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We check-in to Limeworks Cottage – a newly-refurbished Northumbrian cottage in an idyllic rural location – and say hello to hilly views and weekend solitude…

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Sunderland’s Christmas Market is now up and running in a new city centre spot – and it’ll be there until Christmas Eve. We love this one for edible decorations, and bespoke festive novelties. 

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North Shields’ popular Christmas Market returns this weekend, giving visitors and coast folk a chance to stock up on festive larder musts, get crafty and shop ’til you drop, with over 100 stalls.

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Arc Stockton’s Pinocchio panto has it all; a very shady fox and cat, a performing donkey and a whale who swallows people whole! All this, plus circus fun, puppets and magical storytelling. 

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Mrs Claus’ Kitchen at Durham’s Gala Theatre is a must-see for tots this time of year, featuring a mischievous gingerbread man, playful puppets and fun and festive chaos. Suitable for under-5s. 

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Fuego’s new festive menu is worth a try if you’re doing your Christmas shopping in Newcastle this weekend. Think Christmassy, Spanish-style tapas and sharing boards. Embrace the sherry-soaked figs, ribs and spiced-up desserts!

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Fill your bellies with festive flavour at Brockbushes’ Christmas Tasting Weekend – a two-day event filled with yummy local produce for you to taste your way through. Great for stocking fillers – think jams, preserves and tasty chocolate boxes.

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