch the train or meet at the station, Durham

Six miles around Durham City, including the riverside, Cathedral, Castle and South Durham. Catch the 9.29 train

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 10:00

Location: catch the train or meet at the station, Railway Station, Durham, DH1 4RB

Sponge

The Dolphin Centre, Darlington

Sponge embraces all things spongy. Alluding to a child's ability to soak things up "like a sponge", a lovely piece of cake, or simply the springy, squashy, malleable texture which fascinates us and children alike. Set to an original score fused with 1970s interludes, will reveal and explore small and large scale sponge environments and props for

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 11:00, 14:00

Location: The Dolphin Centre, Horsemarket, Darlington, DL15RP

Collecting the Vikings

Yorkshire Museum, York

Do you have a favourite ‘Viking’ helmet, toy or book? Bring it along and tell our curators about it! They might even include your story in our major new Viking exhibition which opens in May. Free, museum admission does not apply. No need to book.

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 11:00-15:00

Location: Yorkshire Museum, Museum Street, York, YO17FR

Jorvik Life Trail and Meet a Viking

Yorkshire Museum, York

Follow the trail to find our seven Viking characters hidden around the museum. Look out for Erik, Thora, Snorri and more amongst our collection to uncover the Viking word and receive a prize! 50p per trail (admission applies), no need to book. See real Viking objects and hear the stories behind them from our resident ‘Viking’. Admission

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Yorkshire Museum, Museum Street, York, YO17FR

Animals and the Railways

Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon, Shildon

Come along to Locomotion this February half term and take part in our 'Animals and the Railways' activities. Why not buy one of our activity packs for just £1? Packs contain an animal mask to decorate, museum trail, pencil and certificate! Packs on sale daily between Tuesday February 21 and Sunday February 28. Whilst stocks last.

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

Location: Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon, Dale Road Industrial Estate, Shildon, DL4 2RE

Free foodie fun for kids this half term at intu Metrocentre!

intu Metrocentre, Gateshead

Fun, free cooking workshops are taking place at intu Metrocentre this half term! The shopping centre is running the daily cookery events for children during half term after asking local families how they most wanted to fill their free time. Cookery was chosen by classmates of intu Metrocentre's Heads of Fun Esther, age 10, a pupil at Lumley

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 10:00-18:00

Location: intu Metrocentre, intu Metrocentre, Gateshead, NE11 9YG

The Carpenters Arms, Felixkirk

A fantastic 3 course dinner with your favourite Italian dishes

Category: Dining Out & Nightlife
Dates:    Times: 19:00-23:00

Location: The Carpenters Arms, Felixkirk, Felixkirk, YO7 2DP

Unimagined Treasures – Curated by Mark Hearld

Art Gallery, York

The Upper North Gallery has been transformed to reflect one artist’s vision of a Lumber Room – a room of miscellaneous stored objects and artefacts. For the past two years, York-based artist Mark Hearld has been visiting the stores of the Yorkshire Museum and York Castle Museum as well as York Art Gallery researching the objects and artworks

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW

Tommy Bodkins:  military materials then and now

Green Howards Museum, Richmond in North Yorks

exhibition of work created and curated by Cleveland College of Art and Design (Hartlepool) student Rachel Fraser. The pieces in my collection are all related in some way to the museum and the army, where I’ve used jackets, weapons, badges, and the warning signs seen on the perimeter walls of the barracks themselves. Each one of these had an

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

Location: Green Howards Museum, Market Place, Richmond in North Yorks, DL10 4QN

Jorvik Viking Festival

All over York, York

Recognised as the largest Viking Festival in Europe, the annual JORVIK Viking Festival is a city-wide celebration of York’s Viking heritage Taking place every February Half Term, the festival’s programme of family-friendly events, lectures, guided walks and battle re-enactments attracts over 40,000 visitors each year from across the globe,

Category: Fireworks, Festivals & Outdoors
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: All over York, York, York, YO1 1NF

Apples and Arsenic, half-term historic family fun

The Workhouse Museum, Ripon

Explore the smells and tastes of history in our fabulous family friendly activities this half term. Try your hand at baking, making concoctions, creating crafts, enjoying Punch and Judy shows, following fun trails and lots more… then take a closer look at our Victorian Workhouse and kitchen garden, one of the best preserved in England! - Bake

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 11:00-15:00

Location: The Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate, Ripon, HG41LE

d-FORMED : A personal Journey by Kev Howard

Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough

d-FORMED is an auto-biographical and highly personal series of visually striking photographs, comprising challenging and beautiful images that embody disability and the surgical experience. Surgery is what many disabled people often undergo over a lifetime to be able to function. It is a physically and emotionally painful experience, being

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS56LA

Holly Hendry: Wrot

Baltic Centre, Gateshead

Holly Hendry (b. London, 1990) presents an entirely new body of work for her first solo exhibition in a UK institution. Using a variety of materials, from Jesmonite and plaster to foam, wood, steel and water-jet cut marble, she creates a geology of oozy forms peppered with comic elements, such as dog chew bones and spinning plaster teeth. She

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Baltic Centre, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE83BA

Lord of the Flies

People's Theatre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Presented by the Young People’s Theatre. When a group of youngsters survive an air-crash; the absence of adult supervision means the law of the jungle soon prevails.

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: People's Theatre, Stephenson's Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE65QF

Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Join German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn for an evening of Teutonic jolliness at its best. After his last show tackled those well-known staples of light entertainment that are the British obsession with home ownership and the self-serving nature of most fundraising efforts, this time Henning's having an unbiased look at immigration. He also

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Harrogate Theatre, 6 Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG11QF

Ale & Arty 2017: Limehouse Lizzy

ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute to ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist (and world renowned solo artist) Gary Moore into their show. From their Official PRS award, performing for Virgin Atlantic at a private

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 20:00

Location: ARC, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS181LL

Barnard Castle School, Barnard Castle

rehearsal meeting every Thursday in term time

Category: Clubs & Societies
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: Barnard Castle School, Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL12 8UN

Hearts and Flowers: Half Term Fun!

Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

Say it with flowers every day of half term. Make paper flowers, decorate a plant pot, and plant seeds in your own mini garden.

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 13:30-15:30

Location: Royal Pump Room Museum, Crown Place, Harrogate, HG1 2RY

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, York

There will be two trails themed around finding your way with a map and compass - one for younger visitors and a more challenging option for older children. Eden from Stories Alive will be here on Friday 24 & Saturday 25 February for free story sessions throughout the day - not to be missed.

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, York, York, YO301DD

Celtic Fiddle Festival Band Play The Sage

Sage, Gateshead

The Celtic Fiddle Festival band celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations. Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and Charlie McKerron (Scotland) showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles. With the able and agile accompaniment of Nicolas Quemener (Brittany, France)

Category: Music - Folk
Dates:    Times: 20:00

Location: Sage, St Mary's Square, Gateshead, NE82JR

Half Term - Washington Children’s Strike Commemorations

Beamish Open Air Museum, Stanley

It’s the year 1917 and sadly there are hungry children around the North-East and across the country. Agricultural workers are signing up for war, there is naval warfare and a poor harvest, all of which are contributing to food shortages and high prices in Britain, leaving children hungry and dramatically losing weight. Things are about to

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Beamish Open Air Museum, Beamish, Stanley, DH90RG

Family arts and crafts

Head of Steam, Railway Museum, Darlington

join us in half-term for fun arts and crafts for all the family.

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 13:00-15:00

Location: Head of Steam, Railway Museum, Station Road, Darlington, DL36ST

Head of Steam, Railway Museum, Darlington

2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the closure of North Road Works after 103 years of making and repairing locomotives. The exhibition brings together those memories as well as a range of photographs of the Works.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 11:00-15:30

Location: Head of Steam, Railway Museum, Station Road, Darlington, DL36ST

284 Miles to Home – A Photographic Journey by Scott Read

Arts Centre, Washington

284 Miles to Home’ is a personal journey by Scott Read as he captured his first year (2016) in his new home of County Durham after following his heart North. “With this body of work I seek to evoke the sheer essence of what makes this region such a beautiful place to live, but in a way that was very much a personal voyage of discovery for

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Washington, NE388AB

Out There: Our Post-War Public Art

Bessie Surtees House, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Historic England presents 'Out There' - a celebration of England's fascinating yet forgotten national collection of public art. 'Out There' will shed light on the sculptures and structures created by pioneering artists between 1945 and 1985, long before the iconic Angel of the North was conceived. Many of these pieces have been lost, damaged, moved

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

Location: Bessie Surtees House, 41-44 Sandhill, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 3JF

Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Imagination runs wild and logic is abandoned in this fantastical, larger-than-life musical brimming with nonsensical fun and excitement for the entire family. Follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy-turvy adventure like no other and meet a host of outlandish characters including the troublesome twins, Tweedle Dum

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 14:00, 18:00

Location: Playhouse, Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay, NE261LZ

Murder, Margaret and Me

Theatre Royal, York

In the early sixties two national treasures were the creative force behind one of British cinema’s most successful franchises. But there’s an intriguing mystery behind the Miss Marple movies. They were almost never made... Agatha Christie didn’t want Margaret Rutherford to bring her most cherished creation to life. And Margaret Rutherford

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Place, York, YO17HD

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

A journey through three centuries and increasingly distant parts of the world

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE18JA

Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck and the Artist's Eye

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Inspired by the remarkably innovative style of Sir Anthony van Dyck's last self-portrait, acquired for the nation in 2014, this exhibition pairs the painting with stunning works by major artists of the 20th and 21st century. Like Van Dyck's self-portrait, the selected works offer the viewer direct eye-contact with a visionary artist, from David

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE18JA

Darlington Building Society, Darlington

Christeen Redhead, Linda Coleby and Malcolm Short

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Darlington Building Society, Tubwell Row, Darlington, DL1 1NF

KFAMoves Dance Exercise

St Thomas' Church Hall, Darlington

Do you enjoy dance and exercise? Then join our weekly classes, which offer low impact exercise, dance and movement at a steady pace to a variety of music in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Come and join us, ladies! Promotes fitness, and develops coordination and good posture. We gently limber up and use the whole body gradually, stretching

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 19:30-21:00

Location: St Thomas' Church Hall, North Road, Darlington, DL1 2PU

Opening the Door: Discovering Durham University's Western Art Collection

Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Bishop Auckland

Durham University’s Western Art Collection contains a significant number of prints by leading artists and is one of the most important university collections of 20th and 21st century art in the UK. This exhibition explores the different printing techniques used by artists, from early methods of woodcut printing to more contemporary screen and

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

Location: Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL147NP

Paola Ciarska: I'm Finished But She Ain't

Gallagher and Turner, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Paola Ciarska revels, excites and rejoices in the unrestrained potential of imagination. Each miniature painting stars a solitary figure, often wielding a selfie-stick, living out a virtual fantasy from the comfort of her living room (or sometimes the kitchen bench).

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-18:00

Location: Gallagher and Turner, 30 St Mary's Place, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE17PQ

Shunga: Japanese Woodblock Prints

Gallagher & Turner, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Literally translated, shunga means ‘pictures of spring’, a traditional euphemism for sex. These erotic works became popular in the 18th and 19th centuries and sought to express a varied world of contemporary sexual possibilities. They were likely enjoyed equally by men and women of all classes, depicting ordinary people with sensitivity and

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-18:00

Location: Gallagher & Turner, 30 St Mary's Place, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 7PQ

Ruddigore

Tyne Theatre & opera House, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

The Newcastle University Gilbert and Sullivan Society (NUGSS) is one of the oldest student societies in the university, established in 1952. Each year the society performs one of the fourteen comic operas created by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. This year we are performing Ruddigore, a parody of Victorian melodrama featuring ghosts, curses,

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30-22:00

Location: Tyne Theatre & opera House, 109-119 Westgate Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE14AG

The Wedding Singer

Empire, Sunderland

It’s 1985. Hair is huge, greed is good and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart (Jon Robyns: Avenue Q, Legally Blonde) is New Jersey's favourite wedding singer. When his own fiancée dumps him at the altar a seriously bummed out Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Can sweet natured Julia, (Cassie Compton: X Factor) and her best

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Empire, High Street West, Sunderland, SR13EX

Curious About Durham

Starts: Durham Cathedral, Durham

Have fun discovering Durham with two self-guided, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Buy or instantly download & get curious! Are you curious about Durham? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Starts: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

Newcastle University Gilbert & Sullivan Society present: Ruddigore

Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

The Newcastle University Gilbert and Sullivan Society (NUGSS) is one of the oldest student societies in the university, established in 1952. Each year the society performs one of the fourteen comic operas created by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. This year we are performing Ruddigore, a parody of Victorian melodrama featuring ghosts, curses,

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: Tyne Theatre & Opera House, 109-119 Westgate Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE14AG

Northern Portraits by Aidan Doyle, Charlie Parker and Steve Lyon-Bowes

Arts Centre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Three artists have joined together to showcase their distinctive approaches to portraiture. The exhibition will include original pieces by local artists Aidan Doyle, Charlie Parker, and Steve Lyon-Bowes. Doyle and Lyon-Bowes are regular tutors for Newcastle Arts Centre and will be running a series of art courses following the exhibition opening.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE11SG

Count Arthur Strong

Gala Theatre, Durham

Using stories and other things that are secret, Count Arthur Strong, showbiz legend, pays tribute to one of the best musicals he can remember. Uniquely recreating the salient and poignant moments for your enjoyment. Plus something else. Don’t miss this amazing event.

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH11WA

Little Theatre, Gateshead

Two couples have been out celebrating an anniversary. Returning to the home of one of the couples, they discover it has been burgled – and apparently the culprit is still on the premises! Or is he? A comedy thriller from the pen of one of our most reliable writers.

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:15-21:30

Location: Little Theatre, 1-4 Saltview Way, Gateshead, NE84JS

Jane Eyre

Forum Theatre, Billingham

A faithful and haunting retelling of the Charlotte Bronte classic, this musical captures the full emotional force of the iconic original novel, appealing equally to those already familiar with “Jane Eyre” and to anyone experiencing the story for the first time. Sweeping melodies enhance this Gothic romance while the sparkling dialogue and

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham, TS232LJ

Gerard Hobson exhibition

Arts Centre, Old Meeting House, Helmsley

Since childhood Gerard Hobson has had a love for birds, animals and art. His love of wildlife saw him qualify as a zoologist from Bangor University in 1984 and then worked for a couple of years for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust as a botanist. Following relocating up north, Gerard worked for Yorkshire Wildlife and continued to develop his work on a

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Arts Centre, Old Meeting House, Helmsley, Helmsley, YO625DW

Bones: Skeleton Secrets of the Animal World

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

The animal world is full of questions and bones can help us find the answers. An enormous collection of animal skeletons on show for 2017’s must-see family-friendly exhibition. From itty-bitty bats to whopping whales, bones are the hidden keys to how animals move, survive and evolve over time. Join us on an interactive journey through

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE24PT

Companion Pieces

Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

To celebrate 100 years since the Gallery doors opened to the public to present the Shipley’s bequest collection, and 40 years since the first items were purchased to build the now nationally important contemporary craft collection, the Shipley Art Gallery presents a new showcase exhibition. Companion Pieces brings together different parts of

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE84JB

Making Friends! Half term crafts

Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

Drop in to the gallery and try some crafts with a friendship theme, we’ll be making friendship bracelets and paper crafts – bring a friend and work together too! Drop in activities for families, no need to book. £3 per child

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 10:00-12:00

Location: Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, HG12SA

Hurworth Grange Comunity Centre, Hurworth

Dog training including Heelwork Sit and Down stay Recall Socialisation

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 19:00-22:00

Location: Hurworth Grange Comunity Centre, 41 Hurworth Road, Hurworth, DL2 2BN

Durham KFA Moves Free Sessions

Laurel Avenue Primary School, Durham

Exercise, Movement and Dance event Drop in to join or watch any or all the sessions led by our qualified teachers between 10.30a.m. and 1.30p.m. sessions will include different dance styles – such as Line Dancing, working with apparatus and seated exercise. Come along, have fun, meet new people and start your New Year developing a

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 19:30-21:00

Location: Laurel Avenue Primary School, Laurel Avenue, Durham, DH1 2EY

Clubbercise

Spennymoor Town Hall, Spennymoor

Simple and fun dance workout, with glow-sticks and disco lights, to club anthems from the Nineties, through to today's tracks.

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 18:30-19:15

Location: Spennymoor Town Hall, High Street, Spennymoor, DL16 6DG

ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

This annual festival offers the widest selection of quality ales. From fruity and fresh, malty and smooth to dark and bitter, there is a taste to please even the most discerning drinker. From Thursday, February 23 (until Saturday, February 25)

Category: Festival, Markets & Fetes
Dates:    Times: 18:30

Location: ARC, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS181LL

Isabel Alexander: Artist and Illustrator

The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

Isabel Alexander (1910-1996), artist and illustrator, has been described by admirers as ‘the English Georgia O’Keeffe.’ This first major Yorkshire retrospective of her life's work, featuring over 50 prints, paintings and drawings, reveals the lifetime in art of an artist who is worthy of greater recognition. Alexander trained at the Slade

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00

Location: The Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SA

Chuffing Contraptions

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

In this new Science Theatre show we explore engineering and technology from the industrial revolution to the present day. Engineers fix problems (and often find new ones). Join us as we discover some of the ingenious fixes to tricky problems by making engines and other contraptions to do the work and make things go. This show has been developed by

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 10:00-18:00

Location: Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 4EP

Is there anybody out there?

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Could there be life on other worlds in our solar system, or even beyond it? With space so vast and planets and moons so numerous how do we go about looking for life? Find out in Life’s newest planetarium show. Recommended suitable for ages 7+. From Friday, February 10 (until March 31)

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-18:00

Location: Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 4EP

Seeing the Universe in all its light – an exhibition showcasing the ‘big telescopes family’

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

This touring exhibition focuses on the world of modern astronomy through telescopes that the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Royal Astronomical Society support around the world. See scale models including the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) antenna, the

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-18:00

Location: Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 4EP

Brick History

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Life Science Centre will be home to a host of intricate historical models, all of which have been made from scratch using LEGO® bricks. This new exhibition will span the whole of human history – picking out the key highlights – to show how mankind has progressed over the years, from the pre-historic era to modern day. Visitors can marvel at

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-18:00

Location: Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 4EP

North East LEGO® Landmarks

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Local LEGO® builder Steve Mayes has been busy building LEGO® versions of some of the North East’s favourite landmarks. See his collection at Life, including, BALTIC, Angel of the North and the International Centre for Life – a specially commissioned new model on show for the first time. Please note - LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-18:00

Location: Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 4EP

BEASTS!

Durham Cathedral, Durham

An exhibition of the weird and wonderful beasts and monsters which have fascinated people from earliest times. From illustrations of lions and dragons in medieval manuscripts, to early printed books of natural history which feature sea serpents and wyverns alongside images of the rhinoceros or giraffe, and the ‘evidence’ presented to prove the

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

Theatre (Middlesbrough), Middlesbrough

Enjoy the comical adventures of Mowgli the man cub as he battles to survive and become the leader of the pack. Mowgli's mates - Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and Kaa the python - all help him outwit his enemies and learn the law of the jungle, mixing it with madcap monkeys, escaping the crazy Cobra and seeing off the terrifying Tiger Shere

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:00-22:00

Location: Theatre (Middlesbrough), The Avenue, Middlesbrough, TS56SA

Theatre (Middlesbrough), Middlesbrough

Enjoy the comical adventures of Mowgli the man cub as he battles to survive and become the leader of the pack. Mowgli's mates - Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and Kaa the python - all help him outwit his enemies and learn the law of the jungle, mixing it with madcap monkeys, escaping the crazy Cobra and seeing off the terrifying Tiger

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 14:00-17:30

Location: Theatre (Middlesbrough), The Avenue, Middlesbrough, TS56SA

Romance and Roses

The Witham, Barnard Castle

At a time of the year when people are turning their attention to matters of the heart, Romance and Roses is an exhibition that draws upon artists' interpretations of love and romance. Romance and Roses is an exhibition that draws upon artists' interpretations of love and romance. From a depiction of a quiet walk in the woods, a last Rolo, a

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

Location: The Witham, 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle, DL128LY

Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

Louise Mackenzie is a UK based artist creating installation, sculpture, performance, sound and film works. With a focus on living material, she is interested in the relationships between medium, sound, image and text, attempting to find ways in which these can be connected to produce unexpected results. Her installation, The Stars Beneath Our

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE463LS

Romance and Roses

The Witham, Barnard Castle

At a time of the year when people are turning their attention to matters of the heart, Romance and Roses is an exhibition that draws upon artists' interpretations of love and romance. Romance and Roses is an exhibition that draws upon artists' interpretations of love and romance. From a depiction of a quiet walk in the woods, a last Rolo, a

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

Location: The Witham, 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle, DL128LY

Dressed to Impress: netsuke and Japanese men's fashion

Oriental Museum, Durham

A British Museum exhibition featuring a selection of delightfully detailed netsuke and other traditional Japanese male dress accessories. Netsuke is the Japanese art of miniature sculpture. Originally a practical piece of dress, during the Edo Period (1615-1868 CE) these carvings evolved into an important art form in Japan. Museums often

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

Fabricating Histories: An Alternative 19th Century

Discovery Museum, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

The story of our 19th century inventors and pioneers is all around us, but with so many experiments, ideas and notions jostling for position, history could have lurched off on a tangent at any moment and become very different. What if Brunel had graced Sunderland with a vast suspension bridge, or Lovelace & Babbage had computerised the 1840s?

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 4JA

Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration, and the everyday

Palace Green Library, Durham

Hearing a voice in the absence of any speaker is one of the most unusual, complex, and mysterious aspects of human experience. Typically regarded as a symptom of severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia, voice-hearing is increasingly recognized as an important part of many people’s lives and experience, as well as a phenomenon that has had

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-17:00

Location: Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham, DH13RN

 ‘The best words in the best order’ - Poetry in Durham and the North East

Palace Green Library, Durham

Contemplating the story of poetry in the north east, this exhibition takes an inspired look at the connections between poetry and life. Originally shown at Woodhorn, this exhibition is influenced by the Northern Poetry Library and Palace Green Library collections. Located in Northumberland and Durham, the libraries are both important archives and

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-17:00

Location: Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham, DH13RN

The Jarrow Crusade: Marching into History

Museum and Art Gallery, South Shields

Marking the Jarrow Crusade’s 80th anniversary, this exhibition brings new light to a legendary event that captured the imagination of a nation. The march illustrated the plight of the people of Jarrow, whose shipyard had closed and where government, the banks and employers blocked plans for a new steelworks. As the local Member of Parliament

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Museum and Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JA

Richmond on Swale Morris Men

The Village Hall, Aldbrough St. John

We are a local Morris team who have been dancing in the Richmond and Darlington areas since the mid 1970's We are always on the look out for new recruits to swell our numbers, so if you fancy giving something different a try this winter why not consider this ancient, traditional form of exercise. No previous experience required as we are now into

Category: Music - Folk
Dates:    Times: 20:00-22:00

Location: The Village Hall, The Green, Aldbrough St. John, DL11 7ST

Sleeping Beauty

The Majestic Theatre, Darlington

Tom Rolfe Productions proudly presents a brand new panto full of family fun at the newly refurbished Majestic Theatre in Darlington during February half term starring Coronation Street's Steven Arnold as King 'Ashley', hilarious duo Double Trouble as Muddles and Oddjob, top panto dame Mervyn Francis as Nurse Nellie and Hollyoaks star Andy Mcguire

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: The Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington, DL37JT

In the Image of the Other: Visualising a British-Himalayan Town, Shimla

Oriental Museum, Durham

Shimla is the capital of the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It was the summer capital of British India from 1864-1947. The British built Shimla as their ‘little version of England’ and, by extension, of Britain itself. Today, Shimla is a hugely popular destination for tourists from all over the world, and its status as an

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

Flesh

Art Gallery, York

Human and animal, alive and dead, familiar and strange; this major exhibition will explore how artists represent flesh in their work. Paintings by artists including, Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas, Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin, Circle of Rembrandt and Francis Bacon will show how the body and flesh have long been subject to intense scrutiny by

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW

Methodist Chapel Hall, , Darlington

The new season of Darlington Video Makers Club commences on Thursday 8th September 2016 at 7.30pm with a screening of members movies, followed by a buffet supper. New and prospective members are always welcome to come along. Further information from 01325 356140

Category: Clubs & Societies
Dates:    Times: 19:30-22:00

Location: Methodist Chapel Hall, , The Green, Haughton Le Skerne, Darlington, DL1 2DD

Champagne Bar, Bishop Auckland

live music

Category: Music - Jazz & Blues Music
Dates:    Times: 12:30

Location: Champagne Bar, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL147NJ

Various Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesborough, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Skinnypigs® women’s fitness class established in 2010 has fast become the largest independent fitness provider in the North East and has drastically changed the lives of over 30,000+ women! It is the phenomenal women’s fitness toning and weight loss class that everyone is talking about! It uses a selection of fun training styles designed to

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 06:00-21:00

Location: Various Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesborough, Various Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesborough, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE3 3RU

The Allure of Napoleon

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Featuring outstanding artworks held in the Museum’s collection, the display will offer the opportunity to learn more about the Founders’ interest in Napoleon and his times. It will also the celebrations for the 125th anniversary of The Bowes Museum in 2017.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: The Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL128NP

Sunny Afternoon

Grand Opera House, York

Sunny Afternoon, the sensational smash hit West End musical rocks York 2017. Step into swinging 60s Britain and discover how The Kinks found their definitive sound that rocked a nation. Step into swinging 60s Britain and discover how The Kinks found their definitive sound that rocked a nation and influenced generations. Feel the euphoric highs

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30-22:10

Location: Grand Opera House, Clifford Street, York, YO19SW

Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth

A basic dog obedience training course for puppies and beginner dogs, which will include socialization with dogs/people. More advanced dogs will continue from 8pm.

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 19:00

Location: Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth Road, Hurworth, DL2 2BN

Dormans Club, Middlesbrough

live jazz music

Category: Music - Jazz & Blues Music
Dates:    Times: 21:00

Location: Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough, TS55DT

Albert Hill Club, Darlington

everyone welcome, singles welcome

Category: Music - Other
Dates:    Times: 19:45

Location: Albert Hill Club, Nestfield Street, Darlington, DL1 2LZ



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