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4 North East festivals happening this weekend

The next few days will see adventure filmmakers, world-class authors, intricate ice sculptures and sustainability warriors descend on the region – and they’re ready to celebrate.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 21.02.2023

Banff Mountain Film Festival

When: 7.30pm, Thursday 23rd February

Where: Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

Price: from £17.50

Showcasing the world’s best adventure filmmakers as they travel the globe and challenge themselves to the extreme, the Banff Mountain Film Festival is sure to leave you in awe – with plenty of prizes to pick up to spark your passion for adventure, too.

Alnwick Story Fest

When: Friday 24th February – Sunday 26th February

Where: venues across Alnwick

Price: from £5

Celebrating storytelling in all its forms in magical venues across the town, the Alnwick Story Fest is perfect for bookworms young and old. Join in the various activities and workshops, meet and greet with some of your favourite writers, filmmakers and artists, and learn how to become one yourself.  


Fire & Ice Durham 2023

When: Friday 24th February – Saturday 25th February

Where: venues across Durham

Price: Free

Prepare for Durham to transform before your eyes this weekend, as an exciting, steampunk-themed trail of ice sculptures takes over the city. See if you can spot them all, watch live demonstrations and interactive displays, and be sure not to miss the spectacular finale starting at 6pm each night.



When: 11am, Saturday 25th February

Where: Exhibition Park, Newcastle upon Tyne

Price: free

Urban Green Café are celebrating the great work that the Beelines North East project has done making Newcastle’s green spaces more bee-friendly by hosting a festival of nature-inspired arts, crafts, live music, food and drink at Exhibition Park. Perfect for a family day out.

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