LOVE THE WEEKEND

Get your skates on, hunt for festive foodie finds and lose yourself in Christmas stories

4AWAY FROM IT ALL

A Scandi-style log cabin in the heart of Northumberland – what could be more idyllic this time of year. We love the lake views and cosy, gingerbread-coloured interiors.

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2TIME OUT

Make DIY Christmas goodies in the fab and festive surroundings of Helmsley Walled Garden on a Saturday. Create your own wreaths with expert help and tools and stroll about the grounds when you’re done. 

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Pop in to Lovenortheast’s annual Christmas Arts Fair in Newcastle’s beautiful St Nicholas Cathedral on Saturday. A creative mix of art, design and crafts from local traders, plus festive drinks and music.

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WITH THE KIDS

See Roald Dahl classic, James and the Giant Peach, at Northern Stage on Saturday. A scrumptious show filled with energy, laughter, fab costumes and a few festive numbers. Great for all the family.

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1Take them to Santa’s grotto at Wallington this weekend. Read Christmas stories with Mrs Claus, make pretty tree decorations, ride faux reindeer and dance about to all their favourite festive songs.

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FOODIE

Hunt for festive foodie finds, from chocolate and chutney to sloe gin and Christmas cocktails, at Darlington’s Spiegeltent. Look out for the town’s Street Food Market every Thursday in December, too.

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3Join Gosforth-based independent wine merchants Carruthers & Kent at The Biscuit Factory for wine tasting and advice about seasonal pairings. Take a bottle or two home with you when you’re done. 

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