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Family Fun, Great Days Out and Foodie Festivals: Here’s How to Spend Your September

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August 2022
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Here’s how to spend your September

Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty to explore, see and do across the North East and Yorkshire.
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Food lovers rejoice, Teesside Restaurant Week returns from Monday 5th September, so make sure to book to dine at a discount. Some of your favourite restaurants, including Tomahawk and The Impeccable Pig, will be offering delicious meals for £20 or less. From Caribbean flavours to country pub classics, delicious steaks and tapas small plates, there’s something for everyone.

In their penultimate event of the year, 44 Events Co. are hosting Thai Kwondo Two Nights In Bangkok, their annual Thai food event at Wylam Brewery. Over the weekend of 23–24th September North East Foodies will be coming together to sample some of the best Thai street food the region has to offer. Alongside worldly flavours served from more than 10 street food vendors, enjoy music, beers and cocktails.

There are a number of food and drink festivals taking place across Yorkshire this September. From a rum event in Leeds to cheese sampling across the Yorkshire Dales, and York’s very own 10-day food and drink festival which will see top chefs demonstrate their skills, producers offering their artisan goods and tasting trails taking place across the city. Click here to read our food festival highlights this month.

Tyne bridge during great north run
 James Dixon holding is design for GNR 2022


Much of a sports fan? There’s plenty to watch this month. From cricket to football, horse racing and rugby league, take your pick! Click here to see what’s happening across Yorkshire and here for what to see in the North East, this September.

One of the most anticipated events of the year for any runner is The Great North Run. Taking place on Sunday 11th September, runners will be coming together to run the stretch of 13.1 miles across the North East, and we spoke with illustrator James Dixon, who helped designed this year’s finishers medals and T-shirts. Click here to read the interview.

People looking at art at The Great North Art Show The Great North Art Show


Dali’s Christ of St John of the Cross, one of the most reproduced images of the 20th century, is on display in the North East for the first time. Don’t miss Dali’s masterpiece, on loan from Glasgow Life Museums, and El Greco’s Christ on the Cross display at the acclaimed Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland. Exhibition on until 4th December.

The unmissable Lindisfarne Gospels (the most spectacular manuscript to survive from Anglo-Saxon England) will be on display at the Laing Art Gallery in a contemporary exhibition exploring its meaning in our modern world from 17th September – don’t miss out!

The Great North Art Show, held every September in the magnificent surroundings of Ripon Cathedral, returns on 10th September until 6th October for its 20th anniversary. Showcasing work by some of the finest professional and emerging artists, the exhibition has gained a reputation as one of the most established premier leading art exhibitions in the North of England. Don’t miss the extensive programme of special events taking place throughout the four weeks.

Saltaire Inspired’s ever-popular Saltaire Makers Fair is returning from 17th–18th September, filling Victoria Hall with more than 45 top designer-makers from across the North and further afield, and showcasing a range of craft and design that you won’t find on the high street.

Annual Steam Gala North Yorkshire Moors Railway Annual Steam Gala, North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The Deep a large aquarium and visitor attraction in Hull The Deep, Hull


Join North Yorkshire Moors Railway on 22nd–25th September for their Annual Steam Gala – a hugely popular event for railway enthusiasts and a great day out for the whole family. Visitors will be able to ride behind the guest locomotives (which includes LNER A4 'Sir Nigel Gresley' No. 60007) and home fleet engines across the four-day event, with services stopping at stations from Pickering to Whitby.

Take a trip to The Bowes Museum to join a dazzling journey of discovery and adventure with the Journey of Colour exhibition. Visitors can take in hundreds of years of creativity with colour from the Renaissance to the present day. The exhibition runs until 30th October.

As we head into autumn and the weather starts to cool, there are still plenty of great days out by the coast – just head inside for family days spent at Arches Cookery School, Hull’s Museums Quarter and Europe’s best aquatic displays at The Deep. Click here to find 10 more amazing indoor days at the coast.

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