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March 2023
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However you like to round off your week, we've found lots of great things to do this weekend

From celebrating St Patrick's Day in true Irish style to a catch up with a leading indie folk band, and perfect last-minute treats for Mother's Day, read on to find the best things to do this weekend.

Don’t forget:

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday and it’s the perfect time to show your mum you care. From the recipes to make your mum at home, to the perfect places to take your mum this Mother's Day in the North East, we’ve got all the tips and inspiration you could need. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift, a Living North subscription and tickets to Living North LIVE are both presents your mum is sure to love!

Read this:

Northumberland-based author and Living North columnist LJ Ross has just released her latest novel and as usual it’s one you won’t be able to put down. The most recent instalment of the DCI Ryan Mystery series, Lady’s Well tells the story of an entire rural village suffering severe poisoning before one old man turns up dead, and with so many potential motives there’s only one man who can help solve this particular mystery… Head to for more page-turning inspiration, as well as LJ Ross’ Book Club recommendations. 

Listen to:

When we last caught up with The Dunwells they were a leading example of online success and how to make music during lockdown. Having since found favour with audiences across the world, the Yorkshire-born brothers are back in the UK performing both new releases and fan favourites. A Leeds-based indie-folk/Americana band, The Dunwells are known for their strong vocals, powerful melodies and heartfelt lyrics, and that’s what you can expect from their show at The Forum in Darlington this Saturday.

Read More: Meet the Whitby-Based Artist Who is Putting Her Art in the Spotlight After Years of Teaching

Head there:

This Friday is St Patrick's Day and there are events taking place all weekend in celebration. Head to Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday for the St Patrick's Raceday – a day out for all the family with live Irish bands, Irish dancing, face painting and of course the races themselves. If you’re in Yorkshire, the York Irish Association are bringing their St Patrick’s Weekend Festival back for 2023. Taking place in St Sampson’s Square there’ll be live music, Irish dancing, ceilidhs and food and drink. Or for those who just want to have a pint in peace to celebrate Paddy’s Day, we’ve picked out the best pubs to enjoy a Guinness this weekend.

Watch this:

One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of a young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant, and this Friday 17th March you can see it performed live at The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. An award-winning Ellen Kent and Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyviv production, expect exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and antique wedding kimonos from Japan. With international soloists and a full orchestra, you don’t want to miss this.

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Clockwise from top left: Living North LIVE, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, The Cookery School at The Grand, York

Cook that:

Cooking is always an enjoyable and rewarding activity, and at we have a whole host of delicious recipes for you to try this weekend. If you’d prefer to get out of the house to brush up on your cooking skills, Newcastle’s Blackfriars have a fish and seafood masterclass on Saturday or a beginners’ patisserie class on Sunday, while The Cookery School at The Grand, York have a half-day Italian class on Friday, full-day French brasserie class on Saturday and a lesson in the ultimate Sunday lunch on (you guessed it) Sunday. 

Read More: Six Cookbooks to Give Your Mum the Gift of Food this Mother's Day

Book now:

This is your last weekend to book tickets for Living North LIVE at York Racecourse to take advantage of our Early Bird discount. From stylish shopping to live demonstrations, talks and tastings, Living North LIVE brings you inspiring ideas for your home and garden, great gifts, delicious food and unique accessories that you won’t find anywhere else. While you can still buy tickets for Yorkshire’s leading homes, gardens, shopping, food and lifestyle event on the door, the discount ends this weekend, so don’t miss out and book now!

Don’t miss:

This week was Sleep Awareness Week and Friday is World Sleep Day so what better time to work on your nighttime routine? From the best beds to perfect pyjamas, at we’ve got lots of top tips to help you get the most out of your sleep this weekend. To find out more about why catching some z’s is so essential, click here to read our interview with Doncaster-based The Sleep Charity whose work is all about the importance of getting a good night’s sleep.

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