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The Playground Project

Baltic Centre, Gateshead

Until the 1980s – and in rare cases until today – playgrounds were places for social experiments, risky projects, and spectacular sculptures. Architects, urban planners, ...

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 ...

Interface Arts- A Summer Exhibition

The Gallery, The Witham, Barnard Castle

a selection of recent artworks made by members of Interface Arts. Artists exhibiting – Samantha Askey, Gail Bell, Carolyn Corfield, John Grey, Meryl Mathieson, Wendy Parkin, and ...

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 ...

Community Centre, Chester-le-Street

interactive and multisensory powered by music, props, lights, bubbles, creativity and imagination. For new borns and little ones up to 3 years

Category: Clubs & Societies
Dates:    Times: 10:45

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

Bee Busy!

The Workhouse Museum, Ripon

With the summer hum of honey bees in the Workhouse Garden find out what flowers attract bees and why Workhouses often had beehives, sometimes in their roofs. Traditional activities include flower pressing, felt birds and wax candle making, as well as storytelling and a ‘hunt the honeybee trail’. Meet the beekeeper from Harrogate Beekeepers

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

Location: The Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate, Ripon, HG41LE

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: 20:00-22:00

Location: Middlesbrough Municipal Golf Centre, Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough, TS5 7YZ

Silver Tai Chi Beginners

ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

Tai Chi is the Chinese art of systematic body movement designed to achieve physical, mental and spiritual harmony. This course will give you a step by step guide to achieving calm, fitness and balance and can also be practised for its health benefits including: Improves posture, flexibility and balance. Reduces stress and promotes mental

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 12:30-13:30

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

Silver Tai Chi Intermediates

ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

Tai Chi is the Chinese art of systematic body movement designed to achieve physical, mental and spiritual harmony. This course will give you a step by step guide to achieving calm, fitness and balance along with other health benifits including: Improves posture, flexibility and balance. Reduces stress and promotes mental wellbeing. Lowers

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 13:30-14:30

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

SIRF's Up: 10 Years, 4 Cameras, 1 Festival - an Exhibition by Adam Parkin

ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

Local photographer Adam Parkin is set to host his second solo exhibition in summer 2016. Adam graduated in 2010 from Cleveland College of Art and Design with a BA (Hons) in Photography. Since then he has combined his creativity with his passion for the local area supporting I Love Stockton Me and many other community projects and events. Adam

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Summer Kaos

ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

After an awesome five days of dance and an amazing show last summer Urban Kaos are back to do it all again! Start the holidays in style.... Meet new friends, learn routines with a signature 'Kaos' twist and perform at the end of the week on ARC's main stage. This year we're taking inspiration from music of legends! Prepare to dance your

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 10:00-15:00

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

Busy Bees Darlington, Darlington

Baby Play and Stay 9.30am to 11am running for 5 weeks over the summer break Every Monday from July 18, until August 18

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 09:30-11:00

Location: Busy Bees Darlington, 19 Newton Lane, Darlington, DL3 9EX

Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough

a magical exhibition of fairytales and nursery rhymes

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS56LA

Iron Horse, Newton Aycliffe

Singers night

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

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

Richard III

Crook Hall and Gardens, Durham

Described by none other than Sir Ian McKellen as “uproariously funny”, the four-strong all-male HandleBards present Shakespeare’s plays as you’ve never seen them before – fast-paced, irreverent and bicycle-powered. Since 2013, the HandleBards have pedalled over 5000 miles across the world, carrying all their set, props and costumes on

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 18:00-21:00

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

Spot on the Wall

The Station, Richmond in North Yorks

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Dig it, family archaeology day

Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend

a fun way for the family to find out more about the role of archaeology and what it entails

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

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

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

for children aged 11-15 yrs. Work with a variety of materials and create a portfolio of paintings, illustrations and 3D artwork. On until July 29

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 10:00-15:00

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

Summer fun

Beamish Open Air Museum, Stanley

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

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

1916: No Turning Back

Gala Theatre, Durham

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

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH11WA

Lime Tree Farm, Ripon

a celebration of life, yoga, meditation, movement and dance, arts and crafts, kids area, live music, café and more

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

Location: Lime Tree Farm, Grewelthorpe, Ripon, HG4 3DA

Bowburn Community Centre, Bowburn

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

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

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

Paint Her to Your Own Mind

Shandy Hall Gallery, Coxwold

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

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

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

Turbanism - An exhibition by Rehmat Rayatt

Central Library, Gateshead

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Team Creative: Writers of the Next Generation

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

Unlock your imagination in a week-long creative writing course at the National Centre for Children’s Books. Join our Story Catchers, spend time with award-winning author Andy Seed AND current Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell and get access to some of the best scribbles and drafts from the Seven Stories collection. Explore different styles

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 09:30-16:00

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

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

Maps and fantasy worlds spark the imagination and throw readers into unknown terrains. Lose hours poring over the minutia of Chris Riddell’s intricate illustrations in an event revealing how he created maps and fantasy worlds with author Paul Stewart for the hugely popular Edge Chronicles. £6 event ticket. Admission to Visitor Centre not

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

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

Ink and Drink with Chris Riddell

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

Spend an exclusive evening with Chris Riddell - current Children’s Laureate, political cartoonist and award-winning illustrator. Chris is famed for his wit and satire as well as his mastery with pen and ink. Enjoy a glass of wine as you doodle and listen to Chris Riddell share tips and advice from his award-winning career. This relaxed event is

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Artist Residency with Chris Riddell: The Current Children's Laureate

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

Saturday 23rd – Monday 25th July Let us introduce you to Chris Riddell – multi-award-winning illustrator and acclaimed ninth Children’s Laureate. Chris is renowned for his distinctively intricate pen and ink illustrations and joins us for a packed Artist Residency with events for all ages. Follow our Instagram campaign Seven Stories

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Summer Story

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

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

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

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

Daydreamer Performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Palace Arts Gallery , Redcar

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Art Exhibition

The Cafe on the Green, Durham

An exhibition of works by artist Linda Mumba. Landscapes and Seascapes mainly feature in this exhibition, many of which are inspired by the Northumberland Coast. (until July 29)

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 09:00-17:00

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

Summer exhibition

Gallagher and Turner, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Imaginary Spaces Exhibition

The Palace Arts Gallery, Redcar

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Renoir's St Tropez

Museum, South Shields

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Caroline Achaintre exhibition

Baltic Centre, Gateshead

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Baltic Centre, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE83BA

The Playground Project

Baltic Centre, Gateshead

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Baltic Centre, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE83BA

Interface Arts- A Summer Exhibition

The Gallery, The Witham, Barnard Castle

a selection of recent artworks made by members of Interface Arts. Artists exhibiting – Samantha Askey, Gail Bell, Carolyn Corfield, John Grey, Meryl Mathieson, Wendy Parkin, and Suzanne Williams. Exhibition runs from Tuesday 5th July until 26th July 2016 - Tuesday – Saturday, 10am - 4pm. There will be opportunities to “Meet the Artists” at

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Limited access

Joe Cornish Gallery, Northallerton

Susan is a landscape photographer from County Durham. Since her retirement, she has had more time to devote to photography, expanding her photographic skills and developing her own personal style. Susan’s inspiration is drawn from the colours and moods to be found around sunrise and sunset and the water patterns and abstracts formed in lakes,

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

Location: Joe Cornish Gallery, Register House, Northallerton, DL6 1NA

Rocket science family fun

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate

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

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby

installation by Pippa Hale

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Northdale Horticulture, Northallerton

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

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

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

Joe Cornish Gallery, Northallerton

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

North-East Wildlife Photographer exhibition

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

mima, Middlesbrough

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS12AZ

Metafit with Alan White

Hummersknott School, Darlington

Bodyweight High intensity interval training that's designed to suit people of all fitness levels and ages. The best way to burn calories and get the body shape you desire. Monday 6:35-7:15pm Wednesday 6:15-6:45pm Friday 6:15-7:00pm

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 18:35-19:15

Location: Hummersknott School, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington, DL38AR

Exhibition of Miniatures by Gina Morton RMS

Greenfield School Community and Arts College, Newton Aycliffe

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00-21:00

Location: Greenfield School Community and Arts College, Greenfield Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL57LF

Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Somme 1916: Talks Programme

Palace Green Library, Durham

Emma Hanna - 'Whatever cheers the warrior helps to win the war': Music and Morale in the First World War A series of lunchtime and evening talks have been scheduled to coincide with Palace Green Library's summer exhibition, Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front. The events will take place both at lunchtimes and on evenings, with

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 13:00-14:00

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

The Bikini Line: Art Installation

Botanic Garden, Durham

The Bikini Line is a thought-provoking new sound-and-vision art installation at the Botanic Garden in Durham. Artists Alan O'Cain and Neil Crimes have worked with students from Durham University to create an outdoor installation marking the 70th anniversary of both the first atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll and the naming of the iconic item of

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham, DH13TN

Sweet Dreams of Contentment

Customs House, South Shields

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Another Dimension

Customs House, South Shields

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Outdoor Theatre with Common Ground Theatre - The Lumberjills

Dalby Forest, Pickering

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

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 18:00

Location: Dalby Forest, Pickering, Pickering, YO187LT

Boogie Bounce

Bells Fitness Shack, Richmond in North Yorks

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

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

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

Thread Rocks!

Crown Street Gallery, Darlington

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 09:00

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

The Butte De Warlencourt Battlefield Crosses

Durham Cathedral, Durham

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

War and Peace

Python Gallery, Royal Middlehaven House, Middlesbrough

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

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

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

Gibside, Gateshead

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Gibside, nr Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, NE166BG

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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

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

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

Residential Tech Camp for Teens at Sedbergh

Sedbergh School, Sedbergh

Fire Tech Camp is one of the UK's leading providers of tech, code and making education, providing future-critical skills to young people. Children have a unique opportunity to go 'under the hood' of modern technology and create their own programs, games and custom-designed products. Using a project-based approach to learning, expert tutors are

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

Location: Sedbergh School, Station Road, Sedbergh, LA10 5HG

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

Pitmen and Prelates

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00

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

The Shogun's Cultured Warriors

Oriental Museum, Durham

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

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

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

A British Museum Spotlight Tour: Celebrating Ganesha

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Residential Tech Camp for Teens at Sedbergh

Sedbergh School, Sedbergh

Fire Tech Camp is one of the UK's leading providers of tech, code and making education, providing future-critical skills to young people. Children have a unique opportunity to go 'under the hood' of modern technology and create their own programs, games and custom-designed products. Using a project-based approach to learning, expert tutors are

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 21:30

Location: Sedbergh School, Station Road, Sedbergh, LA10 5HG

Occupational Therapy ‘Summer Sessions 2016'

Future Steps Consultancy, Darlington

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

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

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

Science Summer Camp

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Science Summer Camp is a five day event for 13 to 16 year olds, with the chance to do lots of exciting and cool stuff. Led by Life’s education team, participants will cover a range of fun topics, from astronomy to zoology. The sessions will make full use of Life’s resources including labs, the planetarium and Science Centre. There will also be

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

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

Little Bookworms

Palace Green Library, Durham

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing. Through fun crafts, interactive stories, messy play, singing, games and role play, toddlers and pre-school children will discover new skills and interests and have lots of fun. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 10:30-11:30

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

Alice in Wonderland

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Rhyme Around the World – A Nursery Rhyme Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

Bowlees Visitor Centre, Newbiggin in Teesdale

Artist led family craft sessions in which children with their parents will make crafts to take home and treasure. Sessions will include: Naturals wall art with Diane Cakebread Fairy jars with Dawn-Marie Belshaw Woolly Woodland with Anna Harding Nature print pottery with Lindsay Starborn Wire work garden ornaments with Kathryn Guy Booking

Category: Festival, Markets & Fetes
Dates:    Times: 10:30-12:00

Location: Bowlees Visitor Centre, Bowlees , Newbiggin in Teesdale, DL12 0XF

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

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

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

Hilarity Bites New Act Competition - The Final

Hole in the Wall, Darlington

Coming to Hole in the Wall in Darlington on June 27th 2016: In June and July 2016 the Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year competition returns, for the ninth year. Who will follow in the footsteps of Sam Gore, Andrew Ryan, Andy Fury, Matt Winning, David Stanier, Freddy Quinne, Jack Gleadow and Rob Mulholland to be named the winner of the

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30-22:30

Location: Hole in the Wall, 14-15 Horse Market, Darlington, DL1 5PT

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

Darlington Building Society, Darlington

by Julie McBean, Lisa Lamb, Kathy Liddle and Felicity Hacket

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Animal Inside Out: A Body Worlds Production

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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

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

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

Shaping the Body: Food, Fashion and Life

Castle Museum, York

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Limited Edition Prints by Norman Wade

Durham Cathedral, Durham

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

Rachel Gretton - Little Black Book

Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Thirsk

Specialising in kiln formed glass, Rachel Gretton’s new body of work reflects on relationships, communication and the use of language both spoken and unspoken. The act of penetrating glass forms with fragments of text is literally and metaphorically an act of vitrification, transforming the everyday speech that passes between us. Rachel has an

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

Location: Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS

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

Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War

Art Gallery, York

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00

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

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Brandreth Bears at Newby Hall

Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Ancient Lebanon

Oriental Museum, Durham

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

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

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

The English Rose - Feminine Beauty from Van Dyck to Sargent

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

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

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

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

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

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Celebrate Thread a Needle Day by exploring the Museum textile collection and be inspired to try some simple sewing in this drop in workshop. Suitable for children aged 5+, who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

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

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

Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front

Palace Green Library, Durham

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

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

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

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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