Our luxe guide to the best glitzy gatherings and cultural happenings to keep you busy this month...


The coast comes to Barnard Castle in this dreamy, dramatic exhibition A Dream of the Sea. Fine art paintings, prints and photography take centre stage at the Witham Community Arts Centre in what is sure to be a reflective and immersive take on the sea and what it means to us. Make sure you get to the Witham in time to make the most of the exhibition before 25 March.


9-11 MARCH

The Little Shop of Horrors follows a down-and out floral assistant who suddenly becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. The exotic plant, Audrey II grows into an ill-tempered, R&B-singing carnivore who offers fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination. Off the back of a popular 1950s sci-fi movie, The Little Shop of Horrors musical has since become one of the longest running stage shows. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Little Shop Of Horrors never fails to entertain. Funds raised from this performance will contribute to the preservation and future restoration of the Grade 1 listed Victorian Opera House.


13-18 MARCH

The legendary tale of the Blood Brothers tells the captivating story of twins who are separated at birth, only to meet again with fateful consequences. The all-encompassing, exciting score includes numbers such as, Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit, Tell Me It’s Not True. It’s a fabulous theatre spectacular that you must add to your social calendar this March. Book your tickets now at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal.


16-18 MARCH

A magnificently staged, glorious celebration of ballet, complete with breath-taking designs and an enchanting fairytale journey. This March at the Sunderland Empire, people of the North East are invited to step into the magical world of Cinderella – where Fairy Godmothers create miracles, pumpkins are turned into sparkling carriages and the all important glass slippers determine fate. This timeless story of love, courage and kindness will change one girl’s life forever. The Birmingham Royal Ballet will bring a mix of dazzling dancing, spectacular scenery and a beautiful exploration of our favourite fairytale. It’s one for all the family.



The magnificent grounds of Rockliffe Hall will create a sense of occasion as the setting for the venue’s March Open Pairs Competition. Grab a partner and indulge your favourite hobby – and let your competitive streak take the reins to win great prizes for first, second or third place. Prepare for victory with a breakfast roll and hot drink on arrival. The event also features longest drive and nearest the pin competitions on one of England’s best golf courses.


20-25 MARCH

From the steelworks to stardom! The Full Monty arrives in Sunderland this March, in what promises to be a hilariousyl, heartfelt production. Based on the classic film about six out of work steel workers who perfect their performance on stage, you’ll be up on your feet as you enjoy chart-topping hits by the likes of Donna Summer, Tom Jones and Hot Chocolate. This brilliantly ballsy show stars Gary Lucy, Andrea Dunn, Chris Fountain, Anthony Lewis, Louis Emerick and Kai Owen and is directed by Jack Ryder. Drop absolutely everything… and book your tickets now!



Funnyman Russell Howard never fails to make us laugh and there’s no doubt that his latest tour will be any different! The comic is travelling the world’s major cities, and it’s Newcastle’s turn to be entertained at the Metro Radio Arena this March. An ‘in the round’ performance by the critically acclaimed comedian is an amazing way to enjoy his brand new routine, and it’s sure to entertain old and new fans alike. The event is sure to be popular, following Russell’s 2014 tour which featured sold out runs in the USA and Australia. 2017 dates around the country are selling out quickly, so make sure you grab your tickets as soon as possible for a night of guaranteed giggles.



The stunning Wynyard Hall offers an enchanting mother-daughters masterclass where you will learn to craft gorgeous willow hearts and delicate floral designs to decorate your home with. Treat each other to a truly special day out that will indulge your creative sides in the beautiful venue of Wynyard; with all the materials you need to get crafting on hand and a complimentary flute of Prosecco on arrival, you’re both sure to enjoy a little luxury ahead of Mother’s Day this year.



The International Jazz Festival returns to Gateshead this March. Visitors can expect jazz tradition in the form of the swinging big band but it’s worth a visit to hear a new generations of artists and talent. Going by tradition, Clare Teal and her 17-piece Hollywood Orchestra will open the festival. Sounds of tomorrow will follow, from the likes of GoGo Penguin and Shobaleader. For those who want to dip their toe into jazz for free, the ever popular free stage on the Concourse returns on Saturday where BBC Radio 3 will present a selection of national and international jazz artists recorded for a future edition of Jazz Line Up and on Sunday Jazz North East will present their choice of artists from the North and further afield. Visitors can also get involved in the exciting workshops, discussions and exhibitions.


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