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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 ...

Soweto Spiritual Singers

Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

A true celebration of unifying sounds; this is a towering sensation of exuberance with earthy rhythms and rich harmonies to uplift the soul. This inspirational show features the ...

Elvis & 5th Birthday Party!

Grosvenor Casino Stockton, Stockton-on-Tees

Grosvenor Casino Stockton's 5th Birthday Bash, Everyone Welcome!! Join us for our Vegas themed night, fantastic Elvis Tribute by Niall Southall and lots of fun giveaways! Red ...

"Before The Sun" Tour, Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage (The Willows)

Black Swan Inn, York

"Absolutely fantastic; it is fabulous! Every track a pearl."  Mike Harding Folk Show ★★★★ "Blessed with a peerlessly pure voice; catch her while you can"  The Express ...

Dragons and Damsels – fun days out with the kids during the summer holidays

RSPB Saltholme, Middlesbrough

Become an explorer and discover the magnificent world of dragons and damsels our wonderful nature reserve in Teesside. Why not join us in the discovery zone and take on our dragonfly challenge? Enjoy a walk around the reserve and see how many of our resident dragonflies you can spot while finding out more about these fascinating creatures. Once

Category: Fireworks, Festivals & Outdoors
Dates:    Times: 10:00-17:00

Location: RSPB Saltholme, Seaton Carew Road, Middlesbrough, TS21TU

Customs House, South Shields

A brand new musical by John Miles & Tom Kelly. Inspired by a True Story. Director Ray Spencer Musical Director Dave Bintley Assistant Director & Choreographer Mina Anwar 8 Ordinary Women 1 Extraordinary Story Dolly Mixtures is based on eight South Shields women who set-up the variety act, The Dolly Mixtures when one of their husbands'

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Little Bear goes North

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Little Bear returns in an enchanting new planetarium show especially for under 7s. In her latest adventure, Little Bear encounters a lost polar bear and using her knowledge of the stars, guides her new friend home. Little Bear goes North will be showing at Life until 31 March 2017.

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

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

Home of Jane and Graham Hamilton, Middleton St. George

Fundraising event for Darlington and District Samaritans

Category: Charity Groups
Dates:    Times: 10:30-12:30

Location: Home of Jane and Graham Hamilton, 24, Pine Tree Grove, Middleton St. George, DL2 1AG

Summer 2016 Exhibitions, Displays and Activities

Richmondshire Museum, Richmond in North Yorks

A variety of new exhibitions, displays and activities here at the Museum throughout summer 2016.

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 11:00-16:00

Location: Richmondshire Museum, Ryders Wynd, Richmond in North Yorks, DL10 4JA

Linda Mumba Art Exhibition

Cafe on the Green, Durham

Beautiful landscapes and Seascapes by Durham based artist Linda Mumba. Originals and framed prints are available to purchase. After attending Art College in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Linda’s art career began to take shape in the studio of Hugh Mackay Carpets, where she created exclusive designs for hotels, ships, leisure facilities and private

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

Location: Cafe on the Green, Palace Green , Durham, DH1 3RL

Hole of Horcum car park, Pickering

Up to nine miles. Meet at Hole of Horcum car park (charge), 10:30am. 01845-526566.

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 10:30

Location: Hole of Horcum car park, Hole of Horcum, Pickering, YO18 7NR

The Majestic Theatre, Darlington

Horror Film: The Musical, From Tuesday August 23 (until August 25)

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:00

Location: The Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington, DL3 7JT

O2 Academy, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

+Primary Colours + Death To Indie

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

Location: O2 Academy, Westgate Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE11SW

O2 Academy, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Live wrestling. www.facebook.com/whatcultureprowrestling/

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 18:45

Location: O2 Academy, Westgate Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE11SW

The Ship, Stockton-on-Tees

Jeremy McMurray(piano), Peter Ayton (bass), Paul Smith (drums), Mark Toomey (Saxophone), with a welcome return of special guest, ace guitarist Paul Donnelly.

Category: Music - Jazz & Blues Music
Dates:    Times: 20:00

Location: The Ship, Church Lane , Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 1EP

Ustinov College, Durham

Henri Matisse: The Last Works 5 August - 11 September 2016 Ustinov College, Durham University This summer Ustinov College and The Global Citizenship Programme are hosting an exhibition of lithograph prints by Henri Matisse from the 1958 publication of Verve magazine. A renowned painter, in 1953 Henri Matisse (1869-1954) began working with

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Ustinov College, Howlands Farm, Durham, DH1 3DE

Various Venues in Whitley Bay, Whitley Bay

A celebrated annual programme of great films in unique settings with a strong imaginative and innovative ethos. Various venues. For more details visit www.whitleybayfilmfestival.co.uk From August 13 (until September 4)

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

Location: Various Venues in Whitley Bay, York Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AB

Champagne Bar, Bishop Auckland

live music

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

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

Pelaw Inn, Gateshead

Live music

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 21:00

Location: Pelaw Inn, Shields Road, Gateshead, NE10 0QD

National Park Sign , Kirkby Stephen

Nine Standards Rigg from Swaledale. 8 miles, strenuous. About 1200ft climbing and ground may be boggy in places. Meet at car park at North Yorks/Cumbria border on B6270 (adjacent National Park Sign), 10:00am. 01609-881659.

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 10:00

Location: National Park Sign , car park at North Yorks/Cumbria border, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4JT

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

About Dozens of artists submitted proposals to an open call in spring 2016 to develop designs for a roaming pavilion (temporary architectural structure) inspired by the Hatton Gallery's collection. This exhibition features the work of Catrin Huber, Toby Paterson, and duo Harriet Sutcliffe & Jack Mutton. Visitors are invited to

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Cluny, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Support from Ommadon + Lump Hammer

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

Location: Cluny, 36 Lime Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE12PQ

Sage, Gateshead

Join Simon Fidler for a taste of the Sage Gateshead Adult Learning programme with these Summer Evenings. Simon will take you through repertoire from some of our classical singing groups and our Mood Indigo Singers with an informal sharing on the Saturday. Music reading required. From Wednesday, August 24-26. Sharing performance on Saturday, August

Category: Music - Other
Dates:    Times: 19:00-21:00

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

Sage, Gateshead

Come along for this fun and informative session with the highly experienced, Sandra Foxall. The workshops will explore a wide range of material and is open to intermediate and advanced players. Two workshops running from 11am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-4.00pm Please do inform us of which recorder(s) you intend to bring and play – email

Category: Music - Other
Dates:    Times: 11:00

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

Moscow State Circus

Town Moor, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

An awe inspiring new show From the ‘Worlds, most famous circus’.
 A place where wishes become reality. The Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with its latest & greatest production to date, based on the Russian folklore story of Cvetik-Semicvetik, or “the flower with seven colors,” by by Valentin Petrovich Katayev

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Town Moor, Grandstand Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE23NH

Crown Street Library, Darlington

This course is suitable for those who love to read and share what they have read, analysing the traits and thoughts of the main characters. During the session, the learners will review “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”. The session will include discussions on: What was life like for a child at the start of this book? What made the two boys

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 10:30-12:30

Location: Crown Street Library, Crown Street, Darlington, DL11ND

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

Moscow State Circus: 7 Zhelany

Town Moor, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

The Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with its latest & greatest production to date, based on the Russian folklore story of Cvetik-Semicvetik, or “the flower with seven colors,” by by Valentin Petrovich Katayev where each of the petals represent a wish and is the perfect back drop for what is undoubtedly the greatest & most famous circus on

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

Location: Town Moor, Grandstand Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE2 3NH

Boat Curves

Customs House, South Shields

The curving line of a wooden boat is a complex combination of geometry and craft. Artist Stephen Livingstone joins up with filmmaker Cat Hardwick in a collaboration with the North East Maritime Trust for an installation of drawings, sculpture and video about the traditions of boat design and building. The Trust seeks to maintain and perpetuate this

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

GeorgeFest16

Around Richmond, Richmond in North Yorks

Culloden Tower - one of Richmond’s most recognised buildings - will open for a rare public viewing as part of a summer festival celebrating the town’s rich Georgian heritage. GeorgeFest16 is being held in Richmond from 15 August to 2 September and there will be a wide selection of events and activities taking place throughout the three-week

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

Location: Around Richmond, Victoria Road, Richmond in North Yorks, DL104DW

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

Charlie & Chocolate Factory Summer School

Encore Dance Studio, Northallerton

A 4 day summer school along the theme of charlie and the chocolate factory. Song, dance, drama and craft. Boys and girls from 5 years. 10am - 3pm and out of hours wraparound also available. Sibling discounts available. Come and join the fun and make new friends!

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 10:00-15:00

Location: Encore Dance Studio, 1B Standard Court, Northallerton, DL6 2XH

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

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

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

Marty MacDonald's Toy Machine

Playhouse, Whitley Bay

A brand new show for 2016 featuring the voices of CBeebies’ Justin Fletcher & Nicole Davis as Pongo the Pig & Molly-Moo the Cow - from the team who brought you Marty MacDonald’s Farm! Everyone at Marty MacDonald’s Farm is delighted with the special delivery that’s arrived – the Toy Machine that makes all of the toys in the world!

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 13:30

Location: Playhouse, Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay, NE261LZ

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

Cakes and Ale

The Workhouse Museum, Ripon

Get your aprons on and find out all about the Workhouse "treats". What foods were inmates allowed? Have a go at brewing small beer, which was what Workhouse women and children used to drink, baking cakes and making a clay tankard. No booking is required, activities are free but normal museum entry charges apply.

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

Location: The Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate, Ripon, HG41LE

Dancercise

ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

Somewhere between an Aerobics workout and a jazz dance class, Dancercise combines dancing with fitness to give you both cardio and toning benefits, all with the enjoyment of dancing to a great song. The routines change every week, and are broken down to make sure you are able to perform each step; this is a great class for getting fit without

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 17:30-18:30

Location: ARC, 60 Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL

Silver Creative Arts

ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

Have fun and express your inner artist in a relaxed, social and therapeutic session. In this class you can learn a range of different techniques to be able to create something of your own and experiment – even if you have never held a paintbrush! Sessions are flexible and responsive, with members choosing which styles and methods they would

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 10:00-11:30

Location: ARC, 60 Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL

Show Offs: an exhibition of art by AJ Garrett and Rebecca Little

ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

Long running Stockton based DIY arts gang Peg Powler are back with a show featuring the art of club founders AJ and Rebecca. Clown art, performing animals, and trying your best are the themes. AJ and Rebecca have been knocking around for ages, and have curated acclaimed shows in the past featuring loads of artists including Nuala C. Murphy and

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: ARC, 60 Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL

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

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

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate

In the year that marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men invite you to join them this summer for Shakespeare’s sparkling, battle-of-the-sexes comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. Triumphant in battle, Don Pedro and his men return to Messina. The Governor, Leonato, toasts their success by throwing a

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

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

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

Ludinda Ladybird Roadshow

Blue Bell Beck, Acklam

Come along to our FREE summer wildlife family event, run by the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and Friends of Blue Bell Beck. You can learn fascinating facts about ladybirds, take part in a ladybird trail and do some fun ladybird arts and crafts! There will also be a free take home pack full of activities.

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 10:30-12:30

Location: Blue Bell Beck, Meet at car park off Mandale Roundabout, Acklam, TS5 4QY

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

Somme 1916: Talks Programme

Palace Green Library, Durham

Gary Sheffield, Chair of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, will present a talk entitled 'The Significance of the Battle of the Somme': "In this lecture Professor Gary Sheffield reassesses the Battle of the Somme, the most notorious campaign of the First World War. Popularly remembered as mere blind slaughter, he will argue for a very

Category: Talks, Meetings & Business
Dates:    Times: 18:00-19:30

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

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

Revolutionary New “Mental Fitness” Trial for Outdoor Athletes in Darlington

Darlington Quaker Meeting House, Darlington

WANTED: 8 Human Guinea Pigs “Guinea Pig” isn’t the most flattering term in the world, but… Human guinea pigs are exactly what I’m looking for right now. I need volunteers - 8-10 male outdoor aficionados to test a revolutionary new meditation based “mental fitness” programme to be held in central Darlington over five weeks

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Darlington Quaker Meeting House, 6 Skinnergate, Darlington, DL37NB

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

Family Tours

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

Hear stories of the bishops and their mining heritage whilst exploring their majestic home. Look out for symbols of their power and wealth and hear stories of their links with the mining community and complete your day by making a craft to take home. Free with admission. Adults £6 Concessions £5 Under 16's free. Tours leave Visitor Reception

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 13:00-14:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Club Ice, Stockton-on-Tees

LGBT+ night, Free entry with DJ and hostesses Nikki Teene and Nikki Rett... Themed events and cabaret nights every month helping bring entertainment and diversity to Stockton!

Category: Clubs & Societies
Dates:    Times: 22:00

Location: Club Ice, 29 Prince Regent Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1DF

Boogie Bounce

Bells Fitness Shack, Richmond in North Yorks

A low impact workout, kind to your joints, suitable for all levels of fitness/ages. Don,t knock it till you have tried it. Warning you will sweat!!! FB msg Bells fitness Shack or Text:07850986769

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 18:00-19:00, 19:30-20:30

Location: Bells Fitness Shack, Unit 6 Borough Rd Gallowfields trading Estate, Richmond in North Yorks, Dl1o 4SX

Durham Photographic Society exhibition

Durham Cathedral, Durham

Established in 1892, Durham Photographic Society is today one of the largest societies devoted to photography in the North of England. It has a diverse and dynamic membership with a wide range of photographic interests. The exhibition of more than 100 prints is the recent work of members who vary in experience from established to up and coming. The

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

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

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: 10:00-18:00

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: 10:00-17:00

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

Occupational Therapy ‘Summer Sessions 2016'

Future Steps Consultancy, Darlington

Future Steps consultancy is offering summer sessions focusing on sensory difficulties, motor ability and behaviour, as well as a 6-week handwriting course to help children maintain or increase their handwriting ability during the long Summer Holidays.

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Future Steps Consultancy, Barnes Road, Darlington, DL3 9BL

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

Cardio Tennis - Pay as you Play

The Northumberland Club, Jesmond

Cardio Tennis is a high energy fitness activity that combines the best features of the sport of tennis with cardiovascular exercise, delivering the ultimate, full body, calorie burning aerobic workout. It is a very social and fun class for players of all ability levels taught by our qualified Cardio Tennis professionals. If you've never played

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 18:00-19:00

Location: The Northumberland Club, North Jesmond Avenue, Jesmond, NE2 3JU

Woodhouse Close Church, Bishop Auckland

We can provide a freshly cooked meal to residents in the Bishop Auckland and West Auckland area who would appreciate this due to illness recuperation etc. We operate Tuesdays and Thursdays. The two course meal costs a reasonable £3.80 We also provide a 3 course lunch on the same days in our Church Centre for the same price. We have been providing

Category: Charity Groups
Dates:    Times: 11:45-13:00

Location: Woodhouse Close Church, PROUDFOOT DRIVE, Bishop Auckland, DL146PD

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: 10:00-17:00

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

Argentine tango

Voodoo Cafe, Darlington

Weekly Argentine tango dance practica to Golden Age music in an informal, friendly café setting. Every Thursday from 8 pm until late.

Category: Clubs & Societies
Dates:    Times: 20:00

Location: Voodoo Cafe, Skinnergate, Darlington, DL37LX

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

Martial Arts Class

The Dolphin Centre, Darlington

Traditional Martial Arts Class in Darlington! Come along if you're interested in health and fitness, gaining confidence or self defence. Focus on developing your mental and physical wellbeing. Suitable for all age ranges and abilities.

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 18:00-19:00, 18:00-19:00, 18:00-19:00

Location: The Dolphin Centre, Horsemarket, Darlington, DL15RP

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 & 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

The Oxbridge, Stockton-on-Tees

with the New Orleans Preservation jazz band

Category: Music - Jazz & Blues Music
Dates:    Times: 20:30

Location: The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 4AW

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

Tindale WMC, Bishop Auckland

ideal self defence, ladies welcome

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 19:30-21:30

Location: Tindale WMC, Tindale, Bishop Auckland, DL14 9SS

St Josephs CHurch Hall , Stokesley

Latin and World Music, 2 fully insured and qualified instructors ready to take you to the exercise party. It really is exercise in disguise. A great way to improve your fitness, meet new people and improve your wellbeing. Come along and give it a try.

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 19:30-20:20

Location: St Josephs CHurch Hall , Tanton Road , Stokesley, TS5 5HN

Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth

A basic dog obedience training course for puppies and beginner dogs, which will include socialization with dogs/people,

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

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

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Sketch the amazing Silver Swan before trying a variety of Silver Swan themed crafts in this drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

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

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

Coffee Morning

Friends Meeting House, Darlington

Join us for coffee and a chat every Thursday - all welcome.

Category: Charity Groups
Dates:    Times: 10:30-11:30

Location: Friends Meeting House, 6 Skinnergate, Darlington, DL3 7NB

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: 19:30

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

Karate

Hummersknott School, Darlington

Kids and Adults Karate classes

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 17:45-18:45, 19:00-21:00

Location: Hummersknott School, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington, DL38AR



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