What to do: Widely recognised as Britain’s most prestigious cycle race, The Tour of Britain continues its North East leg this week. Having passed the Northumberland coast on Monday before finishing in Newcastle’s city centre, stage four of the race will see riders start at the Angel of the North at 11am on Tuesday morning before they make their way through County Durham. But, worry not if you’re too busy to catch a glimpse of the action, as Durham boasts a whole host of cycling routes that you can try for yourself both in the countryside and on smooth open roads – allowing you to explore the region’s great outdoors on two wheels.
Where to eat: Organic September got underway last week, so what better time to kick-start your healthy routine? The Healthy Prep Kitchen in Morpeth, like the name indicates, is the epitome of healthy eating – with organic produce at its core, this trendy hot spot on Morpeth’s Newgate Street has made quite a name for itself by offering freshly-made dishes using wholesome, locally-sourced ingredients. Available to eat in or takeaway, their menu is brimming with nutritious goodies from superfood salads with halloumi and poached eggs to decadent sugar-free cakes and brownies – good for the tastebuds and the waistline.
37a Newgate St, Morpeth NE61 1AT
01670 631 425
What to do: 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
Where to eat: Situated in the heart of Huddersfield, Epicure is a contemporary yet cosy rustic restaurant offering flavoursome food and artisanal treats. Whether you’re after breakfast, brunch, a light bight or a mighty main meal, this place has got you covered – think oozy poached eggs on thick-cut sourdough and buttermilk fried chicken flatbreads – not to mention their homemade baked beans that are, dare we say it, far better than Heinz. Pairing great food with an extensive range of craft beers, fine wines and premium spirits, it’s the perfect spot for a midweek treat.
37-39 Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 2RD
01484 961 587