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All The Best Things To See And Do This Weekend
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July 2023
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Here's everything you'll want to do this weekend across the North East and Yorkshire

Whether you're heading straight to the nearest cinema to see Barbie, wanting to join the crowds at some of our coolest festivals, or looking for the best child-friendly things to keep the kids busy as the summer holiday kicks in, we've got plenty to keep you busy this weekend.
Top: Barbie, Bottom left: Tramlines, Bottom right: The Hairy Bikers

Hi Barbie!
If your socials haven’t been painted pink for weeks, you must live under a rock. The marketing for this film is award-worthy and with such a fantastic cast (Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Will Ferrell, Emma Mackey), people are already booking their tickets for  Barbie’s arrival in cinemas this Friday. Barbie is exiled from Barbieland because of her imperfections but returns with the knowledge that what makes her different also makes her stronger. Local cinemas screening the movie include Tyneside Cinema, Whitley Bay’s Jam Jar Cinema, The Station Cinema Richmond, Hebden Bridge Picture House and Everyman cinemas regionwide. For the few who are skipping the Barbie hype, Oppenheimer (the story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb) will also be in cinemas on Friday with an equally brilliant cast.

The 15th edition of Tramlines festival will bring music to Hillsborough Park in Sheffield this weekend and the final few tickets for Friday are available – so act fast! Friday’s line-up (which is headlined by Richard Ashcroft) features Circa Waves, Sea Girls and Pale Waves and the atmosphere is always electric, so don’t miss out.  

Eat, Drink and Be Merry
The UK’s biggest food and drink festival is heading to Funkirk Farm in Skipton this weekend (from Friday) and promises an impressive line-up of celebrity chefs (Gino D’Acampo, The Hairy Bikers and James Martin), live music and of course plenty of street food and drinks. The Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival will also host workshops, masterclasses and tasting experiences, and we will be there so come and say hello and take the opportunity to enter a fabulous competition to win a luxurious breakaway for two. You can camp in the festival fields so you don’t miss a thing all weekend.

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Top left: Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne, Top right: Pride, Bottom: The Three Inch Fools’

Ewe Herd it Here First
A new public art trail launched this week, adding colour to Newcastle and its surrounding areas. Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne is raising funds for St Oswald’s Hospice, which has partnered with creative producers Wild in Art to host this event. Following the success of previous trails, this one will celebrate the support shown by the community throughout the pandemic. Running from now until September, 50 super-sized sculptures inspired by Shaun the Sheep will be dotted around some of the North East’s most iconic landmarks and a series of smaller Shaun sculptures will also be on display. A trail map and app will help navigate you around the trail, so why not get the whole family involved?

Take Pride
Amelia Lily and Sam Lavery join an exciting list of performers on the United as One main stage at this year’s Northern Pride (this Saturday and Sunday). The Festival Arena will also feature the BeScene dance and cabaret zone as well as bars and food stalls and a funfair. At The Community Village find the Family and Youth zone and the Health and Wellbeing area, which for the first time will operate across the whole weekend. The Rainbow Village will also have market stalls to browse. For more Pride events across the North East and Yorkshire click here.

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Have a Laugh
You’d be a fool to miss The Three Inch Fools’ take on As You Like It at Kiplin Hall and Gardens this Saturday. In Shakespeare’s comedy, Rosalind and Celia are on the run, Orlando is practising poetry and there are a variety of memorable characters causing mayhem. Can three exhausted actors pull this off? It’ll be hilarious to watch either way.

Left: Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show, Right: Björn Again

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Child’s Play
There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained this weekend including these must-see family shows. Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show has been showing at Leeds Grand Theatre this week and there are performances to see up until Saturday. Audiences will join Duggee and the Squirrels in this new vibrant interactive production complete with music, puppets and plenty of laughter. Fireman Sam is at Hull Truck Theatre on Saturday but with a tiger on the loose and faulty lights, can he save the circus? On Sunday, don’t miss CBeebies: Ocean Adventure at Sage Gateshead – a musical adventure for all the family. JoJo and Gran Gran are on board the Sage Gateshead submarine, and Andy has his safari sub at the ready. Children will search for endangered creatures and collect sounds and pictures for their own musical ocean scrapbook.

Björn Again
A huge ABBA singalong is taking place in Bents Park this Sunday as This is South Tyneside Festival welcomes internationally-acclaimed Björn Again to South Shields. Dig out your flared trousers and be your very best Dancing Queen. Don’t worry about Money, Money, Money – this show is free. You’ll simply be left saying Thank You For The Music.

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