Go back in time, enjoy open-air thrills and eat cake...


With country-cosy good looks and a beachy postcode, Green Cottage in Robin Hood’s Bay offers the best of both worlds. Time to book that summer break…

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Head to the coast and get soak up the atmosphere at Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Big names Billy Ocean and Tom Odell perform live at Tynemouth Priory, plus plenty of  local food and drink and street entertainment.

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See Kynren on Saturday, the action-packed, open-air show telling the tale of epic England after dark. 100 cast and crew present an 2,000-year journey, packed with spectacular choreography and pyrotechnics.

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Kids and grown-ups can go back in time at Beamish’s Festival of 50s. Dress up like they did back then, hunt for treasures in the 50s toy shop, try 50s food and drink and watch classic black and white films come nightfall.

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Marton’s Family Day and Music Festival promises hours of children’s entertainment, including sports challenges and inflatable fun, plus hog roasts and Pimms & Prosecco pop-ups for parents. 

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Expect plenty of sweet treats at Morpeth’s July Farmers’ Market as it pays homage to World Chocolate Day. Mooch the stalls, filled with milky, honeycomb-filled slabs, artisan truffles, gooey brownies and choc-covered coffee beans. Delish!

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Gin and street food combine at The Bathtub Sessions at Wylam Brewery this weekend. Tuck into dirty burgers and knock back all kinds of local batch gins with Fentimans mixers. Tickets include a swanky commemorative glass.

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