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Enjoy a wintry weekend at Swallowtails Cottage. A serene and stylish barn conversion in Northumberland – perfect for a couple of nesters!

Away from it all

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Get twinkly at Spanish City, Whitley Bay, on Sunday night. Gather under the grand dome to watch the Christmas tree lights being switched on, all the while scoffing mince pies, singing carols and sipping mulled wine!

Time out

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Ouseburn Open Studios returns, promising art and culture-lovers a chance to visit a number of studios, creative pop-up, galleries and more for behind-the-scenes events and one-off exhibitions. Head to the Valley and explore.

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Take them to Sunderland Winter Gardens’ Christmas Craft and Gift Fayre on Saturday, where they’ll be able to spend time with Santa in his grotto while you shop seasonal treats and gifts.

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Gather the whole family and head for Weardale Railway station on Saturday. Hop on the train and enjoy a magical journey to Christmas Town, complete with food, gifts and a special appearance from Santa.

Weardale Railway

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Wrap up warm and sink your teeth in to foodie treats at Stewart Park’s wintry Farmers’ Market on Sunday. We’re talking freshly-baked breads, Nutella crêpes, homemade scotch eggs, vegan cupcakes and more!

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Treat yourselves to home cooked delights at The Jolly Fisherman at Craster. Enjoy a sandy Sunday stroll along the beach, then warm up in the cosy pub with steaming bowls of crab soup and mussels.

Jolly Fisherman

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