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What’s on this weekend in the North East

From a Thai food festival spicing things up to a spot of retail therapy at vintage clothes fair, we’ve rounded up the events that you don’t want to miss.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 22.09.2022

FOR A SPOT OF CULTURE

 

Middlesbrough Art Weekender

When: Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th September

Where: The Auxiliary, Middlesborough

Price: Free

At this cultural arts festival, you can expect over 75 artists and makers to help you explore the theme of power through exhibitions, workshops, talks, seminars, performances and interactive projects. If you want to be inspired this weekend, look no further.

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Life Drawing with Live Improvised Music

When: Saturday 24th September

Where: Cobalt Studios CIC, Newcastle upon Tyne

Price: £11 – £15

Enjoy a relaxed sat afternoon of life drawing, coloured light, candles and a gorgeous live improvised music session. All you need to bring along is drawing materials of your choice, a sketchbook and yourself and let your creativity and imagination go wild.

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FOR THE FOODIES

The Thai of My Life: Thai Kwondo 

When: Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th September

Where: Wylam Brewery, Newcastle upon Tyne

Price: Free

Wylam Brewery’s ultimate food bottle is back but this time with a kick featuring a showcase of incredible Thai-inspired dishes. This two-day event serves an infusion of flavours of food made by only the finest of local Thai street food vendors. But who will be crowned champion?

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FOR THE FASHIONISTAS

Lou Lou’s Newcastle Vintage Fair

When: Sunday 25rd September

Where: Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Price: £2.50

Have a full day of retail therapy at Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair with over 35 fabulous traders. From vintage womenswear to jewellery and collectables to homewares sourced from far and wide, get some stunning one-of-a-kind vintage pieces to fill your autumn wardrobe.

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FOR THE GIG LOVERS

Allen Valleys Folk Festival

When: Wednesday 23nd – Sunday 25th September

Where: Queen’s Hall Art Centre, Hexham

Price: £11 – £93.50

Expect a three-day celebration of folk music, dance and heritage, featuring the best live acts from the North East and beyond. From free pub gigs to ceilidh dance programmes and workshops to outdoor activities set in the spectacular landscape of the Allen Valleys, there’s plenty here for you to explore.

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