1st June–31st August
Marking the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, an original edition is going on show at Palace Green Library in Durham in a new exhibition to show its relevance today through lecture series and reenactments.
Palace Green Library, Durham 0191 334 2932 www.dur.ac.uk
Whether you’re a keen equestrian or just looking for a family fun day, head to Belsay Horse Trials to see dressage, show jumping and cross country phases, as well as plenty of action away from the rings including a climbing wall, pony rides, children’s entertainment and dog agility.
Belsay, Northumberland www.belsayhorsetrials.co.uk
The rudest puppet show musical in the world returns to the North East for five nights of hilarious and cheeky entertainment. The show has won awards for best musical, best score and best book, and will leave you laughing in your seats.
Darlington Civic Theatre 01325 486555 www.darlingtoncivic.co.uk
The award-winning comedian and star of Twenty Twelve is back in the UK after touring across Australia and New Zealand. Known for her observational comedy and out-of-the-box thinking, Sara never fails to impress.
Gala, Durham 0300 026 6600 www.galadurham.co.uk
Until 12th July
Innovative artist Tony Swain uses familiar sections of newspaper and acrylic paints to piece together paintings of fragmented landscapes and abstract patterns. This will be unlike anything else you’ve seen before.
BALTIC, Gateshead 0191 478 1810 www.balticmill.com
Ah me lads, it’s time for the Blaydon Races. The 5.7-mile race is steeped in local tradition and attracts thousands of people. Whether you’re running or spectating, it’s great fun. www.blaydon-race.com