It’s getting round to that time of year again, the daffodils are daring to bare, the lambs are a ’leaping and everyone’s starting to plan their events, getaways and escapes for the (slightly) warmer months. Beach holiday in the Canaries, city break in Paris or hire a Yurt at a music festival? It’s hard to decide what to do to give you that 2013 spring/summer break to remember. There’s a huge choice of celebrations, festivals, outdoor and indoor events across North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Teesside and County Durham, for you to fill up your spring and summer holiday calendar. So, we’ve pulled together some ideas and you won’t even have to leave the North East…
Bishop Auckland Food Festival
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st April 2013
Local Food & Crafts – The festival market place is host to dozens of local food stalls offering delicious tasters for you to have a pick at, as well as stands offering hand-selected crafts for sale from Northumberland, Yorkshire and further afield.
Celebrities – The largest food festival to be held in the North East of England is offering a mixture of cookery demonstrations, book signings and Q&A sessions from the likes of Great British Bake off 2012 winner John Whaite, Fabulous Baker Brothers Tom and Henry Herbert, Sean Wilson best known as Martin Platt from Coronation Street and MasterChef finalist Dean Edwards.
Tipple Anyone? – There’s also a Beer and Wine section to the Festival, where you can slurp and swill to find that perfect grape and sample over 60 beers from brewers based in the North East, Cumbria and Yorkshire. You can even vote for your favorites in ‘Battle of the Beers’. The icing on the cake, there’s live music to watch whilst enjoying your pie and pint – Cheers!
Harrogate Flower Show
Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th April 2013
Flowers & Gardens – Harrogate 2013 will be showing off the UK’s biggest floral art marquee with 100s of wonderful, intricate works of art… and if you have green fingers, the inspiring show gardens will have you leaping for the loppers as soon as you get home.
Food & Drink – Keep lunch traditional with a picnic platter on the grass, you can even pre-order your picnic basket to collect at the show. Don’t fancy finger food? There’s also three course meals offered and a carvery served.
Coffee & Cake – Let them eat cake! With plenty to sample and a tasty morsel or two for you to take home, your sweet tooth won’t be disappointed. As well as this, you’ll find a selection of local traders selling local produce in the Deliciouslyorkshire marquee.
Ripley Castle – Sprite Production’s William Shakespeare’s ‘A comedy of Errors’
Wednesday 26th June – Sunday 14th July 2013
To be or not To be..? – Join Sprite Productions return for their 9th production in the Walled Garden and Pleasure Grounds at Ripley Castle with Shakespeare’s classic farce. Ripley Castle host regular events, take a look at their website for more info.
Castle Howard hosts the last Night of The Proms Spectactular
Saturday 17th August 2013
Spectacular! – It’s Castle Howard’s 23rd year of hosting the Great British Proms Spectacular. A stunning location, brilliant music and spectacular fireworks. Castle Howard holds events, concerts, courses, craft fairs and more all year round and is close to York, so why not book a B&B and make a weekend of it?
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