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What’s on in the North East this Bank Holiday weekend

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S THEMED AFTERNOON TEA

When: Friday 24th May, 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Where: The Assembly Rooms, Newcastle

Price: From £29.00

Embrace your inner Holly Golightly as you sit down to this ultra-stylish afternoon tea. Get glammed in your LBD as you climb the magnificent staircase in the refurbished Assembly Rooms. Sip on a glass of champagne before indulging in a traditional afternoon tea. This fun event is to raise money for The Three Tumours – a brain cancer awareness charity.

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RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS

When: Friday 24th May, 8.00pm – 11.00pm

Where: Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle

Price: From £36.00

Join the Red Hot Chilli Pipers for a brand-new tour to celebrate 20 years of feel-good performances. Known for their incredible fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop anthems, the bagpipe band always brings attitude and a fu Scottish twist to popular tunes and songs. The Spring tour also accompanies the release of their first-ever ‘Best Of Live’ album, which combines all their favourite hits.

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DURHAM PRIDE 2024

When: Sunday 26th May, 10.30am – 7.00pm

Where: The Sands, Durham

Price: From £9.38

Celebrate LGBT+ diversity at The Sands park for Durham’s annual Pride weekend. The morning will start with a march from Durham Cathedral through the city, with plenty of colour, noise and music. This will be followed by Speeches for Pride, where Durham leaders take the stage and explain what they will do to help raise awareness and improve responses for LGBT+ people across the county. You can also look forward to plenty of fun entertainment, headliner acts from Aston Merrygold (JLS) and George Shelley (Union J), food, bars, a petting farm, market stalls and a fun fair for the whole family to enjoy.

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BANK HOLIDAY BBQ EXTRAVAGANZA 

When: Sunday 26th May, 2.00pm – 9.00pm

Where: Ophelia, Gosforth

Price: £10.00

Soak up some chilled summer vibes this May bank holiday with a BBQ feast at Ophelia, Gosforth. Nick Grieves, chef and owner of the bistro, is joining forces with Ian Waller, head chef at Michelin-starred Restaurant Pine. Together, they’ll whip up a sensational summer storm that features:

  • Braised lamb neck (mushroom as the veggie option), caramelised tomato with koji and pumpkin seed, juniper yoghurt, jalapeño and rose hot sauce finished with fermented garlic honey and served with a fennel, pickled onion and caper salad.
  • Oysters and fermented red pepper juice, squid with cucumber nam jim and raspberries and tomato and melon in dashi.

Opt for a classic summer cocktail or glass of wine from Fond Wine, then sit back beneath the inflatable palm trees and enjoy the chilled beats as the guest DJ does their thing. Entry includes a welcome drink.

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VIVALDI’S FOUR SEASONS 

When: Sunday 26th May, 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Where: The Fire Station, Sunderland

Price: From £11.00

Royal Northern Sinfonia returns for its last performance of the season with Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Led by talented violinist Maria Włoszczowska, the orchestra will take you on a magical journey through the changing year. From the freshness of spring to the iciness of winter, these four concertos manage to beautifully capture the essence of each season.

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REDCAR KITE FESTIVAL

When: Saturday 25th May – Sunday 26th  May

Where: Redcar Beach, Redcar

Price: Free

Redcar Kite Festival is an exciting new festival where kites of all descriptions, sizes and colours will take to the air for two days of exhilarating aerial displays over Majuba beach. Experts from Northern Kite Group will take to the skies providing spectacular displays, choreographed flying routines and soaring stunt shows. Head over to the beginner’s beach corner to perfect your kite flying skills or join Infinite Arts as you create your very own kite to take to the sky. Redcar Kite Festival will also see the launch of a new artisan food and beverage market as part of the event programme. The High-Flying Market will feature a range of local and regional traders, as well as live music, performances, and street theatre.

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WILD WALK

When: Monday 27th  May, 11.00am – 12noon

Where: Washington Wetland Centre

Price: Included with general admission

Explore the beautiful wetlands with this hour-long guided walk around the reserve. Follow one of the team members as you try to spot the various inhabitants of the wetlands, asking any questions as you go. It’s a great opportunity to snap some photos, practise your ID skills and learn some new tips about wildlife spotting…

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Want more inspo for things to book? Head to our High Life North events calendar for all of the events you’ll want to know about.

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Laura is the Founder and Editor of High Life North. She had the idea to set up an exclusively digital women’s magazine after feeling there was a gap in the market in the North East. With over 10 years of experience in marketing and PR, Laura had a very clear…

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