LOVE THE WEEKEND

Plant snowdrops, learn the Charleston, make bowls of Pho and celebrate the violin...

AWAY FROM IT ALL

Calling all boutique hotel devotees – The Cookie Jar, in Alnwick, is the answer to your holiday home prayers…

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TIME OUT

Music fans can catch Son Of A Preacher Man at Darlington Hippodrome this weekend. Bag a ticket and be transported to the 1960s and dance the night away to the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield.

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Rockliffe Hall rewinds to the roaring 20s on Saturday night, for a skirt-swinging Gatsby-inspired evening. Dress up, learn the Charleston, dance to live jazz and blues and sip on cocktails ’til the early hours.

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WITH THE KIDS

Take tots to Sage Gateshead for an afternoon of fun with Royal Northern Sinfonia. They’ll travel through time, stopping off in different musical periods, exploring the role of the mighty violin in orchestral tunes.

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Little ones can embark on a Chinese zodiac-themed trail at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens in celebration of Chinese New Year. Clues will help them find 12 animals and winners can bag a prize at the end. 

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FOODIE

Get your doughnut fix at Fenwick on Saturday when local makers, Proven Goods, will be dropping off their artisan, handmade creations.

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The Curing House, Middlesbrough, has expanded its lunch offering. See what’s new this weekend – we have our eyes on the homemade pork, beer and caramelised onion sausages!

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