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Autumn and Christmas Fairs, Concerts and Halloween Trails: What To Do This October

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September 2022
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Get out and about with our list of things to do

We’ve rounded up must-not-miss events and activities this October, including some spooktacular trails, family fun and your first taste of Christmas with the Living North.
ART & EXHIBITIONS
Market with people wandering around Autumn Market

THE NORTHERN ANTIQUES FAIR

29TH SEPTEMBER–2ND OCTOBER
The Garden Rooms at Tennants, Leyburn
01969 621146 tennantsgardenrooms.com

The Northern Antiques Fair returns to The Garden Rooms at Tennants after a very successful relocation from Harrogate where this prestigious fair had been running since 1951. Growing in size, there will now be more than 40 exhibitors showcasing a wide selection of disciplines including furniture, paintings, glass, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics, clocks and watches, Art Deco design objects and much more. There is ample free parking, plus a café, bar, bistro and gift shop to round off a rewarding day out.

LIFE BY LUXMURALIS

12TH–16TH OCTOBER
Durham Cathedral
durhamcathedral.co.uk

Reflect upon life on our planet in this new exhibition at Durham Cathedral: Life by Luxmuralis – a spectacular sound and light performance. From sunrise to sunset, light and sound is used to create an immersive experience that journeys through the beauty of planet earth, portraying the sounds and textures of humanity, extinction and time. The sound and light art will be projected onto architectural features, transforming and enveloping the Cathedral. Visitors can walk through and view individual light and sound art installations. The sounds are musical pieces are composed by David Harper and the artwork and visual imagery is created by artist Peter Walker.

WATERCOLOUR AND DRAWING CLASSES

13TH SEPTEMBER–18TH OCTOBER
The Witham, Barnard Castle
01833 631107
thewitham.org.uk

Anne Lee, an artist who lives in Teesdale, has spent part of her career teaching art and textiles. Now she draws and paints watercolours, particularly landscapes, still life subjects and flowers (but does develop some of these drawings and paintings into machine embroidery and prints). Using what she’s learned throughout her career, she’ll teach you the skills you need to create your own beautiful drawings.

AUTUMN MARKET

2ND OCTOBER
Boiler Shop, Newcastle
madeupnorth.info

Made.UpNorth are returning to the Boiler Shop for their autumn market! It promises to fill the venue to the brim with 65 makers, artists, and businesses, highlighting the brilliant talent which calls the North home.

THESE ARE OUR TREASURES

UNTIL NEXT YEAR
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
0191 278 1611
laingartgallery.org.uk

Developed by Glasgow-based artist Ruth Ewan, These are Our Treasures is a National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported project created in response to the Lindisfarne Gospels. Ruth posed the question: ‘what do you treasure?’ in a series of workshops in libraries across the region, and the result is this display of precious objects belonging to the people of the North East.

COMEDY
Omid Djalili pretending to smake a microphone Omid Djalili: The Good Times Tour

THE LOST VOICE GUY COMEDY SHOWCASE

8TH OCTOBER
Gosforth Civic Theatre
0191 284 3700
gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk

Lost Voice Guy (Consett’s Lee Ridley) is loved by comedy fans across the region. In April last year, Lee chose voice-over artist Dan Pye, who grew up in Whickham and currently lives in Hunwick, to be his new voice donor. Joining him on his Comedy Showcase is Britain’s Got Talent winner Jon Courtenay – the first-ever Golden Buzzer Act to win the ITV show – and legendary comedians Freddy Quinne and Sammy Dobson. That means you’re promised laugh after laugh.

OMID DJALILI: THE GOOD TIMES TOUR

12TH OCTOBER
Middlesbrough Town Hall
01642 729729 middlesbroughtownhall.co.uk

On a Zoom gig Omid got muted by 639 people, so we’re sure the multi award-winning comedian and actor is glad to be back where he belongs – on a stage – and he’s bringing back the Good Times. Omid’s stand-up performances are a masterclass of comedy and always receive rave reviews.

HARRY HILL: PEDIGREE FUN

14TH OCTOBER
Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle
0844 249 1000
tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk

This all-singing, all-dancing one-man spectacular is exactly what you’d expect from all-round entertainer Harry Hill. He didn’t realise how much he enjoyed performing live until lockdown, and he’s glad to be back. He’ll be joined by his sidekick Stouffer the Cat and audiences will meet Harry’s new baby elephant and The Information Worm.

THEATRE
silhouette of a head on a blue background THE Importance OF BEING EARNEST

PROFESSOR BRIAN COX: HORIZONS WORLD TOUR

1ST OCTOBER
Sunderland Empire
atgtickets.com

Using state of the art LED screen technology, the Sunderland Empire will be filled with images of far-away galaxies, alien worlds, supermassive black holes and a time before the Big Bang. Horizons is a celebration of our civilisation (music, art, philosophy and science) and offers an optimistic vision of our future. Brian will be joined by co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage and award-winning comedian Robin Ince to answer your burning questions.

A DOLL’S HOUSE

3RD OCTOBER
Alnwick Playhouse
01665 660550
alnwickplayhouse.co.uk

Nora is a happily-married woman with a loving husband and three beautiful children. Seems perfect right? But when a man from her past appears that perfection unravels and she’s forced to make the ultimate choice. Award-winning, Durham-based Elysium Theatre Company brings this drama to the stage in a sensational new production.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

4TH–8TH OCTOBER
Northern Stage, Newcastle
0191 230 5151
northernstage.co.uk

Award-winning director Denzel Westley-Sanderson is breathing new life into Oscar Wilde’s wittiest comedy: The Importance of Being Earnest. Humour meets contemporary culture in this show, which is packed with chart-toppers. This vibrant retelling brings relevance and a unique insight into dysfunctional families, class, gender and sexuality.

MY VOICE WAS HEARD BUT IT WAS IGNORED

7TH OCTOBER
Gala Theatre, Durham
0300 026 6600
galadurham.co.uk

My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored is an urgent interrogation of racial identity. Gillian watches as her student Reece’s face is pressed into the wet gravel with a policeman’s knee in his back. The next day Reece locks them both in her classroom, wanting her to pay and understand the pain her inaction has caused.

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actors on stage dressed and fishermen Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical

FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL

11TH–15TH OCTOBER
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
0191 232 7010 theatreroyal.co.uk

When a group of Cornish fishermen came together to sing traditional working songs, they didn’t expect to end up on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. Based on the true story of the chart-topping Cornish singing sensations and their movie, this musical is a feel-good voyage through friendship, community and good music. Its star-studded cast includes Corrie’s James Gaddas, Mamma Mia’s Parisa Shahmir and The X Factor’s Anton Stephans.

DERREN BROWN: SHOWMAN

18TH–22ND OCTOBER
Stockton Globe
stocktonglobe.co.uk

You can trust us when we tell you this show is spell-binding – but we can’t tell you anymore than that, because we wouldn’t want to spoil it for you. The multi award-winning Derren Brown thrives on stage, and always leaves audiences bamboozled. Just when you think you’ve figured out how he’s done something, he’ll throw another curve ball. His one-man shows are critically acclaimed, so you really won’t want to miss this.

FROM LOCH NESS WITH LOVE

20TH–22ND OCTOBER
Seaton Delaval Arts Centre
0191 237 5460
seatondelavalartscentre.com

From Wave Theatre, this emotional story (with touches of humour) explores themes of friendship, love, grief and mental health as five characters come together on the shoreline of Loch Ness to find a pathway to hope. It’s an inspiring show.

MUSIC & DANCE
woman posing in a frame of a box and dancers doing the cancan Motionhouse: Nobody | Daft As A Brush Last Night Of The Proms

MOTIONHOUSE: NOBODY

4TH OCTOBER
Darlington Hippodrome
01325 405405 darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk

Described as a ‘dance-circus adventure’ this fast-paced show explores the tension between our inner lives and how we make sense of the world with mesmerising choreography and stunning digital projections. You’ll follow seven characters on their journey of self-discovery to find strength and support in each other.

SLEEPING BEAUTY

8TH OCTOBER
Middlesbrough Theatre
01642 815181
middlesbroughtheatre.co.uk

Everyone knows and loves the classic story of Sleeping Beauty, and after a very long break it’s returning in ballet form with stunning choreography, creative costumes and sensational music. Tchaikovsky’s famous Rose Adagio will play when Princess Aurora is introduced to four princes, and many other amazing pieces of music will run throughout.

DAFT AS A BRUSH LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS

15TH OCTOBER
O2 City Hall, Newcastle
academymusicgroup.com

Don’t miss this exceptional evening of music, song, choir, dance and much more as Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care presents its Last Night of the Proms. Ray Spencer MBE returns as compère with musical director, Ernest Young, the Newcastle Dance School, the Bede Wind Orchestra and Choir and special guests. Every ticket sale helps them to buy their 100th ambulance and includes a free event programme and a flag.

THE SENSATIONAL 60s EXPERIENCE

20TH OCTOBER
Playhouse Whitley Bay
0844 248 1588
playhousewhitleybay.co.uk

With a brand-new production for 2022, head to Playhouse Whitley Bay for a show with the definite feel-good factor that will transport you back to the magical decade of the 1960s. Whether you come to relive your childhood memories, or you just simply want to see what your parents have been raving about for all these years, we’re promised this is the show to see (it’s Mike Pender’s farewell tour before he retires at the end of the year).

THE PITMEN POETS: THE FINAL TOUR

29TH OCTOBER
The Fire Station, Sunderland
0191 570 0007
sunderlandculture.org.uk

This autumn, The Pitmen Poets will make their debut and final appearance at The Fire Station for their Farewell Tour. Look forward to a night of songs and stories laced with North East humour thanks to ex-Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, Warhorse songman Bob Fox, renowned musician Benny Graham, and award-winning Durham songwriter Jez Lowe.

FAMILY
wicker witch statue and people sitting around on cushions After Dark Trail | Slumber Stories

SLUMBER STORIES

1ST OCTOBER
Theatre Hullabaloo, Darlington
01325 405405 theatrehullabaloo.org.uk

No more counting sheep. Allow your children to drift into a calm and mindful sleep with tales and music from around the world, brought to you by vocalist Supriya Nagarajan and sound artist Duncan Chapman. Slumber Stories are a series of intimate, live performances of diverse storytelling accompanying a bespoke sound installation created for audiences from 2–5 years, but babies are welcome too. They’re designed to help create a tranquil bedtime ritual for the whole family.

AFTER DARK TRAIL

FROM 1ST OCTOBER
Raby, Staindrop
01833 660888
raby.co.uk

We’re already excited about Halloween. It’s never too early right? Before we don our pointy hats and head out picking pumpkins, Raby are easing us into the spooky season with their After Dark Trail. As the sun sets, the magical inhabitants of The Plotters’ Forest will come to life.

THE NORTHERN ANTIQUES FAIR

29TH SEPTEMBER–2ND OCTOBER
The Garden Rooms at Tennants, Leyburn
01969 621146 tennantsgardenrooms.com

The Northern Antiques Fair returns to The Garden Rooms at Tennants after a very successful relocation from Harrogate where this prestigious fair had been running since 1951. Growing in size, there will now be more than 40 exhibitors showcasing a wide selection of disciplines including furniture, paintings, glass, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics, clocks and watches, Art Deco design objects and much more. There is ample free parking, plus a café, bar, bistro and gift shop to round off a rewarding day out.

DARLINGTON MODEL RAILWAY EXHIBITION

1ST & 2ND OCTOBER
Head of Steam Museum, Darlington
head-of-steam.co.uk

With at least 16 layouts, society stands and trade support (plus the chance to refuel at the museum’s popular Whistle Stop Café), this is a great exhibition for the whole family to enjoy. Make a day of it and learn plenty about the North East’s railway lines.

spooky halloween scarecrow and Living North Christmas Fair sign Scarycrow Trail | Living North Christmas Fair

YOU CHOOSE!

22ND & 30TH OCTOBER
Seven Stories, Newcastle
0300 330 1095
sevenstories.org.uk

Don’t miss this brand new interactive musical show for all the family, based on the book You Choose! by Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt. In this Nonsense Room Productions show, as the name suggests, you choose what happens. Using the picture book as inspiration and through a series of games and challenges, each show will create a unique story with different characters each time.

SCARYCROW TRAIL

24TH–31ST OCTOBER
Ford & Etal, Berwick
01890 820338 ford-and-etal.co.uk

For a spooktastic day out this Halloween, head to Ford & Etal for their annual Scarycrow Trail. The Scarycrows, made by the locals, are put on display all around Ford and Etal Estates and the event is hugely popular with visitors, who wander around the pretty villages and country lanes to see the creations. Trail Sheets can be collected from local attractions, shops and tearooms all around Ford & Etal Estates, but can also be downloaded online, and visitors score the Scarycrows as they follow the trail to determine a winner.

LIVING NORTH CHRISTMAS FAIR

27TH–30TH OCTOBER
Newcastle Racecourse
0191 261 8944 livingnorth.com

Join us for a jam-packed day out as our North East Christmas Fair once again returns to Newcastle Racecourse. Head to the Shopping Hall to pick up the latest trends and browse the best local brands and designers. The way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach and our fantastic food producers will not disappoint with a range of artisan treats from sweets to local meats, spirits and cheeses. Living North’s Food Hall is the biggest in the region! Plus, to add to the festivities, live performances from local choirs and musicians will be the soundtrack to your shopping experience, and the region’s top chefs will be cooking live in our Demo Kitchen.

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