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Fun Ways to Spend Your Weekend Concerts by Candlelight, Oktoberfest, Taylor Swift, Pink Lady apple cake, Last Night of the Proms
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October 2023
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Don't let the wet weather spoil your fun

From live music to raising a glass, here are the best ways to spend your weekend.
Concerts by Candlelight

Have a laugh…
Bradford’s much-loved actor, musician and comedian Adrian Edmondson is putting on his one-man show at Harrogate Convention Centre this Saturday as part of Harrogate Comedy Festival. Join the audience to discover the story behind his journey to comedy in this entertaining evening of storytelling to celebrate the release of his upcoming memoir, Berserker!

Be a bookworm…
The longest-running literature festival in the North (Ilkley Literature Festival) is celebrating 50 years and has already welcomed Simon Armitage, Anton Du Beke and Jacqueline Wilson to the town. This weekend don’t miss Jenny Graham talking about becoming the fastest woman to cycle around the world. Over in Sheffield at the Off the Shelf Festival of Words, solo performances and poetry readings are taking place across the weekend.

Let’s dance…
‘By Candlelight’ concerts are proving more and more popular and you won’t want to miss Bowie by Candlelight at Newcastle Cathedral on Friday and Saturday. Throughout this mesmerising tribute show David Bowie’s live performances will be brought back to life with all the hits from the album Let’s Dance.

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Game on!
Storm Babet may be on the way but that’s not going to stop the action at Kingston Park tomorrow night. The early kick off (6pm) sees the Falcons take on Gloucester in the Premiership. With the last two meetings resulting in wins for the home side, they’ll be looking for a repeat of last season’s home game against Gloucester in March when they won 17–12. With the World Cup semi final game being screened straight afterwards in the bar, and with Argentina having a distinct Falcons flavour with four Falcons players on the pitch against New Zealand, it will be a fun night at Kingston Park so head down and give the boys some much deserved support. Newcastle United are also at home this weekend with a 3pm kick off against Crystal Palace on Saturday, whilst Sunderland head to Stoke and Middlesbrough take on Birmingham at home. Luckily all done and dusted before England take on South Africa in the Rugby World Cup semi final at 8pm in Paris, when England will be hoping to avenge their World Cup final defeat in 2019, when South Africa beat them 32–12 in Yokohama.


Oktoberfest kicked off in Newcastle last weekend and it’s back this weekend at the 2,000 capacity Bavarian-style beer hall in Times Square (where you can shelter from the rain). Some of Europe’s best Oompah bands, thousand of steins and bratwurst, frankfurters and pretzels promise a party to remember. The party continues over at Beverley Racecourse (for the very first time) on Friday and Saturday with three sessions of live music from authentic German bands with bratwurst, bier and fun and games (tickets are selling fast).

Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care are once again putting on a fabulous evening of music and dance with their Last Night of the Proms. Ray Spencer MBE is the host this Saturday and he’ll be joined by special guests for this night to remember at O2 City Hall Newcastle. Each ticket sale supports the Daft as a Brush Charity and includes a free event programme and flag.

Go barking mad…
Calling all dachshund owners. This Sunday all dachshunds and dachshund crosses are welcome to the Pup Up Café at Revolution Newcastle for some Halloween-themed fun – with a lucky dip trick or treat on entry. There’ll be puppuccinos and treats for all the dogs, as well as lots of photo opportunities and clothes and goodies to browse.

Taylor Swift, The Eras Tour concert film

An apple a day…
This Saturday is Apple Day and Helmsley Walled Garden is home to more than 100 varieties of apples, including their Yorkshire-grown National Collection, so where better to celebrate? This weekend there’ll be a special apple trail, bags of apples for sale, and they’ll be launching this season’s apple juice, made from Helmsley Walled Garden-grown apples and pressed by Kirkby Project Fruit. Staying in? We don’t blame you! We have plenty of recipes to try at, from this apple, cheddar and clove galette and this apple and ginger dhal to this Pink Lady apple cake

Join the crowd…
If you didn’t manage to get your hands on tickets to see Taylor Swift, you can enjoy her Eras Tour from the comfort of a cinema seat. Fans have been flocking to local cinemas to immerse themselves in this once-in-a-lifetime concert film. Search for showings at your local Cineworld, Showcase, Everyman, Vue and ODEON screens. But don’t forget to support your local independent cinemas: Tyneside Cinema have showings this Thursday and Friday and The Light Sheffield has showings all weekend.

Don’t forget…
There’s only one week to go until Living North’s Christmas Fair takes over Newcastle Racecourse, and we can’t wait to see you there! Early bird discounted tickets are available until midnight on 25th October, so don’t forget to book yours now. To give you some food for thought, here's a sneak peek at just some of the fabulous foodies you'll meet in our Food Halls, and these are just a few of the talented artists and makers you'll meet at the biggest and best seasonal shopping event in the North.

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