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Everything You'll Want To Do This July Clockwise from top left: Newcastle Racecourse | Tony Cragg at Castle Howard | York Proms | Alla Prima Painting in the Gardens | Madagascar: The Musical | Great Yorkshire Show
What's on
June 2024
Reading time 4 Minutes

Summer's event highlights just keep getting better and better

Here's what's on at some of our favourite venues and attractions across the North East and Yorkshire.
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

Reclaimed from the Flames

In a new exhibition running until summer next year, York Minster is inviting guests to discover the story behind the 1984 fire that threatened to destroy the building. Out of the Ashes is commemorating the 40th anniversary of the blaze (when the roof of the South Transept was struck by lightning) by detailing the heroic rescue efforts, clean-up operation and four-year restoration, with fire-damaged furniture and images from York Minster’s archive.
Out of the Ashes

York Minster

Something New

The Biscuit Factory last welcomed the New Light Prize Exhibition in 2021 and will once again be exhibiting more than 100 works of art from the best of Northern talent, including a new Sculpture Prize, exclusive to The Biscuit Factory.
New Light Art Prize

The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
0191 261 1103

Going Their Own Way

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac celebrate the best of Fleetwood Mac by offering a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover their songs. Featuring a live seven-piece band, audiences have been enjoying their shows across the country and you can catch them at Harrogate Royal Hall in July.
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

Harrogate Royal Hall
01423 502116

For The Love of The Land

Inspired by the rural landscapes of Yorkshire and the Tees Valley, Echoes: Impressions of a Northern Landscape, is a collection of local artist Corrin Laws’s oil paintings and block relief prints. A celebration of our surroundings, the oil paintings feature weathered barns, ageing hedgerows and meandering river banks, and the monochrome prints focus in on the details of plant form and textures.
Echoes: Impressions of a Northern Landscape

The Station, Richmond

Open Art

Don’t miss this chance to go behind the scenes of artists’ spaces that aren’t usually open to the public and to speak directly with creators about their work. Hebden Bridge Open Studios offers a brilliant opportunity to see originals and works in progress, and maybe you’ll find a new favourite artist.
Hebden Bridge Open Studios

Hebden Bridge

Durham Brass Festival Durham Brass Festival

Sounds on the Streets

A soul and funk band championed by Craig Charles; a modernist folk act which opened for both Sam Fender at St James’ Park and Pete Doherty; and a Brazilian-born alt-pop artist whose music has appeared on Love Island. These are some of the latest additions to the line-up for Durham Brass Festival, as excitement builds for its return to the North East cultural scene this summer. This year’s Durham County Council-run event promises a week of spectacular performances, new commissions, free concerts, community activities, and a full programme of lively street bands.
Durham Brass Festival


Say Hey

See some of the world’s most endangered animals including the largest collection of polar bears in the UK, and Rocco the Black Rhino calf, at Yorkshire Wildlife Park this summer. Time it right and you might see Hey Duggee when he makes personal appearances at intervals throughout the day. Adult visitors might want to hold off until August for the Wild Live music events.
Hey Duggee

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Run For Your Life

At the 1924 Paris Olympic Games, Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell aspire to become the fastest men on Earth. Based on a true story, this stage adaptation from the Oscar-winning movie by Mike Bartlett sees them battle for their faiths and nation with a dramatic musical score.
Chariots of Fire

Crucible, Sheffield
0114 249 6000

Read All About It

Raby Castle is welcoming back author Annie Garthwaite as she releases her new novel, The King’s Mother, all about Raby’s own Cecily Neville as well as Marguerite of Anjou, Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret Beaufort. Annie will be in conversation with the curator of Raby, Julie Biddlecombe Brown, and will be signing copies of her book.
Annie Garthwaite: Celebrating Cecily and the launch of The King’s Mother

Raby, Staindrop
01833 660888

Show Time

Visitors from across the North will be flocking to Harrogate this July. Tickets for the 165th Great Yorkshire Show are now on sale and will be sold in advance only (with visitor numbers capped at 35,000 per day) – so act fast! As show director Charles Mills comes to the end of his tenure, visitors can expect to see the best animals in the country as well as enjoying good food and first-class entertainment to celebrate the best of farming and the countryside. We’ll see you there!
Great Yorkshire Show

Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

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Child’s Play

Oh, you, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is flying into The Alhambra Theatre this summer with a Truly Scrumptious production starring Eastenders’s Charlie Brooks as the Childcatcher. This fun-filled family favourite is bound to delight audience members of all ages.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
01274 432000

Move It, Move It!

Starring CBBC and Strictly Come Dancing Star Karim Zeroual as King Julien, get ready to join Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria and those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, you’ll have no choice but to Move It, Move It!
Madagascar: The Musical

Newcastle Theatre Royal
0191 232 7010

The Beauty of Ballet

The Becoming is a series of three intimate shows at balletLORENT’s own studio in Newcastle’s west end, with remarkable ballet dancers performing an expression of resilience, creativity and transformation.
balletLORENT’s The Becoming

balletLORENT, Newcastle

What a Joker

One of Britain’s best-loved comedians has returned to stand-up comedy. In 2010 Peter Kay performed the biggest selling comedy tour of all time, and you’d be a fool to miss his first tour in over a decade! Better still, tickets are the same price they were on his previous tour.
Peter Kay

Utilita Arena Sheffield

Summer Sound

As part of the (almost sold-out) Sounds of the City and Summer Series, James Arthur is performing at Millennium Square. Following his huge show at Riverside Stadium, don’t miss this chance to see him perform a selection of his biggest hits in Leeds.
James Arthur

Millennium Square, Leeds

Carol Douglas: Actually I Can Carol Douglas: Actually I Can

Like a Puppet on a String

Beverley Puppet Festival is back with a programme of shows and workshops for all the family and a weekend of free outdoor theatre. Highlights include Cabaret of Curiosities (close-up magic with original live music), a modern-day Punch & Judy and a dinosaur and dragon encounter.
Beverley Puppet Festival


Passion for Paint

York-based painter Carol Douglas is showcasing her largest exhibition to date at YSP this summer with 51 new paintings in the YSP Centre (including the Upper Space Gallery and the Kitchen Café). Following a career as a sociologist and community worker, Carol enrolled onto an art foundation course at York College in her 60s. Now in her 70s, her work is collected worldwide. The YSP Shop window will be transformed into a replica of the artist’s studio in York, including a display of six paintings.
Carol Douglas: Actually I Can

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton
01924 832631

No Place Like Home

With a five-piece line up of long-time members (fronted by original founder-member Rod Clements) folk rock band Lindisfarne are heading to their home city for an intimate gig at Wylam Brewery this summer, so Run for Home and let’s hope for no Fog on the Tyne.

Wylam Brewery, Newcastle

Get Creative

Make & Mend Festival is the perfect introduction to a variety of crafts, offering you a chance to learn something new or hone your skills. Think fun workshops, craft demonstrations, yoga, drop-in activities and the maker marketplace where you can shop ’til you drop.
Make & Mend Festival

Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough


Presenting a wide range of affordable artworks, this fair is a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in art to purchase new and unique works, meet the artists and soak up the atmosphere. More than 50 artists and makers from across the North and beyond will be selling unique prints, ceramics, jewellery, homeware and textiles. There’ll be a live DJ too alongside food and drink stalls. Plus, more fantastic free drop-in events as part of their Summer Sizzler Weekend including a zine exhibition and four floors of art.
Art Car Boot Fair

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

Flying High

In this twist on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale a 13-year-old Wendy wants an adventure – and she’s in luck when she meets Peter and fairy Tinker Bell in a magical enchanted forest. So begins her adventure as Captain Hook is after them – but Wendy soon realises that what’s really important might be waiting back at home.
Peter Pan & Wendy

Gala Durham
03000 266600

Artists at Work

Get creative in Auckland Castle’s grounds as you set up your sketchbook and easel to capture the beauty of the surrounding scenery in paint, or simply relax and watch a professional artist create their masterpiece.
Alla Prima Painting in the Gardens

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

Perfect Crime

Join in the drama at Agatha Christie’s old haunt The Old Swan Hotel for the ever-popular Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. Meet crime writing pros and enthusiasts over a pint of Yorkshire ale, relax in the hotel gardens, and enjoy a mix of comedy and cabaret. It’s always a popular weekend.
Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
01423 562303

Clowning Around

In celebration of their summer show, Around the World in 80 Days-ish!, the entire York Theatre Royal building is hosting a ‘big top bonanza’, with Circus School pre-show workshops perfect for five–11 year olds. Whether they want to have a go at juggling or they think they’d be the funniest clown in town, this is a fantastically fun activity for the kids.
Circus School

York Theatre Royal
01904 623568

Family Fun

With 90 shows and 245 performances over five days, Durham Fringe Festival are really spoiling us this summer. For its fourth year, they can’t wait to welcome artists and audiences to Durham for a spoken word celebration of North East working-class culture and community with three local poets, fun-packed interactive shows for kids, and Sherlock Holmes’s The Last Act – plus so much more!
Durham Fringe Festival

Across Durham

Durham Fringe Festival Durham Fringe Festival

Playing Kings and Queens

The Tudor Songbook is a concert like no other as you’re transported back 500 years, with music that would have been heard in the court of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn from talented performers dressed in authentic Tudor costumes.
Tudor Songbook

Alnwick Castle
01665 511100

They Will Rock You

The Many Faces of Queen showcases some of the lesser-known songs and genres from the iconic band’s catalogue, as well as a selection of their greatest hits, as New Horizon Choir (a group of more than 100 North East singers) perform them.
The Many Faces of Queen

Northern Stage, Newcastle
0191 230 5151

You Bet

One of the highlights of the North East social calendar, Gainford Group Ladies’ Day is always a great day out and by far the most glamorous race day to attend, filled with fashion and fizz. Plus, don’t miss Bongo’s Bingo Party Live After Racing.
Ladies’ Day ft Bongo’s Party Live After Racing
Newcastle Racecourse
0191 236 2020

New Kids on the Block

Head to The Glasshouse this summer to see talented artists from the North East and beyond perform on stage for the very first BBC Introducing Live at the Proms.
BBC Introducing Live at the Proms

The Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead
0191 443 4661

Past Presents

Kynren ‘the epic tale of England’ is the blockbuster live outdoor show which has taken the country by storm. Performed by a 1,000-strong cast and crew on a huge outdoor stage, it’s unlike anything you’ll see elsewhere. Don’t miss this award-winning live action spectacular this summer complete with a new pre-show for 2024 – the Viking Village. Kynren’s newest leading man is Cosmo the shire horse and you can find out more about him at

Flatts Farm, Bishop Auckland

A Night at the Proms

This year’s York Proms will host music from the world of classical and opera and popular film soundtracks (and we’re sure it’ll go out with a bang with the usual fireworks display). It’s five hours of entertainment in York’s historic gardens – pack a picnic, sit back and enjoy.
York Proms

Museum Gardens, York

Drawing Attention: emerging artists in dialogue Drawing Attention: emerging artists in dialogue

Let’s Celebrate

The Friends of St Nicholas are raising a glass for their 90th anniversary party. The Friends raise vital funds for Newcastle Cathedral and celebrate its heritage, and we’ll raise our glass to that.
Friends of St Nicholas: Summer on the Terrace

Newcastle Cathedral
0191 232 1939

Got Your Attention

Discover up-and-coming names in contemporary drawing, displayed alongside works from the British Museum collection of prints and drawings at Hartlepool Art Gallery on this exhibition’s tour of venues around the UK. The art on display showcases different techniques and practices including drawings using make-up on face wipes by Sin Wai Kin and a drawing made with chalk collected from the White Cliffs of Dover by Josephine Baker.
Drawing Attention: emerging artists in dialogue

Hartlepool Art Gallery

Art Al Fresco

For Castle Howard’s first ever headline contemporary sculpture exhibition, internationally renowned artist Sir Tony Bragg is displaying large-scale sculptures in the gardens, as well as in the historic rooms of the house. Children will also enjoy a creative art trail around the grounds as part of this exhibition, as well as artsy activities in the summer holidays.
Tony Cragg at Castle Howard

Castle Howard, York

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