How to Spend Your Time This Weekend
Here’s plenty of inspiration for how to spend your weekend
Get into the festive spirit
It’s Living North’s Christmas Fair at York Racecourse (Thursday to Sunday) – and if you haven’t got tickets yet, don’t worry! They’re available to buy on the door. Browse more than 250 carefully-selected stands, from artisan designer-makers, local food producers and fashion retailers to homewares, gifts and accessories, and of course special Christmas decorations at the biggest and best seasonal shopping event in the North. We’ll see you there!
Continue the festivities
Bamburgh Castle’s state rooms will be transformed this Saturday (12th), by designer Charlotte Lloyd Webber and her team, into a spectacular festive experience inspired by The Twelve Days of Christmas. You’ll be transported into an enchanted, whimsical world within the castle, thanks to this new installation which celebrates the lyrics of the famous Christmas carol and its traditions. It’s the largest indoor Christmas experience in the North East, so you won't want to miss it.
See a show
We couldn’t be more excited that Les Mis is in Sunderland (at the Empire until 19th November). This brilliant new stage show has taken the world by storm as Les Mis for the 21st century. Look forward to the best musical score including I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, One Day More, and our personal favourite – Master Of The House. Seen by more than 120 million people worldwide, Les Mis has earned its place as one of the world’s most popular musicals. Read our review here.
Taste the sea
On Saturday 12th November No.1 by GuestHouse, York are offering a special twist on the traditional afternoon tea. They’ll be serving decadent tiers of fresh seafood (think oysters, smoked salmon scones, tempura prawns and garlicky scallops) alongside a bottomless supply of ice-cold rosé.
Take the kids
Meet award-winning author and illustrator Holly Sterling at Seven Stories this Saturday (12th) for a reading of her new book Ballet Kids, publishing this winter. This book follows the first in the series, Karate Kids. Your children will learn more about writing, drawing and creating their own stories, and have the chance to create their very own artwork. There’ll be a book signing afterwards too.
Visit Shrek’s swamp
Shrek The Musical is a spectacular show inspired by the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film we know and love, and you can join the fun at Cast, Doncaster this weekend (Friday and Saturday). The beloved characters from the film will come to life on stage as you follow Shrek and Donkey on their life-changing journey to rescue a feisty princess.
This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on 13th November, and it’s our opportunity to remember and commemorate the service and sacrifice of all those that have defended our freedom. If you’re staying in, this week’s TV guide tells you where you can watch the Festival of Remembrance and the Remembrance Sunday commemorations including those at the Cenotaph, but there’ll be numerous parades right across the North East and Yorkshire including in South Shields, Durham, Scarborough and Huddersfield if you’re heading out.