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5 things to do this weekend

The UK’s best soul party is coming to the North East, plus a really cool artist/restaurant collab that we love.

Written by High Life North
Published 31.01.2024
The Forum Darlington

MARIA & JAMES

When: Friday 2nd February at 7.30pm

Where: The Forum, Darlington

Price: £12.00

North East song writing duo Maria and James are celebrating the launch of their first album, Chapters, by performing at The Forum with a full live band. Expect a night of original music from local talent, with a few covers thrown in too.

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The Biscuit Factory

FROM CANVAS TO KITCHEN: A TABLE BY THE SEA

When: Launching Friday 2nd February – see website for more details

Where: The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

Price: £20.00

We love this idea. ‘A Table by the Sea’ is a collection of still life paintings by artist Marissa Weatherhead, of tablescapes laden with seafood, fruit and foliage, making reference to pleasurable moments of indulgence and occasion. Taking inspiration, The Factory Kitchen has crafted a delicious two-course set lunch menu available exclusively on selected dates in February. Expect moules frites, North Shields fish pie and burnt basque cheesecake. Vegan options available.

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Soul Jam Salt Market Social

SOULJAM: SOUL AT THE SOCIAL

When: Saturday 3rd February at 5.00pm

Where: Salt Market Social, North Shields

Price: £8.00

If you’re new to SoulJam, they’ve been throwing parties up and down the UK for over 10 years now – packing out the best clubs from Brighton to Glasgow. Street food will be on hand when you need a break from dancing, as DJs spin the finest in authentic boogie sounds from Chic to Cheryl Lynn, Stevie Wonder to Sylvester and Marvin Gaye.

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Wall-e

WALL-E AT POP RECS

When: Sunday 4th February at 4.00pm

Where: Pop Recs/Sonny’s Coffee & Kitchen, Sunderland

Price: from £3.00

Cosy up this Sunday afternoon at an immersive screening of WALL-E. A heart-warming wholesome family event with great vibes and great coffee.

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The Butterfly Tree Glass Studio, Brunswick Village 

GLASS HEART DECORATING

When: Sunday 4th February at 12noon

Where: The Butterfly Tree Glass Studio, Brunswick Village 

Price: £23.00

Spend an hour connecting with your inner artist decorating a glass heart suncatcher. No experience necessary as Juliet will guide you. Leave your creations to be fired and pick up the finished piece a week later to wrap for a loved one on Valentine’s Day or to hang in your window.

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