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Don Giovanni

Theatre Royal, York

Is Don Giovanni a hero who defies all authority, or an amoral faker, a rapist and a murderer? To whichever conclusion you are pulled by the first, immortal bars of the score, every ...

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 ...

Gallery Circus Headline Show

Ku Bar, Stockton-on-Tees

Shine Like Stars: Live Music Every Friday from the brightest stars of the UK's emerging live music scene: A unique and abrasive rock outlet, Gallery Circus have quickly gained a ...

Live at The Hippodrome

Civic Theatre, Darlington

A glittering, unforgettable evening of live music, comedy, magic, dance and entertainment The evening will be compèred by British national treasure Christopher Biggins. ...

Theatre Royal, York

Here’s another unique opportunity for you to make a play with us over the May Bank Holiday weekend and to get involved in every aspect of the production. Turn up on Friday evening, find out what the play is going to be, and work with our directors over the weekend to rehearse a show that you’ll perform on the Monday night. You can sign up

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

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

May King & Queen Crowns

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

Celebrate the start of summer by creating your own floral crown fit for a May King or Queen.

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 12:00-15:00

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

Janet Cardiff: Forty Part Motet

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

Forty separately recorded voices are played back through forty speakers placed in an oval in the space. Visitors are invited to walk throughout the installation, listening to the individual voices of the singers or to absorb the impact of the choir as a whole. The Forty Part Motet is a re-working of Thomas Tallis’s 16th-century composition Spem

Category: Music - Classical & Opera
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

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

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 creative

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

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

Daily Family Fun

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

Labyrinth Lose yourself in our brand new Labyrinth located on the bowling green and see if you can guess the meaning of the symbols placed around its paths. Garden Games Step away from technology and embrace some good old fashioned family fun with traditional garden games on the lawn. Symbols Trail Our castle is full of symbols of

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

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

Old Magnet Store, Chester-le-Street

Curiouser and Curiouser. There‘s an unusual ‘happening’ on the Front Street in Chester le Street. On Saturday 28th May, art group WillyNillie is opening its Cabinets of Curiosity art exhibition in Chester-le-Street town centre. The exhibition brings together small collections of extraordinary objects - real and fantastical – sharing

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

Location: Old Magnet Store, 143 Front Street, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3DS

Romanby Methodist Church Hall, Romanby

A friendly, informal playgroup for babies and toddlers and their carers, run by volunteers. There are toys, craft activites, stories and songs, and a healthy snack for the children at each session. The group runs from 1-3pm on Mondays and 9.15-11.15am on Fridays. £2 per session, plus £1 per each additional child over the age of 6 months

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

Location: Romanby Methodist Church Hall, The Fairway, Romanby, DL7 8BB

Studio Sale, Bishop Auckland

Linda Birch acclaimed artist now working in the North East, is holding a studio Sale of her current work on 30 May at Hamsterley Village Hall from 10 until 4 pm. Linda runs regular Art Masterclasses at The Bowes Museum and writes regularly for a national art magazine. Linda worked previously as an illustrator with Peter Firmin and Oliver

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

Location: Studio Sale, Hamsterley Village Hall, Bishop Auckland, DL133QF

Lera Lynn plus support

Sage, Gateshead

Sultry, Nashville, country-noir songwriter Lera Lynn made her début at SummerTyne Americana Festival in 2012. Since then her star has been on the rise and she gained national recognition with her appearance as the dark and dead-eyed bar singer in the US TV series True Detective. We are delighted to welcome her back to play her own headline show on

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

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

Barnard Castle Ramblers

Health Centre, Barnard Castle

Ten and a half miles around Whinfell Common

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 08:45

Location: Health Centre, Victoria Road, Barnard Castle, DL128HT

Leyburn Arts & Community Centre, The Old School House, Leyburn

David Tarn, Moira Metcalfe & Bill Oakey join together to put on an exhibition Opening Sat. 21st May for two weeks.

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

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

Thornton Hall Gardens, Darlington

Thornton Hall now a Grade 1 listed building was built around 1550 by Ralph Tailbois. There were three distinct walled gardens laid out with Elizabethan raised borders and an avenue of lime trees marking the entrance to the Hall. Includes entrance to specialist plant fair in the courtyard with many unusual plants for sale. Homemade light lunches

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

Location: Thornton Hall Gardens, Staindrop Road, Darlington, DL22NB

Duncombe Park, Helmsley

a great day out for all the family, include Freestyle Motocross offers unrivalled entertainment with athletes jumping 35 feet in the air pulling acrobatic stunts over gaps approaching 100 feet. Dogs shows, stalls, rides, archery, horses and much more

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

Location: Duncombe Park, Helmsley, Helmsley, YO625EB

Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland

a day of outdoor fun with something for all the family. featuring traditional games, birds of prey, have-a-go archery, pony rides, face painting, balloon modelling

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

Location: Seaton Delaval Hall, The Avenue, Northumberland, NE264QR

Gibside, Gateshead

give your kids a taste of the wild with two night and three days of family fun whilst camped out under the stars. On until May 30

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

Location: Gibside, nr Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, NE166BG

Fairy tale week

Crook Hall and Gardens, Durham

Once upon a time in the far away land of Durham City, there was a a beautiful and enchanted Medieval manor house with wondeful gardens called Crook Hall and Gardens. Crook Hall was a magical place where dreams came true and little visitors and their families could meet their favourite fairytale characters and see them brought to life…. Famlies

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

Location: Crook Hall and Gardens, Frankland Lane, Sidegate, Durham, DH15SZ

May King & Queen Crowns

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

Celebrate the start of summer by creating your own floral crown fit for a May King or Queen. Daily Family Fun | 10am-4pm Labyrinth Lose yourself in our brand new Labyrinth located on the bowling green and see if you can guess the meaning of the symbols placed around its paths. Garden Games Step away from technology and embrace some

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 11:00-12:00, 14:00-15:00

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

May half-term fun

National Railway Museum, York

There's something for all the family this half term at the National Railway Museum. Need For Speed family science show Learning Platform: Daily at 12:15 and 2:15pm Why are we always trying to go faster? How are we able to travel so fast on trains and which famous locomotives have broken incredible speed records? All this and more in our new

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Starring Scotsman

National Railway Museum, York

A free exhibition focusing on the celebrity of arguably the world’s most famous locomotive. Why is Flying Scotsman so well-known and how has that fame manifested itself? What is it about this particular engine that has captured the imagination of generations worldwide? Is its 'media darling' status deserved or is it merely a case of right

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Meccano magic

National Railway Museum Locomotion, Shildon

A celebration of the traditional toy for little builders! With displays old and new, come and marvel at the magic of all things Meccano! Meccano was invented by Frank Hornby in the early 20th Century and continues to be produced world wide. The model construction kits have allowed aspiring builders to construct all kinds of mechanical

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

Location: National Railway Museum Locomotion, Soho Street, Shildon, DL41PQ

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

Milling demonstartion

Tocketts Watermill, Guisborough

See how we produce flour from wheat in the traditional way by using millstones - just as it was done for over 800 years! We will be using locally grown wheat which results in the distinctive flavour of Tocketts Flour. There is plenty to fascinate old & young alike as this fully restored Victorian mill works away powered by an 18ft diameter

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

Location: Tocketts Watermill, SKELTON ROAD, (A173), Guisborough, TS146QA

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

Scarborough Spa, Scarborough

After a sensational 2015 season, Billy Pearce is back this summer with a hilarious, brand new all singing, all dancing show! National treasure, and without doubt one of Britain's most talented and best loved comedians & performers, Billy Pearce emerged from the fertile talent fields of Butlins in the mid 1980's. Multi Award winner Billy, has

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Scarborough Spa, South Bay, Scarborough, YO112HD

Darlington Cricket Club, Darlington

16 Real Ales Hot Food Entertainment

Category: Festival, Markets & Fetes
Dates:    Times: 18:00-23:30

Location: Darlington Cricket Club, South Terrace, Feethams, Darlington, DL1 5JD

Customs House, South Shields

Transition is a special exhibition slot created primarily for regional emerging artists or artists at the early stages within their career. It is also an opportunity for mid-career artists to showcase new work that may perhaps be a departure from their normal practice. For Transition 6 we have invited artists from We EngAGE to connect with

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

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

Crafty Convicts at the Workhouse

Ripon Workhouse Museum, Ripon

Take part in crafty convict fun at the Workhouse this half term. Print your own convict hat with the Broad Arrow, create a carved picture to take home, and have a giggle with a prison themed Punch & Judy show. Discover what life was like in one of the best-preserved Victorian Workhouses in the country, complete with its own kitchen garden.

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

Location: Ripon Workhouse Museum, Sharow View, Allhallowgate, Ripon, HG4 1LE

Crafty Convicts

Ripon Prison and Police Museum, Ripon

Wander round this atmospheric prison, see its pillory and whipping post, experience what it is like to be alone in an empty cell, with a hard wooden bed and a slops bucket in the corner! Find out how it feels to be a convict with special half term activities; have your finger-prints taken and take part in convict keep-fit in the exercise yard.

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

Location: Ripon Prison and Police Museum, St Marygate, Ripon, HG4 1LX

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

The Coach House at Middleton Lodge, Richmond in North Yorks

As the summer months roll in, our Georgian country estate makes the perfect setting for an outdoor fitness session. Join our qualified personal trainer, Jodie McGregor, for a morning or afternoon work-out on the grounds of the Middleton Lodge estate. Jodie will use her fitness skills and expertise to create a fun and dynamic mixture of exercises,

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 06:30-07:30, 09:30-10:30, 14:00-15:00

Location: The Coach House at Middleton Lodge, Kneeton Lane, Richmond in North Yorks, Dl10 6NJ

'Jodie's Fit Formula' Summer Classes

The Coach House at Middleton Lodge, Richmond in North Yorks

As the summer months roll in, our Georgian country estate makes the perfect setting for an outdoor fitness session. Join our qualified personal trainer, Jodie McGregor, for a morning or afternoon work-out on the grounds of the Middleton Lodge estate. Jodie will use her fitness skills and expertise to create a fun and dynamic mixture of exercises,

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 06:30

Location: The Coach House at Middleton Lodge, Kneeton Lane, Richmond in North Yorks, Dl10 6NJ

Inspired By Gallery, Danby

Rosemary Abrahams' floral paintings, landscapes and seascapes are inspired by the dramatic power of the North Sea and the simplicity of the countryside.

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

Location: Inspired By Gallery, National Park Centre, Danby, YO212NB

Inspired By Gallery, Danby

With an emphasis on light, movement and colour, Christine Pybus' oil paintings reveal many of her favourite subjects - billowing clouds, sparkling water and deep, crisp snow.

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

Location: Inspired By Gallery, National Park Centre, Danby, YO212NB

The Sun Inn, Stockton-on-Tees

A friendly evening of music and songs when you can get up and perform or just sit back and listen (and join in the choruses). Visitors always welcome.

Category: Music - Folk
Dates:    Times: 19:45-23:00

Location: The Sun Inn, Knowles Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS181SU

Busy Bee week

Wyevale Garden Centre, Stockton-on-Tees

The events, aimed at children aged between three and eight years old, are designed to entertain, inspire and encourage little ones by teaching them the vital role bees play in the pollination process, encouraging flowering plants to bloom. Through activities such as learning how to build a Bee Hotel, making honey biscuits and cake decorating in

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Wyevale Garden Centre, Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3SQ

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

A special display showcasing a number of works by renowned local silversmith, Bill Chaytor, taking the magnificent North East countryside as inspiration. The display, in the newly refurbished ceramics galleries, features a menagerie of birds and animals among spoons, chalices, tumblers and other religious pieces, his most recent being a Bishop’s

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

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

mima, Middlesbrough

This exhibition surveys the British, Teesside-born painter Basil Beattie’s practice from the mid-1980s to today and is an opportunity to discover connections between his past and more recent production. Beattie is notable for his personal take on Western pictorial traditions, particularly Abstract Expressionism. Prominent themes of his works

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS12AZ

JUXTAPOSITION, Contemporary Printmakers

Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk

This new exhibition celebrates the infinite possibilities of printmaking through the differing approaches of some of today’s most important painters and printmakers, both established and emerging. In varying subject matter and media, abstract and representational works contrast landscapes of unadulterated nature with those showing evidence of

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Zillah Bell Gallery, Kirkgate, Thirsk, YO71PQ

Geordie, Mackem Magick - Sophie Lisa Beresford

Arts Centre, Washington

Sunderland-based Sophie Lisa Beresford sees astonishing beauty in the everyday, and finds magic and wonder in the most ordinary places. Her large-scale photographs picture her own, personal mythology of Sunderland, across both its gritty, urban sides and its beautiful green spaces. Beresford won the Culture Award’s ‘Newcomer of the Year’ and

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Washington, NE388AB

School Days - photography by Lilly Thompson

Arts Centre, Washington

'School Days’ is an exhibition of photographs by fourteen year old Lilly Thompson from Sunderland. The inspiration for ‘School Days’ was found in Lilly’s school, St. Anthony's Girls' Catholic Academy, which was about to be demolished and rebuilt. The images in this exhibition capture the school’s vintage beauty before it’s forever

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Washington, NE388AB

Meet the Angry Birds at Lightwater Valley

Lightwater Valley Theme Park, North Stainley

Come along and meet Red, Bomb & Chuck stars of the brand new Angry Birds Movie. They will be taking time out from their island paradise to visit Lightwater Valley on Sunday 29th and Monday 30th of May. Meet the birds; have your photograph taken with them and then run wild on our Angry Birds Activity Park. Don't forget to visit our Angry Birds

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

Location: Lightwater Valley Theme Park, North Stainley, North Stainley, HG4 3HT

Gala Theatre, Durham

After a year of tenth anniversary and celebrations in 2015, Skerryvore burst into 2016 with their latest tour. The seven-piece band features brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (bagpipes, whistles & accordion), Fraser West (drums & vocals), Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar), Craig Espie (fiddles), Alan Scobie (keyboards)

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH11WA

Gala Theatre, Durham

Discover Arts is a new season of unmissable cinema events giving access to some of the world’s most captivating galleries. An incredible journey through one of the world’s most important temples of performing arts, this tour through centuries where past and present intersect includes archival footage and recordings of some of the biggest

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 18:00

Location: Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH11WA

York Minster Mystery Plays 2016

Theatre Royal, York

The York Mystery Plays dramatise the greatest story ever told – from the creation of heaven and earth to the last judgement. It’s a story of good versus evil, of life and death and of love, betrayal, loss and hope. In May 2016 it will be presented on a monumental scale in the extraordinary setting of York Minster. It’s 16 years since the

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

The Machine Stops

Theatre Royal, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

E.M. Forster is best known for his exquisite novels, but his short story masterpiece published in 1909 is astoundingly prophetic and poignant in 2016, and is a chilling prediction and exploration of our increasingly complex relationship with technology. "You talk as if a god had made the Machine," cried the other. "I believe that you pray to it

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:45

Location: Theatre Royal, 100 Grey Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE16BR

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

Pacific Rim 5-D

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

In this new Motion Ride adventure monstrous creatures have risen from the sea, attacked cities and threatened mankind. In a unified show of force the world’s most powerful nations have joined together and built massive robot fighting machines. In a no holds barred brawl, the last standing robot fighters take on the biggest and baddest of the

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

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

City Hall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

The Last Shadow Puppets have added two new UK live dates in May, and Newcastle City Hall is one of them. Watch the video for new single ‘Aviation’ HERE Watch the video for ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’ HERE ‘Aviation’ and recent single ‘Bad Habits’ feature on the band’s second album ‘Everything You’ve Come To

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

Location: City Hall, Northumberland Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE18SF

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

May Half Term: Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish

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

As we prepare to wave goodbye to Painting with Rainbows – A Michael Foreman Exhibition help us to tackle All That Rubbish by junk modelling and upcycling galore. Dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes are invited to stomp down to the Ouseburn as we think about the natural world with the help of Michael Foreman’s Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish. Add

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:30

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

Edward Ardizzone: 80 Years of Little Tim

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

Using original artwork from Tim and Lucy Go to Sea, Tim and Charlotte, Tim in Danger and The Little Train, as well as draft material, single illustrations, printed books and letters, the exhibition will celebrate this iconic British illustrator while introducing his work to a new generation. Families will be transported back to the glory days

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

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

Chester-le-Street Community Centre, Chester-le-Street

Line Dancing is aimed at improvers of all ages and takes place at Chester-le-Street Community Centre on Monday afternoons from 2.30 – 3.30pm.

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 14:30-15:30

Location: Chester-le-Street Community Centre, Newcastle Road, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3TS

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

Iron Horse, Newton Aycliffe

Come and have a sing and a bit joiney in keep the mighty craic live

Category: Music - Folk
Dates:    Times: 20:15-23:00

Location: Iron Horse, Emerson Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL55HQ

Swaledale Festival

Box Office , Reeth

Award winning Festival of music and arts in the beautiful landscape of the three northernmost Yorkshire Dales - Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale. The two-week Festival, which started in 1972, begins on the Saturday of the late May Spring Bank Holiday each year. Venues are mostly charming churches, chapels, village halls, and heritage

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

Location: Box Office , Hudson House, Reeth, DL11 6TB

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

Wonderful World of Wine 8-week Course York

Hotel du Vin York, York

The 8-week World of Wine Course is designed as a practical introduction to the world of wine. It is structured for people who enjoy wine and would like to learn more about it in a fun and relaxed environment. You need no previous experience – the emphasis is on learning by your own experience of tasting the different varieties of wine. It is also

Category: Dining Out & Nightlife
Dates:    Times: 19:00-21:00

Location: Hotel du Vin York, 88 The Mount, York, YO24 1AX

The Val Stoddart Textile Fellowship Exhibition

Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

In 2014, due to a generous legacy from talented math’s teacher and embroiderer Val Stoddart, Northumberland National Park Authority was able to award textile fellowships to artists Lindsay Duncanson and Zak Jones. The work seen in this exhibition is their response to the inspirational landscape of this special place. Lindsay’s exhibition

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

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: 10:00-16:00

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

Taekwondo & Martial Arts

Haughton Education Village, Darlington

Fitness, discipline, control, flexibility, concentration and self defence for all ages from 6 - 70 years old. Monday 6.30pm-8pm Tuesday 6.15-7.30pm Thursday 6.30-8pm Friday 6.15-7.30pm

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

Location: Haughton Education Village, Salters Lane South, Darlington, DL1 2AN

Martial Arts Class

Keep Fit Darlington, Darlington

Traditional Martial Arts club, formed in 1998 in Darlington. Come along if you're interested in improving your mental and physical well being or learning self defence.

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

Location: Keep Fit Darlington, Unit1-3 Faverdale Industrial Estate, , Darlington, DL3 0PX

Brain Zone

Life Science Centre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Your brain is the most amazing and mysterious thing about you – and something that you probably take for granted. The Brain Zone lets you understand what’s going on inside your head through exciting, fun activities and exhibits. Explore what makes you ‘you’! Scientists are discovering new things every day and you, and your brilliant brain,

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 10:00-17:00

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

A Century of Shoes - The Rise and Fall of the Georgian Heel

Fairfax House, York

A Century of Shoes celebrates the visual splendour and dramatic forms of a century of shoes from the opulent and extravagant Georgian era. From the fanciful footwear of the wealthiest to the functional mules of the down at heel, this new exhibition reveals the fashion and function of Georgian footwear. For the wealthiest in society shoes were

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00

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

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

Ted's School of Wizadry

Walworth Castle Birds of Prey, Walworth

Back by Popular demand - Ted's school of wizadry is a fun filled family day at Walworth castle birds of prey, with Fancy dress (prizes for 1,2,3rd place and even for best dressed dads!) quizzes, meet the birds at 11.30am, flying displays at 1.30 and 3pm and MYO activities in Ozzy's Workshop including make your own wizard wand. Come and go all

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

Location: Walworth Castle Birds of Prey, Walworth Castle, Walworth, DL2 2LY

Middlesbrough Municipal Golf Centre, Middlesbrough

Are you 50+, retired or semi- retired, living in Teesside and looking for a friendly social group to make new friends? Cleveland Outlook is a mixed social group who meet most Monday evenings at the Municipal Golf Centre in Middlesbrough and participate in an interesting and varied programme of activities. New members are always welcome. For

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

Location: Middlesbrough Municipal Golf Centre, Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough, TS57YZ

The Activity Den, Stanley

Den Dance is an energetic street dance class every Monday for 6 to 12 year olds. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary. Den Dance is a great way for kids to get active and have some fun! Visit www.theactivityden.org.uk for more info!

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 17:30-18:30

Location: The Activity Den, ( on the site of Tanfield Lea Primary School), Stanley, DH9 9LU

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

Flights of Fancy

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Take to the skies in Life’s brand new Science Theatre show! We might dream we can fly like birds, but it took inventors and innovators to dare to take to the skies, from parachutes to planes. Learn more about the science of flight and enjoy amazing live science demos in this high-flying show. Each show lasts around 20 mins and is recommended

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

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

Ness Hall Open Garden & Plant Fair

Ness Hall, Nunnington

Privately owned gardens rarely open to the public with a quality plant fair held in the paddock beside the House and Gardens. House not open. Home made refreshments served all day. No dogs in the gardens please. Top plant growers and specialists from Yorkshire and Northumberland. One of the best gardens in Yorkshire.

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

Location: Ness Hall, East Ness, Nunnington, YO62 5XD

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

Ingleby Cross Village Hall, Ingleby Arncliffe

Latin and world music, a party atmosphere and 2 fully qualified and insured intructors, its like exercise in disguise. No previous experience needed. A fun and sociable way to improve your fitness, meet new people and improve your well being

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 18:15-19:05

Location: Ingleby Cross Village Hall, Cross Lane, Ingleby Arncliffe, DL6 3NE

Stokesley Town Hall, Stokesley

Every Monday 10.30 am til 11.30 am A low impact version of ZUMBA Fitness, with all the fantastic energy and music you would want, ideal for those easing themselves back in to exercise, or for those who want to dance themselves fit with out the twisting and jumping. Its a fantastic way to socialise, meet people, lose yourself in the music.

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 10:30-11:30

Location: Stokesley Town Hall, High Street , Stokesley, TS9 5DG

Newton Aycliffe Youth and Community Centre, Newton Aycliffe

Fit4Longer Boot Camp Lead by Stu Furlonger Featuring body weight exercises, 1 on 1, 2 on 1 personal training, family/group Boot Camp style training, inside or outside training and whatever the clients need to achieve. 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 19:15-20:15

Location: Newton Aycliffe Youth and Community Centre, Burn Lane, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 4HT

Museum of Glass

National Glass Centre, Sunderland

The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington supports a visiting artists residency programme allowing internationally known and emerging artists access to their world class Hot Shop. One piece created during each residency is selected for inclusion in the Museum's collection. This collection is now world leading in terms of quality and representation

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

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: 10:00-18:00

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

Curious About Harrogate?

Starts: Valley Gardens , Harrogate

Discover Harrogate with two unique self guided heritage walks with optional treasure hunt. Buy or instantly download then explore in your own time

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 09:00, 09:00

Location: Starts: Valley Gardens , Harrogate, Harrogate, HG28HX

Curious About Durham?

Starts: Durham Cathedral, Durham

Discover Durham with two unique heritage walks. Buy or instantly download then explore at your leisure.

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 09:00-18:00

Location: Starts: Durham Cathedral, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3EP

York Minster, York

Enjoy two self guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Buy or instantly download then explore at your leisure.

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 09:00

Location: York Minster, Starts: Minster Yard, York, YO17HH

Painting with Rainbows – A Michael Foreman Exhibition

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

Michael Foreman is one of Britain’s best-loved writer-illustrators of children’s books. Through the exhibition we will use Michael's books to ask readers to consider the consequences of conflict, the fragility of our environment and the importance of friendship, empathy and tolerance through his insightful storytelling and beautiful

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

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

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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