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Raymond Briggs: A Retrospective

The Bowes Museum Barnard Castle, County Durham

‘ you have to be a mini actor. If the figure is to walk jauntily with its nose in the air, you have to imagine what that feels like. You have to be the person and observe the person, and do both these things at once. – Raymond Briggs. Raymond Briggs: A Retrospective is the first ever […]

Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival

To celebrate 1,900 years since the building of Hadrian’s Wall, venues all across the North along the whole length of the wall will be hosting a variety of events and activities during this year-long festival. From live performances to art exhibitions, virtual and in-person tours to activity challenges, discover what this UNESCO landmark has meant […]

Newcastle University Fine Art Graduate Showcase 2021

Hatton Gallery Kings Road, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne

This is a curated virtual exhibition celebrating emerging artists from the BA Fine Art graduating class of 2021. It gives our visitors another chance to see some of the artwork exhibited in the Newcastle University Fine Art Degree Show 2021. The project marks the start of a new curatorial mentorship scheme for BA Fine Art graduates […]

The Ignorant Art School: Five Sit-ins Towards Creative Emancipation

Hatton Gallery Kings Road, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Sit-in #2: To Be Potential. An interactive exhibition examining and art education, in partnership with Cooper Gallery The Ignorant Art School: Five Sit-ins Towards Creative Emancipation is a contemporary art exhibition and event programme devised and curated by Cooper Gallery at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee. Bringing together artists, designers, educators, activists, […]

Daughters of the Soil – Joanne Coates

The Maltings Eastern Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Daughters of the Soil is the culmination of twelve months research by documentary photographer Joanne Coates into the role of women in agriculture in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. The work was produced during a residency with Maltings and Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) and Institute for Creative Arts Practice, which enabled the […]

Citizens Of Our Time

Side Gallery 5-9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

As the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill reaches its final stages in parliament, ‘Kill the Bill’ protestors continue to take to the streets, condemning it as an attack on our civil liberties. Side Gallery explores the motivations and methods of individuals and communities who have been compelled to campaign and protest through the work […]

Macromancy: Britain and the North East of England, 1986 – 2022

Hartlepool Art Gallery Church Street, Hartlepool, County Durham

A captivating new exhibition that documents the fast-paced world of photojournalism opens at Hartlepool Art Gallery this May. British documentary and editorial photojournalist Mark Pinder has been at the forefront of breaking news for over three decades, capturing the events that have shaped recent British history.  Alongside his work for major national and international publications, […]


A Platinum Jubilee Celebration

The Bowes Museum Barnard Castle, County Durham

HRH Queen Elizabeth II has already made history for many reasons – not least by cementing her status as Britain’s longest-reigning monarch with her Platinum Jubilee at the beginning of June. This special exhibition celebrates Teesdale's links with the Royal Family, including The Bowes Museum’s royal connections, memorabilia and memories of street parties, as well […]

Spring Fling by Uplands

The Biscuit Factory Bermondsey Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the ambitious, Dumfries-based art and craft development organisation, Upland. To celebrate, they’re bringing a bold and diverse range of fine art and contemporary craft to The Biscuit Factory, from a cohort of exceptional artists and craftspeople – all available for us to add to our own collections.


Women Are Mint

Cobalt Studios 10 Boyd Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Good Habits, Ceitidh Mac, Naomi Carole, Sound System, Nadedja, Northering… in a world where international music festivals are dominated by male headliners, Women Are Mint is like a balm to the soul. Women Are Mint is a trans-inclusive feminist festival, that aims to tackle the gender imbalance on line-ups. With a MINT line-up, curated by […]


Flo & Joan’s Sweet Release Tour

Alnwick Playhouse Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland

Multi-award winning musical comedy duo (and sisters) Flo & Joan are climbing out of their pits, armed with a piano and percussion section to bring you a brand new show of their critically acclaimed songs and comedy. Their unique, sharp-tongued style has taken them around the world with multiple sell-out tours and appearances at the Just For Laughs […]



Boiler Shop 20 South Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

A night dedicated to worshipping at the altar of Taylor Swift: non-stop Swifty all night: deep cuts, extended mixes, fan favourites and all the hits. Do you have a Blank Space in your diary? Then this night is Taylor-made for you.


25 Years of Lord Of The Dance

Sunderland Empire High Street West, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Since its premiere, Michael Flatley's Lord Of The Dance has visited over 1000 venues worldwide and been seen by over 60 million people in 60 different countries – making it one of the most successful dance productions in the world. For its 25th year, Michael has updated the original show for a new generation of fans – promising […]


Sam Fender

O2 City Hall Northumberland Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

He’s gone from local lad to local hero in record time, thanks to his ‘music that punches the air and the gut’ (The Guardian). But now we’ve got the chance to see Sam Fender up close and personal in this intimate hometown gig, where all proceeds will go directly to North East Homeless.


Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler

Durham Gala Theatre Millennium Place, Durham, County Durham

The hilarious Sarah Millican is back on tour with a Bobby Dazzler of a new stand-up show. In this, her sixth international tour, you’ll learn about what happens when your mouth seals shut, how to throw poo over a wall, trying to lose weight but only losing the tip of your finger, a surprisingly funny smear […]


L.K. Bennett Spring/Summer 2022 Fashion Show

Grantley Hall Ripon, North Yorkshire

L.K.Bennett will be showcasing their Spring/Summer 2022, ready to wear collection from 2pm on Thursday 26th May in the Grantley Suite at Yorkshire's superlative country house hotel, Grantley Hall. Tea and coffee will be served on arrival, while guests can tuck into a sumptuous Afternoon Tea at 3pm to enjoy as they take in the show.


We Are The Best!

Live Theatre

Live Theatre launches its new season with an explosive world premiere stage adaptation of a film described by the New York Times as ‘a joyous heart-swelling story of youthful rebellion’. It’s Stockholm, 1982. Three friends decide to change the world. Or at least change their world. And their hair. Bobo doesn’t quite fit in. Luckily, neither […]


A Stone’s Throw Festival 2022

On May 28th, 2022, over 60 of the hottest new music acts will descend on Newcastle's coastline, creating a trail of MUST SEE talent spanning Tynemouth to North Shields! All ticket holders will have access to over 10 venues and a bespoke double-decker bus service provided by established local bus company, Go North East. Us? […]



Sunderland Empire High Street West, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

‘Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery…all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts…’ – so begins the international, multi-award-winning musical, Chicago. Starring TV personality Gemma ‘The GC’ Collins, Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes and West End star Djalenga Scott, this epic musical is still as sexy, sassy and sophisticated as ever. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of […]


House of Barefoot

Reed Farm, Stamfordham Pens Close, Stamfordham, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland

House of Barefoot brings an abundance of talent to the North East in 2022. With some of the world's most sought-after DJs all playing extended sets – including John Digweed, Danny Howells, Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, Henry Saiz and James Zabiela – this is going to be one to remember! This boutique festival has a […]


Rock n Roll Circus

Town Moor Grandstand Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Under the rock 'n' roll Big Top at Newcastle’s newest festival will be Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Charlatans, Andrew Cushin, The Libertines, Years & Years and L Devine.


Let’s Rock the North East

Herrington Country Park Chester Road, Penshaw, New Herrington, Houghton le Spring, County Durham

With a fabulous line-up of artists to bring you the very best of the '80s, and an action-packed day of general '80s-themed madness, there is plenty to do for everyone at this Family Friendly Festival. Let’s Rock! has been leading the way for quality, family-friendly '80s music festivals since 2009. Don’t miss out on this […]


Summer Floral Masterclass with Jonathan Moseley

Grantley Hall Ripon, North Yorkshire

On Wednesday 15th June, Grantley Hall will be hosting the next in the series of events they're holding with celebrity floral designer, Jonathan Moseley – the Summer Floral Masterclass. With over 25 years of industry experience and featuring in all of the major Royal Horticultural Society flower shows – including Chelsea, Hampton Court, Tatton and […]


Blyth Live Festival

Blyth Beach Blyth, Northumberland

After a two year break due to Covid, Blyth beach will once again be transformed this summer into the county’s largest, free family festival, as Blyth Live Festival brings one of the hottest names in pop music to the town. Funded by Blyth Town Council, The Blyth Live Music Festival is headlined by long-time pals […]


Ibiza Sunset Party

Grantley Hall Ripon, North Yorkshire

Party until the sun goes down, Ibiza style, in The Orchard at Grantley Hall. Head to the hotel from 7pm for an Ibiza-themed party like no other, in association with Chandon Garden Spritz. Grantley Hall's DJ will be bringing those White Isle vibes while you party until the sun goes down. At 10pm, guests will […]


Rag‘n’Bone Man

Newcastle Racecourse High Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Following on from the release of his long-awaited second album, Life By Misadventure – his first full-length since the ground-breaking and award-winning 2017 debut Human – Rag’n’Bone Man is back with a show at Newcastle Racecourse to celebrate. Human was a phenomenal success; a 4x platinum album which shot to #1 week of release in the UK, […]


Cointreau Rendezvous at Valeria’s

Grantley Hall Ripon, North Yorkshire

This special evening at Grantley Hall begins at 9pm on Friday 1st July, as the doors to the hotel's glamourous, late-night Champagne & Cocktail Bar open for the Cointreau Rendezvous at Valeria’s. Their talented team of mixologists have created a luxurious drinks menu – complete with classic cocktails featuring Cointreau – along with live percussionists […]


A Day at the Races

Grantley Hall Ripon, North Yorkshire

Arrive at Grantley Hall for a Moët & Chandon Champagne Reception on the Grantley Suite Terrace at midday, followed by a three-course lunch in the Grantley Suite (served at 12:30pm) with an Afternoon Tea also served later in the day. The races will be screened live on a big screen; make sure you study the […]


Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Tynemouth Priory and Castle Pier Road, Tynemouth, North Shields, Tyne and Wear

Keane, Lighthouse Family, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Newton Faulkner are all set to perform across this now-legendary weekend of music set in the seaside shadows of Tynemouth Priory.


Kubix Festival

Herrington Country Park Chester Road, Penshaw, New Herrington, Houghton le Spring, County Durham

At the Pop & Dance Day on 9th July, expect to find cheesy chartopper Steps, Aqua and Vengaboys, while the Rock & Indie Weekend across the 15th and 16th July will host UB40, Happy Mondays, Lightning Seeds and Shed Seven.


Durham Brass Festival

Durham Brass Festival is an eclectic, vibrant and colourful celebration of brass music in all its forms – artistically excellent, rooted in our communities, and welcoming to everyone. Taking inspiration from the brass band heritage of County Durham, the festival weaves together all musical genres into a vibrant and entertaining 10-day festival taking place across […]


This Is South Tyneside Festival – Sunday Concerts

Bents Park Sea Road, South Shields, South Tyneside

During three months of entertainment at South Shields' seafront, the famous, fabulous, FREE Sunday Concerts are back across four weekends! Will Young, Ella Henderson, and Shalamar and The Fizz will be headlining three out of the four Sunday Concerts, while on 24th July an exciting new addition to the festival emerges in the form of the […]


Gallagher Park Live Festival

Gallagher Park Bedlington, Northumberland

Dodgy tops the bill at one of Northumberland’s most popular free festivals, while The Straits promise all the hits of Dire Straits and S Club Allstars will give us all an extra helping of cheesy pop classics from our younger days.


Clubland By The Sea

Meggie’s Burn Farm Links Road, Blyth, Northumberland

This fantastic location on the North East coastline will be home to Clubland’s biggest line up yet! Including headliner Basshunter, who will be lighting up the main stage performing all his smash hits, including 'All I Ever Wanted' and 'Now You’re Gone'. Also taking over the main stage will be Sash with their global anthem […]


Scoop Music Festival

Burnhopeside Hall Durham Road, Lanchester, Durham

Chasing Mumford, UK Chilli Peppers, The National Anthems and Percy & the Piglets will be getting everyone on their feet and dancing away at this family favourite. Chasing Mumford, UK Chilli Peppers, The National Anthems and Percy & the Piglets will be getting everyone on their feet and dancing away at this family favourite. Chasing […]


Dominion Festival

Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels and Gardens near Durham City, County Durham

Dominion Festival is a brand new, 3-day festival showcasing metal, heavy metal and hard rock bands, set in the stunning surroundings of Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens in County Durham. With 42 bands set over two stages, including exclusive headliners Cradle of Filth and Blind Guardian, Dominion is THE place for metal and rock […]


Loose Fest ’22

Town Moor Grandstand Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Black Eyed Peas give us a healthy dose of throwback hits, while AJ Tracey, Clean Bandit, Example, Joel Corry, Jonas Blue and Sigala will all be bringing the beats to Newcastle’s Town Moor.


Lamplight Festival

Mowbray Park 6 Burdon Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Jack Savoretti, Kaiser Chiefs, Deacon Blue are the names you’ll recognise here, while you should be sure to catch Big Society and Tide Lines, too.


Between Woods and Streams

West Benridge Farm Morpeth, Northumberland

A weekend of music and camping at a lovely farm in rural Northumberland. The bands are the best of the North's original music producers, highlighting the songwriting and talent we have north of Watford Gap. Stay for the day or camp in an oak tree surrounded meadow and enjoy the music. The Futureheads headline this […]


Hardwick Festival 2022

Hardwick Hall Hotel Sedgefield, County Durham

Big hitters here include Stereophonics, Jake Bugg, The Specials, Becky Hill, The Proclaimers and Ella Eyre. Keep your ears out for Elizabeth Liddle, Hayley McKay and Faye Fantarrow, too.


Noughty 90’s Festival

Leazes Park Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Anyone born in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s is going to LOVE this. Think Cascada, Boyzlife, Fatman Scoop, S Club, Micky Modelle, Vengaboys, Five, Liberty X, Blazin Squad, N-Trance, Ultrabeat, Kelly Llorena, Fragma and Artful Dodger.


Lindisfarne Festival

Beal Farm Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland

In September 2022, the ultimate end-of-summer party festival will be back for it’s seventh year of music, magic and mayhem on the spectacular Northumberland coast. Less than an hour away from Edinburgh and Newcastle, but a world away from reality, Lindisfarne Festival provides a hedonistic weekend of escapism, jam-packed with sizzling entertainment for those that […]