What's On - Events & Sport


Until Saturday, September 15, 2018

This action-packed live blockbuster returns to delight audiences for the third year in a row, in a uniquely entertaining open-air performance which delves into 2,000 years of history, myth and legend. This year’s epic tale promises more fire – and plenty more fury – than ever before.

Eleven Arches Kynren
Durham T20 Blast
Until Friday, August 17, 2018

Get behind the Durham Jets for a scintillating season of T20 cricket. There’ll be explosive batting displays, breathtaking bowling and energetic fielding on the pitch – plus their celebrated Family Zone will be back for 2018, including the acclaimed batting simulator, speed cage and fielding zone.

Emirates Riverside, Durham
Durham City Run
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Race through the cobbled streets of Durham and along the beautiful River Wear (with the 900-year-old cathedral always beckoning) in this fun evening of midsummer running. The 5k and 10k races start simultaneously – so you can choose one lap or two.

Market Place, Durham
Walking with Dinosaurs
Friday, July 20, 2018 - Sunday, July 22, 2018

Tyrannical Tyrannosaurus Rex, stomping Stegosaurus and roaring, raging raptors – see the world’s prehistoric creatures come back to life in this arena spectacular. Countryfile’s Michaela Strachan will tell the full story of the dinosaurs’ 200-year reign on earth as palaeontologist (and narrator) Professor Huxley.

Future Engineers: Aardman Workshops
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - Saturday, August 25, 2018

Calling all budding engineers, artists, model-makers and… Wallace and Gromit fans? Build up more than your hopes at these hands-on workshops and ‘claystation’ sessions, which will take you behind lens of Aardman Animations (makers of Early Man and Chicken Run) and let you have a go at storyboarding and making your own clay models. Whatever your age, don’t miss this chance to get experience of the intricate engineering processes that go into Aardman’s creations, from some of the best in the business.

Live Theatre, Newcastle
Let's Ride Newcastle
Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Let’s Ride team are closing the roads in Newcastle to traffic and opening them up to anyone on a bike for this street festival with a difference. There’ll be music, food and drink, fun and games, demos, giveaways, activities, challenges, face painting – and plenty of wheels.

Venues across Newcastle


Women on the Wall: Then and Now
Saturday, August 4, 2018 - Sunday, August 5, 2018

This summer, Hexham is set to become a hub for events, competitions and activities that focus on women who have lived and worked along Hadrian’s Wall through the ages. Among the activities on offer are two writing competitions inspired by the discovery at Vindolanda of what is believed to be the earliest surviving female handwriting in Britain.

Vindolanda and The Sill, Hexham
Hartlepool Rum Festival
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Spread around the authentically-recreated quayside and aboard HMS Trincomalee, Hartlepool’s first ever rum festival promises lashings of tastings and talks from experts – taking you through the history of the navy's signature beverage.

Moscow State Circus
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - Tuesday, August 21, 2018

It’s the greatest show on earth! Promising to have all the nerve-tingling thrills, cirque-style artistry and adrenaline-fuelled stunt action that will keep the whole family on the edges of their seats, this new show from the Moscow State Circus has been designed specifically for the largest Big Top in the UK. So become the ringmaster of your own fate, assemble your troupe and enter the ring – you won’t regret it. 

Town Moor, Newcastle
British Show Jumping Show
Saturday, August 25, 2018

Belsay has an enviable equestrian heritage; the Middleton family, owners of the estate for more than 800 years, bred and trained racehorses here in the 18th and 19th centuries, and even won the St Leger at Doncaster in 1859. Now a destination renowned throughout the UK equestrian scene for their horse trials in June, Belsay are set to host an Area 12 British Showjumping Show for the first time in their history. Not to be missed. 

Belsay Hall, Northumberland
Food and Beer Festival
Friday, August 31, 2018 - Sunday, September 2, 2018

Now in its 11th year, the Berwick Food and Beer Festival has everything to tickle your fancy, as well as your tastebuds. With over 80 local food and drink stalls (and it’s not just beer – there’s wine, champagne and cocktails on offer too), there are also cookery demonstrations, children’s workshops, an animal farm, food films and live music.

The Barracks, Berwick


Great North Run 2018
Sunday, September 9, 2018

Save the date for (arguably) the country’s favourite half-marathon. Celebrating it’s 37th year this year, the Great North Run is always one of the biggest and brightest events in the sporting calendar and truly captures the North East’s pride, culture and commitment to having a darn good time (all while raising money for a whole host of good causes). If you’re taking part, get lacing up those running shoes; if you’re not, get yourself down to support and soak up a truly unbeatable atmosphere.

Newcastle to South Shields
Pete Firman
Sunday, September 23, 2018

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.

Gala Theatre, Durham

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