What To Do: This summer sees the long awaited return of smash-hit musical ’The Bodyguard’ to the UK – and it’s coming to Newcastle this week. On Tuesday, the international award-winning show kicks off it’s 11-day stay at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal, reimagining Whitney Houston’s 1992 blockbuster film for the stage. With three-time Brit nominee and X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke reprising her role as Rachel Marron, and stunning screenplay from Oscar-nominated Lawrence Kasdan, this romantic thriller will definitely leave you wanting to dance with somebody – or anybody for that matter.
Where To Eat: Set in the heart of Darlington, Voodoo Café is fast emerging as the region’s go-to for all things tex-mex. This restaurant-cum-late bar has built an enviable reputation since opening in 2010, providing award-winning authentic Mexican grub coupled with a zestful ambience. Choose from their vast tapas menu including loaded nachos and garlic prawns, or opt for something more substantial with beef barbacoa tacos or slow-cooked chicken enchiladas. What’s more, this Wednesday is World Tequila Day, so why not celebrate with one (or two) of Voodoo’s specialty tequila cocktails to really spice up your working week.
What To Do: Deer Shed prides itself on curating quality indie music and it's back this weekend. From Friday 26th to Sunday 28th enjoy this year’s line-up, which promises not to disappoint – Ezra Furman and Anna Calvi joined by the likes of The Slow Readers Club, Sunflower Bean and Fontaines DC. Comedy headliners include Reginald D. Hunter, Nina Conti and Milton Jones. The theme for this year is Generation XYZ, giving festival organisers a great excuse to curate a family-friendly arts, comedy, science and sport programme with all things beloved by each generation. So if you fancy mastering the Rubik’s cube in the science tent or joining the Jane Fonda-style aerobics classes in the sports field, you’re in luck!
Where To Eat: With this week looking set to be a scorcher, take a trip to one of Yorkshire’s prettiest pub gardens at The Fauconberg Arms. Set in the historic civil parish village of Coxwold, this beautiful 17th-century country inn boasts a welcoming outdoor seating area with flourishing hanging baskets and views overlooking the village’s charming cobbled streets. Enjoy their extensive menu of locally-sourced fresh seafood and home-bred lamb, beef and pork, accompanied with a glass of fine wine or a pint of real ale as you bask in the summer sunshine. The Fauconberg was also named in the region’s top 30 pubs at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show, so you can see what all the fuss is about.