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4 images in a collage; snow drops, cocktails, book shop and a forest Clockwise from left: Snowdrops, WC Newcastle, Plotters’ Forest at Raby, Barter Books
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February 2023
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Here's everything you'll want to do to make the most of this weekend

Whether you're getting out and about, or decide to stay in creating cocktails and watching the footy, there is so much good stuff going on this weekend.

History in the making…

In a bid for glory, Eddie Howe's side will face Manchester United this Sunday in a bid to lift the Carabao Cup. Kick off is at 4.30 pm at Wembley, and although sadly tickets sold out fast you can still enjoy all the action in this historic final. Click here to read our in-depth match preview.

person holding a flyer about a book festival Alnwick Story Fest

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Turn a new page…

Taking place from Friday to Sunday, Alnwick Story Fest is a book and film festival celebrating the power of stories to transform lives and spark imagination. Head to the inaugural event this weekend to have fun, make new friends, learn new skills and meet inspiring creatives. They will also be announcing the winner of the brand new Northern Film Prize, an award recognising short filmmaking that demonstrates the spirit and heart of the North East of England. Click here for more information on what to expect. 

Don’t get caught…

Get your running shoes on this Saturday as Forestry England team up with Actor to recreate the hit TV show Hunted in Dalby Forest. You must evade capture for the duration of the hunt and make it to the extraction point, however there’ll be tasks to complete along the way, and food drops you keep you energised throughout the day. If you manage to make it to the end you might win a cash prize, but only if you’ve completed more tasks than the rest.

Star struck…

Sunday sees the end of the eighth Yorkshire Dales Dark Skies festival and while the stunning light pollution-free skies aren’t going anywhere, make the most of all the activities taking place this weekend before it’s over for another year. Opportunities to get involved with include stargazing with expert astronomers, after dark photography, canoeing under the stars and a nighttime torch hike.

Spring Into Action…

Say goodbye to winter and hello to spring with some family fun activities this weekend. Why not head to Gibside for some orienteering and and enjoy some challenges along the way, or head to the Plotters’ Forest at Raby to take part in the Bear Hunt, finding hidden letters around the forest trails and sky-high turrets to work out the bear’s name. 

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aerial shot of a forest maze The Plotters’ Forest at Raby
2 different cocktails on a marble table WC Newcastle
snowdrops Child Bereavement UK Snowdrop Walk

Raise the bar…

Friday is World Bartender Day and how better to celebrate than with a trip to their place of work? For those looking for some inspiration, we’ve picked out the best bars in the North East and Yorkshire for you to visit this weekend. Fancy yourself as a bit of a mixologist? From a blood orange mimosa to a classic margarita you’ll find lots of inspiration at

Support with snowdrops…

This Sunday, a Child Bereavement UK Snowdrop Walk is taking place in the stunning surroundings of Hardwick Park in Sedgefield. It’s a day dedicated to remembering babies and children who have died and children who are bereaved each year. During the walk, people will be able to plant a snowdrop in memory of someone special. Click here for more information about how you can get involved.

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