YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGISTS’ CLUB
No. 42, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7PB
Perfect for the young Indiana Jones’ of the North East, get down to No. 42 at Auckland Castle. In this two-hour session, children aged 7–11 can dig up the past and learn all about local history, including the Bishops of Durham. After they lay down their tools, spend the rest of the day exploring Auckland Castle and visit the tower. Feast your eyes on the Mining Art Gallery and make some furry friends at the medieval Deer Park.
Middlesbrough Town Hall, TS1 2QJ
Our friends from across the pond first formed over nearly two decades ago when Mike Merenda, Ruth Ungar and Tao Rodríguez-Seeger first collaborated. Now a quintet, they specialise in folk music with a political edge. On an international tour that will also play in New York and Florida, this show promises to be entertaining and current in a time of such political uncertainty as this.
LIFE DRAWING WITH ROB OLDFIELD
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9JT
0113 343 2778
This class is for all abilities – from newbies fresh to the canvas to experienced artists looking to develop their skills and build their portfolio. For four years, York-based artist Rob Oldfield has led the class, teaching technique and posing for portraits. He is the big draw here, with an expansive career working in different areas of the industry, including graphic design, sign writing and art technology. Come along and take advantage of both his talent for the canvas, and for teaching.
JANUARY COMEDY NIGHT: THE FUN CONTINUES
Café Choux Choux, Station Bridge, Keighley BD21 4HP
Situated in this family–run café and bar, the Keighley Comedy Club moved to the swish Café Choux Choux in 2015. The first show of the year is set for Sunday, with Sheffield-born Alfie Moore, ex-con Gary Little (who’s stint in jail provided the material for his Edinburgh Fringe show) and Sally-Anne Hayward performing. Take advantage of their meal-and-ticket offer, then work off the grub, laughing until your stomach muscles ache.
HAMMONDS SALTAIRE BAND
Stephen Joseph Threate, Westborough, Scarborough YO11 1JW
A highly anticipated annual tradition celebrating the New Year, the Hammonds Saltaire Band will once again perform at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. One of the country’s finest brass bands, their award-winning soloists will serenade you with a medley of traditional, classical popular and show tunes, directed by Morgan Griffiths.