What to do: Back for their fourth year running, the Northern Electric Festival descends upon Newcastle this Friday to celebrate all things electronic music. In Cobalt Studios, Sheildfield, the first instalment of this two-day event sees a whole host of exciting new artists from the North East showcase their work – including the award-winning Mariam Rezaei. What better way to round off the working week than with a feel-good festival that’s sure to leave you buzzing.
Cobalt Studios, Ouseburn
0191 232 3553
Where to eat: Carnaby’s is a Scandi-style café just off the A1 at Brownieside, providing great food and retail therapy near Bamburgh, complete with bi-folding doors leading out to the patio seating area. Enjoy imaginative dishes such as sweetcorn and courgette fritters with poached eggs, before browsing through a range of top-quality gifts, homeware and clothes. As Tuesday is National Cheesecake day, celebrate with something sweet from their deli counter.
Carnaby’s, Brownieside, Chathill
What to do: Start your week with an uplifting chuckle as one of the UK’s most distinctive young comedians, James Acaster, performs in Ilkley this Monday evening. Taking to the stage at King’s Hall, the whimsical master from the Midlands will get you giggling with his witty one-liners and cheerful charisma – which have previously earned him five consecutive nominations for ‘Best Comedy Show’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
King’s Hall, Ilkley
Where to eat: Thursday is Yorkshire Day – and where better to celebrate than at the county’s favourite pub. The Lister Arms in Malham is the epitome of Yorkshire life, with its hearty pub-grub and spellbinding surroundings. Named Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub for 2019, The Lister Arms is the perfect place to celebrate everything about the country’s biggest county.
The Lister Arms, Malham, Skipton