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Everything You Should Do this Weekend From Family Fun to Horse Racing

what to do High Force Waterfall, National Glass Centre, Yorks Racecourse, Bugsy Malone
What's on
August 2022
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From family trails to a day at the races and a must-not-miss festival of kite-flying, there’s plenty to keep you entertained this weekend across the North East and Yorkshire

With so much to choose from, this weekend is going to be a good one.

Play Time
Darlington’s Theatre Hullabaloo are hosting a fantastic, interactive play exhibition based on the award-winning book Wow! Said The Owl by Tim Hopgood, which follows a little owl on a daytime adventure to appreciate just how colourful the world really is. Perfect for younger kids, this bright and bold exhibition offers them a rich, sensory experience. Don’t miss your last chance to see it this Friday and Saturday.

Place Your Bets
As Ladies’ Day winds down, the fun doesn’t end at York Racecourse. On Friday, racegoers get a chance to say farewell to the mighty Stradivarius as he seeks a record seventh win at York, then on Saturday don’t miss the most famous race of the season – pick a winner from the 22 runners in the Sky Bet Ebor.

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child with an owl Darlington’s Theatre Hullabaloo
horse racing York Racecourse
fireworks over Castle Howard Castle Howard

See a Show
Bugsy Malone, a penniless one-time boxer, is thrust into the gangster limelight when he becomes the last resort for Fat Sam. But all Bugsy really wants to do is spend time with his new love, Blousey. Alan Parker’s world-famous movie, which brought Jodie Foster to fame, has been revived and transformed into a spectacular theatrical experience with fabulous costumes and even better music. See it live on stage at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal this weekend.

Party at the Castle
A huge three-day weekend of music begins on Friday within the magnificent grounds of Castle Howard. Friday sees the iconic Ibiza brand, Café Mambo, bring the music and magic of the White Isle for thousands of party people to gather under the stars. Saturday is a highlight of Yorkshire’s event calendar: Castle Howard Proms (with chart-topping opera star and BBC Radio Wales presenter, Wynne Evans) and closing the weekend is the spectacular ABBA Symphonic.

Fly High
Music, poetry and a procession with flags will launch Bradford’s Fly With Me event at Northcliffe Park this Saturday – the UK’s largest kite-flying festival in aid of Afghanistan. It’ll be followed by a performance from three giant swallow puppets, known as the Parasto Bird. Head to the top of the hill to see a dramatic kite fight before taking part in the kite flying. City of Culture Bradford is one of 16 cities and towns in the UK and Europe taking part in this festival of Afghan kite-flying, presented by Afghan artists, and nationwide workshops will teach communities how to make a kite from scratch.

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Adventure by the Water
Discover the brand-new adventure trail at High Force Waterfall, which aims to help encourage children to engage with nature and see the benefits of outdoor play. This new woodland experience forms part of the circular waterfall route at High Force. A series of intricately carved sculptures have been placed along the special route – from a moon-gazing hare to a giant caterpillar. Children can also climb onto a giant’s chair, discover a living bug hotel and watch the bird boxes hidden in the trees.

Head to the Coast
So the heatwave may be over, and the rain has been hitting hard, but there are still plenty of reasons to visit our beautiful coast. Don’t let the sea mist dampen your day. Head indoors, or a little inland to keep everyone happy. Here are 11 great ways to keep the whole family happy.

children playing in the woods High Force Waterfall
glass blowing National Glass Centre

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