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Pickering’s Light Spectacular
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October 2021
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We’ve rounded up all the great ways to get you out and about this weekend…

…And there’s something for everyone.
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But first, coffee…

It’s UK Coffee Week – so there’s no better time to kickstart your day with a brilliant brew. We’ve rounded up the best independents where you can grab a cup of the black stuff across the North East and Yorkshire here.

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Get spooky…

With half term starting for many this weekend, there’s lots of Halloween-inspired activities to sink your teeth into. What better way to keep the kids entertained (and get into the Halloween spirit) than carving a pumpkin or two? We’ve picked out the best places to pick your own pumpkins across the North East and Yorkshire – and we’ve the ultimate guide to help you keep your pumpkins fresher for longer. With so many spooky events kickstarting this weekend (and across half term), we’ve rounded up some of the most frightful (and family-friendly) events in Yorkshire here.

Wrap up and win…

We’re now in the height of autumn and we’re certainly feeling the cold, so why not enter our competition to be in with the chance of winning an iconic Barbour Beadnell Wax Jacket? Beloved by celebrities and royalty, local company Barbour’s are celebrating 100 years of their re-waxing service and to mark the occasion we have a Beadnell jacket to give away. It will help keep the cold at bay, but can be worn all year round – so you stay stylish and sustainable! Enter the competition here, and read all about Barbour’s re-waxing centenary here.

Living North Christmas Fair

Get ready for some festive fun at Living North’s Christmas Fairs…

With less than a week to go until we open the doors to Living North’s Christmas Fair, the countdown is well and truly on. We’re back at Newcastle Racecourse, and the Fair promises to be better than ever. Why not start your Christmas with us? We’ve rounded up all the reasons to visit – and whether you’re looking for gift inspiration for the kids, or tempting tipples to gift to someone special, there’s something for everyone. Grab a ticket to our North East Christmas Fair here, and be sure to book ahead for Living North’s Christmas Fair at York Racecourse here – when we do it all over again between 11th–14th November.

Pickering’s Light Spectacular

All aboard…

Pickering’s Light Spectacular kickstarts this weekend – with heritage carriages decorated with thousands of LED lights promising a train ride like no other. The train runs on a one-hour return journey between Pickering and Levisham, and passengers can expect narration from The X Factor’s Voice Over Man, music to get the whole family in the party mood, and an interactive LED wristband which allows you to become part of the show. Tickets are selling fast, so be quick to grab yours here.

Behind the Seams

Feast of fashion…

There’s so much fashion history and culture across the North East and Yorkshire, and this weekend, there are exhibitions that celebrate just that. After experiencing huge success in 2018, Behind The Seams has returned to Preston Park Museum in Stockton, with an all new collection of iconic costumes from film and TV including The Crown, James Bond and Rocket Man. You can book tickets online here. Over at Bankfield Museum in Halifax, the all new exhibition Belonging: Fashion & A Sense of Place has launched – showcasing the works of international designers, as well as makers closer to home, exploring the impact of West Yorkshire on the world of fashion.

Have a laugh…

The Last Stop to Edinburgh Comedy Festival is taking place at Stockton’s Georgian Theatre this weekend, with award-winning acts that you’ll recognise from 8 Out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You and Comedy Central (plus a load of local legends too). There are two afternoon shows suitable for the whole family to enjoy, and seven hilarious shows for adults later on. It’s not too late to grab a ticket here.

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