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All the Ways You’ll Want to Spend Your Weekend
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May 2022
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Don’t wait for the next Bank Holiday to enjoy a weekend of fun

From riveting racing to spring strolls, there’s plenty to keep you busy across the North East and Yorkshire this weekend.
World Cocktail Day World Cocktail Day


See a Show

Grab your compass and become an explorer as you discover a pre-historic world of (remarkably life-like) dinosaurs, from the Tyrannosaurus Rex to the Segnosaurus, at Darlington Hippodrome this weekend with Dinosaur World Live! A special meet and greet after the show means the whole family can see them up close. 


Go Racing

Friday 13th could be lucky for some. York’s Dante Festival is in full swing. Don’t miss the Yorkshire Cup at York Racecourse tomorrow which boasts a new sponsor in Paddy Power. Two-time winner of this race, Stradivarius will be looking to join Copper Knight as the ‘winning-most’ horse on the Knavesmire – and it’s sure to be an exciting watch.


Sip in the Sun

It’s World Cocktail Day this Friday – so it’s time to get the drinks in. You could head out to the North East and Yorkshire’s best cocktail bars. But why not try out your own cocktail-shaking skills? Here’s some to make at home. We’ll take the blood orange mimosa, please.

Dinosaur World Live Dinosaur World Live, Darlington Hippodrome
Yorkshire Cup at York Racecourse Yorkshire Cup at York Racecourse
York Minster York Minster
Joe Wicks


Take a Walk

Head to Raby Castle for a guided walk across their private woodland to view the bluebells this Saturday. The new head gardener Tim Marshall will be leading the walk with an exclusive viewing of the Raby Castle Folly.


Have a Laugh

Local lass Sarah Millican is back on tour with what she’s calling a ‘Bobby Dazzler’ of a new stand-up show and she’s heading to Tyne Theatre & Opera House for the whole weekend. We’re sure she’ll have you in fits of giggles. 


Boost Your Mood with Food

The nation’s favourite PT Joe Wicks has a new book out, but it’s different to his previous ones as he looks beyond body image to help boost your mood with his food. He believes putting good food into your body gives you the best chance to feel good with more energy and focus, and feeling calmer and less anxious. We spoke to Joe about the important message of his new book and he picked three of his favourite recipes.


Get Ready for the Jubilee

Discover York Minster’s royal connections and collections through a new exhibition exploring the cathedral’s centuries-old relationship with the monarchy to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It’s free entry with general admission and the exhibition opens on 14th May.


Watch the Eurovision Song Contest

Love it or hate it, Eurovision is back and although we might not have the best track record in this competition, it still makes for a great night of entertainment at home. Saying that, our representative Sam Ryder is one of the country's most followed singers on TikTok and his song Space Man isn’t half bad. We’re looking forward to seeing Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra perform too. Get the drinks in and gather around the TV. The 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is taking place in Turin, Italy – and you can watch it live on BBC One, with iconic Graham Norton’s commentary, on Saturday 14th. 

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