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Darlington by the sea

Market Place, Darlington

brings a traditional mix of sand, entertainment, children's fairground rides, and a motorcycle display that will bring the events to ...

Ross Noble - BRAIN DUMP - Warm Up

Forum Theatre, Billingham

Don’t miss your chance to see Ross Noble in this intimate venue as warm up for his brand new 2016 tour. Noble is back doing what he does best; spinning forth hilarious ...

North East Railway in the First World War

Durham Cathedral, Durham

Hear the inspiring story of one railway's war, of how it continued to operate and adapt to circumstance, and of the men and women who served with the company or were left to fight ...

Exhibition of Miniatures by Gina Morton RMS

Greenfield School Community and Arts College, Newton Aycliffe

A rare opportunity to see a selection of 48 miniature paintings completed over the last 20 years by Darlington artist Gina Morton In the cabinets at The Greenfield Gallery, Newton ...

St Cuthbert's Hospice, Durham

As part of The National Gardens Scheme 'Gardens Open For Charity' we invite you to visit St Cuthbert's Hospice. Come and explore five acres of mature gardens lovingly cared for by our talented volunteers. Highlights include a Victorian style greenhouse, beautiful flowers, vegetable patch, woodland walks and wheelchair friendly trails. Cream teas,

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

Location: St Cuthbert's Hospice, Park House Road, Durham, DH1 3QF

Darlington Building Society, Darlington

plus three other artists

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

In Pursuit of Pleasure

Fairfax House, York

summer exhibition will look at the social scene in English towns and cities including London, delving into the tempting array of decadent activities and pleasurable pursuits catering for all tastes and predilections, sometimes challenging the notions of what ‘polite’ entertainment encompassed in the eighteenth century. In Pusuit of Pleasure

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Fairfax House, Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN

Durham Women FC v Watford Ladies

New Ferens Park, Durham

Looking for an affordable, fun and memorable day out for all the family? Durham Women FC may just have the answer! A family day out to support Durham Women FC in our upcoming match against Watford Ladies is the perfect way to spend quality time together as a family. Getting outdoors and enjoying the best of the British weather, head down to

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 12:00-14:00

Location: New Ferens Park, Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1GG

Super Heroes Tour at intu Eldon Square

intu Eldon Square, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Meet Batman this Sunday 31 July as part of this summer's Super Heroes Tour. Have you got what it takes to be a super hero? Add some Zap! Pow! Boom! to your summer and join intu Eldon Square and DC Comics Super Heroes Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman on a number of super missions. Help to rescue intu Eldon Square from the clutches of DC Comics

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 11:00-16:00

Location: intu Eldon Square, Percy Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE17JB

Trench paper for Tommy

The Green Howards Museum, Richmond in North Yorks

The ‘Trench paper for Tommy’ project will enable children and families to find out more about what soldiers read in the trenches, and how publications like the famous ‘Wipers Times’ kept them entertained during the most difficult of times. The activity is linked to our special exhibition marking the centenary of The Battle of The Somme.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: The Green Howards Museum, Trinity Square, Richmond in North Yorks, DL10 4QN

Paul Sinha: Postcards from the Z List

Customs House, South Shields

Paul returned to the Edinburgh Fringe in the summer of 2015 after a four-year, self-imposed exile during which real life had taken over. **** ’Postcards from the Z List is an endearing and gently brilliant show. Sinha is back and he’s as strong as ever.’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine Looking back, life as a travelling single gaysian

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 20:30

Location: Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields, NE331ES

Gary Delany

Customs House, South Shields

Gary thinks a good joke should be like a drunk Glaswegian: short and punchy. His brand new show is not only great for people who like lots of jokes, but fun for people who enjoy getting offended by jokes too. Regular on Mock the Week, double Sony Award winner.

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:00

Location: Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields, NE331ES

Adam Rowe

Customs House, South Shields

Although still in his early twenties, Adam is already one of the most sought after acts in the country and is fast becoming a favourite at all of the UK’s biggest comedy clubs and festivals. This August, 2016 newcomer Adam Rowe will undoubtedly prove to the industry that he is one of the hottest new acts around. Delving into the consequences

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 17:30

Location: Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields, NE331ES

Standard Issue in Conversation with Sarah Millican

Customs House, South Shields

Join Sarah Millican, comedian Dotty Winters and Standard Issue editor, Mickey Noonan*, and another brilliant woman TBC for what’s bound to be an excellent evening of panel show , type chat. Presented by Standard Issue Magazine. www.standardissuemagazine.com The sharp and witty online women’s magazine hosts a killer line-up of funny women

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 15:00

Location: Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields, NE331ES

Customs House, South Shields

We are having an arty party in the gallery. You are warmly invited to join us for an afternoon of creative chatting, cutting and sticking. Collage materials and groovy tunes provided but feel free to bring your own. Exhibiting artists Val Close and Brian Ord will be there to show you how they use collage in their own work and our Gallery

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 15:00-18:00

Location: Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields, NE331ES

Summer Exhibition

Gallagher and Turner, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Each of the artists in this exhibition strives to capture a sense of time and place in their own distinctive way. Some construct engaging narratives, or use carefully selected objects and compositions. Others immerse themselves fully in the culture of their surroundings.

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

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

Sage, Gateshead

Fresh from shows in london and new york the regions best emerging designers showcase their work throughout the summer in our stunning building. Come & see the next generation of design talent.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Butterwick 10K & 3K

Hamsterley Forest, Hamsterley Forest

It is with great pleasure that we can announce the Butterwick Hamsterley 10k returns for 2016, taking place on 31st July in Hamsterley Forest. This event is now open to teenagers from the age of 15 (with parent/guardian consent). Places are limited and we hope to make this year’s race the biggest yet! Evenwood Road Runners are partnering

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 09:00-15:00

Location: Hamsterley Forest, Hamsterley Forest, Hamsterley Forest, DL13 3NL

Summer exhibition

Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk

Paintings, prints and ceramics by selected gallery artists. Artists Lesley Birch, Jane Burnley, Daniel Cooper, Michael Curgenven, Heather Davies, Peter Hicks, Dougie Hill, Katherine Jones, Debbie Loan, David Morris, Jenny Morten, Margaret Shields, Sam Snowden, Rosie Wade and Erin Ward.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Zillah Bell Gallery, Kirkgate, Thirsk, YO71PQ

Market Cross, Northallerton

11 mile circular walk up Nidderdale to Summerbridge. for more details visit hambletonramblers.co.uk

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 08:30

Location: Market Cross, High Street, Northallerton, DL78LN

Cleveland Ramblers

Lealholm car park, Lealholm

Six to eight miles

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 14:00

Location: Lealholm car park, Lealholm, Lealholm, TS17 1NF

outside old Arts Centre , Darlington

11 miles around Newgate Bank circular

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 09:15

Location: outside old Arts Centre , Vane Terrace, Darlington, DL37AX

Richmondshire RA

Nun's Close car park, Richmond in North Yorks

Ten miles along the River Tees to Cotherstone

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 09:00

Location: Nun's Close car park, Hurgil Road, Richmond in North Yorks, DL104UN

Darlington Ramblers

outside Queen Elizabeth College, Darlington

nine and a half miles around Cold Kirby, Murton Grange and part of the Cleveland Way

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 09:30

Location: outside Queen Elizabeth College, Vane Terrace, Darlington, DL37AU

Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Theatre Royal, York

Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Prepare to be entertained as never before this summer! Be astounded as our lightning-fast troupe of Victorian travelling actor-musicians turn horror into howling comedy, full of quick-fire wit, tongue-in-cheek humour and physical slapstick. Gasp with amazement as we use music, shadow

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Key Centre, Middleham

refreshments all day, admission 50p

Category: Festival, Markets & Fetes
Dates:    Times: 09:30-16:00

Location: Key Centre, Middleham, Middleham, DL84RA

Cheeki Monkeys BIG Summer Baby & Childrens Market

The Forum, Northallerton

Pop-up Baby & Childrens Summer Market and Family Fun event SUNDAY 31ST JULY, The Forum, Northallerton, DL6 1LP Doors open 11am - 1pm The place where 'Smart Parents' shop! Come along and save up to 90% on quality pre-loved items! Plenty of preloved, craft and business stalls with plenty to keep the little ones amused while you shop. A

Category: Festival, Markets & Fetes
Dates:    Times: 11:00-13:00

Location: The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL61LP

Summer Holiday Animal Adventures

Castle Howard, Castle Howard

This summer there will be daily outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. Set off into the woods on our extended woodland trail. Follow the footprints, taking brass rubbings along the way, to find the lost baby animals hiding in the undergrowth and complete the activity sheet. Head to the lakeside for fun on the adventure

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Castle Howard, Castle Howard, Castle Howard, YO607DA

Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough

a magical exhibition of fairytales and nursery rhymes

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS56LA

Pirate Trail

Sage, Gateshead

Ahoy there me hearties! Come aboard the good ship Sage Gateshead for a swashbuckling trail in the name of treasure and pieces of eight! Can you help Captain Sage unlock his hidden treasure?

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 11:00-16:00

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

National Park Centre, Sutton Bank

Enjoy free events and activities at our annual Moorland Festival a great day out for the family in the place where moorland matters. As the heart of the National Park begins to turn purple spend the day discovering our amazing moorland heritage. North York Moors National Park Rangers will introduce you to their work and you'll be able to hear all

Category: Fireworks, Festivals & Outdoors
Dates:    Times: 11:00-16:00

Location: National Park Centre, Sutton, Sutton Bank, YO7 2EH

Sam Turners, Northallerton

bouncy tractor ted, Purple Play bus, Farmyard Flyer bus, reptile show, local food and drink and much more

Category: Festival, Markets & Fetes
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

Location: Sam Turners, Darlington Road, Northallerton, DL6 2XB

York Knavesmire Show in the Park

York Racecourse, York

The two-day family festival features live music, galloping horses, stunt shows, BMX displays and many more events and activities. Punch & Judy shows, circus workshops and a petting zoo will appeal to younger members of the family, whilst performances from Take That, Ed Sheeran and One Direction tribute bands alongside an appearance from

Category: Festival, Markets & Fetes
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: York Racecourse, Tadcaster Road , York, YO231EX

Spot on the Wall

The Station, Richmond in North Yorks

Our popular open art exhibition returns for another year. Visitors will enjoy an ever-changing display of work from amateur and professional artists. The exhibition takes over every part of our gallery space, and all the work is for sale. Artists book a spot on our wall or hire a cabinet to display their work, then hold their breath and

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: The Station, Station Yard, Richmond in North Yorks, DL104LD

Food festival

Milton Street, Saltburn

A huge celebration of good local food, it’s all part of a busy day that includes a bustling street market featuring more than 80 of the best independent food producers from the North East and North Yorkshire. Special guest chefs including award-winning Edinburgh restaurant owner Mark Greenaway from BBC2’s Great British Menu and Channel 4’s

Category: Festival, Markets & Fetes
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Milton Street, Saltburn, Saltburn, TS12 1HQ

Soldiering on

Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend

If you’ve ever wondered how Roman soldiers were injured and medically treated then this is for you. Find out what armour would have been essential to help protect the 120 cavalry and 480 infantry soldiers based at the garrison. Unearth the weapons which would have been used to protect Hadrian’s northern frontier against barbarians from

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Segedunum Roman Fort, Buddle Street, Wallsend, NE28 6HR

Summer fun

Beamish Open Air Museum, Stanley

There’s something for all the family to enjoy every day of the summer holidays. From brass bands to 1940s Home Guard, craft activities to Victorian lessons, we’ll have loads of activities and fun that you can join in! There’ll be a chance to try something different at the museum – get to know our animals a bit better or relax in the

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

1916: No Turning Back

Gala Theatre, Durham

It’s 1916. Your country needs you, the army needs you… You join one of thousands of County Durham men in enlisting in the army, volunteering to fight for your country. You say goodbye to your family and get ready for war. 1916: No Turning Back is unlike anything seen before at Gala, and forms part of Durham Remembers, our programme of events

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH11WA

Ranger fun

Hardwick Park Visitor Centre, Sedgefield

have a go at pond dipping, mini-beasts hotel, mini dens and bug hunts

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

Location: Hardwick Park Visitor Centre, Sedgefield, Sedgefield, TS212DN

Bowburn Community Centre, Bowburn

A joint exhibition of art from Bowburn Nursery and Infant School, Junior School and Bowburn Art Group can be seen in the Corridor Gallery of Bowburn Community Centre. Entry is free and the Centre is open throughout the day and early evening. New artists are always welcome to join the Art Group on a Tuesday morning from 10am to 12pm in the Centre

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 09:00-19:00

Location: Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn, DH6 5AT

St Andrew's Church,, Leyburn

Flower Festival celebrating 150 years of Beatrix Potter, Friday 29th and Saturday, 30th July 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday, 31st July 1 pm - 5 pm. There will be 19 arrangements depicting the tales and life of Beatrix Potter, a children's quiz, refreshments, cake and plant stalls and piano and organ music played throughout the event, which is to raise

Category: Festival, Markets & Fetes
Dates:    Times: 13:00-17:00

Location: St Andrew's Church,, Church Bank, Leyburn, DL8 3SR

Combat and craft weekend

Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields

heritage craft artists and re-enactors celebrate all things Roman

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 11:00-16:00

Location: Arbeia Roman Fort, Baring Street, South Shields, NE332BB

The Big Birdhouse Tour

intu Eldon Square shopping centre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Art and nature is coming to life this summer, as The Big Birdhouse Tour arrives at intu Eldon Square. The first national tour created exclusively by intu, will be nesting in Newcastle from Tuesday 26 July until Sunday 21 August. intu Eldon Square will be giving nature a home and exhibiting larger than life birdhouses, each individually and

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 11:00-17:00

Location: intu Eldon Square shopping centre, Northumberland Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE17JB

Paint Her to Your Own Mind

Shandy Hall Gallery, Coxwold

'Paint Her to Your Own Mind' invites 147 artists / writers to join in creating 147 different representations of beauty on the blank page - responding to Sterne's request in vol VI of Tristram Shandy : 'Sit down, Sir, paint her to your own mind—as like your mistress as you can —as unlike your wife as your conscience will let you—‘tis all

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

Location: Shandy Hall Gallery, Coxwold, Coxwold, YO61 4AD

Turbanism - An exhibition by Rehmat Rayatt

Central Library, Gateshead

Every community has its own way of connecting and interacting, centred on a culturally important action. It might be the intricacies of language, food or even dance that tell people about a way of life, while for some communities messages are communicated through dress. The turban is so embedded into Rajasthani culture that it is impossible to tell

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE84LN

Tiny Town

Tiny Town, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Tiny Town is a unique interactive role play centre for children from walking age to 7 years.

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Tiny Town, 4 Frenton Close, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE5 1EH

Summer Story

Seven Stories The National Centre for Children's Books, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Saturday 23rd July – Sunday 4th September, Drop in for all the family Take part in a host of summer activities inspired by our brand new Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories exhibition and archive. Drop into our Studio and illustrate poignant soldiers’ letters, create a kite to spread your message of peace and get close to nature with

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:30

Location: Seven Stories The National Centre for Children's Books, 30 Lime Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 2PQ

Daydreamer Performance

Seven Stories The National Centre for Children's Books, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Daily at 11am and 2pm from Saturday 23rd July – Sunday 4th September “The more time you take in “dream time” – living in your head where the story is – the more you utterly lose yourself in the story.” Michael Morpurgo Join the Dreamer on a journey through adventure and imagination. In a world of possibilities, you are invited

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 11:00-11:30, 14:00-14:30

Location: Seven Stories The National Centre for Children's Books, 30 Lime Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 2PQ

Seven Stories The National Centre for Children's Books, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s best loved story makers. Our exclusive exhibition will showcase for the first time, the notebooks and manuscripts that have become the classics we know today including War Horse, Kensuke’s Kingdom and Private Peaceful. With content rich in historical research, creativity and poignant prose, this

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

Location: Seven Stories The National Centre for Children's Books, 30 Lime Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 2PQ

Palace Arts Gallery , Redcar

After a career illustrating and designing over 30 children’s books and pop up books, as well as package designs, visuals and prints, Brian Lee has decided to exhibit a timeline of his work for the first time in two decades. The Darlington based Illustrator and Designer was raised in Redcar and has decided to return to his childhood roots to

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Palace Arts Gallery , Esplanade, , Redcar, TS10 3AE

CheekyPop 'Next Big Thing' Auditions

Arizona, Sunderland

Press Release: Do you have what it takes to become Sunderland's 'Next Big Thing'? CheekyPop are holding open auditions at Sunderland hotspot Arizona, to find local talent who will release a single with the Cheeky Girls just in time for Christmas! Invited by CheekyPop, the Cheeky Girls themselves head the judging panel, alongside Cheesy FM

Category: Music - Other
Dates:    Times: 15:00-20:00

Location: Arizona, Holmeside, Sunderland, SR1 3HY

Summer exhibition

Gallagher and Turner, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

by Norman Cornish, Debbie George, Brita Granström, Mick Manning, Peter Quinn and Ray Richardson Each of the artists in this exhibition strives to capture a sense of time and place in their own distinctive way. Some construct engaging narratives, or use carefully selected objects and compositions. Others immerse themselves fully in the culture

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Imaginary Spaces Exhibition

The Palace Arts Gallery, Redcar

An exhibition of illustration and design by Darlington based illustrator Brian Lee. Including work from his 30 children's books, prints, packaging visuals and design work. 23 July - 3 September 2016

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: The Palace Arts Gallery, 28-29 Esplanade , Redcar, TS10 3AE

Renoir's St Tropez

Museum, South Shields

Renoir’s stunning oil painting of St Tropez will be on display this summer alongside selected highlights from the South Tyneside art collection. The magnificent painting is being lent to the museum by Birmingham Museums Trust on behalf of Birmingham City Council. 2016 marks 175 years since the birth of Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919)

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Museum, Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JA

Caroline Achaintre exhibition

Baltic Centre, Gateshead

Caroline Achaintre (born Toulouse, 1969) works across a diverse range of media that includes textiles, ceramics, prints and watercolours, using techniques typically associated with the applied arts. Her work is colourful and potent, evoking the subversive spirit of Carnival and creating an atmosphere that is simultaneously playful and absurd.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Baltic Centre, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE83BA

The Playground Project

Baltic Centre, Gateshead

Until the 1980s – and in rare cases until today – playgrounds were places for social experiments, risky projects, and spectacular sculptures. Architects, urban planners, artists, parents, and children were invited to leave their comfort zone and to venture something new. A focal point for ideas about education and childhood, about urban

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Baltic Centre, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE83BA

Unitarian Church, Stockton-on-Tees

we believe everyone has the right to seek truth and meaning for themselves. the best setting for this is a community that welcomes you for who you are, complete with your beliefs, doubts and questions. equality of respect and opportunity is for everyone. Our services can feel very diverse in nature. Services quite often have space for quiet

Category: Religious Events
Dates:    Times: 18:00-19:00

Location: Unitarian Church, Wellington Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1QX

Tocketts Watermill, Guisborough

guided tours of Tocketts mill will be available each Sunday until the end of August. This Victorian watermill has large cast iron gearing from about 1870, all driven by an 18ft. diameter waterwheel.. Plenty to interest children including model mills and replica querns (hand

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 14:00-16:00

Location: Tocketts Watermill, Skelton Rd.(A173), Guisborough, TS146QA

Rocket science family fun

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate

Embark on an out-of-this-world adventure as the RHS' northernmost garden goes intergalactic to celebrate the RHS Campaign for School Gardening Rocket Science campaign. Every day Follow our Space Mission to Mars garden trail! Find the space facts, solve puzzles and reveal the secret launch code. Visit our woodland space station, complete

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, HG31QB

Leyburn, Leyburn

A circular walk of approx. 7.5 to 10 miles at Leyburn. Call 01642 761256 for details. A shorter walk of approx. 5 to 7 miles at Falling Foss. Call 01287 650182 for details

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 10:30

Location: Leyburn, Leyburn, Leyburn, DL8 5EJ

Hopetown and Whessoe Workingmens club, Darlington

live music

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 19:00

Location: Hopetown and Whessoe Workingmens club, Alliance Street , Darlington, DL36RD

Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby

installation by Pippa Hale

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Pannett Art Gallery, Pannett Park, Whitby, YO211RE

Echoes Of Light exhibition

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

The Northern Branch of the Guild of Glass Engravers is the foremost group of glass engravers in the North of England. The aim of the exhibition is to inform, educate and make the public aware of the art of glass engraving, by exhibiting glass engraved using modern engraving techniques, in the hope that it will arouse their interest in this

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Northdale Horticulture, Northallerton

Northdale Horticulture are hosting bugs and beasties themed summer holiday activities. These include crafts, mini beast safari, mini beast treasure hunt, make a bug hotel, and den building. These activities run daily from 25th July to 5th September from 10am to 4pm.

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

Location: Northdale Horticulture, Yafforth Road, Northallerton, DL7 0LQ

Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar

Aim 4 Art presents Not The Transporter Bridge' an exhibition which seeks to explore less well known aspects of landscape and culture in the Teesside area. We are a voluntary community group dedicated to pushing the artistic boundaries. We meet at Hemlington Barn TS8 9DA every Tues. On this occasion we are pleased that we have been supported with a

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

Location: Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, Redcar, TS105NW

Bishops Close Street- A Norman Cornish Exhibition

The Garden Rooms, Tennants, Leyburn

N ASSOCIATION WITH BEAMISH MUSEUM AND NORMAN CORNISH LTD Norman Cornish: Bishop’s Close Street 30 July to 28 August Free Admission Norman Cornish (1919-2014) This new exhibition will take a closer look at Cornish’s world. Alongside many previously unseen works and intimate portraits of his family, the parlour and studio from his

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 09:00-17:00

Location: The Garden Rooms, Tennants, Tennants, Leyburn, DL85SG

Joe Cornish Gallery, Northallerton

potters include Jenny Morten, Alison Brayshaw, Beverley Porter and many more

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Joe Cornish Gallery, Zetland Street, Northallerton, DL6 1NA

North-East Wildlife Photographer exhibition

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Over 1,500 photographs of North East wildlife were entered into this prestigious regional competition. The exhibition in the museum’s Galleria showcases some of the amazing wildlife images that were judged as winners and runners-up, plus a digital slideshow of the other contenders. Will you agree with the judges' decision? In

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

mima, Middlesbrough

Teesside World Exposition of Art and Technology is an urgent reaction to the recent closure of Redcar’s steelworks and a bid to make a positive contribution to the future of industry in the North East region. Capturing the industrial character of Teesside, the exhibition shows how it has formed, from the extraction of raw materials to

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS12AZ

Alnwick International Music Festival

Alnwick Market Place, Alnwick

The 41st annual Alnwick International Music Festival promises eight full days of performances on a spectacular open air stage in Alnwick Market Place from July 30th to August 6th 2016. The festive celebration of colour and rhythm, which typically attracts audiences of 20,000 over the eight days, involves performers who represent countries from

Category: Fireworks, Festivals & Outdoors
Dates:    Times: 11:00-22:00

Location: Alnwick Market Place, Market Place, Alnwick, NE66 1TL

Brancepeth Castle Summer Craft Fair 29-31 July 2016

Brancepeth Castle, Durham

A huge number of interesting, different crafts will be displayed from all over the UK. Crafts to see, buy and commission. Free parking. Free catalogue of exhibitors. Delicious home made food available in the castle at great prices. View the crafts, meet the artists and a have a wonderful day out in this unique location.

Category: Festival, Markets & Fetes
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Brancepeth Castle, Brancepeth Village, Durham, DH7 8DF

Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

To celebrate the 150th birthday of the Queen’s Hall, we will be mounting an archive exhibition that takes a look at the history of Beaumont Street from a variety of perspectives.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

UB40

Bents Park, South Shields

One of Britain's best-selling bands is preparing for a special, free concert as part of a leading North East festival. Reggae pioneers UB40, who have enjoyed international success for more than 30 years, will be performing at Bents Park, South Shields on Sunday July 31. This will be the final in a series of four consecutive Sunday

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 13:00-17:00

Location: Bents Park, Bent Road, South Shields, NE332PU

Tremendous Trench Art

Palace Green Library, Durham

Based on the images of surviving trench art can you create your own? All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

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

Sweet Dreams of Contentment

Customs House, South Shields

Sweet Dreams of contentment is a collaboration between visual artists Brian Ord, Val Close and singer-songwriter Pete Scott. Each artist has responded to the other’s work, resulting in a multi-layered, audio-visual exhibition of images depicting everyday life as well as the more faraway abstract thoughts of the creative mind. The artwork and

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields, NE331ES

Another Dimension

Customs House, South Shields

Kate Black's 'digital collaged' drawings depict scenes from an invented, strange soap opera. These drawings transport the characters into uncanny and surreal worlds; they are portals into narratives that the artist likens to 'Coronation Street on acid'.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields, NE331ES

Outdoor Theatre with Common Ground Theatre - The Lumberjills

Dalby Forest, Pickering

YORK company Common Ground Theatre will present the outdoor theatre experience The Lumberjills in the Forestry Commission woods of Dalby Forest, near Thornton le Dale, this summer. Written by York playwright and actress Hannah Davies and directed by company co-director Tom Cornford, this 75-minute play takes place in a woodland glade and tells

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 18:00

Location: Dalby Forest, Pickering, Pickering, YO187LT

Thread Rocks!

Crown Street Gallery, Darlington

Textile Art by Helen Winthorpe Kendrick. Stones form the bedrock of our planet, being the substance on which we all live and survive. Stones of all varieties are used by man to build houses and roads, to create dams and other huge engineering projects and to create art. For thousands of years mankind has prized the precious and unusual rocks that

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 09:00

Location: Crown Street Gallery, Crown Street, Darlington, DL1 1ND

Hilarity Bites presents... Eddy Brimson & Sully O'Sullivan

One77, Hartlepool

Coming to Hilarity Bites at One77 in Hartlepool on July 31st 2016: Eddy Brimson - “Brimson manipulates the mixture of laughs and pseudo-shock masterfully… as the philosopher once said: ‘It’s the way you tell ‘em’ - and Brimson certainly tells ‘em with confident style” - Chortle. “The crowd loved him” - The Guardian Sully

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

Location: One77, York Road, Hartlepool, TS26 9EQ

The Butte De Warlencourt Battlefield Crosses

Durham Cathedral, Durham

Following the Battle of the Somme, three battlefield crosses were erected on top of a chalk hill called the Butte de Warlencourt. They were made in memory of the soldiers of the 6th, 8th and 9th Battalions Durham Light Infantry who had died there in November 1916. Today, one of these crosses is housed in the DLI Chapel at Durham Cathedral, with

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

War and Peace

Python Gallery, Royal Middlehaven House, Middlesbrough

exhibition by Cumbrian artist Kevin Weaver. There is an added dimension of his latest works that feature oil landscapes done on the reverse side of 10mm thick glass that Weaver uses as paint pallets.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 09:00-17:30

Location: Python Gallery, Royal Middlehaven House, Gosforth Street, Middlesbrough, TS21BB

Gibside, Gateshead

a unique embroidery exhibition celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Gibside, nr Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, NE166BG

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

This new Science Theatre show, developed by the Life team, is part of The Crunch project, an exciting year of activities, experiences and discussions about our food, our health and our planet. Everyone's invited to get involved and help create the recipe for a happier, healthier future. The Crunch project is brought to you by the Wellcome Trust,

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 11:00-18:00

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

Pitmen and Prelates

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

The coalfields of Durham have inspired a wealth of political, social, creative and artistic responses. The exceptional ‘mining art’ of County Durham reflects the pride and identity of regional artists, as well as their internal and external struggles over the past two centuries. This spotlight exhibition celebrates the industrial and

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00

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

The Shogun's Cultured Warriors

Oriental Museum, Durham

An exhibition exploring the role of the samurai class as patrons and producers of the arts, together with their legacy in Japan today. The samurai were the military class of Japan who developed from provincial warriors into the ruling elite. They were a powerful force in Japan for more than six centuries and so had a profound effect on military

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 12:00-17:00

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

A British Museum Spotlight Tour: Celebrating Ganesha

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

India is a land of gods and the Hinduism that originated in India is its most prominent religion. Among the many deities worshipped by the Hindus, Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, holds pride of place in the hearts of people. The celebration of Ganesha takes place in the month of Bhadrapada (August - September) when thousands of clay

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Kate Whiteford: False Perspectives

Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

This summer is the 300th anniversary of the birth of the great landscape gardener Capability Brown. To mark this key event the Mercer Art Gallery has commissioned an exhibition of new work by contemporary artist Kate Whiteford OBE that looks at the way Capability Brown transformed the English landscape through the manipulation of scale and

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

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

Alice in Wonderland

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

A British Library exhibition with additional loans from the Victoria & Albert Museum especially for the Laing, Alice in Wonderland delves into the world of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Explore the different ways generations of illustrators, artists, musicians, filmmakers and designers over the past 150

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Rhyme Around the World – A Nursery Rhyme Exhibition

Seven Stories The National Centre for Children's Books, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Rhyme Around the World is a celebration of much-loved ditties and rhymes shared across generations around the world. This exhibition is rich with sensory play and packed with beautiful artwork. It is a rare opportunity to enjoy Harold Jones’ illustrations from the classic Lavender's Blue published in 1954, and enjoy the artwork of well known,

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

Location: Seven Stories The National Centre for Children's Books, 30 Lime Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 2PQ

Killhope River Beasties Hunt

Killhope Lead Mining Museum , Cowshill

With the help of Killhope's information assistants, discover all the mini creatures hiding in the rocks and crevices along the river. Wellies and change of socks essential.

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

Location: Killhope Lead Mining Museum , A689, Cowshill, DL131AR

Sarah Millican: Outsider

Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

In the past when you put Sarah Millican outside, she asked things like: ‘Why? Where is the taxi? Do I need a cardie?’ and said things like: ‘There’ll be wasps. I’ve nothing to sit on. Is that poo? Can we go home?’ But things have changed. Now she has outside slippers. She can tell a chaffinch from a tit (hey). But she still can’t

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 20:00

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

Noble Prospects: Capability Brown & the Yorkshire Landscape

Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

An exhibition dedicated to the Yorkshire landscapes of legendary garden designer, Capability Brown, to mark the 300th anniversary of his birth. Capability Brown is the creator of some of Yorkshire’s most admired landscapes, and this unique exhibition brings together an intriguing collection of artworks, which reveal more about the designer and

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 14:00-17:00

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

Guided Tours

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Join one of our guides for a tour of the museum and its treasures. These 45 minute tours highlight the key pieces in the collection as well as some hidden gems. The tours are free with normal admission.

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 11:30-12:15

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

Celestial Cycles

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

This new planetarium show looks at how our lives are governed by cycles, day, night, seasons, and years and asks: Where do these cycles come from? The rotation of the Earth gives us our days, its orbit of the sun our year. This show looks at these interlocking cycles, what they mean to life on Earth and how everything came to be rotating in the

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

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

Discovery Museum, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

16 fabulous outfits dating from 1850 to 1900 are at the heart of this newly opened costume exhibition. From May 27 (until September 4) Take a fresh look at our costume collection through the eyes of Northumbria University fashion students. 16 fabulous outfits dating from 1850 to 1900 from shoes and parasols to lace collars and bags will be on

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Animal Inside Out: A Body Worlds Production

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Get under nature’s skin with this unforgettable exhibition featuring real animals preserved through plastination. From goats to giraffes, elephants to eels and octopuses to ostriches - embark on an anatomical safari exploring more than 100 real animal specimens. Marvel at the muscles supporting the neck of the 5m tall giraffe, stand face to face

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

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

Shaping the Body: Food, Fashion and Life

Castle Museum, York

An iron corset, crotchless pantaloons from the time of Jane Austen, bum rolls and a killer dress are a few of the items that will feature in this major new exhibition which charts the way fashion, food and fitness have shaped the body over the last 400 years. “In today’s selfie generation, it is said that we have become more image conscious

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Castle Museum, Eye of York, York, YO19RY

Limited Edition Prints by Norman Wade

Durham Cathedral, Durham

Norman used various screen printing techniques to create unusual artwork featuring Durham Cathedral and other significant architectural landmarks. Following the death of his widow, the Cathedral received Norman’s remaining artwork as a legacy gift. Money raised from the sale of Norman’s artwork is used to support Durham Cathedral. A selling

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

On the Surface

Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

this exhibition has been created to complement Surface Deep but with a focus on two-dimensional works. Paintings, drawings, prints, tapestries and embroiderers

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War

Art Gallery, York

The largest touring exhibition of British First World War Art for almost 100 years will go on show at York Art Gallery in 2016. IWM London’s Truth and Memory is a major retrospective that comprises over 60 works and features some of the most iconic images to emerge from the First World War, including paintings by Paul Nash, Percy Wyndham Lewis,

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00

Location: Art Gallery, York, York, YO30 7DR

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

This exhibition, organised by the V&A, will display more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary men’s and women’s shoes by 70 named designers, including Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior and Prada, many from the V&A’s unrivalled collection. The Museum is the only UK venue outside London that will stage this

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Brandreth Bears at Newby Hall

Newby Hall and Gardens, Ripon

Gyles Brandreth’s 1,000 strong collection of teddy bears is going on permanent public display at Newby Hall. Bear lovers of all ages will be able to get ‘up close and pawsonal’ with world famous bears including the original star of the Paddington animated TV series; Sooty; Muppet Show stalwart Fozzie and Children in Need’s Pudsey Bear.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 11:00-17:00

Location: Newby Hall and Gardens, Newby, Ripon, HG45AJ

Brandreth Bears at Newby Hall

Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

Gyles Brandreth’s 1,000 strong collection of teddy bears is going on permanent public display at Newby Hall. Bear lovers of all ages will be able to get ‘up close and pawsonal’ with world famous bears including the original star of the Paddington animated TV series; Sooty; Muppet Show stalwart Fozzie and Children in Need’s Pudsey Bear.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Newby Hall & Gardens, Newby Hall, Ripon, Ripon, HG4 5AJ

Dippy Craft & Gift Fair Hutton le Hole

Hutton le Hole Village Hall, Hutton-le-Hole

Lovely venue for this quality craft & gift fair over two days. Huton le Hole is a picturesque village on the edge of the Moors and close to Pickering. The village hall is centrally situated. Entrance is free and refreshments are served onsite.

Category: Festival, Markets & Fetes
Dates:    Times: 10:30-16:00

Location: Hutton le Hole Village Hall, Main Road, Hutton-le-Hole, YO62 6UG

Ancient Lebanon

Oriental Museum, Durham

The people of ancient Lebanon played a fundamental role in shaping the history of the Mediterranean and yet, despite their importance in antiquity, they remain unknown to most people today. Based on the latest research, this exhibition will provide an accessible introduction to the culture and society of Lebanon in the ancient world. Supported

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: No set start -17:00

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

The English Rose - Feminine Beauty from Van Dyck to Sargent

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Featuring a newly acquired portrait by Van Dyck, of Dame Olivia Porter, a beauty in the court of Charles 1, alongside famous ‘English Roses’ painted by Lely, Kneller, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Romney, Millais and Sargent.

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

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

Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front

Palace Green Library, Durham

100 years on, this commemorative exhibition will explore the reality of the Battle of the Somme through the eyes of the people from County Durham who were there. During the First World War, battle after battle was fought by the British Army on the Western Front in Belgium and France. A century later, the Battle of the Somme stands out as one of

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

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



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