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The Best Events You Mustn't Miss This April 
Clockwise from top left: Easter Market
 | The Syndicate | The Three Bears | Paddington in Concert | Six Chick Flicks
What's on
March 2024
Reading time 4 Minutes

New comedy shows, must-see gigs and Living North LIVE is back!

Spring has officially sprung - here's our pick of all the events you need to book now.
International Jousting Tournament 
 International Jousting Tournament 

Hoppy Shopping

Head to Rigg & Furrow this Easter to browse a thoughtfully-curated selection of stalls showcasing the work of talented makers from around the North East and beyond. Pair your shopping with a snack from a local street food vendor in the taproom and a hoppy pale ale and that sounds like a good weekend to us.

Easter Market


Rigg & Furrow,

Pulling Strings

Newcastle Puppetry Festival returns for a fifth time this spring at indoor and outdoor venues across the city. Various shows, workshops, talks and films will be taking place across nine days, including free events and ticketed shows. Don’t miss Beasts on the Street, Puppet Valley, Puppetry on the Green and the City of Kittiwakes Parade.
Newcastle Puppetry Festival



This Means War

Leeds’ Royal Armouries are once again bringing live-action jousting to the heart of Yorkshire to entertain families this Easter. Teams from the UK, France and Italy will compete for trophies in this live sporting event from medieval times.
International Jousting Tournament 


Royal Armouries, Leeds

Beary Good

If you go down in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise. Each day Mammy, Daddy and Baby Bear head into the woods to collect interesting things to re-use in their home. But things go topsy-turvy when someone tries to sit in their chairs, eat their porridge and sleep in their beds. Bring your bears for this family-friendly show with original music and puppets from Kitchen Zoo.
The Three Bears


Alnwick Playhouse

01665 660550

A Family Affair 

Following their hugely popular productions of Gangsta Granny, Billionaire Boy and Demon Dentist, Birmingham Stage Company are proud to present a new production of David Walliams’ Awful Aunty! When Stella sets off to London, she has no idea her life is in danger! She wakes up three months later and only her Aunt Alberta can tell her what has happened – and she's a truly awful auntie! Soon enough Stella will be facing the fight of her life.
David Walliams' Awful Aunty
Sunderland Empire

A Rare Sort of Bear

If you loved the award-winning 2014 film Paddington, or you’re yet to see it, why not treat your eyes and ears by watching this film accompanied by a live orchestra? Experience the much-loved film as you’ve never seen it before! The perfect treat for all the family and boasting an all-star cast including Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters and Nicole Kidman, Paddington is perfect for family viewing this Easter.
Paddington in Concert

Oval Hall, Sheffield City Hall

Sheffield Ceramics Festival Sheffield Ceramics Festival

If There’s Any Justice

Multi-platinum selling artist Lemar is back and he’s kickstarting his new tour at The Glasshouse International Centre for Music, performing his chart-topping hits and tracks from his latest album Page in My Heart. Don’t miss it.


The Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead

0191 443 4661


City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds

Perfectly Imperfect

In this two-hour, hands-on session you’ll turn broken pieces into one-of-a-kind works of art. Kintsugi, which translates to ‘golden joinery’, is the art of repairing broken ceramics with lacquer mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum – embracing the cracks, rather than hiding them. Bring your own broken ceramic and mend its fractures, no experience needed.
Kintsugi Ceramic Workshop


Raby, Staindrop

Go Potty

This spring Sheffield Ceramics Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary by once again showcasing leading and up-and-coming potters and ceramic artists from Sheffield and beyond at Kelham Island Museum.
Sheffield Ceramics Festival

Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield

Heather Small
 Heather Small

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

No one thinks he stands a chance but when the Hare gets distracted by games and treats, the Tortoise might just be onto a winner. This is the perfect introduction to live ballet and music for your children.
Tortoise & The Hare


Northern Stage, Newcastle

0191 230 5151

Read All About It

Award-winning Huddersfield Literature Festival is back this spring, where visitors can meet both emerging writers and artists alongside huge names. This year the festival is headlined by Simon Armitage. The Poet Laureate will give a poetry reading followed by a performance with his band LYR at the Lawrence Batley Theatre – don’t miss it!
Huddersfield Literature Festival


Horsing Around

Can’t make it to Aintree? Don’t worry Newcastle Racecourse is bringing Aintree to you! Whilst guests will still enjoy the thrill of jumps racing live on the track, you can also keep up with all the action from the Grand National on their TV screens.
Grand National Raceday


Newcastle Racecourse

0191 236 2020

Feel Proud

British soul singer Heather Small (the voice of M People) is performing at Durham Cathedral this April. What better place to see her perform live?
Heather Small



Game On Game On


An impressive group of artists are taking part in this year’s York Open Studios including science teacher turned jeweller Hannah Weston, mixed media artist Lenka Pavuk, and Hannah Arnup who handmakes stoneware pottery. Don’t miss this chance to visit various studios across the city to find your new favourite artist.
York Open Studios
13TH–14TH & 20TH–21ST APRIL


Fancy a Pint?

The Pub Landlord is heading to Sunderland to make sense of the questions you probably already have the answers to in his usual witty way. Go with an open mind and don’t take it too seriously.
Al Murray: Guv Island



Are You Game?

Gamers rejoice and head to The Dome to see the first major international touring exhibition exploring the history and culture of video games. Game On takes a global perspective on gaming’s past and future with more than 150 playable arcade, console, and handheld games and some of the latest developments in video games.
Game On

The Dome, Doncaster

Made For You

YSP and Yorkshire Artspace have collaborated to showcase work by 17 talented creatives in YSP Centre, from ceramics to silversmithing, including Chris Boland, Jennie Gill, Helena Russell and Hanne Westegaard. All of the work on display will be for sale.
Yorkshire Artspace: Maker Showcase

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton
01924 832631

They Never Miss a Beat

Having entertained us for almost two decades (yes, really) the Kaiser Chiefs come to Stockton armed with a back catalogue of successful songs as well as their new studio album. We Predict a Riot.
Kaiser Chiefs



Wicked Wicked


A must-see, award-winning musical, Wicked imagines the lives of L. Frank Baum’s legendary characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and what shapes the destinies of Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Don’t miss it when the show flies into Bradford this spring.

The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
01274 432000

Life & Legacy

Author and comedian Marc Burrows is taking you on a journey through the life and work of Sir Terry Pratchett – his influences, impact, wit and wisdom – as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Discworld.
The Magic of Terry Pratchett


Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

01434 652477

Totally Devine

East after her UK headline tour to spend a year writing and recording, and between album sessions she’s been back on the road supporting Years & Years. Now fans can’t wait to hear her new set.

L Devine


Wylam Brewery, Newcastle

Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds 

Living North LIVE
Living North LIVE

Spring Has Sprung

We’re so excited that Living North LIVE is back for 2024! The North East’s leading homes, gardens, shopping, food and lifestyle event promises stylish shopping, live demonstrations, talks and tastings, as we bring you inspiring ideas for your home and garden, great gifts, delicious food and unique accessories that you won’t find anywhere else. Find all the important details at here.

Living North LIVE


Newcastle Racecourse

0191 261 8944

Join In

Whilst he’s known for co-hosting the podcast Off Menu and the panel show Hypothetical, you might actually know him as the bold man who choose to hide in the Taskmaster house on Celebrity Hunted. Yes, really. Now hilarious comedian James Acaster has written a new show – but hecklers are free to ruin it, if they’re brave enough.
James Acaster: Hecklers Welcome

Lyceum, Sheffield
0114 249 6000

Movie Magic

Six Chick Flicks (…or a Legally Blonde Pretty Woman Dirty Danced on the Beaches whilst writing a Notebook on the Titanic) is a hilarious send up of half a dozen favourite chick flicks and has been described as ‘gloriously funny, whip-smart movie magic’. In an evening full of laughs, two performers bring to life all the iconic moments from these beloved films, with biting wit, fast and fun montages, dance breaks, original songs and improvised moments that make every show a new experience. Click here to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets for this show at a local venue.
Six Chick Flicks


Cast Doncaster


Harrogate Theatre 


City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds


Hipp @ The Hullabaloo, Darlington

01325 405405


Northern Stage, Newcastle

0191 230 5151

Iain Stirling: Relevant
 Iain Stirling: Relevant

Blooming Brilliant

For a full day of garden inspiration, mark your calendar for the upcoming Harrogate Spring Flower Show where guests can explore stunning floral art installations, get expert tips from seasoned gardeners, and simply be inspired, whether you’re green-fingered or a total beginner to gardening. Book your tickets before Tuesday 9th April to enjoy a £3 discount per ticket!
Harrogate Spring Flower Show

Great Yorkshire Showground

Island Life

BAFTA-winning comedian and the voice of Love Island Iain Stirling is bringing his razor-sharp humour back on tour with a new stand-up show. It’s his biggest tour to date so don’t miss it!
Iain Stirling: Relevant


Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle

0844 249 1000


Grand Opera House York

Read All About It

Hexham Book Festival is back in its traditional spring slot and taking over the town of Hexham for 10 days. Expect big discussions, talented writers and inspiring poetry. Founded in 2006, this festival has welcomed thousands of people to its events, and you won’t want to miss this year’s lineup featuring farmer’s wife Helen Rebanks and The Essex Serpent author Sarah Perry.
Hexham Book Festival

26th APRIL–5th MAY


Snooks, York’s Character Trail Snooks, York’s Character Trail

Being Frank

Following his sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe and a stint in London’s West End, laugh-out-loud legend Frank Skinner is back with a new show, 30 Years of Dirt, packed with classic one-liners and hilarious stories.
Frank Skinner: 30 Years of Dirt

Quarry, Leeds Playhouse

Criminally Good

Lord Arthur Savile is engaged to Sybil Merton. His palm has been read and he’s been told he will commit a murder. Wanting a peaceful married life, he decides he must get the murder over with first – but attempt after attempt fails. Then news comes that the chiromantist (palm reader) is a charlatan. Free from his woes, the carriage awaits to take him to the wedding rehearsal – but it contains a bomb… Don’t miss this show written by Constance Cox, from the book by Oscar Wilde.
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime 
Tynemouth Priory Theatre
0191 292 9292

Family Fun

The Snooks Trail is an exciting new sculpture trail in York in collaboration with charity partner St. Leonard’s Hospice, leading families through the city’s cobbled streets and hidden gardens. There are various Snooks (creatures with their heads buried in a book) scattered throughout the city which have been brought to life by talented artists inspired by the world of literature. The Snooks have been created by Sian Ellis, a Yorkshire-based illustrator and mural artist. See how many you can spot!
Snooks, York’s Character Trail


This Diverse Landscape This Diverse Landscape

Money, Money, Money

Based on her hit BBC show, The Syndicate is a new stage play by the late Yorkshire legend Kay Mellor. Starring The Wanted’s Max George and Coronation Street’s Brooke Vincent, The Syndicate follows five supermarket employees whose lottery syndicate numbers come in, just as their jobs and livelihoods are under threat – and it’s being directed by Kay’s daughter and fellow Yorkshire legend Gaynor Faye. You mustn’t miss out on Kay Mellor’s final stage play.

Kay Mellor’s The Syndicate


Leeds Grand Theatre


Newcastle Theatre Royal

0191 232 7010

For The Love of The Land

This Diverse Landscape, a new exhibition at Inspired by... gallery, reflects how different artists respond to and interpret our diverse landscapes from the moors to coast. Exhibiting artists include Paula Dunn (mixed media), Cath Brooke (print), Alison Waters (sculpture) and Shirley Hudson (acrylic).
This Diverse Landscape

Inspired by... gallery, Danby

Miners’ Memories

A new year-long exhibition and programme of events has launched at the National Coal Mining Museum making the 40th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike. This free exhibition considers the strike through memories and stories of miners and their families shared through a public call-out and their own existing collection.
84/85: The Longest Year

National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield
01924 848806

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