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Moving Dance Tribute to the North East’s Heritage, Stairwall – The Things We Find by Esther Huss, Reinvigorates Industrial Communities


Dance,Theatre,What's On,Art

Inspired by the notion of ‘almost too serious’, Stairwall - The Things We Find, is a playful exchange of dance, visual art, and music, which holds the beauty of the North East, and the stories communities offer at its core.


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Celebrate the Festive Season with the Tyne Theatre and Opera House!


Theatre,Adults,Family,What's On

Coming to a show Tyne Theatre and Opera House is a great way to kick-start your Christmas – and you’ll be spoilt for choice. From Panto to Ballet, from crafting to music, the Theatre has something for everyone.


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An Incredible Line-Up of Shows as The Tyne Theatre and Opera House Heads Into its Autumn Season


Theatre,Adults,Music,Family,What's On

Tyne Theatre and Opera House are heading into their busiest season, with a programme packed full of incredible shows covering music, comedy, theatre, in conversation, family and more!


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TEN DAYS OF TERROR LINED UP FOR FEAR ON THE WEAR…


Museums,Outdoors,Adults,Family,What's On,Festival

A TERRIFYING programme of spooky events, ghostly going-ons and frightening films will ensure that Halloween is celebrated in real style in Sunderland.


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MASTER SPANISH MAGICIAN ADDEDTO THE SOUTH TYNESIDE INTERNATIONAL MAGIC FESTIVAL LINE UP…


Outdoors,Theatre,Adults,Family,What's On,Festival

ONE of the most respected names in international magic has joined the line-up at this year’s South Tyneside International Magic Festival.


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MARK HARRISON BRINGS THE BLUES TO SUNDERLAND…


Museums,Music,What's On

AN evening of folk and blues is in store for music lovers at Sunderland’s oldest – and newest - event space.


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Tickets Released for Carols of Light at Durham Cathedral


Outdoors,Adults,Music,Family,Heritage,What's On

Sunderland AFC’s official charity, the Foundation of Light has announced that tickets for the magnificent Carols of Light at Durham Cathedral have gone on sale today priced from £25.


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Incredible Early Bird Ticket Offer to UK’s Biggest Outdoor Live Theatre Experience


Outdoors,Theatre,Adults,Family,Heritage,What's On

Kynren – An Epic Tale of England returns to its spectacular Bishop Auckland stage in County Durham for 2023 with an extended run and an extra special offer for early bird bookings.


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STACK AND HADRIAN’S TIPI SET TO RETURN …


Outdoors,Adults,Music,Food and drink,What's On

A PLAN to create a pop-up STACK which will be in place for a year is being submitted to Newcastle City Council for planning permission this week (30 Sept).


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International Artist to Display Work for Christmas at Gibside 2022


Outdoors,Adults,Family,What's On,Art

Festive light artworks will immerse visitors in the Christmas trail at the National Trust's Gibside estate, near Gateshead, between 1 December 2022 and 1 January 2023.


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HOTEL MAKES TREATS A PRIORITY FOR ITS CLUB MEMBERS…


Uncategorized,Adults,Food and drink,Heritage,What's On

A top North East hotel has unveiled the latest tranche of treats for those signed up to its Priority Club.


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MASTER CHEF OF GREAT BRITAIN LAUNCHES NEW MENU AT LUMLEY CASTLE…


Uncategorized,Adults,Food and drink,Family

The elite head chef at one of the North East’s most renowned hotels is showcasing his skill and experience with a new, fine dining menu.


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YOU SHALL HAVE A FISHY ON A LITTLE DISHY, AT THE ANGLERS ARMS…


Uncategorized,Outdoors,Adults,Food and drink,What's On

GUESTS at a historic Northumbrian coaching inn can not only stay for dinner – they can also catch it.


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Red Ladder Theatre Company’s ‘My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored’ Nominated for 3 Black British Theatre Awards


Theatre,Heritage,What's On

Red Ladder Theatre Company’s production of My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored, written by Nana-Kofi Kufuor, has received three nominations for The Black British Theatre Awards (BBTA’s), including, Outstanding Performance in a Play for Misha Duncan-Barry, Best Director for Dermot Daly and Best Production for Red Ladder Theatre Company. The play is a gripping portrayal of racial identity and Black British experiences.


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Festival of Thrift Bids Fond Farewell to Kirkleatham After Tenth Anniversary Event


Uncategorized,Dance,Outdoors,Theatre,Music,Family,Heritage,What's On,Art,Festival

Thousands of visitors flocked to this year’s Festival of Thrift as it marked a decade of delivering its nationally-recognised celebration of sustainable living.


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Tyne Theatre & Opera House Celebrates 155 Years with a Fresh New façade!


Theatre,Heritage,What's On

Tyne Theatre and Opera House is celebrating its 155-year anniversary on 23rd September 2022. One of the ways the Theatre is celebrating, is through a lovely new façade revamp – it was time for a bit of a facelift! Canopy cleaning, fresh painting and beautiful new signing provided by Ellis Signs has left the Theatre is very pleased with the sparkling result.


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REVIEW: Psycho Path @ Lintz Hall Farm


Uncategorized,Outdoors,Adults,What's On,Festival

Blood-thirsty pirates, creepy clowns and corn mazes, Psycho Path returns this year with a whole host of frights for everyone to enjoy!


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REVIEW: Blood Brothers @ Sunderland Empire


Theatre,Adults,Family,What's On,Art

A rollercoaster of emotion was felt by the audience at Sunderland Empire last night after opening night of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers.


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AUTUMN FAYRE AT SEVENTEEN NINETEEN…


Museums,Adults,Family,What's On,Art,Festival

Sunderland’s history and culture are set to be celebrated in a two-day festival at one of the city’s most interesting venues.


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A Joyful Weekend of Art, Music, Dancing and Tips for Thrifty Living as Festival of Thrift Celebrates Ten Years


Uncategorized,Museums,Outdoors,Family,What's On,Festival

The weekend like no other that is Festival of Thrift is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a packed programme as diverse, entertaining and inspiring as ever on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September.


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Cast Announced for Alan Harris’ Sugar Baby at Alphabetti Theatre


Theatre,Comedy,Adults,What's On

This September, Alphabetti presents a charming comedy caper from critically acclaimed writer Alan Harris. Harris is a Welsh playwright and screenwriter who wrote The Left Behind for BBC Three in 2019, which won the BAFTA for Best Single Drama


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Speakers Revealed as ‘Countdown’ to the 10th Anniversary of Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival Begins


Uncategorized,Adults,Family,What's On,Festival

Countdown’s Suzie Dent, the 8th Earl of Harewood David Lascelles, Antiques Roadshow expert Ronnie Archer-Morgan, veteran broadcaster Peter Snow and former President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale, are amongst the guest speakers headlining at the special 10th anniversary year of Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival 2022.


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INNSiDE NEWCASTLE TO GIVE AWAY 50 FREE PLACES TO YOGA CLASS AT THE QUAYSIDE HOTEL


Uncategorized,Adults,What's On

Earlier this year, INNSiDE Newcastle, part of Meliá Hotels International, launched INNSiDER Wellness - a new wellness series in collaboration with Newcastle-based yoga studio Yoga Therapies.


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STYLISH CELEBRATIONS AT NORTH EAST MENSWEAR STORE…


Uncategorized,Adults,Heritage,What's On

A NORTH EAST menswear company is celebrating the success of its newest store, one year after opening.


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UNWIND AND REJUVENATE AT A YOGA RETREAT DAY …


Uncategorized,Outdoors,Adults,Food and drink,What's On

A stress busting day of rest and relaxation is taking place this weekend (Sunday 18 Sept) at a leading North East wellness venue.


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MARTIN KEMP BRINGS PURE GOLD TO THE FED…


Dance,Adults,Music,What's On

LOVERS of one of the greatest music periods in UK history can turn back the clock this month (Sept) when a member of an iconic band turns DJ.


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REVIEW: Rock of Ages @ Sunderland Empire


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If 80’s rock music and comedy is your thing, Rock of Ages delivers them both in harmony!


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FAMILY PRIDE RETURNS TO OUSEBURN FOR ITS SECOND YEAR: POSTPONED


Outdoors,Theatre,Family,Festival

A NORTH EAST, family-friendly event celebrating the LGBTQ+ community is planned to return to Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley on Sunday 18 September.


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TECH TALENT TO BE PART OF SUNDERLAND BUSINESS FESTIVAL…


Uncategorized,What's On,Festival

ONE of the North East’s biggest tech careers, jobs and skills events is to return after joining forces with a major recruitment event being held in Sunderland this October.


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THE BRIDGES PREPARES WELCOME PARTY FOR SUNDERLAND STUDENTS…


Uncategorized,Adults,What's On,Festival

A NIGHT of bargains, giveaways, entertainment and sampling is planned to welcome students to Sunderland.


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RAMSIDE HALL HOTEL CREATES ITS OWN LOVE NEST…


Uncategorized,Outdoors,Adults

LOVEBIRDS can now tie the knot in an intimate treetop ceremony, in a luxurious room with a view.


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Find Out About Town’s History at Heritage Festival


Family,Heritage,What's On,Festival

The public has the opportunity to find out more about the history of a County Durham community as a heritage festival returns this autumn.


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Budding Actors Set to Star in Brassed Off at Gala Durham


Theatre,Family,Heritage,What's On,Art

Talented young actors are set to take to the stage as a hit film is adapted for Gala Durham.


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North East Theatre Company Emerges Stronger From Pandemic as it Conquers North of England


Dance,Theatre,Adults,Music,Family,What's On,Art

A North East theatre company has bucked the national trend by coming out of the pandemic stronger than ever – and is set to conquer the whole of the North of England with a trio of hotly-anticipated productions.


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SOUTH SHIELDS PLEASURE PARK IN THE RUNNING FOR NATIONAL AWARD…


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THE CONTINUED success of a North East amusement park has put it in the running for a prestigious national award.


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SOUTH TYNESIDE CONJURES UP THE RETURN OF ITS MAGIC FESTIVAL…


Uncategorized,Outdoors,Adults,Family,What's On,Festival

AN EVENT which brings together top performers from around the globe is set to reappear, as the South Tyneside International Magic Festival makes a welcome return.


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STRICTLY BALLROOM UK TOUR KEVIN CLIFTON & MAISIE SMITH


Dance,Theatre,Adults,Music,Family,What's On

When Kevin Clifton was ten years old he watched the film of Strictly Ballroom and, as a budding competitive dancer, immediately saw himself in the character of Scott Hastings, recalling: “He was a hero to me and such an inspiration.”


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REVIEW: The Botanical Room @ INNSiDE Newcastle


Uncategorized,Adults,Food and drink,What's On

Relaxing, tranquil and beautiful. Here’s our take on the brand new Botanical room at INNSiDE Newcastle!


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STILL TIME TO ROCK AND ROLL IN SUNDERLAND…


Dance,Outdoors,Adults,Music,Family,What's On

PEOPLE in Sunderland can still show they know how to roll and keep adults and kids happy at the same time.


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PIRATES, PRIZES AND PUMPKINS ON OFFER AT FAMILY FRIGHT FEST…


Outdoors,Adults,Family,What's On

A HALLOWEEN adventure for the whole family is to return to the North East this autumn – bigger and better than ever before.


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GET READY TO TUCK INTO SUNDERLAND’S RESTAURANT WEEK..


Adults,Food and drink,What's On

THE tastiest date on Sunderland’s calendar is about to return, with the news that the city’s Restaurant Week will be back.


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Tickets on Sale For Workshops at Festival of Thrift


Outdoors,Food and drink,Family,What's On,Art,Festival

Tickets are now on sale for a series of thrifty superskills sessions at this year’s tenth anniversary Festival of Thrift where people can have fun trying new things and get hands-on, learning life-enhancing tips, tricks, and techniques.


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PIZZA PUNKS ANNOUNCES INFLATION BUSTING DEALS WITH ‘KILL THE BILL’


Adults,Food and drink,Family,What's On

Deals across the week: Thank FCK its Thursday, Cheap Date Mondays, Bottomless Brunch, Late Night Pizza, and 2 for 1 cocktails!


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CUTTHROAT ISLAND PREPARING TO TERRIFY LANDLUBBERS…


Outdoors,Adults,Music,What's On,Festival

IT WILL BE a case of “ship agggh” rather than “ship ahoy” when a terrifying new attraction sails into view at one of the North East’s most fearful events.


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INNSiDE NEWCASTLE REVEALS BOTANICAL BEDROOM


Uncategorized,Outdoors,Adults,Food and drink,What's On

Working in collaboration with a local independent plant store, showcasing a dedicated botanical room, filled with plants, for the summer. A staycation for the curious #StayCurious


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Travel Information for Seaham Food Festival


Outdoors,Adults,Food and drink,Family,What's On,Festival

With just days left to go until Seaham Food Festival, organisers are reminding festival goers to plan their journey before they travel.


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Tickets on Sale for Return of Christmas at Gibside


Outdoors,Adults,Family,What's On,Art

Following the success of its first year, tickets are now on sale for the Christmas trail at the National Trust's Gibside estate, near Gateshead. Featuring enchanting illuminations choreographed to a festive soundtrack, the family friendly trail returns to the Georgian garden between 1 December 2022 and 1 January 2023.


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HARDWICK FESTIVAL IS DOWN WITH THE KIDS…


Dance,Outdoors,Music,Family,Festival

A MAJOR North East festival is living up to its reputation of being family friendly, with a special programme aimed at youngsters.
Hardwick Festival will take place at Hardwick Hall near Sedgefield over the weekend of 20-21 August.


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Chapterhouse Theatre Company Presents 21st Century Events ABBA and Elton


Outdoors,Theatre,Adults,Music,Family,What's On

Chapterhouse Theatre Company are delighted to be returning to Durham as part of their Concert Tour. This summer, Durham will have the opportunity to see these amazing 21st Century Events from Chapterhouse’s repertoire at two wonderful venues.


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LIFE SCIENCE CENTRE INTRODUCES SUMMER SAVER OFFER FOR STRUGGLING FAMILIES


Museums,Science,Adults,Family,What's On

Life Science Centre (Life) in Newcastle has introduced a one ticket, three visits summer saver for families in the region who are impacted by the cost-of-living crisis.


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Chapterhouse Theatre Company Presents Outdoor Theatre Show's at Durham Cathedral This Summer


Outdoors,Theatre,Adults,Family,Heritage,What's On

Chapterhouse Theatre Company are delighted to be returning to Durham as part of their Open-Air Theatre. This summer, Durham will have the opportunity to see three amazing productions from Chapterhouse’s repertoire at Durham Cathedral.


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Breathtaking Live Show’s Summer Performances Start Next Saturday


Outdoors,Theatre,Adults,Family,Heritage,What's On,Festival

Kynren – an epic tale of England - returns to its spectacular Bishop Auckland stage on August 6 for a run of six Saturday performances until September 10.


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FRANKIE SAYS – GET READY TO SKATE…


Dance,Outdoors,Adults,Music,What's On

ONE of the North East’s most loved club nights will return next week – with added wheel appeal.


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'Cirque du Hilarious' Returns to the North East for 25th Anniversary Featuring Big CBBC Stars


Theatre,Comedy,Family,What's On

The superstars of slapstick Danny Adams, brother Mick Potts and dad Clive Webb are celebrating 25 years of Cirque Du Hilarious this summer – with what is set to be their best tour yet!


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LOOK FOR GEORGE AND HIS MOUSE FRIENDS THIS SUMMER IN SUNDERLAND …


Museums,Family,What's On,Art

A fictitious mouse and his friends have set up home in one of Sunderland’s most historic buildings – and children are invited to come and find them.


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POP UP TO THE PARK…


Outdoors,Adults,Family,What's On,Festival

FUN in the sun will be on offer this summer as Sunderland introduces its new pop-up park in the city centre.


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North East Chef of the Year to Appear at Seaham Food Festival


Outdoors,Adults,Food and drink,Family,Festival

An award-winning chef at a County Durham spa and hotel will be showcasing the best of local produce at Seaham Food Festival.


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Gary Barlow Tickets and Blackfriars Meal Up for Grabs in Incredible Charity Prize Draw


Theatre,Adults,Music,Food and drink,Family

Exciting news comes as Tyne Theatre and Opera House announce a third fundraising prize draw, giving entrants the chance to win two tickets to see Gary Barlow’s brand-new show A Different Stage on Wednesday 12th October 2022, plus a pre-show three course meal and fizz for two at Blackfriars Restaurant.


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SUMMER IS ALL SEWN UP IN SUNDERLAND…


Museums,Adults,Family,Heritage,What's On,Art

SUNDERLAND, depicted in thousands of tiny stitches, will form the centrepiece of a new exhibition opening to the public next week (22 July).


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HAIRY BIKER GIVES A TASTY START TO SUMMER IN SUNDERLAND…


Outdoors,Adults,Food and drink,Family

A SUMMER programme of activity across Sunderland city centre will get off to a mouthwatering start, with the chance to watch top tv chef, Si King, recreate some healthy favourites.


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NIGHTS LESS ORDINARY COME ALIVE AT LIFE


Museums,Science,Adults,What's On

Life Science Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne will launch a new season of adult-only events with a difference this month, and those 18+ across the North East should expect the unexpected. Life’s after-hours events kick-off on Thursday 14 July with Science Speakeasy: Who Owns Space?


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REVIEW: Mamma Mia! @ Sunderland Empire


Dance,Theatre,Comedy,Adults,Music,What's On

Mamma Mia has landed at Sunderland Empire this week in true feel-good fashion. With hilarious laughs, moving scenes and iconic music to make anyone feel like a ‘Dancing Queen’!


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DINOSAURS, SAILORS AND CIRCUSES ADDED TO THIS IS SOUTH TYNESIDE FESTIVAL…


Dance,Outdoors,Adults,Music,Family,What's On,Festival

GIANT, moving dinosaur fossils, sea shanties and an interactive circus have been added to the already packed programme for this year’s This Is South Tyneside Festival.


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FLOCK TO SEE SHAUN THE SHEEP…


Outdoors,Family,What's On

An Oscar® nominated film star is heading to Tyneside – where a much-loved charity hopes fans will flock to see him


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RAMSIDE SPA LAUNCHES LIFESAVER FOR BUSY PARENTS


Uncategorized,Adults,What's On

An award-winning North East spa is to focus upon helping stressed-out super busy parents with a specially designed speedy break to help them put their feet up.


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Inspired by Lindisfarne Gospels 2022: Still Point, a Film Installation by Artist Suki Chan


Museums,Heritage,What's On,Art

The Maltings Berwick is delighted to announce that the Gymnasium Gallery will host Still Point, a film installation by artist Suki Chan, as part of a region-wide programme of cultural events created to coincide with the much-anticipated display of the Lindisfarne Gospels at Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery.


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ENTERTAINMENT AT SOUTH TYNESIDE FESTIVAL IS BANG ON…


Outdoors,Music,Family,What's On,Festival

A GROUP of South Tyneside musicians is bringing a South American vibe to this year’s South Tyneside Festival, as the opening act for one of music’s biggest female names.


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NEW ACTS ADDED TO OPENING NIGHT OF NORTHERN PRIDE


Dance,Outdoors,Music,What's On,Festival

NORTHERN PRIDE is pulling out all the stops to ensure that the year it is the host of UK Pride is one to remember.


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MORE TIME TO ENJOY A NORTH EAST FAVOURITE…


Food and drink,Family,What's On

THE SUCCESS of a Newcastle café and artisan bakery has led to extended opening hours – and the introduction of an evening service.


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AWARD-WINNING COMEDIAN ROB BRYDON TOURS TO SUNDERLAND EMPIRE FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY THIS JULY!


Theatre,Comedy,Adults,Music,What's On

Award winning comedian Rob Brydon and his eight-piece band take to the road in 2021 with his new show, Rob Brydon – A Night Of Songs & Laughter, marking the first time Brydon has created a show that includes songs and music as well as his acclaimed wit and comedy.


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World-Class Tribute Bands and Exceptional Local Artists to Perform at Stanhope Weekender Music Festival


Outdoors,Music,What's On,Festival

Next weekend, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July sees the return of the Stanhope Weekender, bringing a jam-packed weekend of live entertainment in the stunning surroundings of Stanhope in the heart of Weardale, County Durham.


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UNCOVER HIDDEN STORIES AT A NEW SEVENTEEN NINETEEN EXHIBITION


Museums,Family,Heritage,What's On

Artworks inspired by the history and secrets of one of Sunderland’s oldest buildings will go on show to the public next week (30 June).


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Counting Down to The Return of BRASS


Outdoors,Music,What's On

Rehearsals are now well underway for the return of Durham BRASS in just over two weeks.


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INNSiDE BY MELIA INTRODUCES A NEW STAY & DINE PACKAGE WITH GINO D’ACAMPO


Uncategorized,Adults,Food and drink,What's On

Exciting lifestyle hotel, INNSiDE by Melia, part of Melia Hotels International, has launched A Sunday Well Spent, a new stay and dine package with Gino D’Acampo.


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Tyne Theatre & Opera House Receives National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant


Theatre

The Tyne Theatre & Opera House is delighted to announce that it has just been granted an award of £242,000 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.


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ROCK OF AGES STARRING KEVIN KENNEDY AS ‘DENNIS DUPREE’ AT SUNDERLAND EMPIRE THIS SEPTEMBER


Theatre,Adults,What's On

The producers of ROCK OF AGES are thrilled to announce full casting and new dates for the UK and Ireland tour, including the return of Coronation Street star KEVIN KENNEDY as ‘Dennis Dupree’, a role he previously played to huge acclaim in 2018.


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Design Studio NOVAK Collaborate with Laing Art Gallery for Lindisfarne Gospels Light Projection


Outdoors,Heritage,Art

The Laing Art Gallery is excited to announce it is working with video design specialists NOVAK to produce an immersive digital experience for the forthcoming Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition.


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FIND THE KILLER AT THE CASTLE…


Uncategorized,Crime,Adults,What's On

A top North East hotel is giving super sleuths the chance to unleash their inner Marple or Poirot by cracking a murder mystery this weekend.


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GLAM ROCK’N’RAISE


Music,What's On

A one-off charity gig celebrating the sounds of the 70s is set to raise more than the roof this month.


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PSYCHO PATH TURNS PIRATE AS NEWEST ATTRACTION IS UNVEILED…


Outdoors,Adults,What's On

ONE OF THE UK’s scariest scream parks is moving from land to sea, with the news of their latest attraction.


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THIS IS SOUTH TYNESIDE FESTIVAL: CONTINUING FESTIVITIES LONG AFTER THE JUBILEE


Outdoors,Family,What's On,Festival

ANYONE MISSING the festivities, parties and outdoor events that have marked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee can continue the fun well into the summer – thanks to the This Is South Tyneside Festival.


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NEWCASTLE’S UK PRIDE UNVEILS STELLAR LINE UP…


Outdoors,Music,What's On,Festival

FORMER SPICE Girl, Melanie C, Louise, Joe McElderry and a taste of Ibiza are all part of the stunning line up of top class entertainment which has been unveiled for this year’s UK Pride


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THE NORTH EAST RISING STARS HEADING TO HARDWICK FESTIVAL


Music,What's On,Festival

HOMEGROWN TALENT will share a line-up with international stars at one of the North East’s most anticipated music events this summer.


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HOPPINGS TO HOST STREET FOOD VILLAGE…


Outdoors,Adults,Food and drink,Family,What's On

EUROPE’s biggest travelling fair will be bringing with it a new attraction when it opens in Newcastle next week (17 June).


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REVIEW: Footloose @ Sunderland Empire


Theatre,Music,What's On

Footloose brought energy, dance and the essence of the 1980’s to Sunderland Empire last night at opening night!


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HARDWICK FESTIVAL 2022 – BUCKING THE TREND…


Dance,Outdoors,Music,What's On,Festival

ONE OF THE NORTH EAST’s top music festivals is bucking the trend facing many live events this summer and is enjoying great sales.


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SUNDERLAND SOULED OUT FESTIVAL: NOT ACTUALLY SOLD OUT …


Music,Food and drink,Family,What's On,Festival

A TOP NORTH EAST food festival wants to reassure would-be attendees that there’s still time to buy tickets for the event, following some confusion over the name.


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PING PONG RETURNS TO THE BRIDGES…


Uncategorized,Family,What's On

POP UP Ping Pong has returned to the Bridges – which is good news for any shoppers wanting to improve their sporting skills.


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Stunning Range of Creative Work at The Northern School of Art’s Degree Show


Museums,What's On,Art

A celebration of work by final year students at The Northern School of Art has gone on show at the School’s degree-level campus in Hartlepool until Saturday 11 June 2022.


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Spectacular Weekend of Celebrations to Mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee


Outdoors,Food and drink,Heritage,What's On

Award winning shows, epic firework displays and one of the country’s biggest street parties will make a truly memorable weekend of celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee on Friday, 3rd June and Saturday, 4th June, at 11Arches in Bishop Auckland.


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NEW LOOK VENUE LAUNCHES EVENTS PROGRAMME…


Adults,Music,What's On

ONE OF the North East’s largest event spaces has unveiled a new programme of events to go with its new look.


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IT’S SUMMER IN SUNDERLAND…


Outdoors,Music,Food and drink,Family,What's On,Festival

STREET theatre, soul food and a right royal celebration are just some of the events in store this summer in Sunderland.


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A FISHWIVES JUBILEE TEA PARTY…


Food and drink,Family,Heritage,Festival

A very fishy jubilee celebration, which echoes one held more than a century earlier, is set to take place on Wearside next week (1 June).


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First Celebrity Chefs Announced for Seaham Food Festival


Food and drink,Family,What's On,Festival

A Saturday Kitchen star and a formidable TV judge are the first celebrity chefs confirmed to appear at a popular seaside food festival.


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FLOWER BOMBS BRINGING PAST BLOOMS TO LIFE…


Outdoors,Family,Heritage,Art

FLOWERS which were once a common sight in parks and gardens will once again bloom on Wearside, with the help of local children (May).


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JUBILEE FUN BEGINS AT THE BRIDGES…


Family,What's On,Festival

VISITORS to Sunderland’s shopping centre can already get into the jubilee spirit, with the installation of a huge display of flags and bunting.


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LET’S GET READY TO ROLLER …


Family,What's On

SKATERS of all ages are invited to strap on their boots as Sunderland prepares to welcome its first ever roller rink.


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Festival of Thrift Announces Advance Highlights for 10th Anniversary Event at Kirkleatham


Outdoors,What's On,Art,Festival

Festival of Thrift organisers are inviting visitors to join them and party in true thrifty style at its tenth anniversary event in Kirkleatham on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September.


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SUNDERLAND’S HISTORY COMES TO LIFE AS HERITAGE FORTNIGHT BEGINS…


Museums,Outdoors,Family,Heritage

A UNIQUE opportunity to explore and celebrate every aspect of Sunderland’s history begins this weekend (21 May) as the #LoveSunderlandHeritage festival gets underway.


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Artist Ruth Ewan to Collaborate with Laing Art Gallery on New Project Inspired by Lindisfarne Gospels


Museums,Heritage,Art

A display of precious personal objects belonging to the people of Tyne and Wear will go on show at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, in summer 2022.


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WITCH MARKS INSPIRE A NEW EXHIBITION


Heritage,What's On,Art

MARKS scratched in the fabric of one of Wearside’s oldest churches to fend off evil, have inspired a new exhibition.


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SPA FANS ASKED TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT…


Uncategorized,Heritage,What's On

FANS of one of the North East’s most popular spas are being asked to show their support to help take a national title.


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Schoolchildren Back County Durham’s City of Culture Bid


Museums,Heritage,What's On

Schoolchildren are encouraging people of all ages to add to their list of cultural experiences to enjoy in County Durham before 2025.


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HARDWICK HALL GEARS UP FOR THE RETURN OF CLASSIC CAR AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW…


Outdoors,Adults,Food and drink,Family,What's On

PASSIONATE petrolheads can enjoy a day out among 400 vintage vehicles, when the North East Classic Car and Motorcycle Show returns to the North East next weekend (22 May).


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WISHING YOU WELL AT THE BRIDGES…


Uncategorized,Family,What's On

SHOPPERS in Sunderland can wish a charity well, thanks to a great new interactive giving initiative.
The city’s the Bridges shopping centre has joined forces with heart charity Red Sky Foundation to develop a unique, musical version of a traditional wishing well.


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NORTH EAST LEISURE GROUP CELEBRATES SECOND ACCOLADE…


Food and drink

A NORTH EAST leisure group is celebrating for the second time in two months – after another of its properties received a top award.


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Ripon Theatre Festival


Outdoors,Theatre,Music,Heritage,What's On,Festival

Four days of drama, street theatre, circus, dance, puppetry, storytelling and more. Events and activities for all ages, both indoors and open-air. Performance and fun to brighten the unique city of Ripon.


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INNSiDE NEWCASTLE: A NEW SERIES IN COLLABORATION WITH YOGA THERAPIES


Adults,Food and drink,What's On

INNSiDE Newcastle, part of Meliá Hotels International, has launched INNSiDER Wellness - a new wellness series in collaboration with Newcastle based yoga studio YogaTherapies.


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RAMSIDE SPA NAMED ONE OF THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY…


Uncategorized,Adults,Heritage,What's On

COUNTY DURHAM’s luxurious Ramside Spa has been named one of the best in the UK at the beauty industry’s equivalent of the Oscars.


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HISTORY IN ART …


Museums,Heritage,Art

ONE of Wearside’s most historic buildings is to hold an exhibition celebrating Sunderland’s heritage – and a call has gone out for artists to take part.


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NORTH EAST ATTRACTION AWARD WIN SPOOKS THE COMPETITION…


Uncategorized,Outdoors,Adults,What's On

A NORTH EAST scream park has terrified competition from across the UK, by snatching a prestigious national award.


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GET YOUR TEETH INTO THE BIG JUBILEE LUNCH…


Outdoors,Music,Food and drink,Family,Heritage,What's On,Festival

SUNDERLAND will be celebrating in style, with plans for an exciting day to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee now underway.


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Name For New County Durham History Centre Revealed


Uncategorized,Museums,Heritage

The name for a new history centre for County Durham has been revealed.


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Richard Chappell Dance: Infinite Ways Home


Dance,Theatre,Music,What's On,Art

Following its successful premiere in autumn 2021, Richard Chappell Dance’s latest and most ambitious work to date, Infinite Ways Home, comes to Dance City on Friday 27 May 2022 as part of a UK tour.


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EVENTS VENUE IS ALL AT SEA FOR A NIGHT OF ENTERTAINMENT…


Music

A NIGHT of music, dancing and a glimpse of life at sea in the days of press gangs and smugglers, is set to take place at Sunderland’s newest venue.


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EVERYBODY CUT LOOSE! FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL FULL TOUR CAST ANNOUNCED


Theatre,What's On

JAKE QUICKENDEN AND DARREN DAY TO STAR IN FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL AT SUNDERLAND EMPIRE THIS JUNE


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THE HIT WEST END PRODUCTION OF DAVID WALLIAMS’ BILLIONAIRE BOY IS COMING TO SUNDERLAND!


Theatre,Family,What's On

The bestselling children’s author David Walliams and the award-winning Birmingham Stage Company have teamed up for a brand-new tour of their hit West End production of Billionaire Boy. This is their third collaboration after the Olivier Award nominated Gangsta Granny and acclaimed Awful Auntie productions.


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ONE OF NORTH EAST’S LONGEST STANDING RESTAURANTS READY TO CELEBRATE 60 YEARS…


Adults,Food and drink,Family,Heritage

THE POPULARITY of a traditional food offering at a North East hotel continues to grow, as it heads towards its 60th year in operation.


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CRAFTY WEARSIDERS CAN DO THEIR BIT FOR THE QUEEN…


Family,Heritage,What's On,Art,Festival

PEOPLE of all ages from across Sunderland are being asked to show their artistic skills and become part of a royal exhibition as part of the city’s celebration of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.


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Stanhope Music Festival to Return This July, Building On The Success of Its Foundation Year


Dance,Outdoors,Adults,Music,What's On,Festival

Taking place over two days, The Stanhope Weekender will be held in the idyllic surroundings of the Stanhope Showground, in the heart of Weardale, County Durham.


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An Action-Packed Summer of Entertainment at Gala Durham


Theatre,Comedy,Family,What's On

Olivier Award winning opera, high profile stand-up comics and fire-breathing family fun are just some of the highlights on offer at Gala Durham this summer.


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HAIRY BIKER EXCHANGES MEALS FOR MUSIC AT SUNDERLAND FESTIVAL..


Outdoors,Food and drink,Festival

A TOP tv chef is highlighting his passion for music when he brings a celebration of food and entertainment to Sunderland this summer.


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PARADE BRINGS THE SPIRIT OF CARNIVAL TO SOUTH TYNESIDE…


Dance,Outdoors,Music,Family,What's On,Art,Festival

FORGET Rio, New Orleans and Sydney – the real spirit of carnival is to be found in South Tyneside this summer after an absence of more than two years.

The renamed This Is South Tyneside Festival is back with a vengeance between June and August and at its heart is its all singing, all dancing carnival parade on Saturday 2 July.


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REVIEW: The Cher Show @ Sunderland Empire


Theatre,What's On

The cast of ‘The Cher Show: A New Musical’ turned back time last night at the Sunderland Empire, sending the audience rocketing back to the swinging 60s where it all began for pop icon and legend Cher.


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Businesses Get On Board County Durham’s UK City of Culture 2025 Bid


Uncategorized,What's On

Hundreds of businesses from across the North East have backed County Durham’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2025.


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Scrumptious Success as Thousands Turn Out for Bishop Auckland Food Festival


Outdoors,Food and drink,Family,What's On,Festival

Bishop Auckland Food Festival returned to its original spring date this year and was a roaring success, as people travelled from County Durham and beyond to celebrate all things food.


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ELDON SQUARE OFFERS GREAT DEALS TO PRIDE SUPPORTERS


What's On,Festival

NORTH EAST shoppers can show their support for the LGBTQ+ community and enjoy savings on top brands at the same time, thanks to a partnership between a charity and a leading shopping centre.


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THE NORTHERN TYPOGRAPHY EXHIBITION TAKES PLACE AT THE SPANISH CITY IN WHITLEY BAY


Museums,Family,Heritage,What's On,Art

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, 6th April 2022 – Whitley Bay based For The Love Of The North has launched the ‘Northern Typography Exhibition’ a one-off, free exhibition at the iconic Spanish City in Whitley Bay, running until 3rd July 2022.


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GLOBAL DJ ICON SASHA JOINS THE ALREADY HUGE LINEUP FOR NORTH EAST JUBILEE WEEKENDER FESTIVAL


Outdoors,Adults,Music,What's On,Festival

The internationally renowned DJ, Producer and house pioneer Sasha has been announced as the latest icon to join the lineup for House of Barefoots Jubilee Weekender, a brand new boutique dance music festival taking place in Stamfordham, Northumberland from the 2nd to the 4th June 2022.


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PSYCHO PATH PROMISES ANOTHER MEMORABLE EVENT WITH TWO NEW ATTRACTIONS


Outdoors,Adults,What's On

NEW SCARES fit for a slasher film will descend on the North East this October and it’s good news for horror fans – because tickets are on sale now.


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Don’t Miss BRASS Acts at Gala


Music,What's On,Festival

As excitement builds for the return of Durham BRASS Festival, Gala Durham is gearing up to welcome a host of world-renowned artists to the stage.


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THE FED TO HOST BANK HOLIDAY HOUSE AND DISCO FESTIVAL


Adults,Music,What's On,Festival

ONE OF the North East’s largest venues will celebrate its new look by welcoming some of the biggest DJs in house and disco for a May bank holiday event.


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Celebrating Memorable Moments in County Durham


Uncategorized,What's On

A musical theatre star and an award-winning photographer have helped launch a campaign aimed at showcasing County Durham’s most memorable moments.


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Save the Date for Seaham Food Festival


Outdoors,Adults,Food and drink,Family,What's On,Festival

A popular festival will bring delicious street food, celebrity chefs and more to the County Durham coast when it returns this summer.


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NORTHERN PRIDE REVEAL LINE-UP FOR UK PRIDE LAUNCH PARTY


Dance,Outdoors,Adults,Music,What's On,Festival

AN INTERNATIONAL pop star, world renowned DJ and a Drag Race icon will take centre stage to launch Pride celebrations in the North East this summer.


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BRIGHTER DAYS FESTIVAL HUGE PHASE ONE LINEUP REVEAL


Dance,Outdoors,Adults,Festival

Brighter Days Festival are making their highly anticipated debut at Sunderlands Herrington Park for 2022, taking place throughout the day and long into the night of Friday the 8th of July, and they’ve just proudly unveiled the incredible first phase of the lineup for the day itself.


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Celebrity Chefs Revealed for Bishop Auckland Food Festival


Outdoors,Adults,Food and drink,Family,What's On,Festival

One of the North East’s most popular food festivals has announced its first line up of celebrity chefs, as organisers prepare to welcome foodies back to Bishop Auckland this spring. Bishop Auckland Food Festival will be returning to its April date after taking place in October last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast @ Sunderland Empire


Theatre,Family,What's On

A tale as old as time brought magic, nostalgia and awe to audiences at the Sunderland Empire last night.


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HOLD COURT AT LUMLEY CASTLE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY…


Adults,Food and drink,What's On

ROMANCE is in the air at an historic North East hotel, which has devised a number of special packages to celebrate Valentine’s Day.


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PAINT THE TOWN LOBSTER-RED


Dance,Adults,Music,Food and drink,What's On,Festival

AN AWARD winning North East venue has announced the return of its popular, annual fundraiser – with an exclusive performance from four American stars.


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YOUNG CREATIVES GET A GALAXY OF OPPORTUNITIES WITH TOUR DE MOON…


Uncategorized,Museums,Art,Festival

AN AMBITIOUS festival which will literally be out of this world is giving young creative people across the North East the chance to showcase their skills.


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County Durham Theatre Hails the Success of Latest Christmas Panto


Theatre,Family,What's On

Organisers at a County Durham theatre have hailed the success of its recent Christmas pantomime, and are already looking forward to entertaining audiences once again next December.


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Tyne Theatre Announce a ‘Bobby Dazzler’ of a Prize Draw


Theatre,Comedy,Adults,What's On

Exciting news comes as the Tyne Theatre and Opera House announce a phenomenal fundraising prize draw, giving entrants the chance to see Sarah Millican’s brand new show: Bobby Dazzler on Sunday 15th May 2022 in their own private box.
Prize draw open: 10th - 31st January


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REVIEW: Hairspray @ The Sunderland Empire


Theatre,What's On

A night full of laughs, singing and awesome 60’s hair, Hairspray was a hit!


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Bongo’s Bingo announce Newcastle dates for January and February 2022


Adults,Music,What's On

The award-winning Bongo’s Bingo has announced new dates at Boiler Shop to help everyone get through the winter months of 2022 in Newcastle.


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North East Visitors Encouraged Back to Cultural Venues with Exciting 2022 Programme


Museums,Outdoors,Family,Heritage,What's On

Big things are in store for the North East cultural scene next year, with the Lindisfarne Gospels coming to the region, the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival, and The Late Shows making a much-anticipated return after a two-year break.


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FASHION BRAND LAUNCHES FIRST BRICKS AND MORTAR STORE IN SUNDERLAND…


Uncategorized

A SUCCESSFUL online fashion brand which now sells its clothing worldwide has opened its first bricks and mortar store in Sunderland. And Lisa Fox, owner and founder of The Fashion Bible, is hoping this will be the first stage in the company’s plans to expand across the UK.


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STING SINGS STUDENTS’ PRAISES


Music,Art

THE first students to graduate from a North East music therapy centre have received a special message from the superstar who launched them on their journey.


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Inspired by Lindisfarne Gospels 2022


Museums,Family,Heritage,What's On,Art

A region-wide programme of cultural events has been created to coincide with the much-anticipated display of the Lindisfarne Gospels at Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery next year.


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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe @ Sunderland Empire: REVIEW


Theatre,Family,What's On

C.S Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was brought to life in a play adaptation at the Sunderland Empire last night. It was fun, magical and definitely a fantastic way to get into the Christmas spirit.


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SUNDERLAND URGED TO SUPPORT LOCAL TRADERS ON SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY…


Uncategorized,What's On

SUNDERLAND shoppers are being asked to get behind a national campaign which encourages people to spend locally.


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Durham Cathedral Marks 20 Years as a Harry Potter Filming Location


Museums,Outdoors,Family,Heritage

Tuesday 16 November marks 20 years since the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, was released in cinemas, and as a Harry Potter filming location, Durham Cathedral is inviting visitors to celebrate this milestone anniversary.


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NORTH EAST ENTERTAINMENT AGENCY HELPS TO BOOST MUSICAL CAREERS…


Theatre,Music,Art

Singer songwriters are being given an opportunity to have an insight into the music industry, thanks to an exciting new programme being launched this month (Nov) by a top North East entertainment agency.


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REVIEW: Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 The Musical @ Sunderland Empire


Theatre,Adults,What's On

There were laughs echoing around the Sunderland Empire last night on opening night of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical. A story of sexism, girl power and fierce femininity, it will leave you empowered, enlightened and laughing all the way home!


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THE IMPECCABLE PIG HAS SOMETHING TO SQUEAL ABOUT


Adults,Food and drink

WITH NEON LIGHTS, mirrored ceilings and opulent décor, the new rooms at an award winning County Durham hotel are far from ‘boaring’.


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Museum Praised for Telling Story of County’s Lead Mining Past


Museums,Heritage

A museum has received national recognition for its success in bringing an important part of County Durham’s rich industrial heritage to life.


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Iconic Cure frontman Robert Smith, International Musicians and Artists Raise £70,000 with Anonymous Art Auction for Heart Research UK


Art


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Art Exhibition to Benefit British Wildlife


Museums,Art

A preview evening and two-day exhibition of paintings, drawings, prints and bronze sculpture by two renowned wildlife artists is to be held in Northumberland to raise money for the UK's leading wildlife research charity, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), as well as Brain Tumour Research and The High Sheriff Awards.


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Louise Redknapp is Back to Business Reprising Her Role as Violet Newstead in the UK Tour of 9 to 5 the Musical


Theatre,Adults


Fresh from dazzling in the West End run of the show, Louise Redknapp will reprise her role as ‘Violet Newstead’ in the forthcoming UK tour of Dolly Parton’s smash-hit 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL. Leading the way as one of the first full scale musicals to tour the UK in 2021, Louise will appear in the show from Tuesday 9 - Saturday 13 November at the Sunderland Empire.


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Community Fireworks Display Returns to Stanley Dedicated to NHS and Key Workers


Outdoors,Family

Stanley Events are proud to bring back Stanley Fireworks after the disappointment of last year’s event being cancelled due to the Covid pandemic. The community event will take place on Saturday 6th November 2021 and will feature a spectacular fireworks display with an uplifting songs theme. This year the event will be dedicated to NHS and Key Workers for their dedication and hard work throughout the Covid pandemic and for the work they continue to do every day to support their communities.


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SELL OUT SUCCESS PSYCHO PATH ADDS EXTRA DATES


Uncategorized,Outdoors,Adults,What's On

HORROR FANS who missed out on tickets for the North East’s biggest scream park can still get their fear fix this year – as organisers release two final dates this week!

Tickets for the extra dates start at £23 and any children aged 13 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. To book, visit https://www.psycho-path.co.uk/


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PREVIEW: PSYCHO PATH IS BACK


Outdoors

HORROR MOVIE scenes are set to come to life this autumn, with a brand new attraction unveiled for the North’s biggest scream park.


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PREVIEW: Durham Book Festival


Festival

Founded in 1990, Durham Book Festival is one of the country’s oldest literary festivals, which traditionally takes place every October in some of Durham’s most impressive historic venues, but this year it will be taking place online due to COVID-19.


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PREVIEW: The Life Centre are over the Moon to safely welcome visitors back to Space Zone!


Museums

All the stars of Space Zone are back, including Mission Control; a mock-up of the International Space Station that you can walk around inside; and the digital globe, The Sphere. Younger visitors can also enjoy the show Naughty Monsters Explore the Planets in the North's biggest planetarium (with socially distanced seating, of course).


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PREVIEW: Heritage Open Days 2020


Heritage

Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.


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PREVIEW: Tyne Theatre & Opera House announce a socially distanced show for October 2020


Comedy

The Tyne Theatre and Opera House have announced their first show with an audience since before lockdown. Comedian Carl Hutchinson will be taking to the Tyne Theatre stage on Saturday 10th October 2020 for an hour of stand-up to a socially distanced audience.


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PREVIEW: FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY AT HARDWICK’S SUMMER SESSIONS


Family

Live music, street food and even a Disney princess or two are on hand to entertain little ones in County Durham later this month (August).


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PREVIEW: THE SOLO COLLECTIVE - DIGITAL PREMIERE


Dance

Dance City are inviting you to join them for the premiere of an exciting new digital work on Thursday 27 August. ‘The Solo Collective’, created by their post graduate company The Collective, will be accompanied by an introduction by David Lloyd and a post-show discussion with performers and contributing choreographers led by Dance City’s new Artistic Director and CEO Anand Bhatt. Tickets are free!


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PREVIEW: YOU CAN STILL PARTY THIS SUMMER – THANKS TO HARDWICK HALL HOTEL…


Music,What's On

LIVE entertainment will return to a leading North East venue this summer – with weeks of socially distanced events...


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PREVIEW: Summer fun and outdoor exhibition at The Bowes Museum


Museums

As the Bowes Museum prepares to welcome visitors back, it’s announcing a packed summer programme of events, starting this week.


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PREVIEW: Know Before You Go...


Adults,What's On

Many of our tourism and hospitality businesses are now starting to re-open and we are looking forward to welcoming you back to Durham. Businesses across the county have been busy undertaking risk assessments and preparing their premises to ensure that they can welcome you back safely.


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PREVIEW: Virtual Creative Summer Activities Showcasing 'Hidden Bishop Auckland'


What's On

In a partnership between Durham County Council’s community arts team and the Bishop Auckland Heritage Action Zone, these five projects come together to make ‘Hidden Bishop Auckland’ which will run online throughout the summer.


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REVIEW: A flight from Teesside International


Outdoors,What's On

July 6th marked a new chapter in the ever expanding routes from Teesside International Airport and is a great example of the partnerships forged by Ben Houchen and Eastern Airways...


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PREVIEW: ONLINE Durham Brass Festival


Uncategorized

Durham BRASS will liven up your living room as it moves online for 2020.


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PREVIEW: Lightwater Valley set to Re-Open Next Month


Outdoors,Family

Lightwater Valley has confirmed it is planning to re-open to visitors on Saturday, 18th July.


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PREVIEW: Virtual Summer In The City 2020


What's On

SUMMER IN THE CITY (SITC), Durham’s art, music and theatre festival, has gone digital. A collaboration between Durham University and Durham County Council, this new online platform is presenting a programme of cultural and creative events throughout June for everyone to enjoy from home.


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PREVIEW: Thriftfest Upcycled to launch with ‘One Beautiful Moment’


What's On

Planning has started in earnest for this year’s repurposed Festival of Thrift with a call-out for artists to create a stand-out launch for the weekend of activities in September.


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PREVIEW: EMELI SANDÉ TO HEADLINE FREE NORTH EAST CONCERT TO THANK FRONTLINE STAFF…


Music

Enterprising Sunderland men have come up with an ambitious way of saying thank you to frontline staff – by organising a free concert at Herrington Park.


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PREVIEW: When the Birds Sang: Ideas Catcher with The Hullabaloo


Family

The Hullabaloo would like to invite children up to the age of 10 to draw a picture, write a poem, send a few words, or make a video about what they are thinking and how they are feeling to inspire The Hullabaloo to do some brilliant things.


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PREVIEW: Line up announced for new online theatre festival


Theatre

The list of County Durham artists who will take part in a series of exciting virtual theatre performances has been revealed.


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PREVIEW: Something to look forward to with theatres...


Theatre

With a number of productions taking place in theatres towards the end of the year, there is defiantly something you can look forward to when theatres reopen around the North East.


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PREVIEW: VIRTUAL SCIENCE SPEAKEASY: WILL THE PANDEMIC EXPOSE OUR CLIMATE HYPOCRISY?


Science

Science at Life takes science speakeasy online! Will the pandemic expose our climate hypocrisy?


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PREVIEW: Virtual storytelling project brings people together


Family,What's On

“Once Upon a time, quite possibly now, there was a place filled with imagination and ideas."


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PREVIEW: Feel connected to Durham Cathedral from your home.


Uncategorized,Heritage

Durham Cathedral is closed in response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, but, with online resources, you can now feel connected to the Cathedral from your own home!


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REVIEW: Darlington Hippodrome Virtual Quiz Nights


Family

Following the Government guidelines of staying indoors during this global pandemic, many venues around the North East are trying to stop boredom from hitting by providing fun and exciting things to do from home...


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PREVIEW: #LoveDurham from your sofa


Uncategorized,Family

Enjoy a virtual visit of County Durham from your living room...


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PREVIEW: Life Goes ONline


Family

Follow @ScienceAtLife on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for science experiments and other fun activities you can enjoy at home. Videos will also be shared on their YouTube channel.


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PREVIEW: Bongo’s Bingo announces 6 free shows for NHS staff and emergency workers.


Adults,What's On

Special shows to take place at Boiler Shop in Newcastle, followed by Content in Liverpool, The Grand in London, The Albert Hall in Manchester, SWG3 in Glasgow and Athena in Leicester later in the year!


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PREVIEW: Tyne Valley Film Festival


Film,Festival

Tyne Valley Film Festival is a community programmed film festival. This year we have 30 screenings across 14 unique venues in the Tyne Valley. We are a true celebration of cinema, bringing the magic of film to more people in the Tyne Valley.


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PREVIEW: I Spy: Easter holiday fun - a Bond-tastic programme for all future secret agents!


Family,What's On

A fun-packed family day out for all ages this Easter!


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PREVIEW: Sunderland Empire has raised the curtain on it’s all new What’s On Guide for Spring 2020


Theatre

Sunderland Empire is set to impress.


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PREVIEW: A New Season of Springtime Activities at The Auckland Project


What's On

Prepare for a new season of inspiring exhibitions, tempting culinary events and family days out as tickets go on sale for a host of Spring activities at The Auckland Project, County Durham.


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REVIEW: The Croft @ Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre

Based on a true story, The Croft is set in the remote Scottish village of Coillie Ghille and spans across multiple timelines, leaping back and forth between the present day and the 1800’s...


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PREVIEW: Fun-Packed Fab Feb at Lightwater Valley


Outdoors,Family

Youngsters and their families can enjoy a fun-packed day out during February Half Term, whatever the weather at Lightwater Valley (Saturday 15th – Saturday 22nd February).


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PREVIEW: This is Tomorrow Unveils Friday Line-up for the colossal outdoor 2020 summer gathering


Festival

As part of a wave of new announcements, SSD Concerts has today confirmed that English rock duo Royal Blood, Irish post-punk sensations Fontaines D.C. and indie-pop band Blossoms will all perform on the Friday leg of This is Tomorrow Festival 2020 on Tyneside.


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REVIEW: Band of Gold @ Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre

For those of you that love a good old crime drama, Kay Mellor’s classic mid-90’s hit ITV show Band of Gold has thankfully been adapted for the stage and is on a national theatre tour...


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REVIEW: Russian State Ballet of Siberia @ Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre

One of the great masterpieces of ballet storytelling was performed last night by the critically acclaimed Russian State Ballet of Siberia, at Darlington Hippodrome. Coppelia, a slightly comedic story of jealousy, mistaken identity and love was the perfect introduction to the magical world of ballet.  


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PREVIEW: SUNDERLAND CELEBRATES CHINESE NEW YEAR


Family

LANTERNS, lions, dragons and dancing are just some of the treats in store as Sunderland celebrates Chinese New Year.


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PREVIEW: Sunderland Empire is set to impress as ‘Must-Sees’ unveiled in NEW What’s On Guide!


Theatre

With a jam-packed season to look forward to, there’s plenty to enjoy at the Sunderland Empire!


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PREVIEW: Make memories that will last a lifetime at the Gala Theatre


Theatre

There will be fun for all the family at a County Durham theatre this spring thanks to a variety of uplifting productions aimed at younger audiences.


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PREVIEW: New Year’s Eve Ball @ Wynyard Hall


Adults

Dress to impress and we’ll take care of the rest…


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PREVIEW: JACK AND THE BEANSTALK @ Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, a giant of a panto comes to Darlington until 5th January!


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PREVIEW: Cinderella @ Sunderland Empire


Theatre

We are delighted to announce that I’m a Celebrity and Gogglebox star, Scarlett Moffat will be setting up camp in Sunderland this festive season. The much-loved local lass will be stepping into the magical role of Fairy Godmother in the enchanting tale of Cinderella!


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REVIEW: Jack and the Beanstalk @ Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre

The annual extravaganza is a fab-u-lous (catch the Strictly reference?!) opportunity to immerse family and friends in the sequins and crazy antics of the annual beloved Hippodrome pantomime.


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REVIEW: Aladdin @ Tyne Theatre and Opera House


Theatre

On Friday, we attended the launch night performance of Enchanted Entertainment’s pantomime production, Aladdin, at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House in Newcastle and what an opening show it was.


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PREVIEW: CHRISTMAS PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE @ The Word


Family,What's On

ONE of the region’s leading cultural venues is giving Christmas traditions a 21st century twist this year – with hands-on events for all the family.


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REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast @ Theatre Royal


Theatre

Ask anyone what they think of as the signal that Christmas is coming and they might say Christmas adverts, songs on the radio, etc. but for me the real sign is when the Theatre Royal start their Pantomime.


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REVIEW: Aladdin @ The Gala Theatre


Theatre

With its usual local jokes and lots of razzmatazz, gags and eco-friendly ticker-tape, this year’s Gala panto was a great way to start the festive season...


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PREVIEW: Aladdin @ The Gala Theatre


Theatre

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without Gala’s panto family.


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PREVIEW: Alice In Winterland At Lightwater Valley This Christmas


Outdoors,Family

Discover a fantastical family-friendly festive trail at Lightwater Valley this Christmas with the enchanting Alice in Winterland (Selected dates from Friday 22nd November – Monday 30th December).


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REVIEW: The Bodyguard @ Sunderland Empire


Theatre

"The story itself was both heart-warming and emotional and it really did have me on the edge of my seat at times..."


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PREVIEW: Lumiere 2019


What's On

Lumiere returns to Durham from 14-17 November, and will once again transform Durham City into a glittering outdoor gallery.


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REVIEW: Emily Atack @ Tyne Theatre and Opera House


Comedy

"On Sunday night I visited Tyne Theatre and Opera House to see my first ever comedy show - Emily Atack, and I must say it was a successful show as I laughed the whole way through..."


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PREVIEW: Tis the season in the Life Science Centre and Times Square!


Family,What's On

Make, investigate and celebrate Christmas at Life with all the family.


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REVIEW: Jekyll and Hyde by Darlington Operatic Society


Theatre

"As someone who now works in London, this is a performance that would not be out of place amongst the West End – for the people of Darlington, you must go and see this..."


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PREVIEW: Thousands to attend Riverside Fireworks


Outdoors,What's On

Ticket sales for Chester le Street Riverside Fireworks have gone extremely well with organisers, Stanley Events, expecting over 10,000 people to attend.


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REVIEW: Frightwater Valley


Outdoors,Family,What's On

This Halloween Lightwater Valley theme park, Ripon, North Yorkshire is taking spooky into its own hands with ‘Frightwater Valley’, on until the 31st October!


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REVIEW: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL


Uncategorized

"Wow. Motown the Musical was fantastic at Sunderland Empire last week! It really was one of the most energetic and exciting shows I have seen...."


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PREVIEW: LIGHTS OUT SET OUT TO SPOOK SUNDERLAND….


Outdoors,What's On

IT WILL be Lights Out at the city of lights, as Sunderland prepares to welcome the spookiest festival the region has ever seen.


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REVIEW: PSYCHO PATH, the North East’s Biggest Scream Park


Outdoors,What's On

Last week I had the privilege of attending this years Psycho Path launch night and it certainly did deliver all the thrills and chills which it had promised to...


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PREVIEW: HALLOWEEN FUN FOR ALL AGES AT THE FAMILY FRIGHT FEST


Family,What's On

THE ORGANISERS of the North’s biggest scream park are proving that Halloween doesn’t have to be scary, with a special event for the whole family this October.


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PREVIEW: Bongo’s Bingo Newcastle - Thursday Specials (and Halloween Special)


Adults

Bongo’s Bingo, the revolutionary party phenomenon, has always been a Newcastle favourite and with all weekend dates now sold out until early December, fans of the event are encouraged to snap up tickets for Thursday shows at Boiler Shop while they still can.


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PREVIEW: The 16th annual Oyster Festival


What's On

LIVE MUSIC, CHAMPAGNE and plenty of oysters are all on offer at an elegant fundraiser later this month – and there’s still time to get tickets for the last remaining tables.


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PREVIEW: Emily Atack: Talk Thirty to Me Book Tour @ Tyne Opera House


Comedy

Due to popular demand, Emily Atack is bringing her sell-out comedy show TALK THIRTY TO ME back to the stage for 5 shows only!


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PREVIEW: A Season of Activity and Inspiration in County Durham


What's On

The beginning of a new season is bringing fresh opportunities to gain skills and discover more about the history, artworks and horticulture of County Durham.


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REVIEW: Friendsical


Theatre

The One with All the Laughing – a 5 star show deserving of a 2 part review. 


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REVIEW: The Book of Mormon


Theatre

Life of Brian meets South Park in this outrageously funny musical; who says Americans can’t do satire.


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PREVIEW: Wolsingham Agricultural Show 2019


Outdoors,What's On

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of September sees the arrival of the 240th Annual Wolsingham Agricultural Show held in the beautiful Weardale town in County Durham.


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REVIEW: Les Misérables at Newcastle Theatre Royal


Theatre

THE must see production of our generation, this is phenomenal theatre which redefines excellence.


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PREVIEW: LES MISÉRABLES @ Theatre Royal


Theatre

The internationally celebrated Boublil and Schönberg musical Les Misérables has arrived at Newcastle Theatre Royal as part of its first UK tour in almost a decade.


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REVIEW: Educating Rita


Uncategorized,Theatre

A magnetic performance, as fresh, witty and relevant today as it was 35 years ago... Review by Andrew Bramfitt


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REVIEW: Bongo's Bingo


Adults

If you’re the ultimate party animal and likes a game of bingo, this fun and bouncy game of bingo is just for you!


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PREVIEW: #Durham19


What's On

From stepping back in time at world-class events and family fun runs to out of this world astrophotography and fascinating hands-on exhibitions. There’s still so much more to look forward to this summer in Durham.


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REVIEW: Rocky Horror Show @ Theatre Royal Newcastle


Theatre

For many, many years, Rocky Horror has been synonymous with late night cult, dressing up and Sci-Fi ‘B’ movies, audiences resplendent in their stockings and basques and lead actors trying hard to emulate the perfection that is Tim Curry.


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PREVIEW: NORTH EAST TEAMS ENCOURAGED TO ENTER THE DRAGON…


Outdoors

GROUPS with a sense of adventure can show their sporting prowess and benefit some of the region’s top good causes.


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REVIEW: Grease The Musical @ Sunderland Empire


Theatre

Step back in time, this version of Grease is more real life grit than the saccharin polish of the 1978 movie and is all the better for it.


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PREVIEW: MK, SONNY FODERA, LOW STEPPA, ELI BROWN & DJ SKT HEAD UP ‘BEACHJAM’ SUMMER FESTIVAL


Music,Festival

BeachJam are pleased to announce the full line up for their inaugural summer festival  at Redcar’s stunning Majuba Beach on Saturday 3rd August, with internationally renowned DJ & chart-topping producer; MK is set to headline their debut event.


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REVIEW: Stones in his Pockets @ Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre

Marie Jones’ brilliantly funny and heartwarming play about the local etras involved in the filming of a Hollywood movie hits Darlington Hippodrome and gives a masterclass in characterisation and storytelling...


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PREVIEW: PRIDE FESTIVAL RETURNS BIGGER THAN EVER BEFORE


Festival

ONE OF the UK’s leading LGBT+ festivals returns to the North East this summer, with its most ambitious event to date.


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REVIEW: Lightwater Valley


Outdoors,Family

"I had a truly fantastic day at Lightwater Valley and I am excited to visit the park again, so I would defiantly recommend Lightwater Valley as an exciting day out for all the family this summer!"...


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PREVIEW: OUT OF THIS WORLD ENTERTAINMENT ADDED TO SUMMER PARADE


Outdoors,What's On

GRAVITY-DEFYING acrobats and other-worldly visitors are heading to South Shields this summer.


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PREVIEW: Step Outdoors this Summer with The Auckland Project


Outdoors

A County Durham visitor destination is encouraging people to step outside this summer through a series of events...


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PREVIEW: ENJOY LIVE MUSIC AT THE AMPHITHEATRE


Outdoors,Music

MUSIC FANS can enjoy a whole host of North East talent for free when a series of popular gigs returns.


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PREVIEW: Seaham Food Festival


Food and drink

The new Seaham Food Festival will be coming to the coast on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2019. 


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PREVIEW: BRASS BANDS RETURN TO THE AMPHITHEATRE THIS SUMMER


Outdoors,Music

SOUTH SHIELDS music fans are invited to make the most of some bold as brass entertainment this summer.


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REVIEW: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre

Despite the lyrics being over 50 years old this Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice classic is timeless...


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PREVIEW: HOMEGROWN TALENT HEADING TO HARDWICK LIVE


Festival

THREE OF THE North East’s top DJs will be returning to the region to entertain festival-goers this summer.


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REVIEW: The Mousetrap @ Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre

From the Queen of Crime and mystery, Dame Agatha Christie, The Mousetrap is an iconic tale of murder and secrecy...


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PREVIEW: Hit the North Festival


What's On,Festival

Jake Bugg, Tom Grennan, The Blinders, Catherine McGrath, Blaenavon and Dylan Cartlidge have been confirmed as just some of the line up for this years Hit the North Festival in Newcastle.


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PREVIEW: Peter Pan Easter Panto


Theatre,Adults

Let your dreams take flight at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House this Easter (Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April).


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REVIEW: Rain Man @ Northern Stage


Theatre

A long time favourite 80’s movie gets the stage treatment and is even better than the original.


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REVIEW: Annie the Musical @ Newcastle Theatre Royal


Theatre

"I was so excited to see Annie the Musical at Newcastle Theatre Royal last night and so I should have been, it was absolutely amazing..."


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PREVIEW: Beer, bites and bingo with a twist at Bishop Auckland Food Festival


Outdoors,Food and drink,What's On

A series of workshops will serve as the perfect accompaniment to a County Durham food festival’s tempting line-up this spring.


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REVIEW: The Picture of Dorian Gray @ Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre

"A frightening insight into the fragile psychology of man faced with the relentless passage of time."


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PREVIEW: Easter Days Out at Lightwater Valley in Yorkshire


Outdoors

Lightwater Valley Theme Park in Ripon, North Yorkshire will be open for the Easter Holidays from Saturday 6th - Sunday 28th April.


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REVIEW: The Picture of Dorian Gray @ Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre

Oscar Wilde’s one and only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, brought to the theatre by Tilted Wig productions, was a sensually dramatic and dark story...


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PREVIEW: SAY THANKS A BUNCH THIS MOTHER’S DAY …


Family

Everything is coming up roses for Sunderland mums this month – with the chance to look picture perfect.


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PREVIEW: Easter holiday fun at Life Science Centre


Museums,Family,What's On

Whether you prefer a Mars or a Milky Way, Life Science Centre is a feast for the whole Galaxy this Easter and children go free* until 6 May 2019!


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REVIEW: Ghost the Musical @ Sunderland Empire


Theatre

Based on the 1990s film Ghost, staring Patrick Swayze, this musical featured a story line which would tug on anyone’s heart strings as well as songs that we all know!


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PREVIEW: IT’S ALL WRITE! AT THE WORD


What's On

THE North East’s leading literary festival is set to return, with some of the book world’s biggest names and events for all the family.


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REVIEW: Octopus Soup at Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre

'It’s straight into the mayhem as soon as the stage lights come up...'


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PREVIEW: Get to Grips with New Skills this Spring In Bishop Auckland


Family,What's On

Green shoots of inspiration will be springing up in Bishop Auckland as a range of new activities get under way.


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REVIEW: Octopus Soup @ Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre

"The algorithm needs a tweak here and there but there’s definitely something new and ambitious..."


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PREVIEW: EDINBURGH’S DETECTIVE REBUS TO COME OUT OF RETIREMENT ON THEATRE ROYAL STAGE


Theatre

Edinburgh’s most famous sleuth - Inspector John Rebus, the legendary creation of crime fiction supremo Ian Rankin, will be brought to vivid life on the Theatre Royal stage for the first time ever, 25 Feb – 2 Mar 2019.


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REVIEW: Rain Man @ Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre

Tonight I watched Rain Man, which has been brought to life for the stage in the inaugural production by The Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company at Darlington Hippodrome....


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PREVIEW: CBEEBIES FAVOURITE BING LIVE! GOES TO THE THEATRE


Theatre

Calling all “Bingsters”! Bing and his friends are on tour in the first ever Bing stage show! Bing Live will visit the Tyne Theatre on 23 and 24 February 2019.


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PREVIEW: Theatrical treats and magical music for all @ The Empire


Theatre

Talented musicians, West End stars and a very hungry caterpillar are just some of the acts set to grace the stage at a County Durham theatre this year.


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PREVIEW: FAB FEB FAMILY FUN @ LIGHTWATER VALLEY


Outdoors,Family,What's On

Lightwater Valley is inviting families with younger children the chance to enjoy a fun-packed February Half Term – whatever the weather.


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PREVIEW: SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED! MOTOWN THE MUSICAL MAKES NORTH EAST DEBUT AS TAMLA MOTOWN CELEBRATES 60th BIRTHDAY


Theatre

On Saturday 12th January, Motown - the musical genre that inspired a whole generation and (literally) rocked the world turned 60. To celebrate, in June, Berry Gordy’s own Tomy Award-winning Motown the Musical will make its North East debut on the Theatre Royal stage.


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PREVIEW: Gala Theatre’s spring season boasts something for everyone


Theatre

Murder mysteries, hilarious comedy acts and a piano prodigy turned folk music sensation are among the entertaining treats in store at a County Durham theatre.


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PREVIEW: THRILLS, SPILLS AND EPIC ROMANCE - THEATRE ROYAL ANNOUNCES TANTALIZING NEW SEASON


Theatre

Racial injustice in the Deep South, murder on the streets of Edinburgh, an epic wartime love story on a Greek island and a creepy mansion with a rock and roll party in full swing – Newcastle Theatre Royal has it all in its Spring/Summer ‘19 season, recently announced.


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REVIEW: Peter Pan @ Sunderland Empire


Theatre,Family

This year’s festive panto at Sunderland Empire is definitely one every family in the North East should see! Alongside the great story, all the kids loved their singalongs and there was plenty of hilarious puns and jokes for the parents....


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PREVIEW: SHOWING THIS JANUARY FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY AT SUNDERLAND EMPIRE!


Adults,Music

Next month Sunderland Empire has as a mix of one-night showstoppers that are set to take the stage by storm.


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REVIEW: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs @ The Gala Theatre


Theatre,Family

A fantastic review of The Gala Theatre's own production of Snow White, written by Amanda Tutin.


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REVIEW: Catwalking: Fashion through the lens of Chris Moor @ The Bowes Museum


Museums

From 1960’s fashion to 2010’s models, Chris Moor truly has seen it all when it comes to fashion...


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REVIEW: Aladdin @ Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre,Family

From the glitzy set to the eye boggling tassels of Widow Twankey's bra, Aladdin at Darlington Hippodrome was a thoroughly enjoyable family night out.


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PREVIEW: PETER PAN IS SAILING INTO SUNDERLAND EMPIRE!


Theatre,Family

OH BUOY! Let the festivities begin, Peter Pan has arrived at Sunderland Empire for this year’s swashbuckling pantomime, and will be here until 6th January 2019!


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PREVIEW: Christmas at The Bowes Museum


Museums,Outdoors,Family

The Bowes Museum and grounds are once again set to come alive with the sights, sounds and aromas of the annual Christmas Market with a chance to meet Santa and complete the magic of Christmas with an early present.


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PREVIEW: Woodhorn Museum to Glow during the winter months


Museums

Woodhorn Museum’s seasonal exhibition, Coal Forest, moves from autumn to winter from 1 December with the arrival of Glow; a season of festive events, story-telling, ice skating and family arts activities throughout the deepest winter months.


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PREVIEW: Tis the Season at The Auckland Project


Family

A County Durham destination is getting into the festive spirit with a host of activities for families, shoppers and aspiring artists alike.


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REVIEW: PizzaStorm @ Eldon Square, Newcastle


Food and drink

Reviewing the new menu!


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PREVIEW: HORRIBLE HISTORIES CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF FOUL FACTS WITH A VISIT TO SUNDERLAND EMPIRE THIS NOVEMBER!


Theatre

Those Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians are heading for Sunderland Empire, 21 – 24 November 2018 with two hilarious shows featuring eye-popping 3D special effects!


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REVIEW: Everything that I know about Love – Dolly Alderton @ The Gala Theatre


Theatre

Everything That I Know About Love is the epitome of a feel good show and one not to miss.


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PREVIEW: Choreocracy


Dance

A new dance & technology collaboration that puts YOU in control more than ever before..


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PREVIEW: THRILLS, SPILLS AND EPIC ROMANCE - THEATRE ROYAL ANNOUNCES TANTALIZING NEW SEASON


Theatre

Racial injustice in the Deep South, murder on the streets of Edinburgh, an epic wartime love story on a Greek island and a creepy mansion with a rock and roll party in full swing – Newcastle Theatre Royal has it all in its Spring/Summer ‘19 season, announced today.


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REVIEW: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


Theatre

Once again, Darlington Operatic Society prove that they are capable of producing a supremely professional, highly energetic and original show which will appeal to the whole family.


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Interview: Paul Metcalfe: Some Guys Have All the Luck - A Rod Stewart Story.


Music

Interviewing Paul Metcalfe, the amazing Rod Stewart tribute.


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PREVIEW: Riverside Fireworks


Outdoors,Family,What's On

Tickets are selling fast for the circus themed fireworks display at Riverside Park, Chester le Street.


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REVIEW: Rock of Ages @ Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre

Funny. Camp. Energetic. Raunchy. Rock of Ages has it all!


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PREVIEW: Halloween-themed half term planned at Woodhorn Museum


Museums,Outdoors,Family

Spooky story telling, a hidden pumpkin trail, and spectacular bird of prey displays are just some of the events taking place at Woodhorn Museum this October half term as part of its Halloween-themed Let Go autumn season.


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PREVIEW: Events Galore with The Auckland Project this Autumn


Family,What's On,Art

A new exhibition celebrating strong women, the launch of a landmark and the chance to be part of art history are all on offer to visitors in County Durham this autumn.


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PREVIEW: Pub set unveiled as TWO rehearsals get underway


Theatre

Traditional northern pubs have inspired the set of an upcoming play packed full of humour, humanity and heartbreak.


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REVIEW: Benidorm Live


Theatre,Comedy

Derren Litten’s award winning TV sit com comes alive on stage and guarantees everyone a sunshine evening packed with laughter...


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PREVIEW: A fairy tale ending for the environment as panto cuts plastic


Theatre

Snow White is going green as a theatre looks to cut plastic waste from its festive pantomime.


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PREVIEW: Benidorm Live


Theatre,Comedy,Adults

SEPTEMBER SUNSHINE IN STORE AS BENIDORM OPENS UK TOUR IN NEWCASTLE.


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REVIEW: Backstage at the amazing Cirque du Soleil


Theatre,Family

Cirque du Soleil is an international circus known by many...


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PREVIEW: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL BRINGS ‘OVO’ TO ARENAS ACROSS THE UK


Theatre

Cirque du Soleil is delighted to announce a brand-new UK arena tour with OVO. This summer OVO, a celebration of nature and co-existence will bring its fun-filled production for the whole family to arenas around the country.


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PREVIEW: ROLL UP TO THE NATIONAL FESTIVAL CIRCUS AT LIGHTWATER VALLEY


Outdoors,Family,What's On

Visitors to Lightwater Valley will have the chance to run away to the circus – at least for a few hours – as part of the National Festival Circus from the 8th – 12th August.


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REVIEW: The BFG in Pictures


Museums,Family,What's On,Art

If you ask anyone to recount their stories of reading books as a child, chances are they’ll mention Roald Dahl. I mean, everyone’s read at least one of his books. But there’s always been one in particular that has captured the hearts of literary lovers far and wide; The BFG of course...


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PREVIEW: BENTS PARK FINAL SUNDAY CONCERT…


Festival

MUSICAL stars Heather Small, Atomic Kitten and Rebecca Ferguson are setting sail for South Shields this weekend, with support from one of the region’s biggest businesses.


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REVIEW: Catwalking - Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore


Museums

The Bowes Museum Exhibition Catwalking - Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore explores the world of fashion and photography by Chris Moore.


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PREVIEW: PRIDE WEEKEND


Uncategorized

A PACKED musical line-up has been revealed for one of the UK’s largest, free LGBT festivals later this month.


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REVIEW: Woven Bones


Museums

Take a step through time and walk in the shoes of the Scottish soldiers who became Durhams darkest secret.


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PREVIEW: Middlesbrough Town Hall to launch Orange Pip Kitchen with award-winning restaurateur, Luke Harding, at the helm


Food and drink

Middlesbrough’s most popular food market teams up with The Waiting Room, in brand-new venture – bringing contemporary vegetarian fare to Middlesbrough Town Hall


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REVIEW: 84 Charing Cross Road @ Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre

84 Charing Cross Road is a charming and utterly beguiling story of love – love of books, of travel, of finding a kindred spirit and of sharing the most human of qualities, that of time......


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PREVIEW: Dusty – The Dusty Springfield Musical


Music

Voted one of the last century’s most influential people in music, Dusty Springfield was and still is an icon of individuality, creativity and inclusivity...


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REVIEW: Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde @ Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – a cautionary tale of addiction told through the struggle of one man against his inner demons....


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REVIEW: The Leftovers @ Northern Stage


Theatre

A tragi-comedic look into how we perceive other, how they perceive us and how the two can be so drastically different depending on the view point.


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REVIEW: New 4DX screen at Cineworld Middlesbrough


Film

If the regular cinematic experience just doesn’t cut it for you, the newly refurbished 164 seater 4DX cinema screen at Cineworld Middlesbrough could be just the ticket....


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REVIEW: Brighton Rock @ Northern Stage


Theatre

Everything to know about Brighton Rock, by Andrew Bramfitt


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REVIEW: Crazy for You @ Sunderland Empire


Theatre

A musical romp which harks back to the 1930’s and perfectly encapsulates the musical magic of Ira & George Gershwin....


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REVIEW: Sunday Dinner @ The Wellington Restaurant – Wynyard Hall.


Food and drink

Fantastic review by Gemma Corking about her experience of Sunday Lunch at Wynyard Hall, includes yummy veg and tempting desserts....


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PREVIEW: In celebration of International World Heritage Day, Durham Cathedral holds a special Giving Day


Heritage

To mark International World Heritage Day 2018, Durham Cathedral is holding a special Giving Day to raise awareness and important funds to help maintain and conserve this Grade 1 listed Scheduled Ancient Monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site for generations to come.


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REVIEW: Sunday Lunch at Wynyard Hall


Food and drink

Fantastic review of whats on offer for Sunday Lunch at Wynyard Hall, from starters to desserts....


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REVIEW: Gallowglass at Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre

Review by Andrew Bramfitt, a tense and claustrophobic thriller...


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REVIEW: The Rat Pack @ Sunderland Empire


Outdoors,Theatre

Brilliant review by Andrew Bramfitt of the Rat Pack Show and very special guests...


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REVIEW: Jersey Boys @ Sunderland Empire


Theatre

Review by Andrew Bramfitt - ground-breaking in their harmonies, melodies and simplistic yet undeniably catchy hooks...


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REVIEW: The Lighthouse @ Arc


Theatre

A fantastic review by Gemma Corking!


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REVIEW: The Play That Goes Wrong by the Mischief Theatre


Theatre

Fantastic review by Andrew Bramfitt, "hilarious, witty, silly and brilliant"...


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PREVIEW: Whats on at Wynyard this Easter!


Family

From wreath making to Easter egg hunts, come along to Wynyard this Easter and take part in fun for all the family...


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REVIEW: Blood Brothers @ Hippodrome


Theatre

Evergreen favourite Blood Brothers makes full use of the newly refurbished Hippodrome, bringing everyone to their feet for a rapturous and well deserved ovation and sets a new high standard for musical theatre.


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PREVIEW: Rumours of Fleetwood Mac


Theatre,Music

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage in 2018 with a brand new show celebrating 40 years of the iconic Rumours album.


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PREVIEW: Jersey Boys @ Sunderland empire


Theatre

The internationally acclaimed stage sensation, Jersey Boys is working its way back to round the UK!


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REVIEW: The Owl and the Pussycat @ Northern Stage


Theatre

Intimate, engaging and fun are what springs to my mind for this rendition of Edward Lear's nonsense poem presented by the Kitchen Zoo Theatre company.


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REVIEW: Northern Stage's War of the Worlds


Theatre

No one would have believed…


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NEW REVIEW: Anywhere @ Darlington Hippodrome


Theatre

A thoroughly modern and unique take on a history tour...


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REVIEW: Hedda Gabler @ Theatre Royal


Theatre

As the tagline very efficiently describes, “Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free"...


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REVIEW: The Tin Foil Astronaut @ Arc Stockton


Theatre

Every journey begins the same way, with the 1st step....


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PREVIEW: Rebecca Ferguson @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House


Uncategorized,Music

After coming runner-up on the seventh series of UK’s The X Factor, Rebecca Ferguson has not been short of success since her first appearance on the reality TV show in 2010...


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REVIEW: New Jersey Nights at the New Hippodrome


Theatre

New Jersey Nights is a high octane, non-stop show...Review by Andrew Bramfitt


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REVIEW:It’s a Wonderful Life – The Gala Theatre Durham


Theatre

Fantastic review of It’s a Wonderful Life – Gemma Corking


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PREVIEW: Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Ball


Adults

Celebrate your New Years Eve @ Wynyard Hall this year.....


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PREVIEW: Bear & Butterfly @ The Hullabaloo


Theatre

A charming tale of changing friendship...


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Preview: Robinson Crusoe


Theatre

From the team that brought you the Gala Theatre’s biggest-selling pantomime ever Jack and the Beanstalk comes the swashbuckling tale of Robinson Crusoe.


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PREVIEW: TONIGHT - Breaking Down The Barriers North East Festival Unveils New Live Music Campaign For Disabled Musicians


What's On

The region's “festival for everyone” and UK leader for disabled access has united with its partners and the much loved independent music venue The Cluny to roll out a new live music initiative in the region.


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PREVIEW: Christmas lights switch on @ Manor Walks


Outdoors

Its the most wonderful time of the year...(almost), watch Manor Walks light up this year with festive Christmas spirit!


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NT Live Hamlet @ The Gala Theatre


Theatre

Shakespeare’s 400-year-old tragedy was given a new lease of life once more in 2015. The most highly anticipated production of Hamlet this side of the 17th century had none other than Sherlock himself, Benedict Cumberbatch at the helm and encompassing the eponymous role. But was this match to be? That really is the question.


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PREVIEW-Bite Sized Opera Packs a Punch this Autumn


Theatre

Opera North is bringing six short operas to Newcastle Theatre Royal in November, brief in length but breathtakingly big on emotion and perfect for the uninitiated. Catch the Little Greats season 8 - 11 November 2017 and be swept away.
Award-winning Opera North’s season of brand new productions offers six powerful operatic experiences in miniature. Love and hate, joy and sadness, courage and fear, trust and jealousy, kindness and cruelty – this is an opera season like no other.


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PREVIEW: Tango Moderno @ Theatre Royal Newcastle


Dance

Vincent and Flavia are set to whip up a sumptuous storm.


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PREVIEW: Private Lives @ Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham


Theatre

Noël Coward’s razor-sharp play is getting a new tour thanks to London Classic Theatre.


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PREVIEW: Muddy Roads 10k @ Wynyard Hall


Outdoors

Fancy a long-distance run with a difference? Step this way...


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PREVIEW: Gilbert O’Sullivan @ Newcastle City Hall


Music

The legendary singer and pianist is celebrating 50 years in showbiz.


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PREVIEW: West Side Story @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House


Theatre

The Tyne Theatre Productions team are set to celebrate the theatre’s 150th birthday in style!


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PREVIEW: 1867 @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House


Theatre

27 Productions are sending you back through time for a top-secret, immersive experience.


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PREVIEW: Andy Parsons @ The Maltings, Berwick


Comedy

The comedian known for Mock The Week is set to tackle all of life’s biggest issues. And get a good old laugh out of them.


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 18.9.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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PREVIEW: 1940s Canteen Party @ Life Science Centre


Food and drink,Family

Step back in time for a party like no other!


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REVIEW: NT Live: Yerma @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham


Theatre,Film

Gemma Corking witnesses the spellbinding Billie Piper in a modern adaptation of Lorca’s classic.


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 11.9.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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PREVIEW: An Evening With Dan Cruickshank @ The Maltings, Berwick


Outdoors,Heritage

The TV historian and raconteur will be giving an insight into his well-travelled world.


WhatsOn Blog

PREVIEW: Sam Bailey @ The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth


Music

The X Factor and ‘Chicago’ star is on a brand new tour!


WhatsOn Blog

REVIEW: Wilderness Way @ mima, Middlesbrough


Museums,Cuckoo Review,Art

Sarah Burgess of Cuckoo Review discovered a fascinating exhibition looking into a specific area of Margaret Thatcher’s leadership.


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PREVIEW: Heritage Open Days @ Durham Cathedral


Heritage

A chance to delve even deeper into the rich heritage of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 28.8.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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PREVIEW: Don Giovanni @ The Maltings, Berwick


Theatre,Music

One of Mozart’s most enduring tales gets a modern twist for Berwick Festival Opera.


WhatsOn Blog

REVIEW: The Clockwork Garden @ The Bowes Museum


Museums,Family,Cuckoo Review

Sarah Burgess went to check out the interactive exhibition from House of Fairy Tales.


WhatsOn Blog

REVIEW: Grease: Drive-In Cinema @ Wynyard Hall


Outdoors,Film

Gemma Corking experienced the classical musical in full 50s fashion as she pulled up to Wynyard Hall.


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REVIEW: Lunch @ Oven Restaurant, Darlington


Food and drink,Proper Scrumptious

Laura Brown of Proper Scrumptious discovered a dinnertime delight.


WhatsOn Blog

REVIEW: A Judgement In Stone @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle


Theatre,Cuckoo Review

Carla Melaco of Cuckoo Review was transported back in time 40 years, but found Ruth Rendell’s mystery to be pertinent to today.


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 14.8.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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REVIEW: Dunkirk @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle


Film,Cuckoo Review

As good as Christopher Nolan’s finest? Simon Ramshaw of Cuckoo Review went to find out.


WhatsOn Blog

PREVIEW: Anglo-Saxon Family Fun Weekend @ Durham Cathedral


Outdoors,Family,Heritage

Your chance to learn more and get hands on with some real Anglo-Saxons!


WhatsOn Blog

PREVIEW: Grease Drive-In Screening @ Wynyard Hall


Film

A musical classic is given a suitably 50s twist this month!


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 7.8.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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PREVIEW: Make-A-Saurus @ Life Science Centre, Newcastle


Family,Art

Need a boredom buster this summer holiday? This could be it!


WhatsOn Blog

PREVIEW: Family Fun @ Lightwater Valley


Family

Mister Maker and Andy Day are both headed to the theme park this month!


WhatsOn Blog

PREVIEW: La Cage Aux Folles @ Sunderland Empire


Theatre

It’ll have you proud that ‘I Am What I Am’!


WhatsOn Blog

REVIEW: Tipsy Tea @ 97 & Social, Newcastle


Food and drink,Proper Scrumptious

Laura Brown of Proper Scrumptious checked out a twist on Afternoon Tea in Jesmond.


WhatsOn Blog

PREVIEW: Clockwork Garden Live @ The Bowes Museum


Museums,Outdoors,Family

Expect a weekend of wonderment from The House of Fairy Tales, linking to their Clockwork Garden exhibition.


WhatsOn Blog

PREVIEW: The Cinema Years @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House


Film

Over four days, the Tyne Theatre will celebrate fifty years of the Stoll Picture House with films, talks and more.


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What’s On Next Week (w/c 31.7.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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REVIEW: The Smokehouse, Bishop Auckland


Food and drink,Proper Scrumptious

Laura Brown of Proper Scrumptious discovered an unassuming meat-lover’s heaven.


WhatsOn Blog

PREVIEW: Knight’s Tournament @ Tynemouth Priory


Family,Heritage

Prepare for two days of epic clashes - Medieval style!


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PREVIEW: Wonderfolk @ Woodhorn Museum


Museums,Family

Will you be able to discover more about the magical beings that live beneath the museum?


WhatsOn Blog

REVIEW: Gin Festival @ Wynyard Hall


Food and drink

Laura Brown sampled delights both familiar and unusual with some incredibly knowledgeable experts


WhatsOn Blog

REVIEW: Jane Eyre @ Theatre Royal Newcastle


Theatre

Gemma Corking discovered an exciting new adaptation of an old classic


WhatsOn Blog

REVIEW: The Stonebridge Inn, Durham


Food and drink

Laura Brown of Proper Scrumptious enjoyed a proper good Sunday Lunch.


WhatsOn Blog

PREVIEW: Morgan & West @ Arts Centre Washington


Comedy,Family

Spiffing! The marvellous magic duo return for a special family performance!


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 10.7.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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PREVIEW: Rory Bremner: Partly Political @ The Maltings, Berwick


Comedy

The legendary impressionist is back on tour, and he’s trying to make sense of it all.


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PREVIEW: Somme 100 @ The Witham


Heritage,Film

A must-see screening of a new restoration of one of the greatest achievements in British cinematic history.


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PREVIEW: Combustion @ Queens Hall Arts, Hexham


Theatre

Asif Khan’s new play is set to be an explosive examination of being young and Muslim in Britain.


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 3.7.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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REVIEW: Josephine Bowes: A Woman of Taste and Influence @ The Bowes Museum


Museums,Cuckoo Review

Roisin Corbett of Cuckoo Review discovered more about the museum’s founder.


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REVIEW: Marco Pierre White Bar & Grill, Newcastle


Food and drink,Proper Scrumptious

Laura Brown of Proper Scrumptious discovered there was more to MPW than just steaks.


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 26.6.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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REVIEW: The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time @ Theatre Royal Newcastle


Theatre,Cuckoo Review

Roisin Corbett of Cuckoo Review is hard pushed to think of a better production.


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Tyne Theatre & Opera House are searching for your picture house memories


Film

Got a memory of the Stoll Picture Theatre? Now’s your chance to document a slice of history!


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REVIEW: Under Milk Wood @ The People’s Theatre, Newcastle


Theatre

Andrew Bramfitt discovered an adaptation faithful to the BBC’s 1954 production.


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 19.6.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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REVIEW: Afternoon Tea @ Wynyard Hall


Food and drink,Proper Scrumptious

Laura Brown tested the sweet and savoury delights of Wynyard's traditional PM tea. And a dippy egg.


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REVIEW: The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize @ Sunderland Museum & Winter Garden


Museums,Cuckoo Review,Art

Faye Atkinson of Cuckoo Review discovered some fascinating work centring on faces from all walks of life.


WhatsOn Blog

The Bowes Museum are celebrating their 125th anniversary this month!


Museums,Family,Heritage

They're putting on a huge programme of festivities and exhibitions to help celebrate!


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Lindisfarne are headlining this year’s Northumberland Miners’ Picnic!


Museums,Music,Family

The North East legends will head up the historic event at Woodhorn Museum.


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REVIEW: Russell Kane @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House


Comedy,Cuckoo Review

Sophie Smith of Cuckoo Review was bowled over by the comedian’s engaging, witty and thoughtful show.


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REVIEW: Best of British Spring Fayre @ Wynyard Hall


Outdoors,Food and drink,Family,Proper Scrumptious

From amazing food and drink to top quality entertainment, Laura Brown checked out what was on offer.


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REVIEW: Mixtape @ The Dun Cow, Sunderland


Theatre,Music,Cuckoo Review

Georgia Knight of Cuckoo Review left on a high as the unique musical theatre show temporarily relocated to Wearside.


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PREVIEW: Katy Brand: I Was A Teenage Christian @ The Maltings, Berwick


Comedy

The comedian is set to explore a pretty unexpected side to her past in her latest hit stand-up tour.


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REVIEW: Mad Max: Fury Road (Black & Chrome Edition) @ Tyneside Cinema


Film,Cuckoo Review

Josh Teggert of Cuckoo Review investigates what a change in palette does for the critically-acclaimed action film.


WhatsOn Blog

Belsay Hall is celebrating its 200th anniversary this month!


Museums,Family,Heritage,Art

The Bank Holiday celebrations will follow a spectacular local quilt exhibition.


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REVIEW: The Garden House Inn, Durham


Food and drink,Proper Scrumptious

Laura Brown of Proper Scrumptious might have discovered her new favourite Durham eatery…


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PREVIEW: The ‘Best Of British’ Spring Fayre @ Wynyard Hall


Family

Across two days, the Hall plays host to a staggering amount of activities and stalls for both adults and kids alike!


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 15.5.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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REVIEW: A Machine They’re Secretly Building @ Northern Stage


Cuckoo Review

Roisin Corbett of Cuckoo Review checked out the artistic look at surveillance through the ages.


WhatsOn Blog

RURA, Kathryn Tickell and more are headed to Hexham Gathering 2017


Music

Folkestra, Eryn Rae and 4th Generation are also set for the festival in venues across the Tyne Valley!


WhatsOn Blog

PREVIEW: Count Arthur Strong @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House


Comedy

One of the country’s most illustrious entertainers returns for a musical spectacular! Or something like that.


WhatsOn Blog

REVIEW: Kieran Hurley: Heads Up @ Northern Stage, Newcastle


Theatre,Cuckoo Review

Cuckoo Review’s Antonia Cundy discovers Hurley’s theatrical apocalypse.


WhatsOn Blog

Lightwater Valley have extended their £15 ticket offer until the end of June!


Outdoors,Family

What’s On North East readers can continue to take advantage of this fantastic deal for two more months!


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 1.5.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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REVIEW: Keep Dancing @ Newcastle Theatre Royal


Dance

A stunning evening that left everyone out of breath - and that was just the audience!


WhatsOn Blog

Time Machines embarks on a journey through the ages at Palace Green Library from May


Museums,Heritage

The new exhibition explores the past and future through the works of writers such as H.G. Wells.


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 24.4.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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REVIEW: Miller & Carter, Newcastle


Food and drink,Proper Scrumptious

Proper Scrumptious' Laura Brown went all out for a Mother's Day treat and the steakhouse certainly delivered.


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REVIEW: Snake In The Grass @ The People's Theatre


Theatre,Cuckoo Review

Some unique twists kept Cuckoo Review's Jowita Krasik intrigued at this new production at the Newcastle-based theatre.


WhatsOn Blog

REVIEW: Rodney Graham @ BALTIC, Gateshead


Cuckoo Review,Art

Andrew Bailes of Cuckoo Review explores the fascinating wealth of work from the Canadian-born contemporary artist and musician.


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 17.4.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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REVIEW: Educating Rita @ Gala Theatre, Durham


Theatre

Magnetic performances ground this take on Willy Russell's classic, as fresh, witty and relevant today as it was 35 years ago.


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REVIEW: West Side Story @ Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Stockton


Theatre

Pitch-perfect performances from the Darlington Operatic Society brought this classic musical to life.


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Durham Cathedral is the UK’s most popular cathedral!


Museums,Heritage

It’s the third accolade for the site in a couple of months.


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REVIEW: Tapas Revolution @ Eldon Square, Newcastle


Food and drink,Proper Scrumptious

Laura Brown really did discover a revolution in Spanish food and drink!


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REVIEW: Holmes and Watson: The Farewell Tour @ The Customs House, South Shields


Theatre,Cuckoo Review

Chloe Allan of Cuckoo Review went super-sleuthing and found a must for all Holmes fans.


WhatsOn Blog

Stick Man Live comes to Tyne Theatre & Opera House in October


Theatre,Family

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s classic childrens’ book is being brought to life by Scamp Theatre!


WhatsOn Blog

PREVIEW: Educating Rita @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham


Theatre

Willy Russell’s classic comic play is getting a new spin from the Gala!


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REVIEW: Murder by Gaslight @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle


Theatre

The art of storytelling is very much alive, even if the topic is rather, well, dead!


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 3.4.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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Jersey Boys is swinging back to Sunderland Empire next March!


Theatre

The announcement comes after overwhelming demand for the first run of the smash production


WhatsOn Blog

Auckland Castle are introducing free, weekly tours of Bishop Auckland!


Heritage

Volunteers will be diving into the past, present and future of the historic County Durham town from today


WhatsOn Blog

REVIEW: Brick History @ Life Science Centre


Museums,Cuckoo Review

Georgia Knight of Cuckoo Review checked out Life's depiction of historical events.... entirely in LEGO!


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 27.3.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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REVIEW: Manny's Pizza Deli, Newcastle


Food and drink,Proper Scrumptious

Laura Brown indulged in pizza utopia from the Ridley Street joint.


WhatsOn Blog

REVIEW: Hysteria @ Gala Theatre & Cinema


Theatre,Cuckoo Review

Gemma Corking of Cuckoo Review revelled in this surprisingly funny and ingenious take on Sigmund Freud's work and mental health.


WhatsOn Blog

Jesterval returns this summer as part of Q Festival!


Comedy

Mitch Benn, Sara Pascoe, Ed Byrne and Paul Foot are among the first names announced!


WhatsOn Blog

Lightwater Valley are offering What’s On readers entry for just £15!


Outdoors,Family

The theme park re-opens its doors at the beginning of April with four new attractions and more!


WhatsOn Blog

The history of the Durham Light Infantry is being explored in a new exhibition


Museums,Heritage

The collection at the Palace Green Library will feature objects that have never been on display before.


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REVIEW: Little Shop of Horrors @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle


Theatre

Terri Heckley was mightily impressed by Tyne Theatre Productions' take on the classic musical!


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 20.3.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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Newcastle’s Victoria Tunnel is celebrating its 175th anniversary in April!


Heritage

The organisers are marking the anniversary by putting on a Victorian-themed party featuring the Lord Mayor and High Sheriff.


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REVIEW: Lord of the Flies @ The People’s Theatre, Newcastle


Theatre,Cuckoo Review

James Inkster of Cuckoo Review assesses a thought-provoking take on William Golding's classic tale.


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 13.3.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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REVIEW: Moonlight @ Tyneside Cinema


Film,Cuckoo Review

Tom Cooney of Cuckoo Review gives his verdict on the winner of this year's Academy Award for Best Picture.


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REVIEW: The Horne Section @ Gala Theatre & Cinema


Comedy

Andrew Bramfitt had to stop his sides from splitting when Alex Horne and co rolled into Durham!


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REVIEW: Toni Erdmann @ Tyneside Cinema


Film,Cuckoo Review

The day after an American remake was announced, Simon Ramshaw saw the singularly German comedy Toni Erdmann for Cuckoo Review.


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Rod Stewart is performing at Durham County Cricket Club in June


Music

It’s one of only two mainland dates that Rod is doing this year!


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 27.2.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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ROX are helping you pick the perfect Newcastle proposal spot


Family

The jewellers have devised an interactive map to make that magical moment all the more special


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PREVIEW: The Horne Section @ Gala Theatre & Cinema


Comedy

Alex Horne and his band of merry men are set to knock your socks off!


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Could your dog star in La Boheme at the Sunderland Empire?


Theatre

Ellen Kent needs a North East dog to help star in her latest opera production!


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 20.2.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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REVIEW: The Empty Nesters' Club @ Gala Theatre, Durham


Theatre

Andrew Bramfitt reviews the latest production by award-winning writer John Godber.


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What's On Next Week (w/c 13.2.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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Tapas Revolution comes to Newcastle this month!


Food and drink

Spanish TV chef Omar Allibhoy - "the Antonio Banderas of cooking" - is bringing his restaurant to Eldon Square.


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 6.2.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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Alan Shearer, ROX and Hublot team up to auction unique watch for charity


Adults

Members on the public can bid for the unique watch, with all the proceeds going to the Alan Shearer Foundation.


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 23.1.16)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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Get 10% off at Nudo Sushi Box when you register online now


Food and drink

If you live in the NE1-NE8 areas you could get a nice little discount from the mouth-watering sushi joint...


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 16.1.17)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 9.1.17)


What's On

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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 26.12.16)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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Bongo's Bingo debuts in Newcastle this Friday @ Boiler Shop!


Adults

There is nothing quite like Bongo’s Bingo, one of the most fun, funniest and bonkers ways to spend an evening, a phenomenon which is spreading across the UK to now include Newcastle too,


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NGI are searching for a Development Manager


What's On

The role will be critical in fundraising for 2018’s Great Exhibition of the North


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 5.12.16)


What's On

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…


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Festive Theatrical Treats!


What's On

We’re highlighting a couple of the best festive-themed productions for all the family that are just a little bit different from your usual panto mould.


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The Big Panto Roundup!


What's On

It’s pantomime season once again and as usual the region has more than its fair share of pantomimes to help you get into that festive spirit – we’ve rounded up the best here for you to take your pick.


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 28.11.16)


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The Fighting Bradfords @ Gala Durham


Theatre,Heritage

An affecting yet inspiring portrayal of a remarkable family of war heroes from County Durham.


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What’s On Next Week! (w/c 12.9.16)


What's On

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10 FREE Heritage Open Day Highlights


Museums,Outdoors,Science,Adults,Music,Food and drink,Family,Heritage,What's On

From 8 -11 September 2016, thousands of volunteers across the country invite you to experience local history, architecture and culture. All for free. We've trawled the list of all 359 events taking place in the north east and picked out 10 stand out things to do.


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Shoes: Pleasure and Pain @ The Bowes Museum


Museums

Shoe enthusiast Amanda Tutin attended "Shoes: Pleasure and Pain" at The Bowes Museum. Find out what she thought of the exhibition.


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What's On Next Week! (w/c 8.8.16)


What's On

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Durham Cathedral in LEGO


Family,Heritage

For the last three years Durham Cathedral have been building a 300,000 brick LEGO model of their Cathedral, and there's less than two weeks left before they complete the build!


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Cluedunnit? @ The Undercroft Restaurant, Durham Cathedral


Crime,Adults,Food and drink

On a clear spring evening, deep in the crypts of Durham Cathedral, the aftermath of a horrific act of multiple murder unfolded in front of us.


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Bright Club Newcastle @ The Stand Comedy Club


Comedy,Science,Adults

The recent news that the NERC are wavering on naming their shiny new research vessel RSS Boaty McBoatface may have given the impression that scientists can't take a joke. Bright Club proved however, from this sample size at least, that they can certainly dish them out.


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Peppa Pig’s Surprise @ Darlington Civic Theatre


Theatre,Family

As soon as children hear the distinct ‘Peppa Pig *snort*’ theme tune on the television, it sends them stir crazy with anticipation of the latest episode and the Peppa Pig live show at Darlington Civic Theatre at the weekend was no exception.


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Inspired by the notion of ‘almost too serious’, Stairwall - The Things We Find, is a playful exchange of dance, visual art, and music, which holds the beauty of the North East, and the stories communities offer at its core.

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Celebrate the Festive Season with the Tyne Theatre and Opera House!

Coming to a show Tyne Theatre and Opera House is a great way to kick-start your Christmas – and you’ll be spoilt for choice. From Panto to Ballet, from crafting to music, the Theatre has something for everyone.

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