What's On - Events & Sport


Durham CCC v Kent CCC
Until Saturday, April 21, 2018

The first fixture of the county championship season sees Durham host Kent at the Riverside. With Durham finding life in Division Two more difficult than expected after their 2016 relegation, this match could be an early bellwether for their 2018 performance.

Emirates Riverside, Durham
Opening Meet 2018
Until Saturday, April 21, 2018

Thirsk Racecourse open their gates to the 2018 season with the first of their 16 Saturday afternoon meetings. With family enclosure tickets, champagne and seafood combos, and dine and view premier packages available, there’s something for everyone in this historic venue – which has had an association with horse racing for over 400 years.

Thirsk Racecourse
Taste of Thrones
Until Saturday, April 21, 2018

Game Of Thrones fans are sure to revel in this immersive dining experience. Guided by fire-eaters into Kings Landing, you may find you belong to the table of House Lannister or that of the Night’s Watch. Either way, a five-course themed menu of Westeros fare awaits. Your visit to the seven kingdoms includes speciality performers and a disco.

Cosmology Night
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Expand your horizons at Ernest’s monthly cosmology night, where all aspects of outer space and science will be tackled in a group discussion. Learn something new about life and the universe at these specialised evenings.

Harrogate Flower Show
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - Sunday, April 29, 2018

Don’t miss out on the first big event of the horticultural calendar in 2018, with more than 100 nurseries displaying their flora and fauna in the Plant Pavilion, floral art and great garden shopping all on offer.

Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
Durham Adventure Festival
Friday, April 27, 2018 - Sunday, April 29, 2018

The first-ever Durham Adventure Festival touches down this April promising big names and big things for the outdoors-inclined. World-renowned mountaineer Andy Cave, explorer Anna McNuff and Mark Beaumont will be appearing at the action-packed festival.

Maker Faire
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - Sunday, April 29, 2018

This two-day festival of all things creative is enthralling for kids and big kids alike: see how the worlds of science and technology meet, and get your hands into some big projects, some of which you can make that weekend.

Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion
Saturday, April 28, 2018

This crucial bottom of the table clash could be swayed by the January transfer window: West Brom have snatched Daniel Sturridge (a target for the Toon) on loan from Liverpool. Could he make the difference?


Durham CCC v Leicestershire CCC
Friday, May 4, 2018

Durham hope to give their fans something to cheer about in their second home fixture of the county championship season, against a Leicestershire side that has been invigorated by new Head Coach Paul Nixon.

Emirates Riverside, Durham
Barnard Castle Arts, Crafts and Gift Fair
Saturday, May 5, 2018

This fair showcases all things creative for kids and adults alike. With a variety of local and national producers bringing a plethora of artistic wares, it’s the perfect place to pick up a bargain while enjoying a hive of immersive activity in this historic market town.

The Witham, Barnard Castle
North East Vegan Festvial
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Calling all vegans, vegetarians and omnivores, the North East Vegan Festival is upon us and promises a nutritious day of great foods, ethical healthcare and beauty products and entertainment to get involved in.

Sunderland A.F.C. v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sunday, May 6, 2018

Bottom of the table hosts the top in the final clash of the season at the Stadium of Light. Wolves already look set to return to the Premier League this season, but will Sunderland have done enough to avoid relegation?

David Starkey
Sunday, May 6, 2018

Perhaps British history’s greatest provocateur, David Starkey’s latest one-man show doesn’t disappoint: the historian will be taking up the argument that Henry VIII was, in fact, the first Brexiteer. Expect fireworks as David unspools his argument in front of an engaged audience.

Nordic Voices
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Nordic countries abound with a rich tradition of myths and legends, and this new international multi-arts festival is committed to giving this tradition a voice in modern-day North East culture – through music, storytelling, Scandinavian food nights and unique film screenings.

Venues across Hexham
Living North Live
Friday, May 11, 2018 - Sunday, May 13, 2018

It’s the biggest date of the spring, as hundreds of exhibitors selling fantastic food, inspiring interiors and amazing accessories descend on Newcastle Racecourse for a three-day shopping extravaganza. Once you’ve filled your shopping bags, sit down in the live chef demonstration theatre and watch some of the region’s best chefs craft tasty dishes.

Sir Ian Botham and Bill Beaumont
Monday, May 21, 2018

Sporting legends and Question Of Sport alumni Sir Ian Botham and Bill Beaumont go head-to-head once again, under the watchful eye of Sky Sports presenter Pete Graves, including a three-course meal and drinks on arrival, as well as a sporting auction later in the night.

The Northern Echo Arena, Darlington
Harlem Globetrotters
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The masters of exhibition basketball strut their skills once again on the court of the Metro Radio Arena for their 2018 World Tour. The electrifying showcase of athleticism, theatre and comedy – including rim-rattling dunks and trick shots – occupies its own unique space in the world of family entertainment.


Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 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


The Tall Ships Races
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - Saturday, July 14, 2018

When 80 tall ships dock in Sunderland in July, they’ll not only be bringing a world-renowned race to the region: they’ll also be bringing a four-day festival of culture and entertainment that will take over the city’s artistic venues and streets.


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