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Collage of featured entries Eshott Airfield, Tough Mudder, FIFA, Durham Brewery, Alphabetti Theatre
What's on
July 2023
Reading time 4 Minutes

Come rain or shine, there's lots of great stuff to do this weekend in the North East and Yorkshire

Step back in time with a 50s revival, challenge yourself with the muddiest of obstacle courses, or dress up and head to Newcastle's Ladies' Day for racing followed by Ronan Keating live. Here's everything you need to know about what's going on over the weekend.
Propella planes at Eshott Airfield Eshott Airfield

Be the first…
Thursday saw the launch of the new family space Wonderlab: The Bramall Gallery at the National Railway Museum in York and you can be one of the first people to visit this weekend. Occupying the museum’s former workshop where famous engines including Mallard and Flying Scotsman have been maintained, the new gallery will feature live shows, science demonstrations and 18 engineering-themed exhibits to inspire children.

Back in Time…
On Saturday and Sunday, Eshott Airfield will be taken back in time for Northumberland’s Revival Weekend. The former RAF fighter base will celebrate the aircraft, machines, music and fashion of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. There’ll be vintage aeroplane flying, live music playing, reenactments, a funfair and a variety of food and drink stalls. Plus, visitors are invited to join in the fun by donning their best vintage dress.

Look out…
This Friday evening join Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for their Summer Bat Walk at Castle Howard. You’ll take a walk on the wild side searching for these fascinating flying creatures and as the sun sets across the estate from 9pm, you’ll head out and identify different species of bat through their echolocation frequencies. Learn more about the brilliant world of bats, how to use bat detectors, and see how many you can spot.

People competing in Tough Mudder Tough Mudder

Cheer them on…
As the Lionesses head down under to try and bring it home once again, the Beacon of Light in Sunderland is celebrating the tournament with a variety of activities all summer. This Friday from 9.30am–3pm, girls are invited to head down to the Beacon for their Future Lionesses Day. The girls will get to watch England’s World Cup game on the big screen, before being put through their paces in a training session on the 3G pitches.

Get muddy…
Tough Mudder is bringing its world famous obstacle course back to Broughton Hall, Skipton, this weekend and it’s not for the faint hearted. The exhilarating event is taking place on Saturday and Sunday and sets out to be two days of muddy madness. With up to 10,000 participants descending on the challenging course, a variety of distances and the return of Tough Mudder infinity, it’s a day that will challenge even the fittest folk.

Head there…
This Saturday sees the end of Newcastle Fringe Festival. Showcasing the very best performing arts from Newcastle and beyond, there’s everything from comedy to cabaret, theatre and music. This Friday and Saturday events are taking place at The Old Coal Yard, Alphabetti Theatre, Prohibition Cabaret Bar and The Cumberland Arms. Find more events and full details on their website.

Horses racing at York Racecourse York Racecourse

Join in…
Celebrate with Durham Brewery this Saturday at their Beer Festival in Bowborn. They’re promising plenty of new beers to try, as well as opening the main brewery to the public specially for the occasion. There’ll also be local street food from Tandoori Naan Hut and Piggy Blinders to keep you well fed throughout the day, as well as live music. Plus, there’ll a marquee up as insurance against the great British summer!

Don’t miss…
The culmination of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival, it’s the Music Showcase at York Racecourse this weekend and on Saturday you can watch the Sky Bet York Stakes before Craig David takes to the stage. Meanwhile in the North East, Saturday is Ladies' Day at Newcastle Racecourse – a highlight of the region’s social calendar, renowned for the fashion as much as the racing. This year’s raceday will be followed by a performance by Boyzone legend Ronan Keating and tickets are still available.

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