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What Do This Weekend Whatever The Weather The Northumberland Miners' Picnic, Moby Dick, The National Anthems Tribute Band, Fish and Chip Day
What's on
June 2024
Reading time 3 Minutes

Gail force wind, hail, or bright sunshine - we have you covered

Whether you're braving a barbecue or taking in a show with the family, here's what not to miss this weekend.

Fabulous food…

What a weekend for foodies! This Sunday (9th) make sure you head to Wylam Brewery in Newcastle for the first ever Bite Back For Cancer Research UK, a food festival like no other which will feature 15 Michelin-star chefs from around the UK cooking up a storm. Best of all, the event is free to attend (with some tokens for food available to buy on the day). Chefs in attendance include Ian Waller and Cal Byerley from Restaurant Pine, Tommy Banks, and Alex Nietsvuori from Hjem. Also this weekend (7th–9th June) Hadrian Border Brewery are hosting their own 30th Birthday Beer Festival. Expect award-winning beers from their own brewery (and others), delicious street food and live music, plus it’s dog-friendly! Sunderland Food and Drink Festival returns this weekend (7th–9th) with global flavours, musical entertainment, workshops and street performers, while in Yorkshire, the Filey Food and Drink Festival returns for its second year on Saturday and Sunday (8th–9th). The festival brings together local traders and producers for a weekend of great food, drink and shopping. 

Hopping mad…

Try something a bit different with the kids this weekend (and avoid any downpours) by heading to the M&S Archive in Leeds on Friday (7th) for your last chance to see their Beatrix Potter collection. Celebrating 40 years of offering Beatrix Potter merchandise, the Archive has carefully put together a collection of vintage items spanning decades for the public to enjoy, donated by David Pepper, a member of The Beatrix Potter Society. So whether the kids love Jemima Puddle-Duck, have a soft spot for the naughty Tom Kitten or love to hear of Peter Rabbit’s antics, this is not one to miss. 

Moby Dick (C) Manuel Harlan

The show must go on…

For a short time only (6th–8th) at York Theatre Royal you can see the brand new adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Complete with sea shanties played live on stage, the ensemble bring the production ingeniously to life. At Newcastle Theatre Royal from Thursday to Saturday (6th–8th) you can catch the family classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, with all the chaos, adventure and mishap you know and love. Tickets are still available so grab yours while you can.

Life’s a picnic…

One of the region’s longest running events, the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic, is making a return to Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland on Saturday (8th). The annual celebration of North East mining history and heritage brings together music, performance, arts and culture for a fun-filled family day. Look out for pop-up theatre performances, live music, arts and crafts, and delicious street food stalls. 

Sing it out…

Head to North Shields for The Strangest Party, a day-long music festival on Saturday (8th) in support of Teenage Cancer Trust which as been backed by Sting. Expect a whole host of local talent and tribute acts including The National Anthems, Blor and Geoff Mull from X Factor. In Whitby, enjoy a blast from the past with Whitby 60s Festival running Friday until Sunday (7th–9th). Travel back in time with all of your old favourites and rock out like it’s the swinging sixties all over again. 

In the garden…

The recent bout of weather has been changeable to say the least but it wouldn’t be a British summer without a bit of rain (and hail, and wind, and…). Coincidentally, this week (3rd–9th) is national barbecue week, the perfect excuse to crack out the grill, get your friends and family around and try out some new recipes. If you need some inspiration, here are six easy barbecue recipes to try at home. The blue cheese beef burgers with radish salsa and caramelised shallots are a great way to step up a barbecue classic and impress your guests. 

Having a giggle…

Enjoy some classic stand up this weekend. You can catch Ed Gamble (Taskmaster, The Great British Menu and Mock The Week) at Harrogate’s Royal Hall on Friday (8th) and Hull City Hall on Saturday (8th), and at Tyne Theatre & Opera House tonight (6th) you can see The Katie Price Show, following on from her wildly successful podcast with her sister. Expect never before heard stories, scandalous secrets and a barrel of laughs as she takes the audience through 30 years in the industry. 

Fishy on a little dishy…

Traditionally the first Friday in June is Fish and Chips Day so why not treat yourself to a chippy tea this weekend? The North East and Yorkshire have plenty to offer when it comes to great fish and chip shops. The Harbour Fish Bar is a classic chippy in Amble (and the oldest in the town) that serves up all of your old favourites in generous portions. Drake’s Fish & Chips in York also has an excellent reputation for delicious, traditional fish and chip dinners. 

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