AWAY FROM IT ALL
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…
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.
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.
WITH THE KIDS
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.
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.
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!
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.