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We’ve got everything you need for a fun-filled weekend, from beer festivals to gin tasting, with a sprinkling of festivities for good measure

The All Durham Beer Festival is set to showcase the best of gin, ale, music and food – all with roots in County Durham. Locals such as Bishop Auckland’s Caps Off, and the North East’s Scran? van will come together at the Emirates Riverside Stadium for a weekend that represents the local food and drinks scene, what’s best? They’ll be raising funds for local charities too.

This Saturday, head to The Nest in Gateshead for a special Christmas edition of Nailed It! Enjoy a cocktail on arrival and canapés throughout the evening as you take part in The Nest’s version of the hit Netflix show, where contestants have to match the standard of a fully decorated cake, which is presented to you before the competition starts – it’s set to be a day of hilarious fun, festivity and dodgy culinary expertise.

If Christmas shopping has worn you down this weekend, reward your efforts with an evening of sampling some of York Gin Company’s finest tipples in the historic Barley Hall. York Gin is the only gin producer in the city, and the owners and chief-distillers will be on hand throughout the evening to take you through the tasting notes of each libation, as well as offering advice on the best garnishes and serves – we’ll toast to that. 

Experience Christmas as it once was in 1943 underground with a ‘Santy 1943’ tour at Ousburn’s Victoria Tunnel – it’s Santa’s grotto with a difference (and 55ft underground too!) An event for all of the family, help Mrs Claus and friends find 'Santy' in the Victoria Tunnel while you learn about how the people of Newcastle celebrated Christmas during World War Two from the man himself in this spectacular and atmospheric location.

Round off your weekend with the magical musical which tells the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Have your heartstrings tugged by the story of four boys growing up on the ‘wrong side of the tracks’ who went on to sell 100 million records – full of heart, humour, and sheer musical brilliance, this is a sure-fire way to beat off the Sunday night blues.

Published in: November 2018

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