What to do: Storm the barricades for a ticket to one of the world’s most popular musicals of all time, as Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Les Misérables begins its seven-week tenure in Newcastle. Gracing the stage at the Theatre Royal, the world-renowned musical returns to the UK after nearly a decade since the last sell-out tour, with brilliant new staging that has been hailed as creating ‘Les Mis for the 21st century’. With a truly magnificent score including all of the songs that fans adore, Les Mis should definitely be on your agenda this week.
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
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Where to eat: For a hearty pub meal, try The Blue Bell at Yarm – an 18th-century coaching inn that’s full of character and charm. Set on the banks of the River Tees, this cosy gastropub provides the perfect setting for a midweek meal with its rustic wooden furnishings and riverside views. If the weather is kind, the outdoor dining spaces are the place to be, with two decking areas, a huge patio and an even larger beer garden providing the perfect spot for a glass of wine (or two) in the sun. Their locally-sourced menu offers options from sticky pork chops to a popular traditional parmo, and most of their main meals are available two for one Monday to Saturday.
The Blue Bell
What to do: Put on your glad rags and head to the York Ebor Festival – the famous four-day horse racing festival staged at York Racecourse. From Wednesday to Saturday, racegoers will be treated to some of York’s oldest, fastest, richest and most famous races, contested by some of the best thoroughbreds in history. Thursday is the social highlight, Ladies Day, which has been known to attract over 30,000 revellers to the Grandstand. If you want to make a night of it, stay at the Pheasant Hotel in Harome where they are offering a very special package – including a private Chauffeur, County Stand badges and a table in the Parade Ring Restaurant for the day.
York Ebor Festival
Where to eat: Steal a moment of indulgence at Thieving Harrys – a former street food pop-up now based on Humber Street in Hull serving up American-style deliciousness. Their menu is infused with the flavours of 1950’s America – from brunch favourites like French toast with streaky bacon and maple syrup to magnificently messy burgers. The latter are our favourite, with their vast burger menu meaning you can celebrate National Burger Day on Thursday in true style.