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Lord of the Flies

Theatre Royal, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

William Golding’s 20th century classic Lord of the Flies explodes onto the stage in a remarkable production direct from London’s award-winning Regent’s Park Theatre, creators ...

New Inventors: DIY Synth Kit Workshop

Discovery Museum, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Fancy trying your hand at electronics or learning what it takes to build designs from scratch? DIY Synth Kit Workshop (suitable for ages 12–14) Interested in creating ...

The Black Portraits

Discovery Museum, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

This exhibition features Paul Piercy's striking portraits in black impasto oil paint. The portraits document some of the bravest human rights activists from around the world. ...

Ryley Walker with Danny Thompson

The Band Room, Kirkbymoorside

Singer-songwriter Ryley Walker plays guitar like Bert Jansch and sings like Tim Buckley, yet has a musical style that’s all his own. Still only in his mid-twenties, he’s well ...

Yorvik Viking Festival

all over York, York

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

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

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

One Enchanted Evening with Anna Reay

Sage, Gateshead

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an intimate evening of music and romance with the breathtaking sound of Anna Reay and her band along with special guests. With an enviable vocal range and engaging personality, Newcastle-born Anna Reay has travelled the world showcasing her unique talent. Following her recent tour across Italy this year, she is

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

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

Black Dyke Band

Sage, Gateshead

In 1816 Peter Wharton founded a brass and reed band in the Yorkshire village of Queenshead – later to become Queensbury. John Foster, apart from being the founder of Black Dyke Mills, played French Horn in this band. It has been said on many occasions that Black Dyke was formed from it; however this is not strictly true, as Peter Wharton’s band

Category: Music - Classical & Opera
Dates:    Times: 14:00

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

Tom Wood: New Work

Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 14:00-17:00

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

RSPB Saltholme, Middlesbrough

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

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

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

Castle Museum, York

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

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

The Quaker House, Darlington

live jazz music

Category: Music - Jazz & Blues Music
Dates:    Times: 17:30

Location: The Quaker House, 2-3 Mechanics Yard, Darlington, DL37QF

Crazy about creatures

Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

Get your hands on live creatures at our animal handling session on Valentine’s Day with our Animal Antics friends. You can also make a Valentine cards to give to your loved ones too.

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

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

The Tube

Discovery Museum, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

The Black Portraits

Discovery Museum, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Passion

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

Join us in this arts & crafts session where you will make a felt heart, scented with rose and decorated with gems – the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for someone special.

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

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

Curious About Newcastle?

Newcastle City Centre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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

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

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

Town Hall, Helmsley

bric a brac, clothing etc

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

Location: Town Hall, Meeting House Court, Helmsley, YO625DW

Bonny Moorhen, Stanhope

live music

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

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

Market Tavern, Chester-le-Street

live music

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

Location: Market Tavern, South Burns, Chester-le-Street, DH33EZ

Vigilant Inn, South Shields

live music

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

Location: Vigilant Inn, Sunderland Road, South Shields, NE346AE

coach picks up on Teesside, Stockton-on-Tees

three walks finishing at Richmond

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: coach picks up on Teesside, Stockton, Stockton-on-Tees, TS11 1NF

STEEL

Palace Arts Gallery, Redcar

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

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

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

Smugglers Bar, Sunderland

live music

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

Location: Smugglers Bar, Marine Walk, Sunderland, SR60PL

Noise Next Tour comes to Darlington!

Seen, Darlington

Cheeky chaps The Noise Next Door have extended their current UK tour to 2016 with an extra 26 dates added! Starting on 15th January at the Cambridge Junction and culminating on 7th April at the Aldershot West End Centre this is part of their third tour, entitled 'Noise in The Hood'. Selling out all their tours and Edinburgh Fringe runs for seven

Category: Comedy
Dates:    Times: 20:00-23:00

Location: Seen, Beaumont Street, Darlington, DL15SX

Centre for Local Studies at Darlington Library, Darlington

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

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

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

Cleveland Ramblers

layby on A172 between Swainby/Ingleby Cross, Swainby

six to eight miles

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 13:30

Location: layby on A172 between Swainby/Ingleby Cross, Swainby, Swainby, TS17 0BY

Hambleton Ramblers

Market Cross, Northallerton

Five and a half miles, an easy walk from Nunnington to Harome across fields

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 09:00

Location: Market Cross, High Street, Northallerton, DL78LN

Yorkshire Museum, York

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

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Yorkshire Museum, Museum Street, York, YO17FR

Cattle & Cane

The Garden Rooms, Tennants, Leyburn

Hailing from Middlesbrough, this family band have racked up over one million plays on Spotify and have performed at venues such as 'T In The Park', with each venue they perform at selling out. Their debut album 'Home' was released on September 14th 2015 and after taking five years to write, you know it is going to be amazing. “Surely one of

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 19:30-21:00

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

Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Bishop Auckland

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Inspired By Gallery, Danby

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Inspired By Gallery, Danby

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

La Traviata

St Brandon's Church, Brancepeth, Brancepeth

Semi-staged production of Verdi's masterpiece - La Traviata

Category: Music - Classical & Opera
Dates:    Times: 15:30-17:30

Location: St Brandon's Church, Brancepeth, Main Street, Brancepeth, DH78DF

Making Sense

Customs House, South Shields

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

This Is Me

Customs House, South Shields

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Polar Explorers

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Dinomania Trail

Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland

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

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Sunderland Art Club

Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Mould

National Glass Centre, Sunderland

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Valentine's Hearts

National Glass Centre, Sunderland

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

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

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

Verdi's LA TRAVIATA

St Brandon's Church, Brancepeth

Opera Nova presents a semi-staged performance of Verdi's iconic La Traviata starring Mary Coffield as Violetta, Alan Phelps as Alfredo and Bill Lewis as Giorgio Germont. A tragic love story Verdi brings to life some of the most powerful characters in opera. Supported by the excellent Opera Nova Chorus this production is not to be missed. A real

Category: Music - Classical & Opera
Dates:    Times: 15:30-17:30

Location: St Brandon's Church, Brancepeth, Brancepeth, DH7 8DF

Just One Spark

Beamish Open Air Museum, Stanley

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

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

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

Richmondshire RA

Nun's Close car park, Richmond in North Yorks

12 mile mystery St Valentines day walk

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 09:00

Location: Nun's Close car park, Hurgil Road, Richmond in North Yorks, DL104UN

Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

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

Darlington Building Society, Darlington

by Marlene Barron, Felicity Hacket and Greta J Coates

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Royal Hall, Harrogate

a great night out

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Royal Hall, Ripon Road, Harrogate, HG12RD

Passion

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

Join us in this arts & crafts session where you will make a felt heart, scented with rose and decorated with gems – the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for someone special. Recommended for age 3+ This is a drop-in event. Free with admission to the Castle. Adults £6, Concessions £5 Under 16's free

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

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

February half term

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, York

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

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

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

Bulb planting bonanza

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, York

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

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

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

From Earth to the Universe

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 11:00-18:00

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

Soth Gosforth Social Club, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

An evening of romantic music from a fabulous six piece band performing the music of the swing era of the 1920s,30s and 40s with tunes by such great songwriters as Irving Berlin,George Gershwin,Cole Porter,Hoagey Carmichael,Sammy Cahn and many more.Also some musical surprises along the way........So come along and listen to....... For advance

Category: Music - Jazz & Blues Music
Dates:    Times: 19:30-23:00

Location: Soth Gosforth Social Club, Laburnum Cottage,Percy Terrace, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE3 1RS

Brita Granström: Love Letters

Gallagher and Turner, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Love is in the Air

Palace Green Library, Durham

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

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

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

Darlington Ramblers

outside Queen Elizabeth College, Darlington

Seven easy miles of field paths to High Force and return. No dogs

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 09:30

Location: outside Queen Elizabeth College, Vane Terrace, Darlington, DL37AU

The Journey - Paintings by Chris Graham

Arts Centre, Washington

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Washington, NE388AB

The Station, Richmond in North Yorks

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Gala Theatre, Durham

Join Sid from CBeebies as he sets out on a heroic quest to find out where in the world his favourite socks and shoes have to go – share in the adventure at the bottom of the sea, deep in the jungle or floating in outer space. Meet some funny characters and discover plenty of surprises in this interactive show crammed with games, songs, poems

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 14:00

Location: Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH11WA

Colliery Club, Easington

live music

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

Location: Colliery Club, Seaside Lane, Easington, SR83JZ

Art Collection

The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Iceland - Before and After

Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Civic Centre, Gateshead

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

On the Threshold II: Formal Presence

Oriental Museum, Durham

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH13TH

Youth Arts Exhibition

Arts Centre, Washington

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00

Location: Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Washington, NE388AB

Hutton Rudby, Hutton Rudby

Choice of two circular walks of approx. 6 & 9 miles at Hutton Rudby. Call 01642 764961 for details

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 10:30

Location: Hutton Rudby, Village Hall, Hutton Rudby, TS15 0ES

Newton Aycliffe Youth and Community Centre, Newton Aycliffe

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

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

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

Museum of Glass

National Glass Centre, Sunderland

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

Stephs Rock Bar, Consett

BUSKERS GIG

Category: Music - Rock & Pop
Dates:    Times: 16:00-19:00

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

The Drifters

Empire, Sunderland

Following on from the success of their recent tours, the current line up brings you the Rebranded Tour 2015 defining the evolution of the phenomenal story of the Drifters, through its music from the past to the present. This high energy show brings many of the greatest hits Under The Boardwalk, Saturday Night At The Movies, Up On The Roof, Kissin

Category: Theatre
Dates:    Times: 19:30

Location: Empire, High Street West, Sunderland, SR13EX

Quiltscapes and Quiltine by Pauline Burbidge

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

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

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

Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS56LA

Skating@Life

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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

Category: Fireworks, Festivals & Outdoors
Dates:    Times: 11:00-18:00

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

Props North-East

Durham Cathedral, Durham

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

An exhibition of the work of Ewan Anderson

Durham Cathedral, Durham

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: All day event.

Location: Durham Cathedral, City Centre, Durham, DH13EH

Curious About Harrogate?

Starts: Valley Gardens , Harrogate

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

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

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

Curious About Durham?

Starts: Durham Cathedral, Durham

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

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

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

Northern Soul A Photographic Journey

Hartlepool Art Gallery, Hartlepool

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

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

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

York Minster, York

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

Category: Walks
Dates:    Times: 09:00

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

Crab Walk

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00

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

Plots and Spangles

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

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

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

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

Happy Feet - Mumble's Wild Ride

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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

Category: Arts and Museums
Dates:    Times: 11:00-18:00

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

Wonderful World of Wine 8-week Course in York

Hotel du Vin, York

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

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

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

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

Seen, Darlington

Coming to Hilarity Bites at Seen in Darlington on February 14th 2016: The Noise Next Door: Noise In The Hood The unstoppable comedy juggernaut that is The Noise Next Door are turning up the volume for their third national tour! “Hilarious ... a superior kind of chaos” - The Telegraph “Comedy gold” - The Guardian To buy

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

Location: Seen, Beaumont Street, Darlington, DL15SX

Robert Mapplethorpe

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

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

Category: Exhibitions
Dates:    Times: 10:00

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

Naughty Monsters in the Sky

Centre for Life, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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

Category: Kids
Dates:    Times: 10:00

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

Coastival 2016

Scarborough Spa, Scarborough

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

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

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

Painting with Rainbows – A Michael Foreman Exhibition

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

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

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

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



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