Locally sourced culinary delights jostle for space alongside micro-brewed beers and unique arts and crafts at Saltburn Farmers’ Market. Browse the wealth of stalls, nibble a tasty local treat and fill your basket with fantastically fresh food to take home on the second Saturday of every month. With the coast just a stone’s throw away and independent shops and cafes to explore all over town, a trip to Saltburn is sure to be special.



Organic and indulgent are the flavours of the season at Richmond Farmers’ Market. Gourmet enthusiasts across the North East will want to pencil this delicious day into their diaries. After losing yourself among stalls of mouthwatering food, you’re sure to come away with bags of North Yorkshire’s finest local produce – from cheese to brownies, as well as meat and poultry, home-grown herbs and tempting fresh veg. With vegetarian, gluten free and vegan diets also catered for, Richmond’s market is a must-visit for everyone. Make it a foodie, family day out.

23 – 24 APRIL

Bishop Auckland’s busy streets are the backdrop of the town’s annual food festival this April. It’s a fabulous day out for food and music enthusiasts alike. Navigate the delightful surrounds, smells and tastes of the stalls and enjoy a range of delicious locally sourced food. The region’s favourite street bands are on hand to entertain as you treat yourself to irresistible local grub. Finish the fun with a trip to the wonderfully historic Auckland Castle in what promises to be a fantastic, fun-packed, family day out to remember.



The whole family is warmly invited to round off Easter celebrations at Crookfest, the Weardale Valley’s seventh annual music festival which pairs local talent with the nation’s favourite music. With plenty of stalls boasting delicious food and drink, the event celebrates the talent of more than 20 cover and tribute bands. Acts range from ska to heavy rock, indie to punk and everything in between, leaving everyone in the family satisfied. Soak up the electric atmosphere and enjoy a lovely day out with the family this spring.


Orange Pip Market is Middlesbrough’s answer to the bustling flea markets of New York and London, with creativity and culture at every turn. Whether you’re on the hunt for unique, artisan food or out to discover the latest local talents on the arts and music scene, Orange Pip is the place to be. Opening at 12pm and continuing into the evening, the event lands on the last Saturday of the month and is certainly not to be missed.


29 APRIL – 1 MAY

North Shields hosts the first dates of 2017’s much-awaited Proper Food Festival, the foodie event that sweeps across the North East over spring and summer to bring delicious cuisine to our food and drink lovers, be it from the North East or further afield. Make a day of it with family or friends and sample the wares of a multitude of small food and drink businesses – you just might find your new favourite snack or tipple!