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Everything you'll want to do this spring

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Bolton Castle
As the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight, here's the coolest things to keep you entertained this spring

 

BOLTON CASTLE MAZE & FALCONRY
RIGHT NOW
Bolton Castle, near Leyburn
boltoncastle.co.uk

The glorious country gardens surrounding Bolton Castle will reopen on 29th March, so go along to enjoy the pretty gardens, and try not to get lost in the huge outdoor maze. Then, explore the vineyard and take in the superb views across the glorious Wensleydale valley, throughout the Easter holidays and beyond. They will also resume their falconry displays from 12th April, in line with zoo reopening guidance and the castle, tea room and shop will reopen from 17th May.

IN FOCUS: THE SILVER SWAN
RIGHT NOW
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
thebowesmuseum.org.uk

How well do you know the Silver Swan? The Bowes Museum’s in-house swan doctor, Matthew Read, has some secrets he’d like to share with you. Join him online each Wednesday to learn more about the beautiful 18th century robot that lives in the museum.

SPRING WOODLAND
FAIRY TRAIL
MAY
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
01833 690606
thebowesmuseum.org.uk

Every fairy needs a set of wings. This spring, allow your children to fly through the grounds ofThe Bowes Museum. See how many fairy houses they can find around the grounds in this fun trail which will lead them through the trees.

DISCOVERING NEW WORLDS
MAY
Kielder Observatory
0191 265 5510
kielderobservatory.org
In this event you’ll take a tour of the observatory, with stargazing planned if the weather permits. You’ll discover light and its uses throughout the universe, and take a look through the large aperture telescopes. You’ll also get hands on with rocks from the origins of the solar system and worlds beyond our own, while learning some techniques about how to navigate the night sky.

EURO 2021 AT CENTRAL PARK
FROM MAY
Central Park, Life Science Centre, Newcastle
centralparknewcastle.co.uk

The North East’s biggest beer garden is returning, just when we need it most. Central Park will be showing all of spring and summer's great sport on their huge screen, with craft beer and cocktails on tap to accompany your street food. Euro 2021 kicks off this summer and Central Park will be showing all games throughout the tournament on their outdoor screen.

THIS IS FOR THE NHS
31ST MAY
Exhibition Park, Newcastle
thisistomorrow.co.uk

Newcastle’s biggest outdoor music festival, This Is Tomorrow, has announced that a free festival for NHS workers will be coming to the city as a special thank you to those risking their lives to curb the spread of the pandemic. This Is For The NHS will offer Newcastle and Northumberland NHS workers (along with care workers) free tickets to a full day of family entertainment across three stages. The event will follow the weekend’s This Is Tomorrow festival, with Sam Fender, Gerry Cinnamon, L Devine and Royal Blood on the festival line-up. This newly announced festival is hoped to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for NHS Trusts across the regions.

DAMIEN HIRST
UNTIL APRIL 2022
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
01924 832631
ysp.org.uk

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) are presenting four major sculptures by Damien Hirst in the 18th-century country park. Charity (2002–2003), Myth (2010), The Hat Makes the Man (2004– 2007) and The Virgin Mother (2005–2006) all came to YSP as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International – a festival of sculpture which took place across Leeds and Wakefield in 2019. They’re now staying put until spring next year to give you the chance to see them in person. We all know how important outdoor spaces are to both our physical health and mental wellbeing and the enjoyment they can bring at this difficult time, so this is the perfect way to enjoy art while staying safe.

COMPASS PODCAST
compassliveart.org.uk

Every two years, Compass Festival animates the city of Leeds with interactive live art projects in public spaces like shopping centres, markets, museums and streets. Compass Festival 2021 have made sure that we can still enjoy this year’s festivities from home with Compass Podcast. Join them for a series of four podcast episodes, hosted by Pam Johnson, as you delve into the themes and concerns of some of the Compass Festival projects. It’s a great chance to get to know the artists they work with and virtually meet some local and national experts.

Published in: April 2021

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