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Jewellery: Wearable Glass
Until Sunday, October 1, 2017

This new exhibition at National Glass Centre celebrates four glass artists and eight of the country’s best jewellers, showing how the artform has evolved in recent decades. Cutting-edge designs will be on display in this ‘wearable glass’ demonstration.

Image of the Interior in The Biscuit Factory
Open Contemporary Young Artist Award
Until Sunday, August 20, 2017

A celebration of young artists working in every medium under 35 at The Biscuit Factory comes with a top prize of £1,000 and the opportunity for a solo show at the gallery for the winner, while the People’s Choice Winner will get £250. All works shown at this exhibition are available to buy, with 10 percent of proceeds going back to help future projects. 

Rock Paper Books
Time Machines
Until Sunday, September 3, 2017

Time in all forms fascinates us – and this new exhibition looks a little closer at the mind-bending concept. Prime among the many thought-provoking exhibits is HG Wells’ original manuscript of The Time Machine, on loan from an American university. 

Palace Green Library, Durham University
The Hoppings, Nick Lambert
All the Fun of the Fair: 135 years of the Hoppings
Until Sunday, October 1, 2017

This summer Discovery Museum is hosting an exhibition to celebrate 135 years of the Hoppings, the much-loved funfair held annually on Newcastle’s Town Moor. It will explore the origins of the Hoppings and at the travelling way of life of the generations of showmen and their families who bring the Hoppings to Newcastle. Expect to pick up some fairground lingo, enjoy a ride or two and take home a free balloon too.

Bob Marshall
Bob Marshall Art Exhibition
Until Monday, July 31, 2017

Steel industry worker Bob Marshall took up drawing at the age of 50 but soon moved on to acrylic and this exhibition includes a range of original paintings and prints.

Kynren - Land of Hope and Glory
Until Saturday, September 16, 2017

This epic journey through 2,000 years of British history includes a cast and crew of more than 1,500 people – plus performance ducks. Book now and gird yourself for a spectacular evening you won’t forget.

Bishop Auckland
HSBC UK City Rides
HSBC UK City Rides
Until Sunday, September 10, 2017

Do you love using your bike? Do you like the idea of cycling but feel nervous about city-centre riding? This summer you’ll be able to roam some of the UK’s busiest cities without a car or bus in sight because British Cycling have teamed up with HSBC UK to create car-free routes and obstacle courses in a bid to make cycling the most popular sport in the country.
Newcastle 2 July, Sheffield 16 July and Leeds 10 September.

Jason and the Golden Fleece
Jason and the Golden Fleece
Friday, July 28, 2017

This interactive, magical retelling of the classic Greek myth is full of odd creatures and characters – and that’s before we even get to the Harpies. Follow Jason as he and his argonauts set out on their mission in what promises to be a funny retelling of the classic story.

Tinie Tempah
Tinie Tempah
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Rapper, entrepreneur and Esquire’s favourite man Tinie Tempah may spend more time on the front row of fashion shows than in the recording booth nowadays, but when the man’s given a microphone, he still knows how to bring the noise.

Jacksons Landing, Hartlepool
Judgement in Stone (credit Mark Yeoman)
A Judgement In Store
Monday, July 31, 2017 - Saturday, August 5, 2017

Ruth Rendell’s classic tale is packed with plenty of stars of stage and screen this summer. Eunice struggles to fit in with the wealthy family she works for as a housekeeper. Come Valentine’s Day, there’s a murder. Who did it? You’ll have to work it out...

Allyson June Smith
Allyson June Smith
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A former teacher, Canadian comedian Allyson June Smith has been tickling the world’s funnybone since 2000, and is now bringing her brand of comedy to the UK. This intimate gig is the perfect entry into her comedy.

Roobarb ‘n’ Custard, Seaham
Bamburgh B Festival
Bamburgh B Festival
Friday, August 25, 2017

Bamburgh Castle is the backdrop for B Festival, organised by HospiceCare Northumberland. Musicians spanning multiple genres will play as the sun sets over the castle walls, while there’ll be plenty of street food stalls for sustenance.

Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein
Saturday, August 26, 2017 - Saturday, September 9, 2017

We all know Mary Shelley’s story, but have you heard Mel Brooks’ version of Frankenstein? He’s bringing his new musical Young Frankenstein exclusively to the North East ahead of its West End premiere. Based on the 1974 smash-hit film, the story follows New York brain surgeon and professor Frederick Frankenstein after he inherits a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his grandfather and is left with the decision of whether or not to continue mad experiments with the dead. Catch Cramlington-born comedian Ross Noble playing the role of the hunchbacked servant.

A Fruit Feast
Designer Calls Day
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Emma Bossons, the youngest ever elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, draws inspiration for her Moorcroft pottery from the countryside. She’ll be in the Sissons Gallery, on 30 September, signing work for visitors between 12pm and 3pm.

Sissons Gallery, Helmsley

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