MAKE MY WEEKEND... | Living North


The weekend is nearly here and it's time to start planning. There’s a brand new gin festival, a Shakespeare cycling show you never thought you’d see, and a legendary rock icon is in town

A very special date in the Atmospherica Composer Concert Series will see award-winning piano composer Steve Luck take to the wonderfully historic venue of Ouseburn’s Victoria Tunnel this Friday to perform 45 minutes of beautiful, solo piano music of the contemporary-classical genre – in the dark.

If you’re a fan of sampling the best of new and old, local and round-the-world gins, then Helmsley’s first ever gin festival, Ginilicious, is for you. The festival at Helmsley Town Hall has a selection of 50 gins to try, along with the opportunity to meet specialist craft distillers, with entertainment throughout the day too. You’ll get your very own copa de balon glass and two tokens, (which can be used to purchase two G&Ts) along with a Ginilicious guide, so you can make the most of all the delicious spirits on offer.

If you never thought you’d hear the words ‘Shakespeare’ and ‘cycling’ in the same sentence, think again – this troupe of actors travel around on bikes, carrying the set, props and costumes with them, to perform ‘sustainable Shakespeare’ plays across the globe. Catch the all-male half of the troupe taking on the classic love triangle of Twelfth Night at Raby Castle.

If you’re already tired of going to the park just weeks into the summer holidays, then we’ve got an adventure walk to get excited about. Prepare for lots of mud as your little ones scramble around on the balance beams, wobbly stirrups, tunnels and through the maze at Bolton Abbey’s Welly Walk. Just be sure to dig out the appropriate footwear – it’s not called the Welly Walk for nothing!

Legendary rock icon (and original Cockney Rebel) Steve Harley has written and recorded 12 albums in a career that spans four decades, and he continues to perform to sell-out audiences worldwide. Don’t miss this chance to see him perform one of the most-played singles in British radio history at the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle – it’s guaranteed to make you smile.

Published in: August 2018

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