1. Enjoy a burger at the beach
Oh I do like to be beside Newcastle Quayside especially when it’s transformed into a seaside oasis.
Vueling Quayside Seaside, complete with deckchairs, palm trees, beach huts, volleyball net, golden sand and a kids' climbing wall is a great place for kicking back and relaxing. And, until Monday, Fat Hippo are taking over Riley’s Fish Shack Quayside to bring their banging burgers to the pop-up beach. Take a look at their special seaside-inspired menu here
2. Watch the Durham Jets take on Leicestershire Foxes
Head along to Durham County Cricket Club for an action packed Family Fun Day on Sunday (10 July) as Durham Jets take on Leicestershire Foxes in the NatWest T20 Blast at Emirates Riverside. To celebrate this fixture against the Foxes children's ticket prices have been discounted to just £1. The gates open at 12.30pm, and the game begins at 2.30pm. Not only is there some show-stopping cricket action on offer but there are plenty of activities planned off the field for the whole family to enjoy. Pre-match there will be a mascot race, fireworks and face-painting. Around the concourse we’ve a fun-fair, Diggerland, Durham Cathedral Lego, soft play and archery available throughout the whole day. For tickets call the Box Office on 0844 499 4466.
3. Party at Lindisfarne Festival’s launch event
With the festival season in full swing, the Lindisfarne Festival is holding a warm-up event free event this Friday (8 July) from 6pm to 2am at the Ernest bar, Ouseburn. There’ll be a range of live music, DJs, street food and performers, and fancy dress is encouraged. Free tickets to the main festival will be up for grabs for the best dressed.
Lindisfarne Festival is a music, arts and camping festival for over 18s based on Beal Farm, Northumberland, overlooking Holy Island in Northumberland. With music and DJs playing till 4am, the festival which takes place from 1–4 September plays host to acts including Reef, British Sea Power, the Cuban Brothers, James Taylor Quartet amongst others alongside the best in up-and-coming North East talent showcased on the BBC Introducing stage, a new feature for this year. For more information about the warm-up event visit the Ernest Facebook page. For more information about Lindisfarne Festival visit www.lindisfarnefestival.com
4. Eat your way around The North East Vegan Festival
Bringing together some of the region’s best vegan producers, this festival on Sunday at Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, sees vegan hotdogs take on artisan cheese to a backdrop of live music and on-stage entertainment. Who can resist? For more information visit www.metroradioarena.co.uk
5. See a live performance of King Lear
Theatre-goers: Don’t miss a live performance of King Lear by the Classic Theatre Cumbria in Kirklinton Hall and Gardens on Saturday (9 July). To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, why not head along to see Kirklinton Hall and Gardens and watch a live performance of King Lear by the Classic Theatre Cumbria?
The show starts at 7.30pm however Kirklinton’s extensive and enchanting gardens will be open from 5pm for theatre-goers. With expansive views and a wonderful terrace from which you can enjoy a pre-theatre picnic (as long as you bring it!) and a glass of something sparkling from the bar, this is not your average theatrical night out. Tickets for King Lear are available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/classictheatrecumbria and cost £10 / £7.50 concessions plus booking fee. www.kirklintonhall.co.uk
6. Go to Gateshead’s Family Fun Day
Gateshead Rugby club is hosting its annual Family Fun Day on Saturday from 1pm–8pm. There’ll be something for everyone from a magic show and dance troupe to games and bric a brac stalls. Expect marvelous magic tricks, a bubble show and lots of entertainment for all the family. Entry is £1 for adults and under 18s and OAPs go free.
7. Have a laugh
With his pretty boy looks, casually coiffed hair and great complexion, it’s hard to believe Carl Hutchinson is a devout wrestling fan with all its bloodshed and unkempt style. Find out what makes our local boy tick in this intimate and hilarious evening at Arc in Stockton. www.arconline.co.uk
8. Head to The Ryedale rose Festival
Visit The Ryedale rose Festival at RV Roger, in Pickering, North Yorkshire on the 9–10 July. RV Roger is one the UK’s top Rose growers, selling tens of thousands of roses a year throughout UK and Europe. Last year’s event attracted more than 1,000 visitors over the weekend, and is a premier standard display of the best roses from the UK’s top breeders. Attractions will include artists, music, refreshments, a one-off opportunity to see 50,000 roses in bloom in the fields, demonstrations and displays. It’s a free, fun-filled event for the whole family. For more information visit www.rvroger.co.uk
9. Rummage through Sledmere Charity Car Boot Sale
Who doesn’t love a car boot sale? Rummaging through knick knacks searching for buried treasures – now that’s what you call a Sunday morning. This special event at Sledmere House is helping to raise funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, The Wagoners Special Reserve Museum Trust and a host of other local organisations. www.sledmerehouse.com
10. Go to the theatre
Don’t miss Jackie The Musical which is on until Saturday at the Sunderland Empire. Inspired by Jackie Magazine, the indulgence of most teenage girls in the Seventies, this musical transports us back to the days before mobile phones, Facebook and online dating. There’s choreography by Arlene Phillips and a host of classic tunes. Winner. For tickets click here.