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October 2023
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Friday 13th doesn't have to be unlucky. From fun family-friendly shows to amazing light shows, there's plenty to see and do this weekend.
Peter Walker and Luxmuralis Peter Walker and Luxmuralis

Glow up…
Following the success of ‘Life’ last October, artistic collaboration Luxmuralis has returned to Durham Cathedral with a different show, ‘Science’ – a light and sound art installation with dazzling projections immersing visitors in chemistry and biology, exploring the history of science, how it has contributed to humanity, and the link between science and religion and in yet another unmissable display. Meanwhile in Leeds this Thursday and Friday you can experience art in the dark with Light Night Leeds – the UK’s largest annual arts and light festival. Some of the city's most recognisable indoor and outdoor spaces are being transformed by artworks and performances, so you can enjoy great entertainment and see the city in a new light.

Bake Off…
National Baking Week begins on 14th October and we have so many recipes for you to try at How about this delicious apple crumble cake? And we just love this coffee, walnut and cardamom cake. Or why not bake these vegan chocolate lava cakes?

Get a fright…
Psycho Path is back and it's bigger, better and even more frightening than ever, but if a survival maze and getting stuck in the never-ending corn maze sounds a little bit too frightening for the whole family, have no fear: Psycho Path’s Family Friendly Fest takes place this weekend at Lintz Hall Farm, meaning everyone can get into the spirit of spooky season. The Halloween-themed scares and shows at this event are family orientated and appropriate for all age groups – think pumpkin picking, a wizard school and an end of day parade. Don’t forget to dress up!

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Milkshake Live! Milkshake Live!

Keep the kids entertained…
This Sunday, Milkshake Live! Is taking over Hull City Hall. Monkey and two Milkshake presenters will be joined by some of their favourite friends including Paddington, Daisy & Ollie, Milo, Noddy and Blue’s Clues. Children can learn new songs and dances in this brand-new show filled with laughter, audience interaction and plenty of fun.

Get Ready…
Durham Book Festival returns for a long weekend from 13th-15th October, and bestselling authors, home-grown talent and leading thinkers will all be discussing their work. Food critic Grace Dent will be there, as will Helen Rebanks. Helen is the wife of The Shepherd’s Life author James Rebanks, and she’ll be speaking up for all the women who hold things together as she talks about her first book, The Farmer’s Wife. Presenter Melanie Sykes will lift the lid on being a woman in the media, navigating relationships, and being a neurodivergent person speaking up in a neurotypical world. Can’t make it? Celebrate Bookshop Day on 14th October by visiting one of the North East or Yorkshire’s best bookshops (click here to find 10 of our favourites), or find out what we’re reading this month at

Behind the scenes…
This Saturday and Sunday you’re invited to discover the fascinating secrets of Raby Castle on their exclusive behind the scenes tour, where rooms, stories and treasures not usually seen by the public will be revealed. Step beyond the velvet ropes and immerse yourself in the captivating world of this centuries-old architectural masterpiece (from the magnificent State Bedroom to the private study of the 10th Lord Barnard).

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Yorkshire Marathon Festival Yorkshire Marathon Festival

Food, glorious food…
The Filey Food Festival its taking place within the Evron Centre gardens this weekend (fingers crossed for good weather!) From gourmet Scotch eggs to caviar served with Prosecco, there are more than 70 stalls showcasing the best of Yorkshire food as well as produce from outside the region. Dig in!

On the run…
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Yorkshire Marathon Festival in York. More than 90,000 participants have signed up and more than £7.5 million has been raised for charity over the last 10 years, and this Sunday you can head along to York to support the runners taking part in this year’s York marathon. Head to to find out more, including important road closures and the best spectator spots.

Show time…
The world premier of FLIP! took place this Tuesday at Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre and you can buy tickets for shows from now until the end of the month. This show is a powerful new satire by critically-acclaimed writer Racheal Ofori, exploring what it means to live freely under the shadow of social media and asking how we can be our authentic selves in a world of algorithms. Don’t miss your chance to see the show in the North East before it heads to Edinburgh and London.

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