What's On - Events & Sport
This won’t be an easy match for Jonathan Woodgate’s men. Although there aren’t many points separating the two teams in the table, QPR have enjoyed some impressive wins this season over the likes of Leeds, Preston and a thrashing of Swansea in the FA Cup. But having drawn last time they met, home advantage could prove crucial here. Boro will need all their wits about them.
The legendary lead singer and guitarist of Status Quo will share the extraordinary secrets of his 50+ years in rock ’n’ roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening of chat and music at the Tyne Theatre this April. Expect laughter, revelations, tales involving some of the giants of music, exclusive video clips and snatches of classic tunes as Francis takes you through some of his most extraordinary adventures – including singing the first words at Live Aid 1985, surviving the almost obligatory rockstar brush with alcohol and drugs, and being recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Music with a BRIT Award.
The Eagles should be the ones raiding Plymouth here, as they can already lay claim to a far better fun of form this season, as well as home court advantage. Sure to put on a show for their fans.
Northumberland boasts such a wealth of traditional culture, and the organisers of The Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering are here to show modern festival-goers that the old ones are still the best. Returning for 2020, the festival promises three days of traditional Northumbrian culture, hosting street entertainment, indoor events, music, dance, crafts, battle re-enactments, dialect, competitions, bellringing, orienteering, walks, talks, and traditional activities for all ages to get involved in.
Be prepared for a fun-filled day with an abundance of cool Geeky traders, cosplay competitions, arcade machines and retro video games in the dedicated Gaming room in Newcastle’s Boiler Shop this April. And with a shed-load of prizes to be won, you’re likely not to leave empty handed.
Facing extreme temperatures, a constantly-shifting landscape and the threat from predatory polar bears, polar scientist-turned-explorer (and the first woman to ski across Antarctica alone), Felicity Aston boldly led an international team of female novices to ski across the frozen Arctic Ocean to the North Pole in 2018. Now you can hear all about their adventures firsthand as Felicity drops by the Darlington Hippodrome – just prepare to be inspired.
Embark on a thrilling night of adventure with a new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious film festivals this April, as The Banff Mountain Film Festival returns on its latest world tour. Bringing together the most exciting adventure film-makers and explorers working today, as they each push themselves to their limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe, this one-of-a-kind festival invites you to witness epic human-powered feats, life-affirming challenges and mind-blowing cinematography – all on the big screen.
One of the most prestigious horticultural shows in the country is back for the first big event of the horticultural calendar in 2020. Welcoming more than 100 of the UK’s top plant nurseries, the Harrogate Spring Flower Show also features intricate displays by established and emerging garden designers, and covers everything from bonsai and bee-keeping to dahlias to daffodils.
Living North LIVE is returning to Newcastle Racecourse and, in our humble opinion, there really is no better day out. With more than 200 handpicked exhibitors from across the North of England (and beyond) selling the most delicious of treats, the most innovative of the arts and the most exquisite of homeware items – and a sumptuous afternoon tea offering to refuel with after some hardcore retail therapy – you’re sure to enjoy a fun and fabulous day out.
Whatever social and political upheavals Britain is going through, the English language and the printed word endures. And that resilience is what Hexham Book Festival looks to celebrate. Although the full programme for 2020 is still yet to be announced, we know there will be the brand new Gillian Dickinson Young People's Programme in the magical Spiegeltent, and plenty of talks, workshops, events and performances for the whole family to enjoy.