May North East

Things to do this May in the North East

As spring blooms in full force, it’s time to embrace May and discover the treasures the North East has to offer…

From spring wreath workshops and wine dinners to cooking classes and musical festivities, the region is rich in exciting activities you can take part in…

Live Music in the Clubhouse at Rockliffe Hall

4 May

Live Music in the Clubhouse at Rockliffe Hall

This May, Rockliffe Hall invites you to an evening of some delicious food, delightful entertainment and a relaxing atmosphere. Expect live music from Elena Larkin, a menu with some scrumptious offerings, such as Wagyu Burger, Confit Duck Leg, Sirloin Steak and more.

Their menu also has an extensive drinks menu, including a selection of refreshing cocktails and mocktails. And if you don’t want the evening to end, you’re more than welcome to book a stay and spend the night in the beautiful surroundings of Rockliffe Hall Hotel.

Classic Wellington Cookery Course at Swinton Estate

5 May

Classic Wellington Cookery Course at Swinton Estate

Roll up your sleeves and learn how to cook a Classic Wellington this May. Using fresh produce, you will have a chance to gain the skills to cook the perfect Lamb, Beef or Venison Wellington (meat depending on the season) that you will then be able to take home and impress your loved ones.

With all ingredients and equipment provided, the course will feature knife skills, vegetable preparation and cooking, bread making, preparation of meat and dessert. Don’t miss it!

May Day Celebrations at Beamish Museum

5 and 6 May

May North East

Learn all about the historical aspect of May Day Celebrations at Beamish, where in the Edwardian period this was second only to Christmas in popularity. Explore each town and village as they celebrate this holiday with their own range of customs and traditions.

Grab your family, wander around the museum, chat with the friendly staff about May birching and enjoy the warm spring weather. Beamish May Day Celebrations are included in the museum’s annual pass.

Mat Collishaw: Exploring the Sacred with Elizabeth Oldfield at The Auckland Project

7 May

May North East

Join a talk with an artist Mat Collishaw where he engages in a conversation with Elizabeth Oldfield, host of The Sacred Podcast, exploring the creative genesis of his artwork, Eidolon (contemporary installation representing faith, suffering and rebirth), commissioned for the Faith Museum.

Taking place in the Throne Room of Auckland Castle, this is an exclusive cultural event offering guests access to an evening of enriching dialogue.

Leee John of Imagination at Wylam Brewery

9 May

May North East

The time has finally come for Leee John to bring back his latest and greatest hits of Imagination onto a stage at Wylam Brewery. An integral part of the soul, jazz and funk scene, Leee John, with his ‘Flashback Greatest Hits Tour’ will take you back to the golden age of 80s music.

With his new album ‘Intimate Glow’ which was released just a few months ago, you can expect to be introduced to some new songs too. All of them feature the sound of blues, jazz and instrumentals that take all your worries away.

Blacksmith Workshop at South Causey Inn

11 May

Blacksmith Workshop at South Causey Inn

If you’re looking for an alternative day out this May, South Causey Inn is offering blacksmith workshops. Here, you will learn traditional blacksmithing techniques with an extra-special keepsake to take home.

The workshop on 11 May will be dedicated to making a cheese slicer. Forge the iron in the flames until it glows, shape it on the anvil with a hammer, and master cooling methods to complete your creation.

Wellness Yoga & Brunch at Hardwick Hall Hotel

12 May

May North East

Hardwick Hall Hotel is inviting you to a morning of relaxation with its wellness yoga and brunch session. Held in the lakeside marquee with stunning views across the lake, this will be a time to focus on you.

Their trained instructor will guide you through this session. This will include welcome health shots, yoga and pilates sessions, herbal teas and a healthy brunch. Don’t forget to bring your yoga mat!

Spring Afternoon Tea at Wynyard Hall

19 May

Spring Afternoon Tea at Wynyard Hall

Embrace the season of spring with Wynyard Hall’s exquisite Spring Afternoon Tea. This will be the perfect opportunity to grab your loved ones and spend time together enjoying freshly baked pastries, delicate finger sandwiches and scrumptious desserts.

While you’re there, don’t forget to explore Wynyard Hall’s 120 acres of beautiful estate. This includes their gardens with 3000 varieties of roses and various species of trees. Perfect for an afternoon walk, if you ask us!

Spring Wreath Workshop at Raby Castle

19 May

Spring Wreath Workshop at Raby Castle

Let your creativity flourish with this spring wreath workshop in the Servants Hall at Raby Castle. Grab a pair of gloves, scissors and some garden secateurs to create beautiful spring-inspired wreaths to adorn your home.

Raby Castle will provide everything you need to craft this flowery beauty and this will be the perfect opportunity to learn, connect, make new friends and create lasting memories.

2:22 A Ghost Story at Sunderland Empire

21 – 25 May

May North East

Prepare for an evening of secrets, drama and the supernatural! Sunderland Empire is inviting you this May to experience the thrill of 2:22 A Ghost Story.

It follows a storyline of Jenny, who thinks their new home is haunted, but Sam, her husband, disagrees. During dinner with friends Lauren and Ben, they argue about the supernatural. Determined to prove their beliefs, they stay awake until 2:22 am and then they’ll know…

Thimbleby Simulated Game Experience at Grantley Hall

22 May

Thimbleby Simulated Game Experience at Grantley Hall

Explore the stunning Yorkshire countryside with an experience like no other. Grantley Hall is inviting guests for a day and evening of simulated clay game shooting experience. This will also include pre-dinner drinks and dinner.

It will be an intimate gathering, limited to only 10 guns. However, those, who wish to attend without participating are more than welcome to join. If you wish to extend your stay at Grantley Hall, they also have exclusive rates on both the 21 and 22 May.