What's On - Events & Sport
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.