What's On - Events & Sport
The North East’s largest, scariest and multi-award winning haunt is back for 2018 – with 13 nights of terrifying tricks and treats in store for thrill-seekers of all ages. Set in the grounds of an old haunted nursery behind Kirkleatham Museum, enter into the Scream Factory and you will be immersed in a world of nightmares – with all the sounds, odours and designs that you would only expect to find on a Hollywood movie set. Not for the faint-hearted.
For the first time ever, Raby Castle and gardens will be open during autumn, and visitors will be able to enjoy a behind the scenes glimpse into areas that are not usually open to the public. Tours will be held on selected dates between 5th October and 4th November, so wrap up warm and come to hear the fascinating, 600-year history of this magnificent castle, and sneak a peek into rooms that have never been opened before.
Step inside this 13th century stronghold and you can lay claim to having visited Britain’s most haunted castle. Famed for the battles that have raged in and around its walls, you can uncover the secrets hidden in its walls by booking onto a family-friendly ghost tour this autumn. But with ghouls rumoured to be in the chamber and voices heard in the chapel, the only question is – are you brave enough?
Brocksbushes farm has built a reputation for hosting immersive goings on during the Halloween period, and this year promises the creepiest capers yet. Boasting ‘the only full contact Halloween event in the UK’, Brocksbushes invites thrill-seekers into their Creatures of the Corn event, where a manipulative ringmaster (played by Hebburn star Steffan Peddie) will trick them into coming face-to-face with part pig, part goat creatures, who were once humans. Be afraid.
Promising to be another out-of-this-world celebration, the North Pennines Stargazing Festival will once again see hundreds of stargazers in and around the Area of Outstanding Beauty and UNESCO Global Geopark enjoying almost 30 constellation-themed events. Sure to unlock the wonders of the night sky for all ages, you’ll surely be in for an (inter)stellar evening of entertainment.
With Halloween-themed treasure trails, tours and activities, families can explore this 14th century stronghold and its 200-acre deer park to their hearts’ content – just watch you don’t stumble across the spirits said to be lurking in its shadows. Having been home to the mother of two kings of England, the scene of the plotting of the Rising of the North, and a Parliamentary stronghold during the Civil War, there’ll be plenty of spooky stories and terrifying tales to discover here.
Everyone’s favourite open-air museum will transform from a family-friendly avenue into history to become overrun by the most gruesome of ghouls and the most spine-tingling of spirits on All Hallows’ Eve this year. Sure to give little monsters (of all ages) a fright night they’ll never forget – with The Town, Pit Village, Colliery Yard and Pockerley Old Hall swamped with petrifying creatures – only the brave will dare to knock on the doors to trick or treat…
As part of their new outreach project, the North East Film Archive will taking their shows on the road across to region to share our own moving image heritage with the communities that have helped create it – so those familiar faces, places, special events and everyday working lives captured on film are never forgotten. Don’t miss their pitstop in Sunderland.
Showcasing all the latest releases – alongside pro eSports tournaments and gaming from Fortnite to Fifa, Minecraft to Lego – the Glitch Gaming Festival will provide a veritable haven of fun for all the serious gamers out there. YouTube superstar and pro-gamer Deji will be the festival’s guest of honour, and everything from virtual reality to retro offerings will be the order of the day.
Step into the shadows of Auckland Castle a few days before Halloween and risk coming face-to-face with some ghoulishly garish characters from local history, myth and fable. Groups will be guided through torchlight through the Castle grounds, where they may encounter these ghostly spectres and listen to their terrible tales.
Derby County are arguably one of the Boro’s biggest remaining rivals in the Championship this season, so this fixture is certainly one to mark in your diaries – it could prove decisive later on in the season.
Despite the fact they were crowned league champions last season, the Chiefs will certainly need to be brave if they hope to claim the spoils in the first round of this year’s Premiership Rugby Cup at Kingston Park this October; the Falcons look set to soar to even greater heights this season.
Return to the scene of the crime with with Corbridge's finest author, Mari Hannah, in this special evening at St. Andrew's Church, hosted by award-winning bookstore Forum Books. Mari will be launching her brand new novel The Insider – the thrilling second instalment in the acclaimed Stone and Oliver series (and Mari's 10th book to date).
With live music, dancing, street food and over 100 different types of rum (surely enough to warm the cockles of your heart this winter) you’re guaranteed to be partying all weekend at Middlesbrough’s Event Centre in November.
The Magpies need all the points they can get after a tough run of fixtures at the start of the season has left them lagging behind their rivals. And Watford at home could be a good chance to get them – although the Hornets has surprised many with their shock victories over Spurs and Manchester Untied in a positive start to their 2018/2019 campaign.
Sunderland take on newly-promoted Wycombe in this fixture at the Stadium of Light – which promises thrills and spills aplenty. The Blacks Cats seem to be enjoying a decidedly better start to their season in League One, but could underdogs Wycombe cause an upset?
The North East’s most popular mixed martial arts event is set for a huge end-of-year return for a special charity show aiming to ‘KO Cancer’. Featuring two charity fights – including Mark Solan, founder of the Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust, and Curt Warburton, the ex-UFC veteran – the card will also feature two British title contests. Sure to be a knockout.