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Step inside this 13th century stronghold and you can lay claim to having visited Britain’s most haunted castle. Famed for the battles that have raged in and around its walls, you can uncover the secrets hidden in its walls by booking onto a family-friendly ghost tour this autumn. But with ghouls rumoured to be in the chamber and voices heard in the chapel, the only question is – are you brave enough?
One of the UK’s most celebrated magicians and comedians is set to bring his most astonishing show yet to Durham’s Gala Theatre this September – promising to mesmerise audiences with his acclaimed blend of laugh-out-loud stand up and jaw-dropping magic, in a truly unique live theatre experience. You should always prepare to be enchanted whenever Pete works his magic.
Actor, writer, presenter and former Monty Python stalwart Michael Palin will be discussing his latest book about the many voyages of HMS Erebus – from its construction and the part it played in Ross's Antarctic expedition of 1839–43, to its abandonment and final rediscovery on the seabed in the Queen Maud Gulf in 2014.
County Durham’s ultimate obstacle course returns to Hardwick Park – featuring over 40 obstacles (from cargo nets, climbing walls and tunnels to freezing open water and plenty of muddy surprises to boot. With 5km or 10km courses to choose from, expect to be pushed to your limit.
The Black Cats go west for the group stages of the Football League Trophy – taking on a Carlisle United side who have suffered a decidedly poor start to their cup campaigns so far this season. A good chance for some joy at Wearside.
One of the world’s most renowned explorers embarks upon a new kind of adventure – his first UK tour, having been inspired to share his memories of what he describes as an unforgettable expedition to Papua New Guinea. Expect thrilling tales of awesome adventures, injected with a healthy dose of his trademark humour.
The North East’s largest, scariest and multi-award winning haunt is back for 2018 – with 13 nights of terrifying tricks and treats in store for thrill-seekers of all ages. Set in the grounds of an old haunted nursery behind Kirkleatham Museum, enter into the Scream Factory and you will be immersed in a world of nightmares – with all the sounds, odours and designs that you would only expect to find on a Hollywood movie set. Not for the faint-hearted.
Some of the best traditional artists in Irish music descend on the North East this October for the 32nd Tyneside Irish Festival – featuring the mighty Back West, who have recently returned from a tour of the States and have a bodhrán player who used to dance in acclaimed production Lord of the Dance – so expect some stepping.
Fringe favourites the Thinking Drinkers are back with a new, hilariously intoxicating bar-hop through history. Enjoy five free drinks as the award-winning experts take you from the symposiums of Ancient Greece to the classic British boozer – via Wild West saloons, Victorian gin palaces and the secret Speakeasy.
Brocksbushes farm has built a reputation for hosting immersive goings on during the Halloween period, and this year promises the creepiest capers yet. Boasting ‘the only full contact Halloween event in the UK’, Brocksbushes invites thrill-seekers into their Creatures of the Corn event, where a manipulative ringmaster (played by Hebburn star Steffan Peddie) will trick them into coming face-to-face with part pig, part goat creatures, who were once humans. Be afraid.
With Halloween-themed treasure trails, tours and activities, families can explore this 14th century stronghold and its 200-acre deer park to their hearts’ content – just watch you don’t stumble across the spirits said to be lurking in its shadows. Having been home to the mother of two kings of England, the scene of the plotting of the Rising of the North, and a Parliamentary stronghold during the Civil War, there’ll be plenty of spooky stories and terrifying tales to discover here.
Albion have enjoyed a decidedly more positive start to the season than Newcastle, but after the Magpies tough run of fixtures that have started this season, this could perhaps be a real chance to put some points on board.
Everyone’s favourite open-air museum will transform from a family-friendly avenue into history to become overrun by the most gruesome of ghouls and the most spine-tingling of spirits on All Hallows’ Eve this year. Sure to give little monsters (of all ages) a fright night they’ll never forget – with The Town, Pit Village, Colliery Yard and Pockerley Old Hall swamped with petrifying creatures – only the brave will dare to knock on the doors to trick or treat…
Step into the shadows of Auckland Castle a few days before Halloween and risk coming face-to-face with some ghoulishly garish characters from local history, myth and fable. Groups will be guided through torchlight through the Castle grounds, where they may encounter these ghostly spectres and listen to their terrible tales.
Derby County are arguably one of the Boro’s biggest remaining rivals in the Championship this season, so this fixture is certainly one to mark in your diaries – it could prove decisive later on in the season.
Despite the fact they were crowned league champions last season, the Chiefs will certainly need to be brave if they hope to claim the spoils in the first round of this year’s Premiership Rugby Cup at Kingston Park this October; the Falcons look set to soar to even greater heights this season.
With live music, dancing, street food and over 100 different types of rum (surely enough to warm the cockles of your heart this winter) you’re guaranteed to be partying all weekend at Middlesbrough’s Event Centre in November.
The North East’s most popular mixed martial arts event is set for a huge end-of-year return for a special charity show aiming to ‘KO Cancer’. Featuring two charity fights – including Mark Solan, founder of the Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust, and Curt Warburton, the ex-UFC veteran – the card will also feature two British title contests. Sure to be a knockout.