WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK

As we turn another page on our 2017 calendars, there's plenty of exciting happenings to fill those diary dates. We've picked out this week's top spring goings-on...
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK

FOR MUSIC…

31 MARCH

WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK

The jazz landscape is a many and varied one and this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival steps into every bit of it. Expect jazz tradition in the form of the swinging big band but it’s worth a visit to hear a new generations of artists. In the tradition, Clare Teal and her 17-piece Hollywood Orchestra (led by Guy Barker) open the festival with songs immortalised by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne, alongside Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee. Sounds of tomorrow come from top-billed GoGo Penguin and Shobaleader One with a double bill that places jazz in a brave new world of electronica and groove.
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.

sagegateshead.com


FOR FAMILY…

1 APRIL

WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK

Alnwick Garden’s Easter Trail will have you hopping with excitement, starting this Saturday. Take in the wonderful sights and smells of spring as you make your way around the lush gardens. It makes for a fab family day out in the fresh, spring air. Treat yourself to a bite to eat or a much-needed refreshment in the Pavilion Café once you’ve bounced around the stunning grounds.

alnwickgarden.com


FOR FOOD…

30 MARCH

WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK

Wynyard Hall has you covered for all your spring/summer party planning needs. Whether you’ve got a big event coming up, a special occasion, or you simply want to host a fancy dinner party at home – this fun-filled masterclass will perfect your party planning techniques, with cocktail making and canape creating. Together, Wynyard Hall’s chief mixologist and head chef will offer their expert advice and guidance throughout this hands-on session. For £35 pp, this Thursday’s event will be held in The Glasshouse, where guests can look forward to making two tasty cocktails and five fab canapes.

wynyardhall.co.uk


FOR THEATRE…

29 MARCH

WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK

Henrik Ibsen’s classic Hedda Gabler comes to the stage at Alnwick Playhouse this Wednesday. The classic play is given a modern twist by director Ivo Van Hove as National Theatre LIVE makes a return to Northumberland. Starring film and TV star Ruth Wilson, Van Hove’s interpretation of the tale of manipulation, marriage and violence will no doubt engross and shock new audiences. Meanwhile, older fans can take in Van Hove’s fresh perspective on the play, making for a thought provoking night out with a hint of darkness.

alnwickplayhouse.co.uk


FOR SHOPPING…

1 APRIL

WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK

A craft and vintage fair at Sunderland Minster – what better way to celebrate a Saturday shopping day? From 10am to 3pm, visitors can browse a selection of local crafts stalls, hand made gifts, cakes, vintage and retro goods. Pick up something unique for yourself or for someone special this weekend.

sunderlandminster.com

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