What to do: Experience exhilaration of the highest order as the world-renowned Circus Extreme comes to Newcastle this week. As part of its European tour, this new death-defying extreme circus has pitched up Newcastle’s Town Moor, showcasing some of the globe’s most talented performers – from twirling trapeze acts to show-stopping aerial bike stunts. Whether you’re an avid theatre-goer, a thrill-seeker or just want to see one of the greatest shows of its time, it’s sure to be an unmissable event.
Where to eat: If you fancy a mid-week treat, head to Bertrams in Warkworth – a cosy café serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea in homely surroundings. Their expansive menu includes traditional fry-ups, homemade soups and Ploughman’s platters with artisanal breads – all made using the very best Northumbrian produce. With two log burning stoves and beautiful rustic wooden furnishings, this dog-friendly café is the perfect place to shelter from turbulent weather.
What to do: Go behind-the-scenes as the BBC cameras come to Castle Howard in York this Thursday for Countryfile Live. The four-day event is the first of it’s kind in the North, welcoming over 250,000 people in a celebration of regional farming. With the Countryfile Experience (where the programme’s presenters, including Matt Baker and Anita Rani, will be hanging out), the Wildlife Zone, the Village Green, and the Farming in Action areas, Countryfile Live promises to capture the essence of Yorkshire’s spectacular countryside.
Where to eat: For a true taste of Spain, visit the award-winning Punch Tapas Bar in Honley. This restaurant-cum-late-bar offers an exciting menu combining traditional Spanish with a modern British twist, with dishes ranging from albondigas, coquettes and squid to braised pigs cheeks and onglet steak. Their wide selection of fine wines, craft beers and quirky cocktails can be enjoyed at the mosaic-tiled bar as you sample authentic Spanish cuisine that certainly packs a punch.