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August 2023
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The Great North Run, a Roman festival and Ladies Day at the Betfred St Leger Festival…

There's plenty to do this month.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea | Malton Museum Roman Festival

Time for tea…
Start the month with a theatre trip purr-fect for families! Direct from the West End, Olivier Award nominated show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea is on tour and the smash hit is coming to York Theatre Royal from 1st–2nd September. Based on the book by Judith Kerr, Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea but they certainly don’t expect to see a big stripy tiger at the door. Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family musical; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. Don’t miss this stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem…

Keep on running…
From its humble beginnings in 1981 to more than 55,000 runners now registering to take part each year, The Great North Run is one of the biggest events in the North East calendar. Taking place on 10th September, the course will take in the iconic Tyne Bridge, pass the famous Gateshead International Stadium and finish in the coastal town of South Shields. While it’s too late to sign up yourself, you can join the thousands of cheering supporters keeping runners motivated every step of the way. Not to mention you can see Sir Mo Farah complete his final ever competitive race!

Back in time…
Rescheduled due to bad weather, Malton Museum are hosting their second Roman Festival on Saturday 23rd September. The festival will include live action demos as well as marching and battle sequences, and the re-enactment groups will also have military encampments that illustrate the changes throughout 400 years of Roman occupation. For kids there’ll also be a Children's Roman Army segment, mosaic making, paint your own shield, wax tablet drawing, and archaeological digs, as well as the chance to dress up as an Ancient Briton or a Roman Soldier.

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For the foodies…
On Monday 18th September, Alnwick’s Turnbull’s Northumbrian Food Hall are launching their inaugural Northumbrian Food Festival. They’ll be kicking off the festival with an exciting ‘Northumbrian Evening’ collaboration between Turnbull’s sixth generation business, and the team from Michelin-starred and Green-starred Restaurant Pine. Meanwhile, the rest of the week-long event will feature a host of food demonstrations and tastings from Northumbrian food producers, along with a small weekend market at Turnbull’s Food Hall in Alnwick.

Walk this way…
Searching for a new place to stroll this September? The team at Bay Tales have produced a free walking map of Whitley Bay featuring key scenes and spots from the Vera book and TV episode 'The Seagull'. The map has been created by hand by local artist Nicola Young, while author Ann Cleeves has supplied some additional notes, and there’s also a web page with additional detail about Whitley Bay and local businesses past and present here.

Don’t miss…
Doncaster comes into its own at this time of year towards the end of the flat racing calendar, and you don’t want to miss the Betfred St Leger Festival from 14th– 17th September. Expect four thrilling days of action and excitement, beginning with Ladies Day and culminating on the final day of the festival with the St Leger Community Funday. Join the jubilant crowds watching on to see a little piece of horse racing history this month.

The Ultimate Guide to Barbecuing Meat by Genevieve Taylor, Photography: Jason Ingram | Living North’s Christmas Fair

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Hold on to summer…
Dare we say better late than never? With a potential heatwave on the way this September, spend this month doing all those summer activities you previously missed out on. From the best rooftop bars to check out, to six delicious barbecue recipes, we’ve got everything you need for some fun in the sun (finally!). Fancy a camping trip? We’ve also got a go-to guide to the top camping spots across the North East and Yorkshire which are family-friendly, pet-friendly, for real adventurers and adults-only.

Book now…
Christmas starts here! Tickets for Living North’s Christmas Fairs at Newcastle Racecourse and York Racecourse are on sale from 1st September, and both events are set to be bigger and better than ever. With 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 – there’s a whole host of items you’ll want to make this Christmas an extra special one. And when you want to take a break from shopping, take a seat in our hugely-popular chef demonstration kitchen where we showcase some of the region’s finest chefs. Grab your early bird, discounted tickets at

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