AWAY FROM IT ALL
Thinking of escaping to the Lakes over the festive period? Brimstone Hotel’s Duet Suite is a swanky hideout. A place where you’ll find terrace treats, log burning stoves and king-size luxury.
Bowes Museum’s annual two-day Christmas market returns this weekend. Browse festive arty stalls, attend talks, eat nibbles and enjoy live entertainment from cool Icicle Queen stilt walkers.
Explore Castle Howard as night falls when the decorations, twinkling candles and firelight make the place feel magical. Eat festive treats, shop gifts, sing carols, meet reindeer and sip the mulled stuff.
WITH THE KIDS
Head for Sunderland’s Frost Village to watch special showings of some of the world’s best big-screen Christmas films. Cosy up and see Home Alone, Santa Claus: The Movie and Scrooged this weekend.
Take restless tots to see Santa’s Naughty Elf at The Customs House. Let them get caught up in the frosty tale, full of magic spells and mischief. Will Elfluent and friends be able to save Christmas?
Feast yourselves silly at The Alnwick Garden’s Winter Wonderland Christmas Party. Gather for a sparkling drinks reception before sitting down with a festive three-course dinner. End with live music and dancing.
Rally the troops for a special festive Sunday lunch at Beamish Hall. Tuck in to a Christmassy roast and clink to the upcoming festivities. Kids can see Santa, get their faces painted and leave with a special gift.