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Howard Jones

ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

An intimate evening of songs and stories with Howard Jones It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first burst upon the music scene with his quintessentially English songwriting, ...

Funny Way To Be Comedy with Barbara Nice

Scarth Hall, Staindrop

comedy's favourite character, housewife Barbara Nice, performs her new show ‘Raffle’. This critically acclaimed tip-top character comedy from Phoenix Nights actress Janice ...

Little Mix Summer Shout Out

Durham County Cricket Club, Emrites Riverside, Chester-le-Street

The gig at Durham County Cricket Club, Emirates Riverside, promises to be their biggest outdoor gig in the North East to date. Little Mix, who scored one of last year’s ...

Rod Stewart

Durham County Cricket Club, Chester-le-Street

ONE of the best-selling artists of all time has announced a date in County Durham – one of just two UK mainland concerts this year. Tickets will go on sale later this week ...

TJ Higgs

The Majestic Theatre, Darlington

The UK's foremost Psychic Medium With her natural, unique and accurate presentation, TJ is today firmly placed as the UK's foremost psychic medium and her broad appeal allows her to support private readings, live theatre appearances and events within the UK and internationally. As well as her appearances on Destiny TV, and ITV3's The X-tra

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:00-22:00

Location: The Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington, DL37JT

Sue Ferris Trio

Bishop Auckland Town Hall , Bishop Auckland

The Sue Ferris Trio Friday, Feb 24th 1pm £5 The lunchtime concert series kicks off with Sue Ferris sax and flute; accompanied by Giles Strong on guitar and Mick Shoulder on double bass. Expect a programme of swinging standards

Category: Music - Jazz & Blues Music
Dates:    Times: 13:00-14:00

Location: Bishop Auckland Town Hall , 9a Etherley Moor, Bishop Auckland, DL14 0JU

Fire and Ice, Myth and Legends

City Centre, Durham

This Durham event is like no other, so make sure you don’t miss out before the ice melts away. Sculptures and flaming beacons will light your way as you weave through the City, following an ice trail depicting infamous myths and legends. Get involved in our interactive displays, have a go at ice carving for yourself and enjoy as the elements

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

Location: City Centre, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Join Dr Howard Coutts, the Museum’s curator of ceramics, for a fascinating gallery about the current display, Dining with the Bowes in the 18th Century.

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 14:15

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

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Jay returns with a selection of wonderful creatures including tarantulas, snakes and scorpions! During this bookable workshop children will be able to handle the animals and learn interesting facts about these marvellous creatures before creating a meerkat bookmark to take home. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an

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

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

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Sage, Gateshead

BBC Radio’s multi award-winning antidote to panel games returns to the stage in 2017 with its sell out touring show. Join Barry Cryer, Tony Hawks, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jeremy Hardy and host Jack Dee for an unmissable evening of inspired nonsense. Colin Sell provides piano accompaniment.

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 15:00, 19:30

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

Monstersaurus

Sage, Gateshead

This brand new show from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants is monster-ously good! Follow the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters, but he has a problem – now he has made them all, what is he going to do with them?! This energetic show full of thrills, spills, magic and mayhem will

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

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

Black 'n' Blue + The Phil Davids Good Times Band

Cluny, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Both bands return to the Cluny following a successful gig last February when Gigs NE wrote - “The Cluny was alive with the sounds of funk, soul and rock ‘n’ roll as both The Phil David’s Good Time Band and Black ‘n’ Blue offered up crowd-pleasing sets. It was a night of popular covers which spanned generations; from the 50s right

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

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

Alexandra Hotel, Sunderland

in aid of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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

Location: Alexandra Hotel, Queen Alexandra Road, Sunderland, SR2 9PF

The Underground Man

Theatre Royal, York

A life of fascination, obsession and deep scientific curiosity. William John Cavendish Scott-Bentinck, the 5th Duke of Portland is an eccentric English aristocrat whose imagination and curiosity know no bounds. This deceptively simple man struggles to come to terms with a world that is teeming with new knowledge, ill-founded opinion and gossip.

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Durham City Centre, Durham

Looking for things to do this half term weekend in Durham? Look no further and join us on Friday 24th & Saturday 25th February as Fire&Ice InDurham makes its spectacular come back to the City following its success last year. This Durham event is like no other, so make sure you don’t miss out before the ice melts away. Sculptures and flaming

Category: Fireworks, Festivals & Outdoors
Dates:    Times: 10:00-18:00

Location: Durham City Centre, The Market Place, Durham, DH1 3NJ

The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond in North Yorks

Based on actual events which occurred in Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613, Shakespeare’s eldest daughter Susanna was publicly accused of having a sexual liaison with Rafe Smith, a married family friend. Despite a recanting by her accuser, Susanna sues him for slander in the court of Worcester Cathedral. Faced with political divisions

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

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

FREE Ice Rink at Feethams

Feethams, Darlington

Join us on the podium at Feethams Darlington this half term for our FREE ICE RINK! There will be music, food sampling from the restaurants at Feethams, exclusive offers and discounts and much much more. Pop along, don your skates (free skate hire!) and head onto the rink! Skate aids will also be supplied for the kids too. Opening times are as below

Category: Fireworks, Festivals & Outdoors
Dates:    Times: All day event. 12:00

Location: Feethams, Feethams, Darlington, DL1 5RD

Family Arts and Crafts

Head of Steam, Railway Museum, Darlington

Join us in February Half Term for fun arts and crafts for all the family. Included in admission and yearly passes.

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 13:00-15:00

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

Half-term arts and crafts

Sage, Gateshead

Come and join us on the Concourse for some crafty fun this February half term to keep little fingers busy! On until Feb 26 Suitable for all ages.

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Half-term fun at National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum, York

From steam rides behind Flying Scotsman to storytelling, we’ve got lots of hands-on fun for the whole family this February half term. Join in with Flying Scotsman model making, take a ride on the Miniature Railway and find out all about speedy locomotives in our exciting Need for Speed science show. On Feb 18-26

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Need for Speed science show

National Railway Museum, York

How are we able to travel so fast on trains and which famous locomotives have broken incredible speed records? All this and more in our fast paced interactive family science show: Need for Speed.

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 12:30, 14:15

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

Art Academy: Portraits and Personalities

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Be prepared to make new friends, get messy and have fun. Young artists will have the opportunity to explore our new exhibition Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck & the Artists’ Eye, featuring a self-portrait by Van Dyck as well as a range of historical and contemporary artists’ work. Learn how artists represent themselves through portraits, and

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

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

Let's play engine drive and guard

Stephenson Railway Museum, North Shields

Do you know or have a small budding train enthusiast at home? Capture their imagination by letting them create their own engine driver cap and guard flags at our museum

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

Location: Stephenson Railway Museum, Middle Engine Lane, North Shields, NE298DX

Tower House Gallery Art Exhibition

Tower House Gallery, Seaton Sluice

The Tower House Art Gallery has a regular group of artists and changing work by other artists. Until the end of February the gallery is featuring work by the children of Seaton Sluice First School with the themes of "Winter" and "Spring''.

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

Location: Tower House Gallery, Collywell Bay Road, Seaton Sluice, NE26 4QN

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Jay will return to The Bowes Museum with a selection of wonderful creatures including tarantulas, snakes and scorpions! During this bookable workshop children will be able to handle the animals and learn interesting facts about these marvellous creatures before creating some artwork to take home. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 10:00, 11:00, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30

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

Jorvik Life Trail and Meet a Viking

Yorkshire Museum, York

Follow the trail to find our seven Viking characters hidden around the museum. Look out for Erik, Thora, Snorri and more amongst our collection to uncover the Viking word and receive a prize! 50p per trail (admission applies), no need to book. See real Viking objects and hear the stories behind them from our resident ‘Viking’. Admission

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Yorkshire Museum, Museum Street, York, YO17FR

Funny Way To Be Comedy with Barbara Nice

Scarth Hall, Staindrop

comedy's favourite character, housewife Barbara Nice, performs her new show ‘Raffle’. This critically acclaimed tip-top character comedy from Phoenix Nights actress Janice Connolly is a playful, life-affirming show for all the family. With her enviable track record of garnering five star reviews and sell-out shows, Barbara Nice will put a

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Scarth Hall, Green, Staindrop, DL23LD

Animals and the Railways

Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon, Shildon

Come along to Locomotion this February half term and take part in our 'Animals and the Railways' activities. Why not buy one of our activity packs for just £1? Packs contain an animal mask to decorate, museum trail, pencil and certificate! Packs on sale daily between Tuesday February 21 and Sunday February 28. Whilst stocks last.

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

Location: Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon, Dale Road Industrial Estate, Shildon, DL4 2RE

Free foodie fun for kids this half term at intu Metrocentre!

intu Metrocentre, Gateshead

Fun, free cooking workshops are taking place at intu Metrocentre this half term! The shopping centre is running the daily cookery events for children during half term after asking local families how they most wanted to fill their free time. Cookery was chosen by classmates of intu Metrocentre's Heads of Fun Esther, age 10, a pupil at Lumley

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

Location: intu Metrocentre, intu Metrocentre, Gateshead, NE11 9YG

Unimagined Treasures – Curated by Mark Hearld

Art Gallery, York

The Upper North Gallery has been transformed to reflect one artist’s vision of a Lumber Room – a room of miscellaneous stored objects and artefacts. For the past two years, York-based artist Mark Hearld has been visiting the stores of the Yorkshire Museum and York Castle Museum as well as York Art Gallery researching the objects and artworks

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Tommy Bodkins:  military materials then and now

Green Howards Museum, Richmond in North Yorks

exhibition of work created and curated by Cleveland College of Art and Design (Hartlepool) student Rachel Fraser. The pieces in my collection are all related in some way to the museum and the army, where I’ve used jackets, weapons, badges, and the warning signs seen on the perimeter walls of the barracks themselves. Each one of these had an

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

Location: Green Howards Museum, Market Place, Richmond in North Yorks, DL10 4QN

Jorvik Viking Festival

All over York, York

Recognised as the largest Viking Festival in Europe, the annual JORVIK Viking Festival is a city-wide celebration of York’s Viking heritage Taking place every February Half Term, the festival’s programme of family-friendly events, lectures, guided walks and battle re-enactments attracts over 40,000 visitors each year from across the globe,

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

Location: All over York, York, York, YO1 1NF

Apples and Arsenic, half-term historic family fun

The Workhouse Museum, Ripon

Explore the smells and tastes of history in our fabulous family friendly activities this half term. Try your hand at baking, making concoctions, creating crafts, enjoying Punch and Judy shows, following fun trails and lots more… then take a closer look at our Victorian Workhouse and kitchen garden, one of the best preserved in England! - Bake

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 11:00-15:00

Location: The Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate, Ripon, HG41LE

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

d-FORMED : A personal Journey by Kev Howard

Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough

d-FORMED is an auto-biographical and highly personal series of visually striking photographs, comprising challenging and beautiful images that embody disability and the surgical experience. Surgery is what many disabled people often undergo over a lifetime to be able to function. It is a physically and emotionally painful experience, being

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS56LA

Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough

Enjoy making a beautiful flower wreath to decorate the house in time for spring.

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

Location: Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS56LA

Holly Hendry: Wrot

Baltic Centre, Gateshead

Holly Hendry (b. London, 1990) presents an entirely new body of work for her first solo exhibition in a UK institution. Using a variety of materials, from Jesmonite and plaster to foam, wood, steel and water-jet cut marble, she creates a geology of oozy forms peppered with comic elements, such as dog chew bones and spinning plaster teeth. She

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Baltic Centre, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE83BA

Magic Mike's Pirate Adventure

Pavilion Theatre, Whitby

Magic Mike returns to Whitby Pavilion during half term with a brand new show! Join Magic Mike, Captain Cus-Tard, Pirate Ria & the ship's crew in a hilarious adventure for the whole family! Magic, comedy, dancing, lots of audience participation & swashbuckling fun! Pirates at the ready! Shipmates required! Please come along in your pirate

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 14:00

Location: Pavilion Theatre, West Cliff, Whitby, YO213EN

Arts and Crafts for All

The Witham, Barnard Castle

This class is for people who want to create art work or crafts in their own style. Therefore, you should bring your own materials and Jane will give ideas and suggestions as to how you can improve your endeavours. Or, for anyone new to arts & crafts and with an itch for a new hobby, Jane will give ideas and inspiration. If you want to meet new

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 10:00-12:00

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

Lord of the Flies

People's Theatre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Presented by the Young People’s Theatre. When a group of youngsters survive an air-crash; the absence of adult supervision means the law of the jungle soon prevails.

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: People's Theatre, Stephenson's Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE65QF

Voodoo , Darlington

vinyl only and it's Soul, Funk, Acid Jazz, Disco and Hip Hop. Local B-Boys The Wreckheadz crew come down and drop some shapes on the dance floor. Always a good night and as it's in Voodoo, it's free entry (18+) and you can enjoy their amazing cocktails and Mexican food upstairs. A cracking night out!

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

Location: Voodoo , Skinnergate, Darlington, DL37LX

Hearts and Flowers: Half Term Fun!

Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

Say it with flowers every day of half term. Make paper flowers, decorate a plant pot, and plant seeds in your own mini garden.

Category: Classes, Courses & Workshops
Dates:    Times: 13:30-15:30

Location: Royal Pump Room Museum, Crown Place, Harrogate, HG1 2RY

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, York

There will be two trails themed around finding your way with a map and compass - one for younger visitors and a more challenging option for older children. Eden from Stories Alive will be here on Friday 24 & Saturday 25 February for free story sessions throughout the day - not to be missed.

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

RAFA Club, Bishop Auckland

live country music

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

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

Half Term - Washington Children’s Strike Commemorations

Beamish Open Air Museum, Stanley

It’s the year 1917 and sadly there are hungry children around the North-East and across the country. Agricultural workers are signing up for war, there is naval warfare and a poor harvest, all of which are contributing to food shortages and high prices in Britain, leaving children hungry and dramatically losing weight. Things are about to

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Family arts and crafts

Head of Steam, Railway Museum, Darlington

join us in half-term for fun arts and crafts for all the family.

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

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

Head of Steam, Railway Museum, Darlington

2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the closure of North Road Works after 103 years of making and repairing locomotives. The exhibition brings together those memories as well as a range of photographs of the Works.

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

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

284 Miles to Home – A Photographic Journey by Scott Read

Arts Centre, Washington

284 Miles to Home’ is a personal journey by Scott Read as he captured his first year (2016) in his new home of County Durham after following his heart North. “With this body of work I seek to evoke the sheer essence of what makes this region such a beautiful place to live, but in a way that was very much a personal voyage of discovery for

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Washington, NE388AB

Out There: Our Post-War Public Art

Bessie Surtees House, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Historic England presents 'Out There' - a celebration of England's fascinating yet forgotten national collection of public art. 'Out There' will shed light on the sculptures and structures created by pioneering artists between 1945 and 1985, long before the iconic Angel of the North was conceived. Many of these pieces have been lost, damaged, moved

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

Location: Bessie Surtees House, 41-44 Sandhill, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 3JF

The Courthouse, Thirsk

A heart-warming theatre show for young children. Pitschi lives with her cat family, Grandma Lisette and a dog called Bello on a farm high up in the Swiss Alps. She doesn’t much care for the rough and tumble and mischievous fun of kitten play and dreams of being something else – a chicken, perhaps, or a goat, or a bunny – for after all,

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 14:00

Location: The Courthouse, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS

Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Children’s TV stars Callum Donnelly, Richard Franks and Robin Hatcher are the stars of the popular hit CBeebies TV show ‘SPOTBOTS’ - they also currently join Justin Fletcher on the brand new series of ‘Justin’s House’ for lots of the usual crazy shenanigans! This hilarious trio (who are also the manic ‘Three Half Pints’) are

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 14:30

Location: Playhouse, Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay, NE261LZ

Murder, Margaret and Me

Theatre Royal, York

In the early sixties two national treasures were the creative force behind one of British cinema’s most successful franchises. But there’s an intriguing mystery behind the Miss Marple movies. They were almost never made... Agatha Christie didn’t want Margaret Rutherford to bring her most cherished creation to life. And Margaret Rutherford

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Cleveland Bay, Eaglescliffe

live music

Category: Music - Jazz & Blues Music
Dates:    Times: 21:00

Location: Cleveland Bay, Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, TS160JE

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

A journey through three centuries and increasingly distant parts of the world

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck and the Artist's Eye

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Inspired by the remarkably innovative style of Sir Anthony van Dyck's last self-portrait, acquired for the nation in 2014, this exhibition pairs the painting with stunning works by major artists of the 20th and 21st century. Like Van Dyck's self-portrait, the selected works offer the viewer direct eye-contact with a visionary artist, from David

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Social Club, Lanchester

live music

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

Location: Social Club, Newbiggen Lane, Lanchester, DH70PF

Darlington Building Society, Darlington

Christeen Redhead, Linda Coleby and Malcolm Short

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

KFAMoves Dance Exercise (60+)

The Dolphin Centre, Darlington

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

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

Location: The Dolphin Centre, Horsemarket, Darlington, DL15RP

Opening the Door: Discovering Durham University's Western Art Collection

Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Bishop Auckland

Durham University’s Western Art Collection contains a significant number of prints by leading artists and is one of the most important university collections of 20th and 21st century art in the UK. This exhibition explores the different printing techniques used by artists, from early methods of woodcut printing to more contemporary screen and

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

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

Magic Mosaics

Oriental Museum, Durham

Find out about mosaics in the ancient world and create your own unique design from glass tiles to take home. Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are included in normal admission prices and are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

Clayport Library, Durham

This Introduction to World Archaeology will provide a very general overview to the subject at an introductory level. Through the seven weeks we will discuss some of the terms and processes commonly used, and from our classroom investigate a variety of archaeological sites around the world, some of which may be familiar, some not so well known! 7

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

Location: Clayport Library, Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA

Paola Ciarska: I'm Finished But She Ain't

Gallagher and Turner, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Paola Ciarska revels, excites and rejoices in the unrestrained potential of imagination. Each miniature painting stars a solitary figure, often wielding a selfie-stick, living out a virtual fantasy from the comfort of her living room (or sometimes the kitchen bench).

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

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

Shunga: Japanese Woodblock Prints

Gallagher & Turner, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Literally translated, shunga means ‘pictures of spring’, a traditional euphemism for sex. These erotic works became popular in the 18th and 19th centuries and sought to express a varied world of contemporary sexual possibilities. They were likely enjoyed equally by men and women of all classes, depicting ordinary people with sensitivity and

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

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

Ruddigore

Tyne Theatre & opera House, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

The Newcastle University Gilbert and Sullivan Society (NUGSS) is one of the oldest student societies in the university, established in 1952. Each year the society performs one of the fourteen comic operas created by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. This year we are performing Ruddigore, a parody of Victorian melodrama featuring ghosts, curses,

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30-22:00

Location: Tyne Theatre & opera House, 109-119 Westgate Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE14AG

The Wedding Singer

Empire, Sunderland

It’s 1985. Hair is huge, greed is good and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart (Jon Robyns: Avenue Q, Legally Blonde) is New Jersey's favourite wedding singer. When his own fiancée dumps him at the altar a seriously bummed out Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Can sweet natured Julia, (Cassie Compton: X Factor) and her best

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Empire, High Street West, Sunderland, SR13EX

Curious About Durham

Starts: Durham Cathedral, Durham

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

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Hadaway Harry

Theatre Royal, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

A funny and poignant tribute about the life and times of Harry Clasper, the greatest ever North East sportsman. Harry Clasper, the first Geordie sporting superstar; the man The Blaydon Races was written for. Rowing was the sport of the working class before football came along. Harry was known nationally as a champion and an innovator. When

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Newcastle University Gilbert & Sullivan Society present: Ruddigore

Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

The Newcastle University Gilbert and Sullivan Society (NUGSS) is one of the oldest student societies in the university, established in 1952. Each year the society performs one of the fourteen comic operas created by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. This year we are performing Ruddigore, a parody of Victorian melodrama featuring ghosts, curses,

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: Tyne Theatre & Opera House, 109-119 Westgate Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE14AG

Northern Portraits by Aidan Doyle, Charlie Parker and Steve Lyon-Bowes

Arts Centre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Three artists have joined together to showcase their distinctive approaches to portraiture. The exhibition will include original pieces by local artists Aidan Doyle, Charlie Parker, and Steve Lyon-Bowes. Doyle and Lyon-Bowes are regular tutors for Newcastle Arts Centre and will be running a series of art courses following the exhibition opening.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE11SG

Sponge

Gala Theatre, Durham

Sponge is about all things spongy: a child’s ability to soak things up like a sponge, a nice piece of cake or the squashy, squishy texture that fascinates children and adults alike. Infused with audience participation and improvisation, multi-sensory experiences and happy hearted inclusivity, Sponge is a fabulously kitsch adventure into the 1970s

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

Location: Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH11WA

The Horne Section

Gala Theatre, Durham

Following their hit BBC Radio 4 series, and many years of sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London’s West End, don’t miss everyone’s favourite Dictionary Corner regulars on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and the first band to ever host Never Mind The Buzzcocks! Expect a heady mix of spontaneous stand-up, spectacular

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 20:00

Location: Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH11WA

Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

Following on from last year’s highly successful show, The Magic Lives On is a new compilation of forty musical numbers from a century of Broadway shows featuring songs from old favourites such as Camelot, Carousel and South Pacific, through to the more modern Cabaret, Chicago and Spamalot, and includes seven of the most requested songs from the

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

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

The Forum Music Centre, Darlington

Man Machine ( A Tribute To Kraftwerk) Liquid Engineers ( Tribute to Gary Numan)

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 19:30

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

Little Theatre, Gateshead

Two couples have been out celebrating an anniversary. Returning to the home of one of the couples, they discover it has been burgled – and apparently the culprit is still on the premises! Or is he? A comedy thriller from the pen of one of our most reliable writers.

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:15-21:30

Location: Little Theatre, 1-4 Saltview Way, Gateshead, NE84JS

Kings of Leon

MetroRadio Arena, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

The multi-platinum selling band will release their highly anticipated seventh studio album ‘WALLS’ on October 14th (tomorrow) through Columbia Records. The Grammy Award winning group decided to return to their recording roots in Los Angeles and worked with famed producer Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Florence + the Machine). The album

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: MetroRadio Arena, Arena Way, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE47NA

Jane Eyre

Forum Theatre, Billingham

A faithful and haunting retelling of the Charlotte Bronte classic, this musical captures the full emotional force of the iconic original novel, appealing equally to those already familiar with “Jane Eyre” and to anyone experiencing the story for the first time. Sweeping melodies enhance this Gothic romance while the sparkling dialogue and

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham, TS232LJ

Gerard Hobson exhibition

Arts Centre, Old Meeting House, Helmsley

Since childhood Gerard Hobson has had a love for birds, animals and art. His love of wildlife saw him qualify as a zoologist from Bangor University in 1984 and then worked for a couple of years for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust as a botanist. Following relocating up north, Gerard worked for Yorkshire Wildlife and continued to develop his work on a

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Arts Centre, Old Meeting House, Helmsley, Helmsley, YO625DW

Bones: Skeleton Secrets of the Animal World

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

The animal world is full of questions and bones can help us find the answers. An enormous collection of animal skeletons on show for 2017’s must-see family-friendly exhibition. From itty-bitty bats to whopping whales, bones are the hidden keys to how animals move, survive and evolve over time. Join us on an interactive journey through

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Companion Pieces

Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Making Friends! Half term crafts

Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

Drop in to the gallery and try some crafts with a friendship theme, we’ll be making friendship bracelets and paper crafts – bring a friend and work together too! Drop in activities for families, no need to book. £3 per child

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 10:00-12:00

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

ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

This annual festival offers the widest selection of quality ales. From fruity and fresh, malty and smooth to dark and bitter, there is a taste to please even the most discerning drinker. From Thursday, February 23 (until Saturday, February 25)

Category: Festival, Markets & Fetes
Dates:    Times: 18:30

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

ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

Comedy? At a Beer Festival? Truly a magnificent thing! Catch 22 gets stuck into the real ales this month, with the mighty fine Jason Cook hosting a brilliant double-headline night starring Phil Nichol and Adam Rowe.

Category: Comedy
Dates:    Times: 20:00

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

Isabel Alexander: Artist and Illustrator

The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

Isabel Alexander (1910-1996), artist and illustrator, has been described by admirers as ‘the English Georgia O’Keeffe.’ This first major Yorkshire retrospective of her life's work, featuring over 50 prints, paintings and drawings, reveals the lifetime in art of an artist who is worthy of greater recognition. Alexander trained at the Slade

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00

Location: The Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SA

Chuffing Contraptions

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

In this new Science Theatre show we explore engineering and technology from the industrial revolution to the present day. Engineers fix problems (and often find new ones). Join us as we discover some of the ingenious fixes to tricky problems by making engines and other contraptions to do the work and make things go. This show has been developed by

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

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

Is there anybody out there?

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Could there be life on other worlds in our solar system, or even beyond it? With space so vast and planets and moons so numerous how do we go about looking for life? Find out in Life’s newest planetarium show. Recommended suitable for ages 7+. From Friday, February 10 (until March 31)

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

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

Seeing the Universe in all its light – an exhibition showcasing the ‘big telescopes family’

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

This touring exhibition focuses on the world of modern astronomy through telescopes that the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Royal Astronomical Society support around the world. See scale models including the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) antenna, the

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

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

Brick History

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Life Science Centre will be home to a host of intricate historical models, all of which have been made from scratch using LEGO® bricks. This new exhibition will span the whole of human history – picking out the key highlights – to show how mankind has progressed over the years, from the pre-historic era to modern day. Visitors can marvel at

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

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

North East LEGO® Landmarks

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Local LEGO® builder Steve Mayes has been busy building LEGO® versions of some of the North East’s favourite landmarks. See his collection at Life, including, BALTIC, Angel of the North and the International Centre for Life – a specially commissioned new model on show for the first time. Please note - LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of

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

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

England u20 v Italy u20

The Northern Echo Arena, Darlington

International rugby is returning to The Northern Echo Arena

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 19:45-22:00

Location: The Northern Echo Arena, Northern Echo Arena, Darlington, DL2 1DL

BEASTS!

Durham Cathedral, Durham

An exhibition of the weird and wonderful beasts and monsters which have fascinated people from earliest times. From illustrations of lions and dragons in medieval manuscripts, to early printed books of natural history which feature sea serpents and wyverns alongside images of the rhinoceros or giraffe, and the ‘evidence’ presented to prove the

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

Romance and Roses

The Witham, Barnard Castle

At a time of the year when people are turning their attention to matters of the heart, Romance and Roses is an exhibition that draws upon artists' interpretations of love and romance. Romance and Roses is an exhibition that draws upon artists' interpretations of love and romance. From a depiction of a quiet walk in the woods, a last Rolo, a

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

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

Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

Louise Mackenzie is a UK based artist creating installation, sculpture, performance, sound and film works. With a focus on living material, she is interested in the relationships between medium, sound, image and text, attempting to find ways in which these can be connected to produce unexpected results. Her installation, The Stars Beneath Our

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Romance and Roses

The Witham, Barnard Castle

At a time of the year when people are turning their attention to matters of the heart, Romance and Roses is an exhibition that draws upon artists' interpretations of love and romance. Romance and Roses is an exhibition that draws upon artists' interpretations of love and romance. From a depiction of a quiet walk in the woods, a last Rolo, a

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

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

Martin Carthy & John Kirkpatrick in concert

Reeth Memorial Hall, Reeth

Martin Carthy (folk guitarist/singer) & John Kirkpatrick (squeezebox virtuoso/singer) are long-time collaborators from John’s Morris tunes album Plain Capers through Steeleye Span to Brass Monkey. Their enduring enjoyment of playing together shines through in their performances – warm, natural and charismatic. Martin `Arguably the greatest

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

Location: Reeth Memorial Hall, Arkengarthdale Road, Reeth, DL116QT

Dressed to Impress: netsuke and Japanese men's fashion

Oriental Museum, Durham

A British Museum exhibition featuring a selection of delightfully detailed netsuke and other traditional Japanese male dress accessories. Netsuke is the Japanese art of miniature sculpture. Originally a practical piece of dress, during the Edo Period (1615-1868 CE) these carvings evolved into an important art form in Japan. Museums often

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

Fabricating Histories: An Alternative 19th Century

Discovery Museum, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

The story of our 19th century inventors and pioneers is all around us, but with so many experiments, ideas and notions jostling for position, history could have lurched off on a tangent at any moment and become very different. What if Brunel had graced Sunderland with a vast suspension bridge, or Lovelace & Babbage had computerised the 1840s?

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration, and the everyday

Palace Green Library, Durham

Hearing a voice in the absence of any speaker is one of the most unusual, complex, and mysterious aspects of human experience. Typically regarded as a symptom of severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia, voice-hearing is increasingly recognized as an important part of many people’s lives and experience, as well as a phenomenon that has had

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

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

 ‘The best words in the best order’ - Poetry in Durham and the North East

Palace Green Library, Durham

Contemplating the story of poetry in the north east, this exhibition takes an inspired look at the connections between poetry and life. Originally shown at Woodhorn, this exhibition is influenced by the Northern Poetry Library and Palace Green Library collections. Located in Northumberland and Durham, the libraries are both important archives and

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

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

The Musicians of Bremen

The Witham, Barnard Castle

A musical adventure for children aged 3-7 years. A highly visual show, with puppetry, live music, circus and movement. Created in 2005 by Artistic Director Hayli Clifton, French company Compagnie Animotion has a record of high quality, outstanding visual performance with five children’s shows, one street show and one aerial and contemporary

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 14:00

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

Health and Arts in South Bank

Saabat Gallery, South Bank

A peer led art group for folk who may be, or know someone who is affected from feelings of isolation, low self esteem or lack of confidence. Through engagement with various arts and crafts we challenge these feelings and change the way a person views themselves. You don't have to be great at art to benefit from an art group, people come for a

Category: Charity Groups
Dates:    Times: 10:00-16:00

Location: Saabat Gallery, Normanby Road , South Bank, ts6 6ph

Age UK County Durham, Durham

If you have a laptop or tablet and you aren’t sure how to use it, then Age UK County Durham may be able to help. Free consultations and short IT taster sessions are beginning at their new premises at 68 North Rd, Durham on Friday mornings. Booking essential. Contact George on 0191 3746568 Regards

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

Location: Age UK County Durham, 68 North Road, Durham, DH1 4SQ

The Jarrow Crusade: Marching into History

Museum and Art Gallery, South Shields

Marking the Jarrow Crusade’s 80th anniversary, this exhibition brings new light to a legendary event that captured the imagination of a nation. The march illustrated the plight of the people of Jarrow, whose shipyard had closed and where government, the banks and employers blocked plans for a new steelworks. As the local Member of Parliament

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Museum and Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JA

Sleeping Beauty

The Majestic Theatre, Darlington

Tom Rolfe Productions proudly presents a brand new panto full of family fun at the newly refurbished Majestic Theatre in Darlington during February half term starring Coronation Street's Steven Arnold as King 'Ashley', hilarious duo Double Trouble as Muddles and Oddjob, top panto dame Mervyn Francis as Nurse Nellie and Hollyoaks star Andy Mcguire

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: The Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington, DL37JT

In the Image of the Other: Visualising a British-Himalayan Town, Shimla

Oriental Museum, Durham

Shimla is the capital of the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It was the summer capital of British India from 1864-1947. The British built Shimla as their ‘little version of England’ and, by extension, of Britain itself. Today, Shimla is a hugely popular destination for tourists from all over the world, and its status as an

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

Flesh

Art Gallery, York

Human and animal, alive and dead, familiar and strange; this major exhibition will explore how artists represent flesh in their work. Paintings by artists including, Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas, Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin, Circle of Rembrandt and Francis Bacon will show how the body and flesh have long been subject to intense scrutiny by

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Various Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesborough, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Skinnypigs® women’s fitness class established in 2010 has fast become the largest independent fitness provider in the North East and has drastically changed the lives of over 30,000+ women! It is the phenomenal women’s fitness toning and weight loss class that everyone is talking about! It uses a selection of fun training styles designed to

Category: Sport & Fitness
Dates:    Times: 06:00-21:00

Location: Various Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesborough, Various Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesborough, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE3 3RU

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Join Dr Howard Coutts, the Museum’s curator of ceramics, who will focus on the current display, Dining with the Bowes in the 18th Century.

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 14:15

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

The Allure of Napoleon

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Featuring outstanding artworks held in the Museum’s collection, the display will offer the opportunity to learn more about the Founders’ interest in Napoleon and his times. It will also the celebrations for the 125th anniversary of The Bowes Museum in 2017.

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Sunny Afternoon

Grand Opera House, York

Sunny Afternoon, the sensational smash hit West End musical rocks York 2017. Step into swinging 60s Britain and discover how The Kinks found their definitive sound that rocked a nation. Step into swinging 60s Britain and discover how The Kinks found their definitive sound that rocked a nation and influenced generations. Feel the euphoric highs

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30-22:10

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



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