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What's on
March 2021
Reading time 5 minutes
From celebrating Mother's Day indoors to getting out and about with friends, there are plenty of ways to stay entertained this weekend.

Celebrate Wor Dialect
Following the success of its previous exhibitions featuring the language of the North East, The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, in South Shields, is hosting a day of online celebrations on Saturday 13th March. Lads, lasses and bairns of all ages are invited to gan online to take part. Highlights include the first chance to hear two specially-commissioned folk songs and the announcement of the winners of the Lost Words Dialect Writing Competition.

Take a Stroll
Don’t stay cooped up inside. Get some fresh air, it’s good for you. Here’s some walking inspiration, but remember to stay local.

Grab a Coffee or Pack a Picnic
If you’re tired of walking, now you can sit outside for a catch up with a friend (at a distance) – but remember to take some snacks and why not grab a coffee from your favourite café on the way?

Celebrate National Butchers' Week
Bring National Butchers' Week, 8th–14th March, to an end with a classic steak night. Here’s the best butchers to take your pick, and here’s a delicious recipe for you to try out in the kitchen this weekend.

Order in for Mother’s Day
Don’t forget to treat your mum this Sunday. How could you when our local independents have made it so easy that you don’t even have to leave the house? Brunch, lunch and dinner is sorted with these delicious takeaways.

Try a Cocktail Subscription
Take your indoor celebrations a step further with creative cocktails. Let expert bartenders know the style of cocktails you like and they’ll put together a collection of four beautifully-fresh bottled ‘Kocktails’ to be delivered through your door.

Listen To…
Fresh from the huge global success of his song ‘Train Wreck’, James Arthur has returned with his brand new single ‘Medicine’. ‘Medicine is an uplifting ode to self, to relationships, to community and connection, and to the healing, restorative powers of love over adversity. It is, you might say, the perfect song for spring 2021,’ James says.

Once you’ve had your fix from one of our favourite North East artists, why not listen to a new podcast? Not everyone has the time or energy to endlessly scroll through their Twitter feed, watch the news or read the papers every morning. That’s why Your Broccoli Weekly keeps you on top of the news in a compact and accessible way. The podcast is perfect for people who want to connect to the world happening around them, without having to compromise on their own wellbeing and time – it’s the perfect way to kick off or end your weekend.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with, well, Mother’s Day. The lives of mothers who are dealing with personal issues in their own way intertwine during the week leading to Mother's Day in this 2016 film (find it on Netflix this weekend). Another 2016 favourite is Bad Moms, where mums go wild (find it on Amazon Prime), or head further back in time to enjoy Freaky Friday, a perfect mother-daughter watch (ps. the 2003 Lindsay Lohan version is on Disney+).

Don’t forget about the Six Nations Rugby this Saturday as England go head to head with France. The 2021 Six Nations is once again seeing the England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales international rugby union teams take each other on over the course of five thrilling rugby-packed weekends of fixtures.

Need a new book to delve into? We’re escaping into Weardale with A Shoulder On The Hill. Carol Graham takes us with her on her journey, narrated with humour, discernment and, above all, love through ’20 years of memories' of life in Weardale.

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