AWAY FROM IT ALL
If nesting in acres of rolling Cumbrian countryside for a few days sounds like your idea of heaven, Figtree House has you covered. Pack up your things, leave your phone behind, and escape.
Pick up sweet Valentine’s treats (mini macaroons and artisan chocolates anyone?), see Newcastle street band, Fifth Avenue, perform live and snack on local bites at Morpeth’s Farmers’ Market.
Ex-Lindisfarne singer and songwriter, Billy Mitchell, and pals take to the stage at Gala Theatre, Durham, for an evening of music and comedy inspired by the North East’s best bits and history.
WITH THE KIDS
A bony and brand new exhibition opens at Newcastle’s Great North Museum on Saturday. It’ll see kids embark on a journey through land, air and sea to uncover the key roles bones play in animal survival.
Take them stargazing with mugs of hot chocolate at one of Northumberland’s premier dark sky sites on Friday night. Retire to William De Percy Inn, Otterburn, afterwards for a family meal and a cosy overnight stay.
Explore rich, smooth finds from New Zealand at this tasty wine dinner at Chapters Boutique Hotel, Stokesley. You’ll also enjoy a specially-designed menu inspired by the bottles’ flavours.
Go to Gibside Market on Saturday and pick up fresh, seasonal foods from nearby producers. We’re thinking fresh meat for Sunday’s roast and locally-made honey and bread for brunch.