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Teesmade festival

Preston Park Museum, Eaglescliffe

fun, family festival celebrating heritage skills and crafts from around Tees Valley and the surrounding area. Have a go at traditional crafts on the Victorian Street with ...

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Grand Opera House, York

York Stage Musicals brings the camp classic Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical to the Grand Opera House York in a brand new production. Based on the smash-hit movie, ...

Robin Hood: The Arrow Of Destiny

York Theatre Royal, York

Times are hard for the poor people of Nottingham, which means things have never been better for the wicked Sheriff and his tax collectors. But, never fear, everything’s bound to ...

Catch 22: Laura Lexx, special guest Game of Thrones star Ben Crompton plus MC Jason Cook

ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

Compere-extraordinaire Jason Cook will be joined on stage by Laura Lexx who demonstrates ‘cut-glass politeness’, although her epic put-down of a heckler, was so good, it made ...

The Dreamboys

Grand Opera House, York

The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK's top male strip show, perfect for a girls night out with all your friends. Their showcase is unquestionably the most famous male stripper act the UK has ever produced. With special guest appearances on some of the UK's biggest TV shows such as The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Celebrity Big

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

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

Community Art Project Exhibition

Darlington Building Society, Darlington

A selection of work from Darlington's Community Art Project will be displayed at Darlington Building Society's main branch on Tubwell Row from Friday July 28th until September 29. Open 9am - 5pm weekdays. 9am - 12 noon Saturdays

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

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

John P. Taylor Band

Cluny 2, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

North Yorkshire based, award-winning singer/songwriter John P Taylor returns to the road after a two and a half year absence. This is to promote his 2017 critically acclaimed ‘REALTIME’ album. With a career spanning over thirty years, John delivers a combination of original Americana based rootsy blues, with a groove. Last time out, he

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

Location: Cluny 2, 36 Lime Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE12PQ

Hackney Colliery Band plus Deja Brew DJ's

Sage, Gateshead

Hackney Colliery Band have had a simply phenomenal few years. From playing a 45 minute set at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics and sets at the MOBO, Brit and Mercury Awards to live sessions on BBC Two, BBC Radio 2, Jazz FM and worldwide airplay from many more, from collaborations with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Madness to

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

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

Northwest end of Saltersgate Lane, Tow Law

Nine miles around Thistlewood or Bust with voluntary leader Jo Davies

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 10:00

Location: Northwest end of Saltersgate Lane, West of A68, Tow Law, DL13 4JN

Golf Club, Bishop Auckland

with a South African flavour together with live music from the talented Robson Field. All in aid of Marie Curie

Category: Charity Groups
Dates:    Times: 19:00

Location: Golf Club, Durham Road, Bishop Auckland, DL14 8DL

Superheros of Nature

RSPB Saltholme, Middlesbrough

Come along dressed as your favourite superhero and receive a Superhero of Nature certificate. Join some classic superheroes at Saltholme and take part in some heroic nature activities. Make your own Nature Superhero Shield that tells the story of your adventures around Saltholme. Become a hero at Saltholme and a hero at home by taking part in

Category: Fireworks, Festivals & Outdoors
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

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

Seafarers

Whitby Abbey, Whitby

Hear tales from life at sea, including Whitby’s most famous seafaring captain James Cook. Have a go at sea themed crafts and learn navigational skills to help you get home after a great day at the abbey.

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

Location: Whitby Abbey, Abbey Lane, Whitby, YO22 4JT

Picasso: ceramic from Attenborough Collection

Art Gallery, York

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. His work in clay is original and exciting, taking the form of plates, tiles, jugs and jars, all featuring his vibrant decoration. Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain, where there is a long tradition of painted earthenware pottery. He became interested in

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Sele Park, Hexham

an array of gourmet treats, craft beers and drinks and activities for all the family, including music, giant board games and much more.

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

Location: Sele Park, Hexham, Hexham, NE46 3SG

Family Fun Day-Cartas and Charters

Durham Cathedral, Durham

Family craft activities linked to the Magna Carta and the Forest Charters exhibition on display in Open Treasure from 19 June – 9 September. Scriptorium - explore some tools of the writing trade and try your hand at medieval writing and letter illumination. Have a closer look at a copy of Durham’s 1216 Magna Carta – can you create your own

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

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

Dundas Food and Craft Market

Dundas Shopping Centre, Middlesbrough

More than 20 independent market stalls, alongside the regular traders, bring the best of local food, drink and gifts at the Dundas Food and Craft Market on Friday 28 July and Saturday 29 July at Middlesbrough’s Dundas Indoor Market. From candles to renovated furniture, jewellery and baby clothes, breads, cakes and sweets, handbags and hair bows,

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

Location: Dundas Shopping Centre, Dundas Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 1JA

The North's Premier Book Sale

Pemberton Rooms, Durham

12,000 high-quality new and used books on every subject under the sun, including lots of books for children. All bargain prices and many are just 50p. Open from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 July. 10am to 4pm. Admission is free and accompanied children are welcome. All proceeds to Durham Palestine Educational Trust which, in partnership with

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

Location: Pemberton Rooms, Palace Green (yards from the Cathedral), Durham, DH1 3RS

Northern Palettes Art Exhibition

blue tree gallery, York

We are thrilled to present the paintings of 3 accomplished painters Janine Baldwin PS, John Paul Cooke & Emerson Mayes with ceramic artist Meghan Downs.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: blue tree gallery, 23 Bootham, York, YO30 7BW

Kites on display

The Station, Richmond in North Yorks

The European Air Gallery is a unique collection of Edo Kites painted by European artists. The collection is now owned by North East Kite Fliers, a kite club based in the North East of England. The collection was a gift to the club in March 1998 from Sunderland City Council, who wanted these unique kites to stay in the North East. The European

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Family Quest: Let the Beat go on!

Sage, Gateshead

An evil force, aka The Silencer, has Sage Gateshead in its sights. This mysterious entity has turned down the volume, shut up the singing and unplugged the band. Music has left the building…We need your help to beat The Silencer! Grab a map, solve mysteries and release sounds trapped around Sage Gateshead on a mission that leads to an

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 15:30

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

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Skinningrove

new work reflecting unique responses to dark matter research and the broader issues it touches upon at Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, near Boulby Underground Laboratory on the North East Coast.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Mill Lane, Skinningrove, TS134AP

The Forum Music Centre, Darlington

live music

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

Location: The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington, DL11SG

Northdale Horticulture, Northallerton

Northdale are hosting Summer Holiday activities, running daily from 24th July to 1st September from 10am to 4pm. This includes a summer trail, craft activities, play area and our new sand pit. Why not come along and enjoy our sea side themed activities.

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Under Pressure

The Station, Richmond in North Yorks

The exhibition is by A Level and GCSE Art and Photography students from Richmond School. The work is a diverse collection of printmaking, painting, textiles, mixed media and ceramics produced by students as part of their examination courses. In some cases the work is inspired by exam themes and in others responses are tailored to meet briefs set by

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

RAFA Club, Bishop Auckland

live country music

Category: Music - Country
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: RAFA Club, 43-47 Cockton Hill Road, Bishop Auckland, DL146HS

Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival

Thirsk Racecourse, Thirsk

The 2017 Summer Festival is a week long event, that showcases Yorkshire racing at its finest. Along with family entertainment and live music, including the York based Ezee' Goin' band, playing music from the 50's through to the present, it's a great day out for the whole family.

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 11:30-17:05

Location: Thirsk Racecourse, Station Road , Thirsk, YO7 1QL

The Art of John Hunter

Leyburn Arts & Community Centre, Leyburn

Art Exhibition featuring the aviation artwork of John Hunter

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Leyburn Arts & Community Centre, The Old School House, Leyburn, DL8 5DL

Darlington Library, Darlington

a display of old photographs

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

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

In Bloom

Gallagher & Turner, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

An exhibition bringing together the work of four artists who examine botanical subjects in their own, distinct way. Each artist goes far beyond looking at plants as a source of beauty. They continue to develop our ancient fascination with the world around us, and offer new interpretations on what we see.

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

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

Charlotte Powell: The Lore of Curious Things

Gallagher & Turner, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Charlotte Powell’s work focuses on objects and creatures which, although they may initially seem to be of modest importance are, to the artist, touchstones with a richness of associations, narratives and significance.

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

Location: Gallagher & Turner, 30 St Mary's Place, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE30 4PQ

Head of Steam, Railway Museum, Darlington

For over 50 years Lego has been at the forefront of the toy industry. It appeal to as many adults as children with models. This exhibition demonstrates just a small sample of what can be built from one of the world's most popular construction toys today.

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

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

Jesterval

Baltic Square, Gateshead

J​​esterval, The North East's Premier Comedy Festival, will return in 2017 as part of Q Festival an exciting collaboration with Gateshead Council. Come join us for fun Summer days and long hot Summer nights from Friday 14th July – Sunday 6th August 2017 The stunning Spielgeltent on Baltic Square will play host to a

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Baltic Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE83BA

Digital Makings exhibition

Caedmon Hall, Central Library, Gateshead

Over the last year, Gateshead Council’s Libraries and Culture Team have brought you Digital Makings, a programme of participatory digital arts activities. We’ve had workshops, talks and lots of events to inspire and opportunities to learn something new. This exhibition highlights some of the artwork created during the year showcasing our

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Live Skies: Asteroids

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

In this live planetarium show led by Life's Science Explainers, sit under the stars in our planetarium and become familiar with the constellations and planets in tonight's sky. Find out our latest science on asteroids and NASA's plans to protect Earth from dinosaur-killer impacts. There's a chance to ask questions at the end of the show.

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

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

Arts Centre, Washington

An epic romantic comedy. When an evildoer cursed with immortality falls for a barmaid in 1399, it is the start of a romantic pursuit spanning the centuries. But in order to win the heart of his reincarnating beloved, the villain must learn to become a human being.

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Washington, NE388AB

York Out of the Closet: 50 Years of LGBT

Castle Museum, York

A series of new displays transforms York Castle Museum’s 1960’s pub into an LGBT bar brimming with tales of love, struggle and pride in a new exhibition, York Out of the Closet: 50 Years of LGBT History. Visitors can discover the stories of York’s first ever lesbian and gay protest march, the festival that brought two thousand lesbians to

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Northern Ink - An Exhibition of Pen and Ink Drawings by Naomi Blayney

Durham Cathedral, Durham

Naomi is an artist specialising in pen and inks of landscapes and architecture. Her subjects are often the famous landmarks of the North East and this exhibition promises not to disappoint with new works featuring Durham Cathedral's rose window, Hadrian's Wall and the Tommy sculpture in Seaham. A selling exhibition.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

Bang, Crackle, Pop

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Why does a whip crack? How does lightning make a noise? What makes a cannon go boom? Explore how sounds are made in this noisy Science Theatre show. Warning: this show includes noisy sounds such as loud bangs which can be heard outside the theatre.

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

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

Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond in North Yorks

Every drama group knows the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night, and the ladies of the F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could happen does! Scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines forgotten, and sound effects mistimed, as the ladies entertain with the cunning

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

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

Lists For The End Of The World

Live Theatre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

This is a show composed entirely of crowd-sourced lists, from all kinds of people in all kinds of places – including from the audience as they queue up to take their seats. In Lists…, the ordinary and the extraordinary, the profound and the ridiculous sit playfully side by side. Includes: laughs, music, sad times, romance, some dancing, a

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE13DQ

Calligraphy, Candles and Civil War crafts

Knaresborough Castle and Museum, Knaresborough

Looking for something to do this Summer holiday? Why not pick up a craft kit from the Museum to try out crafts from the 17th century and discover the story of Knaresborough Castle during the English Civil War.

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

Location: Knaresborough Castle and Museum, Castle Yard, Knaresborough, HG5 8AS

National Glass Centre, Sunderland

NGCA presents the national premiere of Chad McCail's near 100-foot long drawing 'Liars of Earth'. McCail's parable has a political twist in the tale, presenting a world in which ordinary people are able to overturn the malign rule of monstrous giants. Across a vast landscape that encompasses all of the institutions that shape us, McCail explores

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR60GL

Communication Group Sessions

Future Steps, Darlington

The sessions will cover a variety of areas to help develop: - Conversational skills (i.e. verbal turn-taking, listening skills, awareness of personal space) - Play skills (i.e. engaging play, turn-taking, sharing, compromising) - Understanding of emotions and the need to regulate (i.e. facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, awareness

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Curtis Stigers

Barbican, York

Curtis Stigers is returning to the U.K. after recording his most recent album “One More For The Road”! Both the album and the tour are in celebration of the 50th anniversary of “Sinatra at the Sands”! Curtis will be bringing the sensational show to the Barbican Theatre in York joining forces with the U.K.’s favourite, the world famous,

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: Barbican, Paragon Street, York, YO104NT

Whitley Bay Theatre Company presents ‘Father Ted’

Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Back by popular demand, Whitley Bay Theatre Company are returning to the PLAYHOUSE with another offering of the epic Father Ted. With a new updated script, bigger set, bigger cast and just generally a bigger show all together. Those that saw the show in 2013 will know they are in for a treat – and for those that did not see it – well where were

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Playhouse, Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay, NE261LZ

Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

A new version of the classic Greek story conjures up a host of mythical characters and creatures, aided and abetted by the audience. Sign up for a great adventure as Jason battles a swollen river, takes on the fearsome Harpies, dodges the Clashing Rocks and, with the help of Princess Medea, tames fire-breathing bulls and defeats an army of

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 18:30

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

Historic Durham Tours,12.30 and 2.30pm

Palace Green Library, Durham

The tour will take you through the history of Durham over the last 1000 years using the beautiful buildings around Palace Green. Historic Durham tours unfold the architecture, the history and the stories of the people of Durham to introduce the history of the World Heritage Site. You will be amazed at what you learn from the enthusiastic and

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 12:30-13:30, 14:30-15:30

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

Festival of Archaeology: Dinky Dig

Oriental Museum, Durham

A mini archaeological dig for children. All equipment provided. Be prepared to get muddy! Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are included in normal admission prices and are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

Child's Play

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

This exhibition from the Laing collection includes paintings, drawings, craft and decorative art with the themes of circus, fairground, the seaside and countryside. The objects will form a fun backdrop for a programme of playing, dancing, making and creating events for children of all ages throughout the summer. Events include meeting with your

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar

The “Only in England” exhibition contains the work of renowned photographers Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr. The exhibition showcases both photographers fascination for the English: in previously unseen work of Ray-Jones and Parr’s “the Non-Conformists” collection.

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

Location: Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, Redcar, TS105NW

Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar

“Robots: A collection of Robots, Cyborgs and Androids” is coming to Kirkleatham Museum. The exhibition includes 40 full sized robots, such as the Terminator, film props, costumes and collectables from films such as: Judge Dredd, Lost in Space, Robocop, iRobot, and fan favourites Star Wars and Doctor Who.

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

Location: Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, Redcar, TS105NW

Little Landmarks

Museum and Art Gallery, South Shields

See ten familiar South Shields landmarks, from the old to the very new, rebuilt in miniature with LEGO®. Also, see if you can spot local characters among the LEGO® Minifigures.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Museum and Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields, NE332JA

Clocks of the Vales and Dales

The Garden Rooms, Tennants, Leyburn

Clocks of the Vales and Dales 20th July – 16th August We are delighted to welcome a new exhibition to The Garden Rooms at Tennants this summer. Yorkshire has a long history of clock making. In the late 17th century the crafting of longcase clocks moved away from London, and a thriving industry developed in the North. By the early 18th

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 08:30-17:00

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

Chuck Close exhibition

St Cuthbert's Chapel, Ushaw Durham, Bearpark

The dramatic black and white portrait tapestries of American hyper-realist artist Chuck Close will be exhibited in a religious setting for the first time. Chuck Close, who is renowned for his highly inventive techniques of painting the human face, will become a part of the congregation, including a portrait of former US President Barack Obama

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: St Cuthbert's Chapel, Ushaw Durham, Ushaw College, Bearpark, DH79RH

Susan Aldworth: The Dark Self

St Mary's, York

Susan Aldworth’s new exhibition The Dark Self was inspired by her research into sleep during her three year residency at the University of York working with neuroscientist Professor Miles Whittington and art historian Professor Michael White. Aldworth has long been fascinated by the relationship of the brain to our sense of self as witnessed

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: St Mary's, Museum Gardens, York, YO30 7DR

Gala Theatre, Durham

Razor sharp Barry Dodds brings his unique blend of disarming wit and wry, down to earth observational humour and is joined on stage by self-endorsed fun warrior Stephanie Laing. Howard Walker and MC John Lebbon complete the bill.

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:45

Location: Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH11WA

Jo Harrop Quartet

Gala Theatre, Durham

Originally from the North East, London based singer Jo Harrop is a young jazz singer with a captivating, rich, chocolate voice. Inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, and Betty Carter, Jo’s favourite place is on stage, singing classic Jazz standards with ease.

Category: Music - Jazz & Blues Music
Dates:    Times: 13:00

Location: Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH11WA

Storytelling Busking

The Witham, Barnard Castle

Every Tuesday morning from 25 July until 29 August, and every Friday morning from 28 July until 25 August (except 11 August). Be sure to look out for a beautiful stroytelling chair in various locations around Barnard Castle this summer. You never know when you might stumble across an enchanting chair, made out of the most creative and beautiful

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Affecting Moments

Shandy Hall, Coxwold

The exhibition shows some of the prints of English literature engraved in the last quarter of the eighteenth century which were singly issued rather than being in books. Most of these are in the technique of stipple, which suddenly became popular with the increased demand for decorative prints in the 1770s. With the publication of 'A Sentimental

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

Location: Shandy Hall, Thirsk Bank, Coxwold, YO61 4AD

Festival of Illustration

Hartlepool Art Gallery, Hartlepool

Hartlepool will once again become the home of world-renowned illustrators, cartoonists and comic artists for a celebration of all things creative. With a comprehensive programme of events including talks, exhibitions and workshops, the festival features the works of the leading artists in the industry, including director Sir Ridley Scott,

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 09:45-17:00

Location: Hartlepool Art Gallery, Church Street, Hartlepool, TS24 7EQ

Michael Eden: Wedgwood and Wouldn’t

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

This exhibition celebrates the Wedgwoodn’t Vases by the contemporary artist Michael Eden. His designs are loosely based on early Wedgwood Vases, chosen because Josiah Wedgwood was at the forefront of the first Industrial Revolution. In order to create his fashionable and desirable pottery, Wedgwood transformed both the ways that ceramics were

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

DECAY: Time, Objects & Destruction

Archaeology Museum, Durham

Find out about the hidden world of decay in museums through this exhibition looking at the effects of time on objects. How can water destroy glass? Why do we not have much iron from the Iron Age? Why should I brush my teeth twice each day? The key is TIME. Find out about the hidden world of decay in museums through this exhibition looking

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Archaeology Museum, Palace Green Library, Durham, DH1 3RN

HandleBards Outdoor Shakespeare with As You Like It

Raby Castle, Staindrop

This summer, The HandleBards are returning to County Durham to perform their hit all-female production of As You Like It at Raby Castle on Friday 28th July. The HandleBards are the world’s first cycling theatre company. Since 2013, their two troupes (one all-male, the other all-female) have pedalled over 6000 miles across the UK to perform

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Raby Castle, Park and Gardens, Staindrop, DL23AH

Brancepeth Castle Summer Craft Fair 2017

Brancepeth Castle, Durham

Friday 28th July 2017 to Sunday 30th July 2017 A huge number of interesting, different, high quality crafts from all over the UK. Over 70 different stalls. All unique and handmade. Something for everyone, from knitwear to woodwork, jewelery, photography, leather work, fabric craft, furniture, wall art, ceramics, cakes. Free catalogue of

Category: Festival, Markets & Fetes
Dates:    Times: 10:00-17:00

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

Amazing Animals

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Explore the Museum and see lots of animal inspired artwork before recreating your favourite creature in this fun collage workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 12:30-16:00

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

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2017

Art Gallery, York

For a fifth year, the Aesthetica Art Prize presents an exhibition of innovative works from today’s leading artists both established and emerging

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Viking: Rediscover the Legend

Yorkshire Museum, York

A major new partnership exhibition with the British Museum Two of the most significant and internationally recognised collections of Viking Age treasure in Britain will be brought together for the first time in a major new exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum in 2017. Featuring some of the most exciting Anglo-Saxon and Viking discoveries ever

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Yorkshire Museum, Museum Street, York, YO17FR

Made in York

Fairfax House, York

Pioneering ideas, great inventions, ground-breaking discoveries, objects of beauty, innovation, artistry and craftsmanship and the people behind their creation…. These products of York’s age of Enlightenment are as rich as their impact is far-reaching. Made in York celebrates the wealth of this Georgian city’s inventive and enlightened

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

No.42 , Bishop Auckland

Introducing 'PAST AND FUTURE TOURS' at Auckland Castle! Just outside the Castle walls, in Bishop Auckland Market Place, volunteers from Auckland Castle Trust will be hosting a number of past, present and future tours, outlining the history of some of the town’s most beautiful buildings and an insight into how many are now being transformed as

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 14:00-15:00

Location: No.42 , 42 Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7PB

We Learn at Leisure and Study for Pleasure

The Witham, Barnard Castle

We Learn at Leisure and Study for Pleasure!” is an exhibition in the Dispensary Gallery that celebrates the ten year anniversary of Teesdale U3A (University of the Third Age). Taking an holistic view of learning and studying, members of Teesdale U3A enjoy an enormous array of activities from fell walking to Scrabble, astronomy to wine tasting.

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

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

Music & Memories

The Fulforth Centre , Sacriston

We are holding a regular 'Music and Memories' session at the Fulforth Centre on Fridays from 1:30 – 3pm. Join us for a variety of activities such as listening to music, sing-a-longs, dancing, craft, quiz’s and trips out. It is a fantastic opportunity to get together with old friends and make new ones. Contact us to register and book your

Category: Charity Groups
Dates:    Times: 10:00-11:30

Location: The Fulforth Centre , Front Street , Sacriston, DH7 6JT

LS Lowry exhibition

Museum and Art Gallery, South Shields

A selection of works by the famous 'matchstick men' artist. 2017 marks 130 years since Lowry’s birth. In the later years of his life he spent much of his time in the North East, particularly in Sunderland and South Shields. Here the sea became a prominent theme in his work. He also became increasingly interested in creating humorous images

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Museum and Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields, NE332JA

Life Science Centre, 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. From Sunday, July 23 (until January 5, 2018) Mon-Sat 10.00am-6.00pm, Sun 11.00am-6.00pm

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

Location: Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE14EP

Constable Burton Hall & Gardens , Leyburn

Open every day between 10:00am and 4:00pm. From Saturday, March 25 (until September 24) The gardens are conveniently located within easy reach of the A1 (8 miles) on the A684, which runs through Leyburn, the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Adults: £4; OAPS £3; Children 5-16: 50p Dogs welcome on leads. www.constableburton.com

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

Location: Constable Burton Hall & Gardens , Constable Burton, Leyburn, DL8 5LJ

Conference on Sustainable Energy, Engineering, Materials and Environment

Northumbria University (conference venue), Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

This conference offers a platform for worldwide researchers and scientists from academia, industry and government to discuss proposals and disseminate results on sustainable energy and materials and its impact on engineering and our Environment. The formation of lasting productive partnerships between the participants is also an objective of this

Category: Talks, Meetings & Business
Dates:    Times: 09:00-18:00

Location: Northumbria University (conference venue), Newcastle City Campus, 2 Ellison Pl, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 8ST

The Missing Passenger

National Railway Museum, York

Follow an intriguing trail to help the missing passenger - celebrated crime writer Mary Lavender - solve the mystery of the Dining Car murder. In a strange twist of events, Mary was due to travel on the sleeper train from Inverness to London where the murder took place, but missed her connection. Baffled by the scene, the police have asked for

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 10:00, 17:00

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

4 Clocks Centre, Bishop Auckland

The 4 Clocks Club is a fun social afternoon of activities, for older people. If you are looking to fill in your afternoon and would like to meet new friends then please come along and join us for tea and home made treats. A small charge of £1.50 is required to help sustain this wonderful afternoon club.

Category: Clubs & Societies
Dates:    Times: 13:30-15:30

Location: 4 Clocks Centre, 154a Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7ET

Green Howards Museum, Richmond in North Yorks

explores the age old phenomenon of squaddie humour. We’ll look at the different ways soldiers throughout history have tried to see the funny side – even when their situation could not have been more deadly serious. Entry to ‘Humour from Horror’ is included in your museum admission.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Time Machines: the past, the future, and how stories take us there

Palace Green Library, Durham

How big is time? And what will the future be like? The sheer enormity of time is a mind-bending concept - one which humans have always tried to measure and understand. Step through a portal and journey through time as we reveal how advances in science allowed authors to create stories that transport us to the distant past, parallel universes, and

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

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

Jewellery: Wearable Glass

National Glass Centre, Sunderland

an exhibition of newly commissioned glass jewellery, made through exciting new collaborations between four glass artists and eight jewellers. Glass jewellery has a history going back to the Ancient Egyptians. In the 19th and early 20th the artist Rene Lalique used glass to make jewellery but more recently the use of glass in jewellery by artists

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR60GL

Dino Jaws

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Don’t miss Dino Jaws, an amazing exhibition from the Natural History Museum, featuring life-size animatronic dinosaur heads – including the terrifying T. rex! Explore the sometimes gruesome, always fascinating, subject of dinosaurs and their food; from the notorious flesh-eating habits of T. rex to the vegetarian tastes of Iguanodon. In this

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

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

Kiplin Hall, Richmond in North Yorks

This year’s exhibition traces the links, by blood or marriage, to the owners of houses with family connections to Kiplin Hall: from Ashington Hall to Alton Towers, Belton House to Blickling Hall, and Danby Wiske to Duncombe Park. Houses large and small, in Britain and abroad, feature in this delightful insight into the homes of Kiplin’s

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Kiplin Hall, nr Scorton, Richmond in North Yorks, DL106AT

Albert Moore: Of Beauty and Aesthetics

Art Gallery, York

In Spring 2017, York Art Gallery will present the first monographic exhibition of York born artist Albert Joseph Moore since the artist’s death in 1893. Featuring more than 20 paintings and watercolours, it will highlight the beautiful and classical women for which the artist is most famous and demonstrate the modernity of Moore’s approach.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Th Magic of Illustration

The Witham, Barnard Castle

This exhibition, The Magic of Illustration, will bring to life books, music, characters and drawings by local and nationally celebrated artists and illustrators, who through their displays will open up their sketchbooks and notepads to reveal the process behind the finished product, be that a book sleeve or an album cover. This bright and beautiful

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

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

Enigmatology

Enimatology escape rooms, Stockton-on-Tees

If you are looking for things to do in Teesside and fancy yourself as a modern day Sherlock grab a group of Watsons to help you and visit our escape rooms. Test your wits and deductive skills and solve the mysteries before the 60 minute time limit runs out. For more information visit www.enigmatology.co.uk

Category: Dining Out & Nightlife
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Enimatology escape rooms, 19 Yarm Road , Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3NJ

Chocolate: York’s Sweet Past

Castle Museum, York

Delve into the delicious history of some of the world’s most iconic chocolates and sweets this Easter as York Castle Museum takes you on a chocolatey tour of sweets galore. Start your chocolate journey from the museum’s Period Rooms to discover how the Georgians, Victorians and the Jacobeans satisfied their sweet tooth. Then follow the

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Summer Sound Tribute Music Festival 2017

Gisborough Priory, Guisborough

Now in to it's 5th year... Summer Sound is the biggest tribute music festival in the North East. Our biggest line up EVER featuring some of the UK's best tribute artists over 2 fantastic nights. Tributes to... The Killers, Queen, Pink, Madonna, The Blues Brothers, Elvis, Michael Jackson, The Beautiful South and Robbie Williams... plus local

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 17:00-23:00

Location: Gisborough Priory, Church Street, Guisborough, TS14 6HG

Summer Sound Tribute Music Festival 2017

Gisborough Priory, Guisborough

Now in to it's 5th year... Summer Sound is the biggest tribute music festival in the North East. Our biggest line up EVER featuring some of the UK's best tribute artists over 2 fantastic nights. Tributes to... The Killers, Queen, Pink, Madonna, The Blues Brothers, Elvis, Michael Jackson, The Beautiful South and Robbie Williams... plus local

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 17:00-23:00

Location: Gisborough Priory, Church Street, Guisborough, TS14 6HG

A Good Reputation Endures Forever: The Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front

Oriental Museum, Durham

An exhibition exploring the role of the thousands of Chinese who risked their lives alongside the British armed forces during the First World War. 96,000 Chinese men volunteered to work for Britain in the First World War as part of the Chinese Labour Corps. They undertook essential and often dangerous work behind the lines on the western front

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, York

National Portrait Gallery Director Nicholas Cullinan has chosen a further four portraits of people who have shaped British history and culture over the centuries. Including the striking David Beckham by Nadav Kander.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Sunderland Pride Centre LGBT+  Drop In and Support Group

Sunderland Pride Centre, Sunderland

Drop in and Support Group for LGBT+ community. Come along and join us for a cup of tea or coffee. Make new friends and chat in a friendly environment

Category: Charity Groups
Dates:    Times: 13:00-15:00

Location: Sunderland Pride Centre, 8 Bridge House, Sunderland, SR1 1TE

Social Club, Lanchester

live music

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Social Club, Newbiggen Lane, Lanchester, DH70PF

KFAMoves Dance Exercise (60+)

The Dolphin Centre, Darlington

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

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 14:45-15:45

Location: The Dolphin Centre, Horsemarket, Darlington, DL15RP

Curious About Durham

Starts: Durham Cathedral, Durham

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

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Companion Pieces

Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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



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