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Behind the Scenes Tours of Raby Castle
Until Sunday, November 4, 2018

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.

Chillingham Castle, Alnwick
Until Wednesday, October 31, 2018

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? 

Until Saturday, February 16, 2019

Collaborators Julia Heslop and Ed Wainwright have created this architectural intervention – comprising of an interconnected sequence of ‘grottoes’ assembled from found and given material, each of which will be dedicated to an artist who’s work, they believe, deserves to be reconsidered in relation to collage as an expanded, immersive or time-based practice. A structural twist on the classic art exhibition. 

Until Sunday, March 24, 2019

Forgive and forget – easy, right? Not for many of us. Carrie Fertig explores the complexities surrounding this theme in her latest exhibition through a kaleidoscope of installations – incorporating film, sound, performance and sculpture, often carved using flame-worked glass.

The Inner Eye
Until Sunday, December 16, 2018

Offering visitors an introduction to the photographic work of the German Democratic Republic (still little known in the UK) this exhibition features over 250 works by 10 of the most important GDR photographers – giving an incredible and unparalleled insight into the life of ‘The Silent Country’.

Scaling the Heights
Until Friday, December 21, 2018

Working with Dr Abbie Garrington of Durham University, artists Stephen, Margaret and Kate Livingstone have recreated a series of heroic Himalayan mount climbs in miniature. Based on historical accounts of pioneering expeditions, this innovative and unusual exhibition will see vintage Action Men figures re-staging famous summit climbs by scaling the heights of prestigious mountaineering libraries.  

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors
Until Saturday, October 20, 2018

French painter, sculptor and designer Henri Matisse was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, his vibrant works celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour, and his spectacular paper cut-outs were his final triumph. This exhibition, featuring 35 posthumous prints of the famous cut-outs that he produced in the last four years of his life, includes many of his iconic images – such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes. 

Women Of Industry
Until Sunday, November 4, 2018

Share the experiences of women who worked in some of Newcastle's most iconic industrial environments at Cragside’s new exhibition, which explores and honours the remarkable skills that women have contributed to the world of engineering over the last 100 years. Using sound as well as sight, this immersive experience will look back on Lord Armstrong’s connections to the Elswick Works on the banks of the River Tyne – uncovering some of the stories of Cragside’s female engineers and innovators, who were connected with the factories during a time of major social shift.

Cragside, Rothbury
Until Sunday, January 6, 2019

Chris Moore, the king of catwalk photography, has been taking images of fashion shows for six decades. This exclusive exhibition shows 200 of his most renowned images, alongside some of the garments featured – including some from Vivienne Westwood, Prada and Jean Paul Gaultier.

Mining Art Exhibition
Until Monday, December 31, 2018

Visit the Bob Abley Art Gallery in Spennymoor Town Hall for a look at work created during the time of (and inspired by) the area’s mining history. There’ll be pieces from top local artists, and you can also visit the Mining Museum on site.

Robots – Then and Now
Until Sunday, December 2, 2018

Robots – Then and Now, developed by the Science Museum in London, tells the 500-year, work-in-progress story of building automated machines – from the humble beginnings of 16th century mechanical automatons to the latest humanoids, (and everything in between).

No Show
Until Wednesday, October 17, 2018

This dance-led production joyously and heartbreakingly reveals what hides beneath the showmanship of the circus – the desperate attempts and heroic failures, the bruised bodies and egos. Delve behind the flawless smiles and discover all the wobbles, the pain, and the real cost of aiming for perfection.

Theatre Hullabaloo, Darlington
Tom Binns
Until Thursday, October 18, 2018

Character comedy can go one of two ways: it can be uproariously hilarious, or it can be a bit awkward. Handily, Tom Binns sticks to the former. Widely regarded as three of the best headline acts currently working on the UK comedy scene, Tom’s hospital radio DJ, psychic medium and famed ventriloquist skits have won him countless five-star reviews.

Darlington Forum Music Centre
Clear White Light
Until Saturday, November 10, 2018

This contemporary retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher is inspired by Lindisfarne frontman Alan Hull’s time working at St Nicholas’s Hospital in Gosforth, interweaved with many of the hit songs he wrote during that time. With musical direction by fellow band members Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell, this show is jam-packed with local pride. 

Live Theatre, Newcastle
Zoe Lyons
Until Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Mock The Week stalwart and Live At The Apollo favourite brings her quick-fire observational gags and hilarious one-liners to Whitehaven’s Rosehill Theatre for an evening that promises to unmask what it means to be, as Zoe puts it, an ‘entry-level human’.

Heather Phillipson
Until Sunday, March 31, 2019

Produced as a major new commission that responds to BALTIC’s vast Level Four gallery, Heather Phillipson presents a series of videos, sounds and objects that operate as landmarks in a remixed geology; somewhere between agricultural vista and lunar wasteland, a spatio-temporal ‘field’ punctuated by farm equipment, holding pens and the noise of circling gulls.

Teesdale ArtNet Open Studios
Until Sunday, October 28, 2018

Artists, galleries, performance venues and (in some cases) homes across the region will through open their doors this autumn and invite residents and visitors alike to delve into the multidisciplinary work of those locally-based artists who, together, constitute the Teesdale ArtNet. And with workshops and drop-in sessions delivered by these artists throughout the event, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty. 

Venues across Teesdale
Hartlepool Folk Festival
Until Sunday, October 21, 2018

Hartlepool’s folk festival drops anchor at the National Museum of the Royal Navy for the third time to offer up another incredible weekend of contemporary folk music. Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra, Elephant Sessions and Edgelarks are some of this year’s big hitters, but don’t miss Irish four-piece Lankum, and Somerset singer-songwriter Kitty Macfarlane – they’re two of the recent revelations to come out of the current folk scene.

National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool
Until Wednesday, October 31, 2018

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. 


Heather Phillipson
Until Sunday, March 31, 2019

Produced as a major new commission that responds to BALTIC’s vast Level Four gallery, Heather Phillipson presents a series of videos, sounds and objects that operate as landmarks in a remixed geology; somewhere between agricultural vista and lunar wasteland, a spatio-temporal ‘field’ punctuated by farm equipment, holding pens and the noise of circling gulls.

North Pennines Stargazing Festival
Until Sunday, November 4, 2018

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. 

Venues across Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland
Auckland Tower Opening
Until Saturday, October 20, 2018

Auckland Tower, The Auckland Project’s new, state-of-the-art welcome centre, is ready to officially open its doors to the public. Get in amongst the celebrations by heading along to their grand opening where, as well as being among the first to enjoy panoramic views from the Tower’s 15m-high viewing platform, you can also contribute to a unique, costume-themed artistic ‘jigsaw’ – to be displayed in Auckland Castle, once it reopens next year. 

Market Place, Bishop Auckland
Raby Castle
Until Sunday, October 28, 2018

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. 

Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion
Until Saturday, October 20, 2018

Albion have enjoyed a decidedly more positive start to the season than Newcastle, but after the Magpies tough run of fixtures that have started this season, this could perhaps be a real chance to put some points on board.

Until Sunday, October 21, 2018

This monster-ously energetic show (from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants) with original music and full of thrills, spills, magic and mayhem promises to delight the whole family when it sinks its claws into the Playhouse, Whitley Bay this October. 

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