MAKE MY WEEKEND... | Living North



Don’t let last night’s knock-out taint your weekend – whether you’re drowning your sorrows with cocktails, throwing your support behind France or Croatia, or making some noise at Durham’s Brass festival – we’ve got lots to lift your spirits

Not to blow our own trumpet, but the North East has some of the best musical events in the UK, and Friday evening sees the return of one of the loudest, the Durham Brass Festival. Opening the celebrations will be a tribute to legendary bandleader Ivy Benson. Ivy’s all-female band overcame scepticism and prejudice to become one of the most popular dance bands during the war years, and this show will see original band member Chrissy Lee bring her own dynamic, all-female band to salute Ivy’s pioneering spirit.

If you’re out enjoying the sunshine in The Yorkshire Wolds, stop off at the No. 10 Bistro in Stamford Bridge. Tucked away, The Square is a little bistro serving everything from burgers and risottos to fillet steak and calves liver in sage and onion butter. For fans of al fresco dining, their walled garden is the perfect spot to enjoy your meal and a summer cocktail or two. 

The roof terrace at Hash Bar and Kitchen in Darlington makes it a go-to stop off anytime of day, in no small part because they quite often have live music playing on its roofbox stage. But even when the bands aren’t playing, it’s a top spot to chill out with a beer. What could be better than a jug of Pina Colada to share as you head into the heart of the weekend?

Roll back the years and dance the day away to live music, treat yourself to a 50s hairdo and hop aboard the fabulous 50s bus at Beamish Museum this Sunday – they’re promising to transport you back to the days of rock ‘n’ roll and teddy boys, Pathé news and petticoats with this fantastic fairground festival, celebrating the addition of the 1950s Town to the museum’s award-winning attractions.

It may not be the match we wanted but if you’re going to watch France take on Croatia you may as well do it in style. Out on the decking you can take in all the World Cup final action in the sun here, with a hot dog or a bowl of chilli, and wash it down with a pint of local ale – it’s the perfect place to settle in as the final kicks off.

Published in: July 2018

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