LOVE THE WEEKEND

Time to smile - we've made it to the end of January! Celebrate with hearty suppers, spicy buys, showtime giggles and festival fun...

AWAY FROM IT ALL

Planning a Valentine’s Day getaway? Mr Fogg’s cottage in Corbridge is a snug, rural hideaway, perfect for two…

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TIME OUT

The North East Wedding Fair returns to the Metro Radio Arena this weekend. Expect a two-day extravaganza of stylish supplier stalls, designer catwalk shows and plenty of expert help and advice.

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Fizzy fun and live tunes combine at Beamish Hall’s Winter Festival. Head  there on Saturday to sample over 40 real ales, gins, rums, whiskies and bourbons and watch 10 live bands take to the stage.

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WITH THE KIDS

Head for the coast and get the giggles at Whitley Bay Playhouse’s Showtime extravaganza, during which the town’s cheeky scouts, cubs and explorers show off their talents all weekend long.

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Get them up early for some undisturbed wildlife watching at RSPB Salthome, Stockton, on Sunday. Visit while the warden team are opening up, then enjoy big family brekkies in the cafe after 9.30am.

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FOODIE

Head for Stewart Park Farmers’ Market, Middlesbrough, on Sunday for tasty, locally-made treats. The Twisted Chilli team will be putting on live fiery demos, showing you how to create your very own  Indian ‘fakeaway’ at home.

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Tuck in to a special Burns Night supper at Alnwick Castle on Saturday night. You’ll enjoy four Scottish-inspired courses, including cock-a-leekie soup and haggis, neeps and tatties. Whisky it up afterwards!

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