Take on the inflatables at Gung-Ho!
Get set to bounce yourself into oblivion as the world’s biggest inflatable 5k race is coming to Sunderland this Saturday. Gung-Ho! is a national event in which participants have to run, jump and climb over huge inflatable obstacles in a fun-filled extravaganza – think Total Wipeout and Takeshi’s castle. Now in its fifth year, the event has brought thousands of people together in a celebration of all things fun and fitness, whilst raising money for their own chosen charities.
Saturday 14th September 9am–3pm
Herrington Country Park, New Herrington, Houghton Le Spring DH4 7EL
Visit the iconic Harrogate Flower Show
One of the most prestigious horticultural shows in the country is back for its autumn instalment. Welcoming more than 100 of the UK’s top plant nurseries, the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show also features intricate displays by garden designers, and covers everything from bulbs and bonsai to bee-keeping – beautifying Harrogate’s Great Yorkshire Showground in a profusion of floral festoons from Friday right through to Sunday.
Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ
Celebrate the arts at Saltaire Festival
Saltaire Festival is an annual celebration of the arts, community and the history of Saltaire Village. Starting this weekend, the festival runs over a period of ten days and features exhibitions, music, arts and crafts, children’s activities, markets, fairs, comedy, dance and theatre. Enjoy a beer at Saltaire Brewery, visit the Festival Farmers’ Market for local produce or follow the trail map to a surprising range of actives in village houses and yards.
Soak up some culture at the Heritage Open Days
Heritage Open Day Festival of history and culture begins this weekend, as it celebrates its 25th anniversary, with free entry to top attractions around the UK. But there is plenty to see in the North East and Yorkshire. Across the ten days, you can visit a selection of Heritage sites: climb the 162 steps of Newcastle Cathedral’s tower for breath-taking views, take a guided walk through The Battle of Adwalton Moor in Drighlington, or join knights, archers and squires during a Medieval Day in the ancient village of Dore. Find out about the many more opportunities to experience local history, architecture and culture as part of Heritage Open Days here.
Head to Tyne Bank Brewery for their Beer Festival
Renowned for putting on a good show – after all, is there anything better than good beer, good food and good music? Spend a weekend surrounded by kebabs, curries, loaded fries and Yorkshire pudding wraps, not to mention 18 guest beers on tap, at Tyne Bank Brewery’s 2019 Beer Festival. Make it your Friday post-work pick me up, or Sunday afternoon activity – after all it’s dog and child friendly.
See the Leeds Rhinos final game of the year
Leeds Rhinos’ final game of the 2019 campaign promises to be an emotional one, as local legend Jamie Jones-Buchanan will captain the side at Headingley for the last time. And you can be sure he will be intent on ending his career with a win – especially as the Rhinos haven’t quite done enough to challenge for a spot in the elimination rounds this season. But that won’t be easy, as their opponents on Friday – the high-flying Warrington Wolves – still need one more win to secure their play-off place. Sport at its most tantalising.
Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds LS6 3BR
Be the first to see the Downton Abbey movie
Downton is back on screens, only this time, it won’t be your television screen. Out tomorrow at cinemas across the UK, all your old favourites will be returning including Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and Dame Maggie Smith, and alongside them you’ll be able to spot iconic North East destinations – Beamish, The Living Museum of the North welcomed stars of Downton Abbey in October last year for filming, which involved some of the museum’s staff and period vehicles.
Watch the Ashes at The Old George Inn
It’s the final test of the Ashes this weekend, and whilst a win is off the cards for England, the prospect of ending the series as a draw means it’s still all to play for. The weathers looking up too, so what better way to enjoy it than in a beer garden with a drink in hand – The Old George Inn is renowned for its outdoor big screens and jovial atmosphere (which will be at its best if Steve Smith is bowled out).
The Old George Inn, Old George Yard, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 1EZ