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Port of Call
If your dream weekend involves rum cocktails, a hot air balloon extravaganza, spooky tours and make-up masterclasses, you’re in the right place

Swing by the port and grab some locally-sourced food at Sunderland’s Port of Call. You’ll get the Friday feels with exclusive rum cocktails and a long list of beers to sample. There’s hearty food to delve into or quick and easy bar bait to keep you going while you sip the night away.

The glamorous Made Up Leeds will be taking over with a city-wide beauty festival with free events, demonstrations, tutorials, speakers and special offers. Enjoy a talk from British make-up artist and columnist Ruby Hammer MBE, as well as a ‘meet and greet’ with Love Island stars Kaz Crossley and Alexandra Cane, plus demonstrations from top hair stylist and E4’s Body Fixers star Danny Richo. Events will be taking place at venues including Trinity Leeds, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis and The Light.

A spectacular show of music and dance awaits you at The Whitham in Barnard Castle, as StageDog present a toe-tapping evening in support of YOUNGMiNDS charity. The show will explore the light and dark sides of emotions we all experience, with performances from three stellar local choirs, including Euphoria, the choir whose rock ’n’ roll repertoire covers the greats from Queen to Green Day.

Put your eyes on the sky as up to 50 hot air balloons of all shapes, sizes and colours take off from the Knavesmire at York Racecourse. From mass balloon launches to night glows after dark, it guarantees to be a real spectacle. The three-day York Balloon Fiesta is packed with hot air balloons, children's entertainment, live music, street food, local ales, a fun fair and fireworks – what a treat!

Step inside Chillingham Castle – a 13th century stronghold where you can lay claim to having visited Britain’s most haunted castle. Famed for the battles that have raged in and around it, you can uncover the secrets hidden in its walls by booking onto a family-friendly evening ghost tour this autumn. But with ghouls rumoured to be in the chamber and voices heard in the chapel, the only question is – are you brave enough?

Published in: September 2018

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