What to do: It’s the annual Great North Run this Sunday, so why not slip on some trainers and partake in some running of your own? ParkRun UK organise free weekly 5km timed runs throughout the North East, from coastal jogs in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea to rural routes in Hackworth Park and Sedgefield – all you need to do is register online and head to your local starting point for 9am. Whether you’re looking to relieve the stress of a working week, or training towards a performance goal, running is the perfect remedy. For more information on how to kick-start a love for running, click here.
Where to eat: Seeing as it’s Sourdough September, what better way to kick off proceedings than with a loaf from the North East’s own grain gurus? Northern Rye are a small micro-bakery based in Newcastle, specialising in handcrafted sourdough breads and viennoiserie. Favouring simplicity, their sourdough is made using only flour, water and salt before being proved for up to 28 hours, giving it a rich flavour, delicious aroma and heavenly crust. Available to pre-order for collection from their Byker-based bakery, take some home and allow yourself some indulgence this week, with a sourdough bacon butty or some simple jam on toast – proven to perfection.
Unit 27, i2 Byker Business Enterprise Centre, Albion Row, Newcastle NE6 1LQ
07584 123 938
What to do: Take a trip to the theatre this week as the smash-hit musical Sister Act comes to Wakefield’s Theatre Royal. Based on the iconic movie, this sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music tells the hilarious story of the disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Taking to the stage every night this week until Saturday, this unmissable show features original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, dazzling dance routines and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco – transforming your midweek slump into an Oh Happy Day.
Drury Lane, Wakefield WF1 2TE
01924 215 531
Where to eat: Recently listed in The Good Food Guide 2019, Partisan is the place to go for vibrant and modern food. Situated in York’s bustling Micklegate, this independent family-run café serves up British brunch classics; from eggs on toast and full English breakfasts to continental dishes like their Shaksuka skillet with spicy tomatoes, roasted peppers and Iberico chorizo. The bright and airy café is transformed into an atmospheric candlelit restaurant on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, serving up inventive dishes with local produce at their core.
112 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX
01904 629 866