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Robert Mapplethorpe

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Forming part of the Artist Rooms project, a major national initiative led by the Tate and National Galleries of Scotland, this exhibition explores the work of renowned American ...

An Evening with Lulu

Gala Theatre, Durham

The incredible Lulu still has plenty to shout about and is back with another fantastic tour where she will perform hits from her 50 year career including To Sir With Love, The Man ...

Soul Music, by Terry Pratchett, adapted by Imogen Eddleston

Assembly Rooms Theatre, Durham

Death has gone missing, a sixteen year-old girl has taken over his job, a mysterious guitar with it's own agenda has attached itself to an unwitting bard and “music with rocks ...

Hilarity Bites presents... The Noise Next Door: Noise In The Hood

Seen, Darlington

Coming to Hilarity Bites at Seen in Darlington on February 14th 2016: The Noise Next Door: Noise In The Hood The unstoppable comedy juggernaut that is The Noise Next Door are ...

VALENTINES WITH

FLEECE INN, Northallerton

TOP COVER BAND "THE KITES" RETURN TO NORTHALLERTON TO PLAY THE FLEECE INN ENTRY IS FREE OF CHARGE. THE KITES ARE ON STAGE AT 10PM

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

Location: FLEECE INN, HIGH STREET, Northallerton, DL7 8PP

Yorvik Viking Festival

all over York, York

the largest in Europe, family-friendly events, lectures, guided walks and battle re-enactments. For full programme details visit jorvik-viking-festival.co.uk

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

Location: all over York, York, York, YO11 1NF

Mark Billingham and My Darling Clementine - The Other Half

Sage, Gateshead

A unique collaboration between the leading lights of crime fiction and country music, an original story by best-selling crime writer, Mark Billingham, is sound tracked by the powerful and poignant songs of internationally acclaimed Americana duo My Darling Clementine.

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

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

Sage, Gateshead

Sibelius’ intensely personal first symphony rounds a programme of grave and touching works, performed by one of the finest symphony orchestras in the North, with its Music Director, Sir Mark Elder.

Category: Music - Classical & Opera
Dates:    Times: 19:30

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

Dial M For Murder

Customs House, South Shields

Tony is convinced his wife is having an affair. We watch mesmerised at his precision in planning what must surely be the perfect murder… until it falters in the most unexpected way. Famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock, Frederick Knott’s intense and darkly gripping thriller will keep you on the edge of your seats - and you'll never want to

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

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

Tom Wood: New Work

Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

An exhibition of new work by portrait painter Tom Wood, whose subjects have included His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales and Yorkshire author and playwright Alan Bennett, is showing at the Mercer Gallery until 19th June. Best known for his portraits, Wood’s subject matter also includes figurative subjects, animal and nature subjects,

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

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

Stephs Rock Bar, Consett

deep purple in rock

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 21:00-23:00

Location: Stephs Rock Bar, Newmarket Street, Consett, DH85LQ

'Trading Places: the Salcombe Bronze Age shipwreck', a lecture by Dr Ben Roberts of Durham University

Elvet aRiverside room 140, Durham

The Salcombe Bronze Age shipwreck represents one of the most important and spectacular recent Bronze Age discoveries in Britain. The 320 Bronze Age objects, found mainly in 2009 by the South West Maritime Archaeology Group (SWMAG),included 30 tin ingots (including one weighing more than 9 kg), 258 copper ingots, 1 bronze sword and 9 pieces of gold

Category: Clubs & Societies
Dates:    Times: 14:30-15:30

Location: Elvet aRiverside room 140, New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3JT

The Victoria Vaults, York

13Cities explore the 'edge of Country', playing a range of alt.Country and Americana including the songs of Richmond Fontaine, Cowboy Junkies, Tom Waits and Drive-By Truckers right through to Dolly Parton (yep!) and KD Lang. 13Cities was formed by guitarists Phil Biggs and Shaun O'Hagan to tap into the rich, deep veins of North American Music, from

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 20:30

Location: The Victoria Vaults, 47-49 Nunnery Lane, York, YO24 1AB

RSPB Saltholme, Middlesbrough

get involved in helping to give homes for a range of wildlife with various nesting themed activities. £6 per box

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

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

Castle Museum, York

Enjoy holiday entertainment like the Edwardians with all the fun of the seaside brought to York Castle Museum this February half term. Take the wheel of our Edwardian cut-out car and have the moment captured by photographer Professor Lenskapp, on select days Punch and Judy are here to entertain with their traditional seaside show, then complete

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

The Tube

Discovery Museum, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Do you remember 1980s hit show The Tube? If you do, then you'll love this exhibition. Top 1980s television show, The Tube, was filmed right here in Newcastle bringing some of the biggest names in music to the North East including Tina Turner and Sir Paul McCartney as well as launching the careers of relatively unknown acts, such as Frankie Goes to

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

The Black Portraits

Discovery Museum, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

This exhibition features Paul Piercy's striking portraits in black impasto oil paint. The portraits document some of the bravest human rights activists from around the world. Some of Piercy's subjects have either died or are currently imprisoned for their struggles to protect universal freedoms, some are famous Nobel Laureates, some are still

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Village Hall, Coxwold

in aid of St Michael's Church. Admission 50p, children free

Category: Festival, Markets & Fetes
Dates:    Times: 13:30-15:00

Location: Village Hall, Coxwold, Coxwold, YO61 4BB

St Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth

featuring Jack and the Lad. bring food to share, tea and coffee provided. Admission £3

Category: Bingo, Games & Quiz Nights
Dates:    Times: 19:00

Location: St Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth, Shadforth, DH79RH

Be My Valentine

Auckland Castle , Bishop Auckland

Romeo and Juliet is a famous love story and one of Shakepeare’s most popular plays. Join us in this arts & crafts session where you can create a Valentine’s card for someone you love.

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

Location: Auckland Castle , Auckland Castle , Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NR

Curious About Newcastle?

Newcastle City Centre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Have fun discovering Newcastle with two self-guided, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Buy or instantly download & get curious! Are you curious about Newcastle? 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

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

Location: Newcastle City Centre, Starts: Grey's Monument, Grey Street , Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 6JG

Bonny Moorhen, Stanhope

live music

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

Location: Bonny Moorhen, 25 Front Street, Stanhope, DL132TS

STEEL

Palace Arts Gallery, Redcar

On Saturday 13th February we open a new exhibition in the Palace Arts rear gallery. 'Steel' could hardly be a more appropriately themed show for Redcar. We have work on loan from Kirkleatham Museum, and a variety of new work from local artists in a range of media. As a special feature of this exhibition, Alan Morley will effectively be moving his

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

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

ED Walker Homes, Darlington

Eight miles around Square Corner, Cleveland Way, Kepwick and Nether Silton

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 09:45

Location: ED Walker Homes, Coniscliffe Road, Darlington, DL38DF

Fat Ox, Whitley Bay

live music

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

Location: Fat Ox, Whitley Road, Whitley Bay, NE262TG

Valentine's at Castlegate Shopping Centre

Castlegate Shopping Centre, Stockton-on-Tees

We're celebrating the most romantic day of the year with glamicature portraits and a pop-up market on Saturday 13th February. Caricature artist to the stars Ingrid Sylvestre will be sketching pictures at Castlegate of loved-up couples from 11am to 3pm. But instead of exaggerating your flaws, Ingrid instead flatters her muses and turns you into

Category: Festival, Markets & Fetes
Dates:    Times: 11:00-15:00

Location: Castlegate Shopping Centre, Stockton High Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS181BG

Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York

presented by St John Musical Production Society

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Haxby Road, York, YO911RT

Barnard Castle Ramblers

Health Centre, Barnard Castle

A Crooked Circuit, nine and a half miles around Crook, some stiles.

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 09:00

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

Centre for Local Studies at Darlington Library, Darlington

A display of photographs of Darlington from the 1930s to 1970s.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 09:00-16:00

Location: Centre for Local Studies at Darlington Library, Crown Street, Darlington, DL1 1ND

Centre for Local Studies at Darlington Library, Darlington

A display of photographs of Darlington from the 1930s to 1970s.

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

Location: Centre for Local Studies at Darlington Library, Crown Street, Darlington, DL1 1ND

Yorkshire Museum, York

From spectacular sagas to fantastical fables, come along to the Yorkshire Museum and York Art Gallery this February half term as artefacts and artwork are brought to life by two special storytellers. Journey into the Viking world as Odin the Viking giant leads you on his quest to become a god at the Yorkshire Museum, while artist and

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Yorkshire Museum, Museum Street, York, YO17FR

Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Bishop Auckland

febfest’s school exhibitions always marvel the viewer and in this centenary year of World War I, sixteen local schools from nursery to secondary and students from our local college will be displaying work that has been created collaboratively. Their work highlights their response to The Somme, a battlefield that continues to provoke images and

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Inspired By Gallery, Danby

inspired by patterns in the natural world, the unique fractal art of Vienna Forrester shows the North York Moors in this fascinating series of landscapes and dreamscapes

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Inspired By Gallery, Danby

members of the Leven Art Society portray the beauty and character, industrial heritage of the local moors and coast

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Tavaziva - Africarmen

DanceCity, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Africarmen is a gorgeous dance production based on Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen. Set in a modern-day oil-rich military dictatorship in Africa, Africarmen is a story of desire, deceit and corruption. Members of the local village live under harsh conditions, but Carmen dreams of escape and a better life. Bawren Tavaziva’s powerful choreography is

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 20:00

Location: DanceCity, Temple Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE14BR

Old English Gentlemen, Darlington

live music

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

Location: Old English Gentlemen, 99 Bondgate, Darlington, DL37JY

Cockerton Club, Darlington

proceeds in aid of Age UK Darlington

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

Location: Cockerton Club, Woodland road, Darlington, DL39AB

Valentine's Italian Chef's Table

Swinton Park Hotel, Masham

If you don’t fancy sitting in a restaurant full of couples over Valentine’s Weekend, we have the perfect gourmet alternative for you. Relax instead over a glass of fizz and watch Cookery School chef director Stephen Bulmer prepare a delicious Italian menu for you, to be served at the demonstration table in the informal surroundings of the

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

Location: Swinton Park Hotel, Swinton Park, Masham, HG4 4JH

Making Sense

Customs House, South Shields

Working with individuals supported by Sight Service, Making Sense is a sensitive and personal exploration of the relationship that individuals with visual impairment and blindness have with their local environment. This installation captures an exchange of mark-making between the artist and the group. Much of Jenny Purrett’s practice is

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

This Is Me

Customs House, South Shields

This is Me is a delicate portrayal of the time Danny has spent with individuals at Sight Service, characteristically capturing their personalities and lives in South Tyneside and how visual impairment has affected them. Sight Service is the leading local provider of services and support for people who are visually impaired and live in Gateshead,

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

The Hetton Centre Craft and Food Market

Hetton Centre, Hetton-le-Hole

a monthly craft and food market held at the Hetton Centre, Hetton le Hole. Over 70 stalls of huge variety on both floors, wheel chair access, cafe and bar open, entertainment for children. Always on the 2nd Saturday of the month 10-3pm

Category: Festival, Markets & Fetes
Dates:    Times: 10:00-15:00

Location: Hetton Centre, Welfare Road, Hetton-le-Hole, DH5 9NE

Polar Explorers

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Discover what life is like in the coldest places on Earth in the new Polar Explorers exhibition for families with younger children. The resilient ways of life of people and wildlife living in polar extremes will be explored in this immersive exhibition, inspiring young minds through sensory and accessible stimulation. Drawn from our natural

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

She was an archaeologist, diplomat, linguist, writer, mountaineer and explorer - meet the extraordinary Gertrude Bell. Discover the woman who in 1921 advised Winston Churchill on the country that became Iraq, and helped to shape the Middle East after World War I. Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell was born into a wealthy family at Washington

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Durham Book Fair

Durham School, Durham

The Durham Book Fair has a new venue and an extra date for 2016. Our first fair is on Saturday 13th February and over 30 book dealers selling a wide selection of prints, maps and ephemera, rare and secondhand books on every subject. If you miss this one, then we are holding another book fair in the same venue on Saturday, 22nd October. Great

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

Location: Durham School, Quarryheads Lane, Durham, DH1 4SZ

Durham Book Fair

Durham School, Durham

The Durham Book Fair has a new venue and an extra date for 2016. Our first fair is on Saturday 13th February and over 30 book dealers selling a wide selection of prints, maps and ephemera, rare and secondhand books on every subject. If you miss this one, then we are holding another book fair in the same venue on Saturday, 22nd October. Great

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

Location: Durham School, Quarryheads Lane, Durham, DH1 4SZ

Dinomania Trail

Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland

Follow our fun trail and find all the dinosaurs to claim a prize sticker. Collect your free trail from museum reception.

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Museum and Winter Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR11PP

Sunderland Art Club

Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland

See a selection of paintings, drawings and water colours by this long established group of amateur artists, in the Open Space gallery on the second floor.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Museum and Winter Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR11PP

Mould

National Glass Centre, Sunderland

This exhibition presents new work by the artist Erin Dickson who completed her PhD at National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland in Summer 2015. Image Credit: What were the skies like when you were young, Erin Disckon, 2015. Photo by David Williams

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Valentine's Hearts

National Glass Centre, Sunderland

Enjoy a creative day with someone special or make them a truly unique gift for Valentine's Day! Guided by our experienced glass makers you will create a gorgeous Valentine's Day Heart out of molten glass. Suitable for ages 16 and over. Booking essential

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 10:00, 11:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30

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

Harrowgate Hill Club and Institute, Darlington

live music

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

Location: Harrowgate Hill Club and Institute, Salters Lane North, Darlington, DL13DT

Just One Spark

Beamish Open Air Museum, Stanley

In 1812, the Felling Mine Disaster killed 92 men and boys after two explosions ripped through the mine. The cause was found to be the use of a naked candle, which ignited the methane gas and coal dust. As a result of this disaster, a local Reverend launched a campaign to find the design for a mining safety lamp. In January 1816, the Davy safety

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

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

Social Club, Lanchester

live music

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

Location: Social Club, Newbiggen Lane, Lanchester, DH70PF

Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

A dark and stylish new adaptation of the classic Newcastle -noir thriller. Jack Carter is back home for the first time in years. He’s back to bury a brother who hated him, in a town he swore he was never going to see again. He wants to pay debts, settle scores and discover who killed his brother. As the local underworld closes ranks

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE17RH

Darlington Building Society, Darlington

by Marlene Barron, Felicity Hacket and Greta J Coates

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Royal Hall, Harrogate

a great night out

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Royal Hall, Ripon Road, Harrogate, HG12RD

A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie

Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Middle Ground Theatre Company Ltd is delighted to present a lavish new production of a classic Miss Marple mystery. Starring Judy Cornwell as Miss Marple and Diane Fletcher as Letitia Blacklock 'A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October the thirteenth, at little Paddocks – at six-thirty p.m.' The residents of Chipping

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Be May Valentine

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

Romeo and Juliet is a famous love story and one of Shakepeare’s most popular plays. Join us in this arts & crafts session where you can create a Valentine’s card for someone you love. This is a drop-in event. Free with admission to the Castle. Adults £6, Concessions £5 Under 16's free

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 12:00-15:00

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

February half term

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, York

Create your own 3D flower for the 'Ha-Ha Walk' in the family favourite craft workshop Artrageous. Stick the flower in the ground to mark where you planted your spring bulbs in the Bulb planting bonanza, or take it home to place in your own garden. On until February 21.

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

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

Bulb planting bonanza

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, York

Get your hands dirty this half term and leave your mark in the Beningbrough gardens that will flourish for years to come. Leave a flowering legacy by helping us to plant 300,000 spring bulbs in the new Ha-Ha walk to celebrate the 300th year since Beningbrough hall was built. 2016 will be a year of celebrations and this will be the first event to

Category: Fireworks, Festivals & Outdoors
Dates:    Times: 11:00-15:00

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

Barbican, York

Rossini – Overture Guillaume Tell (William Tell) Sibelius – Symphony No.3 in C Sibelius – Karelia Suite Beethoven – Concerto for Piano No.5 in Eb (Emperor) Alessandro Taverna (piano)

Category: Music - Classical & Opera
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: Barbican, Paragon Street, York, YO104NT

Sean McLoughlin: Whatever It Takes

ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

Sean has beaten the system and yet finds himself at the mercy of it. From these two conflicting circumstances a question has emerged: Can a man rise AND fall at the same time? Following his debut show Backbone - named one of the top 5 free shows of 2013 Fringe by The List, Sean’s second show I Will Prevail was met with tremendous underground

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 20:00

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

Good Luck!

Oriental Museum, Durham

The Oriental Museum is filled with good luck amulets from across the world. Make your own good luck charm to take home. Drop in 1-3pm. Suitable for children aged 5-11 years. Free with admission (£1.50 per adult / 75p per child or concession / under 5's free)..

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

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

From Earth to the Universe

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

This stunning 30 minute planetarium show is a voyage through time and space. Take a journey through the heavens to learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope and the amazing modern technology that allows us to see even deeper into the universe. This show was produced for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Supernova

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

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

Brita Granström: Love Letters

Gallagher and Turner, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Have you noticed that Scandinavian art is everywhere in Britain at the moment? There’s the BBC’s ‘Northern Lights’ series on radio, ‘Scandi noir’ crime novels sell millions and detectives such as Wallander and the autistic Saga have a huge following. And, of course, there’s IKEA. Entering the lists now is Brita Granström, a Swede

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Gallagher and Turner, St Thomas Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 4LE

Love is in the Air

Palace Green Library, Durham

Create a postcard to send to someone you love. All family activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

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

Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond in North Yorks

The All-England Theatre Festival organises the only countrywide elimination contest for one-act plays in performance throughout England. The AETF provides a brilliant opportunity for amateurs to compete against like-minded groups and to benefit from expert adjudication to improve the quality of their performance.

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

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

The Killerz (Formerly Hot Fuss)

The Forum Music Centre, Darlington

Valentines Weekend with The Killerz, who are one of only a few tribute acts to The Killers in the world and prides itself on its overall likeness to the chart topping band. The music, the look, and the energy the band creates makes you feel like you are watching the real thing. Performing across Europe, the band continues to gather support

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

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

Felt Making Workshops

The Nest Cafe and Community Rooms, Gateshead

Come along to our fun felt making workshops and learn techniques in wet and dry felting. We'll be dry needle felting adorable 3-dimensional creatures and brooches, including making bags and scarves with wet felt during our 3 hour workshops. We will guide you through the process of using colourful, soft and unspun wool to create lovely felted works

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 10:00-13:00

Location: The Nest Cafe and Community Rooms, 417/419 Durham Road, Gateshead, NE9 5AN

The Journey - Paintings by Chris Graham

Arts Centre, Washington

'I work in acrylic on canvas, focusing on quite abstract landscapes and landmarks of my native North East of England, producing textured, vibrant pieces. Much of my work combines elements of 'The Journey' - an ongoing, loosely connected set of paintings featuring landscapes in shades of red, or blue or green and often with recurring motives of

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Washington, NE388AB

Tadpoles

Arts Centre, Washington

A tadpole catching competition challenges a superhero duo to overcome rivalry and harness their strengths. Working as team, can they save the world…together? Superheroes with a BIG problem – a very disgruntled Mission Control (voiced by Sue Johnston OBE – Downton Abbey, The Royle Family) Captain Clever is good at code breaking and

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

Location: Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Washington, NE388AB

The Pistoleros at The Grand

The Grand, Bishop Auckland

The Pistoleros return to The Grand for the first time in about 4 years. A band not to be missed

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 21:00-23:30

Location: The Grand, South Church Road, Bishop Auckland, DL14 6DU

 Counterfeit Beatles @ KU

Ku Bar, Stockton-on-Tees

Kitchen Sink Presents: A special tribute night to The Beatles Counterfeit Beatles - Tribute to The Beatles The Counterfeit Beatles have established themselves as one of the UK's most sought after international acts. Set list includes crowd favourites - Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, Back In The U.s.s.r, Helter Skelter, I Am The Walrus, She Loves You, Hey

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

Location: Ku Bar, Prince Regent Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS181DB

 The Doors Alive @ ARC

ARC Stockton Arts Centre, Stockton-on-Tees

An outstanding live tribute to The Doors at ARC Stockton Arts Centre this Feb: The Doors Alive The Doors Alive are a British tribute band widely regarded as the closest and most enthralling representation of the 1960s rock legends The Doors in the world today. The band re-create the sound, look, presence and magic of a real 1960s The Doors

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 20:00-23:30

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

Valentine's Day Tea and Tour, 13.30 & 15.30

Durham Castle, Durham

An event made for history lovers. Enjoy a special Valentine's Day Tea and Tour at Durham Castle. As part of the Durham Castle Tours with a difference, enjoy a unique visit to Durham Castle this Valentine's Day. After a tour around Durham Castle, you have the opportunity to enjoy tea, cake and sandwiches in the Castle’s Senate Suite, surrounded

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 13:30-15:30, 15:30-17:00

Location: Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW

Snake in the Grass

Middlesbrough Theatre, Middlesbrough

Where there's a will, there's a war. Having left home many years ago, Annabel Chester returns after the death of her father and is uncomfortably reunited with her younger sister, Miriam. Having learnt of dark deeds committed both in the recent and not-so recent past, blackmail rears its ugly head and the sisters join forces in a series of comic

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, TS56SA

The Station, Richmond in North Yorks

Members of the Darlington based arts and craft collective bring their work to The Station.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Gala Theatre, Durham

Showcasing some of Britain’s finest student musical talent in and around Durham University, Durham Opera Ensemble follow-up their successful inaugural production of The Marriage of Figaro with the world’s favourite opera, Georges Bizet’s Carmen, complete with a children’s chorus and orchestra. Come and be seduced by the fiery gypsy Carmen

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH11WA

Colliery Club, Easington

live music

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 20:30

Location: Colliery Club, Seaside Lane, Easington, SR83JZ

Art Collection

The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

features the work of two prominent North East-based artists, Malcolm Teasdale and Alistair Brookes.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: The Biscuit Factory, Stoddart Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE2 1AN

Valentines Dinner Dance

Holiday Inn Newcastle - Gosforth Park , Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Join us at our stylish Valentines dinner dance with your loved one. The evening will include a singer and a three course meal. URL: Tickets: http://atnd.it/42935-0 Time: 7:00pm to 12:00am

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

Location: Holiday Inn Newcastle - Gosforth Park , Great North Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE136BP

Iceland - Before and After

Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

This exhibition by artist David Goard is a mixture of drawing, painting and performance (film). The show reflects upon work created in response to his recent residency at Listhús, an international art centre in the north of Iceland. The residency experience prompted not only a shift of interest (towards landscape) but also a creative

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Horrible Histories

Forum Theatre, Billingham

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage. Using actors and 3D special effects, these two world premieres are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips.

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham, TS232LJ

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

Civic Theatre, Darlington

A classic. A landmark. A legend. The Mousetrap is famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre, with over 26,000 performances and now the 60th anniversary production is back by popular demand, starring Louise Jameson. The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 14:30, 19:30

Location: Civic Theatre, Parkgate, Darlington, DL11RR

Civic Centre, Gateshead

In the Winter of 2014 a Sunderland based artist called Barrie West decided he had had enough of seeing all the sad and upsetting news items from across the World, often showing distraught parents fleeing devastating situations with their children. He decided to do something about it and from that came 'All We Are Saying', an international “shout

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH

On the Threshold II: Formal Presence

Oriental Museum, Durham

On the Threshold II: Formal Presence aims to present the meaning of our existence in a post-internet society and the lived experience of different cultures mainly through the mediums of painting and photography while exploring the use of colour. In the words of Jean-Luc Nancy ‘We are there without leaving the threshold, on the threshold,

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

Youth Arts Exhibition

Arts Centre, Washington

Calling all young artists! We are looking for submissions from young people aged 11 – 20 for this year’s Youth Arts Exhibition. The exhibition will be held in the new gallery space at Arts Centre Washington. The exhibition will open on 15th of January 2016 and will run through to 27th of February 2016. A special preview of the exhibition

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00

Location: Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Washington, NE388AB

Newton Aycliffe Youth and Community Centre, Newton Aycliffe

Classes Lead by Danny Alessandro Destination Judo is Britain’s largest children’s judo school. Our goal is to enthuse children with the sport, to help them keep fit and have fun, and ultimately to coach them to success at the highest level. To book a free introductory session call 0131 467 9054. You must call the number above before

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 16:30-18:15

Location: Newton Aycliffe Youth and Community Centre, Burn Lane, Newton Aycliffe, DL54HT

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

Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland

A fascinating exhibition of paintings and prints from the Museum’s own collection showing views across Sunderland dating back to the 1700s. These images are brought together with contemporary photographs illustrating changes in the landscape, buildings and way of life of the people of Sunderland.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Museum and Winter Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR11PP

The Last Tango

Empire, Sunderland

The nation’s favourite Strictly Come Dancing stars in their ultimate farewell show. Fresh from their sell-out hit shows Midnight Tango and Dance ’Til Dawn, Strictly superstars Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace have created their most moving production yet as they prepare to dance in their final ever show. Twenty years of dancing together

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: Empire, High Street West, Sunderland, SR13EX

An Inspector Calls

Theatre Royal, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

From Stephen Daldry, the Oscar nominated director of The Reader, The Hours and Billy Elliot, comes the multi award-winning West End production of J.B. Priestley’s classic thriller, An Inspector Calls. Hailed as the theatrical event of our generation winning more awards than any other play in history, this landmark production from the National

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Muse

The Witham, Barnard Castle

MUSE takes us back to the 1930s to reveal the inspiration for Christopher Isherwood’s Sally Bowles and this new work by Jugé Productions uncovers a far more complex and talented woman. With her green-painted nails and a string of lovers, Jean Ross (who roomed in the same house as Isherwood) was indeed ‘divinely decadent’, but far from the

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 20:00

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

Quiltscapes and Quiltine by Pauline Burbidge

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Quiltscapes & Quiltline features a collection of new work by this acclaimed textile artist, inspired by the beauty of the rural landscape around her home in the Scottish Borders, where she lives and works. Burbidge, who has been making quilts professionally for 40 years after studying fashion and textiles at St Martins Art College in London,

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants: The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt

Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough

Find out exactly what a Wellyphant is in this wonderfully colourful exhibition, perfect for families. Children's illustrator Nick Sharratt has written and illustrated at least 40 children’s books and illustrated close to 250 more for other authors, so this exhibition is bound to be packed with characters children will recognise - from the

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS56LA

 The Doors Alive @ ARC

ARC Stockton Arts Centre, Stockton-on-Tees

An outstanding live tribute to The Doors at ARC Stockton Arts Centre this Feb: The Doors Alive The Doors Alive are a British tribute band widely regarded as the closest and most enthralling representation of the 1960s rock legends The Doors in the world today. The band re-create the sound, look, presence and magic of a real 1960s The Doors

Category: Music - Other
Dates:    Times: 20:00-23:55

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

Skating@Life

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Newcastle’s only outdoor ice rink returns for 2015! Grab your skates, wrap up warm and head down to Times Square for a whirl around the ice! You could even treat yourself to a delicious hot chocolate for the full festive experience! Please note: children aged 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult on the ice rink. Children aged 10 - 12 must

Category: Fireworks, Festivals & Outdoors
Dates:    Times: 10:00-20:00

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

Representations of Chivalry in the Poetry & Literature of WW1

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

To complement The Bowes Museum’s ongoing WW1 Project, Ashley Somogyi will speak on the topic of representations of chivalry in the poetry and literature of the First World War. Booking required via caroline.nilsson@thebowesmuseum.org.uk Light refreshments included.

Category: Talks, Meetings & Business
Dates:    Times: 14:30

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

Props North-East

Durham Cathedral, Durham

PROPS North East support families and carers of substance misuse. As part of their whole family working approach they work with young people aged 11-25 who are negatively affected by substance or alcohol misuse and look to support them through the inequalities and low self-esteem this creates. This exhibition is the culmination of a four week

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

An exhibition of the work of Ewan Anderson

Durham Cathedral, Durham

Since his last exhibition in the Cathedral (May, 2014), Ewan’s tree drawings have been displayed in seven exhibitions. He will become artist in residence at the Nature in Art Museum and Gallery, Gloucester, in July. While there, he will draw the Kaki tree raised from a cutting from the Chinese Persimmon which survived the atomic bomb at Nagasaki.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

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

Northern Soul A Photographic Journey

Hartlepool Art Gallery, Hartlepool

'Northern Soul - A Photographic Journey' is the latest long term project by Wigan photographer, Brian Cannon. Brian has been creating music related imagery professionally since 1988, notable past clients include Oasis and The Verve for whom he produced all record sleeves in the 1990's. He intends to document the Northern Soul scene today in a

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

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

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

Crab Walk

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland

The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) is proud to announce the group show Crab Walk, curated by Ned McConnell and NGCA curator George Vasey. The exhibition travels from KARST in Plymouth, where it was presented earlier this year. While using the original show, Breakin' Up is Hard to Do, as a template, Crab Walk expands on it by

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00

Location: Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR11RE

Plots and Spangles

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

Guy Fawkes' story comes to life in tapestry. Includes workshops and demonstrations. Presented within Auckland Castle's beautiful State Rooms, this exhibition of lavishly embroidered priest's vestments tells the compelling and tragic tale of one woman's religious devotion in the aftermath of the Gunpowder plot. This impressive collection has been

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

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

Happy Feet - Mumble's Wild Ride

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Join Mumble and his comical penguin friends in this thrilling, action-packed adventure Experience every twist, turn, high and low as your seat moves in time to the 3D action on screen in our 4D Motion Ride. You can expect to be blasted with wind, smoke and water, and you'll even be able to smell the action! For safety reasons you have to be at

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

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

Wonderful World of Wine 8-week Course in York

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

Dolphin Centre, Central Hall , Darlington

Swiss pianist Jean-Selim Abdelmoula will be playing works by Schumann, Chopin and others.

Category: Music - Classical & Opera
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Dolphin Centre, Central Hall , Horsemarket, Darlington, DL15RP

Robert Mapplethorpe

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Forming part of the Artist Rooms project, a major national initiative led by the Tate and National Galleries of Scotland, this exhibition explores the work of renowned American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. This exhibition runs from 28th November 2015 to 16th April 2016.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00

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

Naughty Monsters in the Sky

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Do monsters scribble on the sky with crayons to make a rainbow? Do they take a bite of the moon when we're not looking? Come and see the naughty monsters in the sky and find out! This planetarium show was specially designed for ages 7 and under. Opening times are subject to seasonal change, please see life.org.uk for more details.

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 10:00

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

Coastival 2016

Scarborough Spa, Scarborough

Coastival 2016 – A glorious three-day celebration of the Yorkshire coast, featuring a cavalcade of music, comedy, theatre, performance, dance, fine art, films and fun for children, plus some weird and wonderful surprises too – Not to be missed! Acts announced so far... Cast - Friday 12 February 8pm With three top 10 albums & ten top

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

Location: Scarborough Spa, South Bay, Scarborough, YO11 2HD

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

Eight by Ella Hickson

The People's Theatre, Heaton

Premiered at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe, these eight monologues offer a revelatory look at early 21st century Britain. Heart-strings are pulled as hope and faith are sought amidst social cynicism.

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: The People's Theatre, Stephenson Road, Heaton, NE6 5QF

Davenport Hotel, Middleton St. George

live music

Category: Music - Jazz & Blues Music
Dates:    Times: 13:30

Location: Davenport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton St. George, DL21AS



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