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More details - Penshaw Monument - Tours to the Top 2018
Climb the secret spiral staircase to the monument’s rooftop walkway. Enjoy spectacular views across Wearside and County Durham from the top of this 70ft iconic landmark. Booking Advisable. Phone: 0844 249 1895. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Penshaw Monument, Chester RoadY, Penshaw
Sat 23 Jun, Sun 24 Jun, Sat 30 Jun, Sun 1 Jul, Sat 7 Jul, Sun 8 Jul

More details - Penshaw Monument - Tours to the Top 2018
Climb the secret spiral staircase to the monument’s rooftop walkway. Enjoy spectacular views across Wearside and County Durham from the top of this 70ft iconic landmark. Booking Advisable. Phone: 0844 249 1895. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Penshaw Monument, Chester RoadY, Penshaw
Sat 14 Jul, Sun 15 Jul, Sat 21 Jul, Sun 22 Jul, Sat 28 Jul, Sun 29 Jul, Sat 4 Aug, Sun 5 Aug, Sat 11 Aug, Sun 12 Aug, Sat 18 Aug, Sun 19 Aug, Sat 25 Aug, Sun 26 Aug

More details - Durham Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival
Climax Blues Band - it’s been a long road, but one thing for sure is that the Climax Blues Band of today carries the same standard of quality as it did when the band formed back in the late 60s!
Rainton Meadows Arena, Rainton Meadows, Mercantile Rd, Houghton le Spring
Sat 23 Jun

More details - Washington Old Hall - 4th July American Independence Day ceremony
It’s here at Washington Old Hall where the ’Washington’ family (and the first president of the United States) took their surname, and we’re proud to celebrate this special day with our American friends.
Washington Old Hall, The Avenue, Washington Village, Washington
Wed 4 Jul

More details - Washington Old Hall - Martin Stephenson
Martin Stephenson live in the Nuttery on a summer evening. If you didnt catch the show last year don’t miss out again. Delighted to be back in the Nuttery, Martin will be playing a mixture of old and new favourites here on the Fourthof July.
Washington Old Hall, The Avenue, Washington Village, Washington
Wed 4 Jul

More details - Chester le Street Pretty Muddy Kids
Race for Life Pretty Muddy Kids is our brilliant muddy obstacle course just for the little ones. They can take on the obstacles, crawl through the mud pit and have fun with friends, all the while helping raise valuable funds for BEATING CANCER. *Children up to the age of 12 will be able to take part.
Riverside Park, Riverside South, Chester le Street
Sat 7 Jul

More details - Chester le Street Pretty Muddy 5K
Race for Life Pretty Muddy is Cancer Research UK’s brilliant 5k muddy obstacle course. Scramble over the A-frame. Crawl through the mud pit. Have fun with your friends. And raise valuable funds for BEATING CANCER.
Riverside Park, Riverside South, Chester le Street
Sat 7 Jul

More details - Chester-le-Street Theatre Group Graduate Section present 'My Fair Lady'
Chester-le-Street Theatre Group proudly present ’My Fair Lady’. This version of ‘My Fair Lady’ follows the script and lib of the original score but with a difference…………………….the place is Newcastle upon Tyne, the time is now and the theme is homelessness!
Chester-le-Street Community Centre Newcastle Road
Tue 10 Jul to Sat 14 Jul

More details - Awful Auntie
When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened.
Sunderland Empire High Street West The Arches Sunderland
Thu 28 Jun to Sun 1 Jul

More details - Bishopwearmouth Choral Society
The Great American Songbook - a choral concert conducted by David Murray, featuring his own arrangements of some of the great songs which have come out of America in the twentieth century. These will included a Gershwin section, a Jerome Kern medley, and a carpenters sequence.
Sunderland Minster, High Street West, Sunderland
Sat 23 Jun

More details - Woodlands - Open Garden for NGS
Mature garden on a site of approx one seventh acre- quirky, with tropical themed planting and Caribbean inspired bar. A fun garden with colour throughout the year, interesting plants, informal beds and borders, pond area and decks.
Woodlands, Gateshead
Sat 30 Jun, Thu 5 Jul

More details - The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018
As start host port for the event, the city will welcome 55 sailing vessels and their crews along with an estimated 1.5m visitors.
The Port of Sunderland
Wed 11 Jul to Sat 14 Jul

More details - The Glories of the 20th Century England
Concert of unaccompanied choral music performed by Cappella Novocastriensis, conductor Peter Coulson. Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor Tippett: Spirituals from ‘A Child of our Time’ Harris: Faire is the Heaven Stanford: Three Motets Wood: Hail Gladdening Light Wood: Nunc dimittis in B flat
St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Way, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland.
Sat 30 Jun

More details - Fertile Ground Presents FULLY GROUNDED
National Glass Centre Liberty Way Sunderland
Sat 30 Jun

More details - Durham Race for Life 5K
Race for Life brings thousands of women together to support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research into all 200 types of cancer. Sign up or help us spread the word. This is a 5k suitable for all abilities. This is thousands of women uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research.
St Leonards Sports Fields, County Hall, Durham
Sun 1 Jul

More details - Big BRASS Bash (part of the BRASS Festival)
Big BRASS Bash The Big BRASS Bash returns to bring free concerts to communities across County Durham in July 2018. Tuesday 17 July  6.00pm – 9.00pm at Glenholme Park, Crook Wednesday 18 July  6.00pm – 9.00pm at Timothy Hackworth Park, Shildon Thursday 19 July  6.00pm – 9.
Tuesday 17 July  6.00pm – 9.00pm at Glenholme Park, Crook Wednesday 18 July  6.00pm – 9.00pm at Timothy Hackworth Park, Shildon Thursday 19 July  6.00pm – 9.00pm at Jubilee Park, Spennymoor Friday 20 July  6.00pm – 9.00pm at Town Park, Aycliffe
Mon 16 Jul to Fri 20 Jul

More details - Street Celidh's (part of the BRASS Festival)
Scottish street band Reel Brass will be bringing a whole new dimension to the traditional celidh by taking it to the street. Expect vibrant and brassy versions of traditional Celidh favourites and more.
Various venues: Peterlee (Shotton Hall), Crook (Glenholme Park), Chester-le-Street (Civic Centre), Spennymoor (Jubilee Park), Aycliffe (Town Park), Durham City (Wharton Park)
Mon 16 Jul to Sat 21 Jul

More details - Women and Brass
Start as we mean to go on Opening the Festivals’ women and brass celebration we pay tribute to the legendary bandleader Ivy Benson. Her all-female band overcame scepticism and prejudice to become one of the most popular and famous dance bands during the war years and beyond.
bandleader Ivy Benson. Her all-female band overcame scepticism and prejudice to become one of the most popular and famous dance bands during the war years and beyond. Original Ivy Benson band member Chrissy Lee brings her dynamic all-female big band featuring many of the UK’s leading female jazz stars to salute Ivy’s pioneering spirit. Our celebration will also include internet sensation and Swedish Jazz trumpet star Gunhild Carling whose high energy performances and remarkable multi-instrument
Fri 13 Jul

More details - BRASS goes to Hollywood
Join the Scottish Swing Orchestra and the BRASS Hollywood Chorus for swing versions of great Hollywood tunes.  Featured movies include The Sound of Music, Chicago, Singin’ in the Rain, Hairspray and La La Land.
Gala Theatre, Durham
Sun 15 Jul

More details - The James Morrison Quartet (part of BRASS Festival)
Australian trumpeter James Morrison is one of the worlds most in-demand jazz musicians.  He is a true virtuoso, besides the trumpet, he excels on piano, double bass, saxophone and all brass instruments. Last summer James starred at the BBC Proms’ tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie.
Gala Theatre
Mon 16 Jul

More details - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as they present the classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Join Alice as she stumbles into the magical world of Wonderland and meet a whole host of colourful characters.
Wharton Park Amphitheatre, Framwellgate Peth
Fri 6 Jul

More details - St Margaret's Allotments - Open Garden for NGS
5 acres of 82 allotments against the spectacular backdrop of Durham Cathedral. This site has been cultivated since the Middle Ages, and was saved from development 25yrs ago, allowing a number of enthusiastic gardeners to develop plots which display a great variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers.
St Margaret’s Allotments, Durham
Sun 8 Jul

More details - Old King Coal at Beamish Museum
Now in its sixth year, Old King Coal celebrates the rich mining history of the North East. From banner parades to brass bands and everything in between, this event will celebrate the rich mining history of the North East.
Beamish Museum Beamish
Wed 27 Jun to Sun 1 Jul

More details - Quoits Weekend
Competitors from The Quoits Association will play the traditional game in The Pit Village at Beamish Museum on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July. The sporting event, which is similar to the game hoopla, has been associated with mining communities for many years.
Beamish Museum Beamish
Sat 7 Jul and Sun 8 Jul

More details - Wind in Your Sails at Beamish Museum
Visit Beamish Museum to celebrate the science and engineering of the North East, from the past and from the present day.
Beamish Museum Beamish
Sat 7 Jul and Sun 8 Jul

More details - Festival of 50s at Beamish Museum
Dance the day away to live music, treat yourself to a 50s hairdo or simply enjoy a milkshake in the sun at the Festival of 50s this summer at Beamish Museum.
Beamish Museum Beamish
Thu 12 Jul to Sun 15 Jul

More details - Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - Walks for all: Wildlife
Wonderful wildlife and wildflowers can be enjoyed at year-round Souter. Our guided wildlife walk routes (2 - 5 miles) are designed to give you plenty of opportunities to spot the best of the flora and fauna we have to offer at Souter. These walks can be enjoyed by beginners and more experienced walkers alike.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland
Today, Tue 26 Jun, Tue 3 Jul, Tue 10 Jul

More details - Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - Walks for all: History
Walks to suit anyone with an interest in local history. You can learn a few things about our historic coastline, shipping heritage and other fascinating topics on our weekly guided walks (2 -5 miles). Do you have any local history stories to share' Tell your tales to the walking group! Booking Advisable.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland
Wed 20 Jun, Wed 27 Jun, Wed 4 Jul, Wed 11 Jul

More details - Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - Walks for all
Twice-weekly walks to suit all ages and abilities. A short to medium distance (1.5 - 3 miles) guided coastal walk. Perfect for people who are new to walking for exercise and pleasure or anyone who likes a social stroll. We’ll be taking it at a pace to suit everyone, enjoying the views, spotting wildlife a.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland
Wed 20 Jun, Mon 25 Jun, Wed 27 Jun, Mon 2 Jul, Wed 4 Jul, Mon 9 Jul, Wed 11 Jul

More details - Souter Scramble
It’s going to get messy! Can you conquer our fun 3k coastal obstacle course including water slide, mud pits, tunnels, scramble nets and sand bag run? Suitable for ages 6 and over, so the whole family can get stuck in. A discount is available for groups of five or more, so why not challenge your friends?
Souter Lighthouse, Coast Road, Whitburn
Sat 23 Jun

More details - Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - Walks for all: Families
Routes that parents, grandparents and kids of all ages can enjoy. These family friendly walks of 1.5 - 3 miles include routes that are pushchair friendly. The family dog is welcome too! Booking Advisable. Phone: 07780 338 301. Children of all ages welcome, must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs on leads welcome.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland
Sat 23 Jun, Sat 30 Jun, Sat 7 Jul

More details - Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - Coasteering
Explore the coast from a thrilling new angle with Cullercoats Bike & Kayak. Jump from height, swim and do a bit of bouldering as you experience an exciting new adventure with the team from Cullercoats Bike & Kayak.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland
Sat 23 Jun

More details - Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - Souter scramble
Can you conquer our fun 3k coastal obstacle course' Take on a water slide, mud pits, tunnels, scramble nets and sand bag run in a race with a difference. Go it alone or team up with friends or family. Booking Essential. Phone: 0191 529 0909. Suitable for children aged 6 and over. Must be accompanied by an adult.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland
Sat 23 Jun

More details - Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - Walks for all: Advanced
Guided walks for those who want to go the extra mile (or two). These walks are great for people who enjoy going that bit further (3 - 7 miles) and would like to explore more challenging routes aimed at more experienced walkers. Booking Advisable. Phone: 07780 338 301.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland
Sun 24 Jun, Sun 1 Jul, Sun 8 Jul

More details - Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - Great Run Local
Free weekly 5k and 2k runs, open to all. 5k and 2k timed courses on Souter’s scenic coast. Open to runners of all levels and ages including absolute beginners and families, as well as more experienced runners. The perfect way to get fit and stay fit. Booking Not Needed.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland
Sun 24 Jun, Sun 1 Jul, Sun 8 Jul

More details - Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - Extreme rockpooling
A kids-only adventure with Cullercoats Bike & Kayak. Kids can build confidence in the water while exploring overhangs, caves, cliffs and reefs with the Cullercoats Bike & Kayak team. Find the best wildlife on the rocky coastline; this is no ordinary rockpooling experience! Booking Essential.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland
Tue 26 Jun

More details - Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - Souter seashore safari
Join a Ranger to search the rockpools along Souter’s rocky shore. Discover salty sea creatures galore. Learn how to tell your winkles from your whelks and lots more watery wildlife facts. Booking Essential. Phone: 0191 529 0909. Suitable for children of all ages. Must be accompanied by an adult.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland
Sun 1 Jul

More details - Tackle the Tower sponsored abseil
Do you dare abseil 76ft down the lighthouse tower? By taking the plunge you can raise funds towards new outdoor play equipment at Souter, helping families enjoy adventures a little closer to the ground for years to come. In partnership with Pinpoint Adventure. Age 8+. Booking essential.
Souter Lighthouse, Coast Road, Whitburn
Sat 14 Jul

More details - Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - Tackle the Tower
Abseil down Souter Lighthouse to help us raise funds for a new play area. Do you dare to Tackle the Tower' We’re offering a handful of brave people a rare chance to abseil down the lighthouse under the expert guidance of outdoor activity specialists Pinpoint Adventure.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland
Sat 14 Jul

More details - Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - Walks for all: Families
Routes that parents, grandparents and kids of all ages can enjoy. These family friendly walks of 1.5 - 3 miles include routes that are pushchair friendly. The family dog is welcome too! Booking Advisable. Phone: 07780 338 301. Children of all ages welcome, must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs on leads welcome.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland
Sat 14 Jul, Sat 21 Jul, Sat 28 Jul, Sat 4 Aug, Sat 11 Aug, Sat 18 Aug, Sat 25 Aug

More details - Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - Great Run Local
Free weekly 5k and 2k runs, open to all. 5k and 2k timed courses on Souter’s scenic coast. Open to runners of all levels and ages including absolute beginners and families, as well as more experienced runners. The perfect way to get fit and stay fit. Booking Not Needed.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland
Sun 15 Jul, Sun 22 Jul, Sun 29 Jul, Sun 5 Aug, Sun 12 Aug, Sun 19 Aug, Sun 26 Aug

More details - Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - Car Boot Sale
Pick up a bargain or clear your clutter. Booking Not Needed. Dogs on leads welcome.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland
Sun 15 Jul

More details - Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - Walks for all: Advanced
Guided walks for those who want to go the extra mile (or two). These walks are great for people who enjoy going that bit further (3 - 7 miles) and would like to explore more challenging routes aimed at more experienced walkers. Booking Advisable. Phone: 07780 338 301.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland
Sun 15 Jul, Sun 22 Jul, Sun 29 Jul, Sun 5 Aug, Sun 12 Aug, Sun 19 Aug, Sun 26 Aug

More details - Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - Walks for all
Twice-weekly walks to suit all ages and abilities. A short to medium distance (1.5 - 3 miles) guided coastal walk. Perfect for people who are new to walking for exercise and pleasure or anyone who likes a social stroll. We’ll be taking it at a pace to suit everyone, enjoying the views, spotting wildlife a.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland
Mon 16 Jul, Wed 18 Jul, Mon 23 Jul, Wed 25 Jul, Mon 30 Jul, Wed 1 Aug, Mon 6 Aug, Wed 8 Aug, Mon 13 Aug, Wed 15 Aug, Mon 20 Aug, Wed 22 Aug, Mon 27 Aug, Wed 29 Aug

More details - Souter Lighthouse and The Leas - Walks for all: Wildlife
Wonderful wildlife and wildflowers can be enjoyed at year-round Souter. Our guided wildlife walk routes (2 - 5 miles) are designed to give you plenty of opportunities to spot the best of the flora and fauna we have to offer at Souter. These walks can be enjoyed by beginners and more experienced walkers alike.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland
Tue 17 Jul, Tue 24 Jul, Tue 31 Jul, Tue 7 Aug, Tue 14 Aug, Tue 21 Aug, Tue 28 Aug

More details - Storytime
Explore a world of imagination at Seven Stories with entertaining and enthralling storytelling for the whole family. Unique, energetic and playful, these sessions are led by one of our expert Story Catchers and delivered in signature Seven Stories-style!
Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Today to Wed 1 Aug

More details - Where Your Wings Were….Journeys with David Almond
Embark on a journey through Tyneside like never before, discovering how its landscapes, language and people inspired the magical stories of David Almond. Delve into the writer’s dreamlike world where tales such as Skellig and My Dad’s a Birdman took root.
Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Thu 21 Jun to Sat 30 Jun

More details - Winged Tales of the North
Trail starts Glasshouse Bridge and ends at Archway 4, Stepney Bank (pick up a map from Seven Stories) A playful and imaginative street art trail inspired by new flash fiction by David Almond – one of the North’s best-loved writers.
Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Fri 22 Jun to Sun 5 Aug

More details - Circus Central POPS UP at Seven Stories
A spectacular circus takeover with Circus Central as they pop-up throughout the building with drama-based circus activities, games and crafts for all the family!
Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Sat 30 Jun, Sat 14 Jul

More details - Circus Skills Workshop
Calling all budding acrobats, jugglers and hoopers! Have you ever wanted to juggle or walk the tightrope? If you have ever dreamt of running away with the circus then this fun and energetic workshop is for you!
Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Sat 30 Jun, Sat 14 Jul

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