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Everything You’ll Want To Do This Weekend Clockwise from top left: Eidolon, Mat Collishaw, The Faith Museum, Bishop Auckland, Museum of the Moon, Hull Fair, NUFC, Matfen Hall
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October 2023
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We've got everything from tipsy theatre and a brand new museum opening to Europe's biggest travelling funfair and the Rugby World Cup

Here are all the best things to do this weekend across the North East and Yorkshire.
Museum of the Moon at Hexham Abbey

Drink to this…

On a UK-wide theatre crawl, hoping not to get ‘bard’, Sh!t-faced Shakespeare have a new production of their hit show Much Ado About Nothing. Performing at Scarborough Spa this Friday and Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre & Opera House on Saturday, Don John and his troupe of bachelor soldiers arrive in Messina and love is in the air – with the help of a few beverages. Warning: this is an adult-only show and taking its mixed reviews into account, it shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

Out of this world…

This weekend see Luke Jerram’s amazing touring artwork Museum of the Moon at Hexham Abbey. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the installation is a fusion of lunar imagery and moonlight, featuring a surround-sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. Due to the display’s popularity there are a selection of three-hour slots to visit the Abbey and view the moon throughout the weekend, so be sure to book in advance.

Uncover hidden gems…

Experience familiar places through fresh eyes or uncover hidden treasures you may not know about with York Unlocked this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, you’ll have the opportunity to discover more than 70 of the city’s best buildings, some of which are not normally open to the public, while others are offering a behind-the-scenes insight. From Holgate Windmill to York Theatre Royal, there is a variety of buildings to explore. Click here to find out more. 

Hull Fair

Have some faith…

Be one of the first to visit the Faith Museum this weekend, a unique museum now open at Auckland Castle, and discover stories of faith in Britain spanning 6,000 years. The Faith Museum explores how faith, belief and religion have shaped lives and communities in Britain throughout history, with four dynamic galleries to discover and more than 250 objects on display including rarely seen objects, national treasures, personal testimonies and contemporary commissions.

Have fun at the fair…

For something fun to do this weekend head to Hull Fair, one of the largest traveling fairs in Europe. The official opening ceremony is on Friday at 5pm with the ringing of the bell by the Lord Mayor before visitors are let loose in the fairground. With more than 250 rides and lots of attractions, you’ll find traditional favourites such as the waltzers and dodgems alongside new and thrilling rides. There’s something for the whole family here.

Turn the page…

The 50th Ilkley Literature Festival kicks off this Friday and there’ll be more than 90 events over 17 days to mark the occasion. As the longest-running literature festival in the North, this year's programme will celebrate all things reading and writing, and will include in-person and online interviews, talks and workshops. It’s your opportunity to meet personalities such as Ray Mears, Melanie Sykes and Jacqueline Wilson. To celebrate their golden anniversary, they will also be paying homage to the inaugural festival by recreating some events from the original 1973 programme.

Afternoon Tea at Matfen Hall

Time for tea…

Delicate finger sandwiches, melt-in-the-mouth cakes, scones with lashings of cream and jam – nothing beats afternoon tea and at Living North we think it really is the perfect weekend activity. The epitome of English tradition, it’s not just about the food either. Afternoon tea is an occasion in itself and it’s as much about spending time with family and friends as it is about eating. We’ve rounded up the best places across the North East and Yorkshire to enjoy this delicious pastime this month. 

Show your support…

We are drawing to the end of the pool stages of the Rugby World Cup, and this weekend sees hosts France face Italy on Friday, before England take on Samoa, before Scotland take on Ireland in a crunch match on Saturday night. At home, Falcons take on Caldy in the Premiership Rugby Cup and they’d love your support on Sunday afternoon at Kingston Park. There’s also plenty going on for football fans this weekend. On Saturday Sunderland take on Middlesbrough in a Championship home derby, while in the Premier League Sheffield United are playing Fulham. After last night’s match against PSG, Newcastle United are back on the pitch this Sunday away at West Ham.

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