North East July

Things to do this July in the North East

Robb Matthew has collated some of the best activities and events going on within the North East this July

Wondering what to do this July in the North East? Here are a few suggestions…

Arts and Culture Trail in Sunderland

5 – 21 July

North East July

Sunderland Culture is holding an Arts and Culture Trail, visiting key landmarks from across Sunderland City, including the Stadium of Light and the beautiful River Wear.

The trail focuses on the rich history and culture of Sunderland, so get your steps in, and keep fit, while following this informative and educational journey, suitable for all members of the family.

Durham Brass Festival

5 – 13 July

North East July

Durham Brass Festival returns to the region this July and it’s a must-see for music lovers. Don’t miss a week of spectacular performances, free concerts, community activities and lively street bands.

With performances from the likes of Brassed On, Smoove & Turrell, The Cory Band, Streets of Brass and many, many more, there’s plenty to get your diaries full and your feet moving this summer!

Great Yorkshire Show 2024

9 – 12 July

The Great Yorkshire Show is back this July, packed with entertainment, competitions, food and drink, and much more. It’s the ultimate celebration of all things farming, food and agriculture and it’s a fantastic day out for the whole family.

This year’s show will feature a Farm to Fashion Show, The Battle of the Butchers, Paul Hannam Quad Bike Stunt Show, a Craft Beer Bar, plus the very best animals and machinery in the country. A summer must!

Thorp Perrow’s Classic Car Sundays

9 & 14 July

Are you the owner of a classic vehicle? Spend a summer Sunday morning chatting to like-minded motorheads at Thorp Perrow’s Classic Car Sundays event, held on 14 July. A fantastic free event, giving owners of amazing vehicles the space to meet and admire each other’s motors over coffee.

Madagascar the Musical at Theatre Royal, Newcastle

10 – 13 July

Karim Zeroual (CBBC and Strictly Come Dancing) stars as King Julian in the stage adaptation of the worldwide phenomenon Madagascar. Bring all the family and join Gloria, Alex, Marty and Melman in their epic musical adventure.

Filled with bouncy songs, fun adventures and outlandish characters, this exclusive 3-day-only, award-winning production is one not to miss!

The Becoming at balletLORENT

11 – 13 July

North East July

Don’t miss out on an extraordinary evening of dance at balletLORENT. The Becoming brings seven performers to the stage, pouring out their bottled-up dreams and pushing themselves to the limit in a spectacular showcase of raw expression, resilience and creativity.

Adorned in captivating costumes crafted to elevate their every movement, you will be blown away from start to finish.

Summer Wild Food Walk / Wild Roots Foraging in Great Ayton Middlesborough

13 July

Pull on your Wellingtons and join Lucy from Wild Roots Foraging for an introduction to wild food foraging in the summer. Learn how to safely and sustainably select what you forage.

This experience will take you through the process of making medicines, infusions and other ways to prepare your plants for tasting. You will also learn the folklore behind the area and plants you are picking, giving you a wider appreciation of botany and foraging skills.

Durham Miners Gala in Durham

13 July

The annual Durham Miners Gala will bring thousands of people from across the UK to the beautiful, cobbled streets of Durham. Advertised as the world’s greatest celebration of community, international solidarity, and working-class life.

This year will mark the 138th Gala, with a full lineup of speakers announced, including various trade union general secretaries. Market stalls will be set up within Durham City centre for those wishing to do a little bit of retail therapy, or enjoy the fun fair while soaking up the vibrant atmosphere at the Old Racecourse, down by the river.

Mouth of Tyne Festival, Tynemouth

11 – 14 July

North East July

With Rick Astley headlining on Friday, Andrew Cushin on Saturday, and Heather Small on Sunday, The Mouth of Tyne Festival is guaranteed to be a fantastically fun evening.

Unfortunately, tickets for both Friday and Sunday night are sold out, but Newcastle’s very own Andrew Cushin still has a limited number of tickets available. For fantastic music, incredible atmosphere and exceptional food and drink, book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Wine Discovery at Fenwick Newcastle Food Hall

12 – 13 July

North East July

Wine lovers, listen up. Head to Fenwick Newcastle Food Hall this July for an evening sampling new tipples. The Wine Discovery event is the perfect opportunity to talk to expert suppliers and producers as they take you on the journey of their wines, Champagnes, spirits and beers.

Embark on a wine adventure, exploring crisp whites and lively roses, to rich reds and luscious ports. Complete with live music and delectable nibbles, it’s sure to be a wonderful evening of wine talk.

Summer Sizzler Weekend 2024

13 – 14 July

Head to BALTIC this July for a weekend of art-fuelled fun. Browse a bustling Art Car Boot Fair with over 50 stalls of local artists and makers, a live DJ, and a Swap & Share Bonanza. All of that, plus talks, workshops, tours and four floors of fantastic art to be inspired by!

Newcastle Fringe Festival

16 – 27 July

North East July

Guaranteed to make you laugh, the Fringe Festival comes to Newcastle this July! With over 50 acts from across the UK, including Lost Voice Guy, Susie McCabe and Diane Spencer as well as many more.

Bringing together theatre, comedy and music through various acts, allows the Newcastle Fringe Festival to be a unique and extremely entertaining night out.

‘Towards New Worlds’

From 19 July

Make your way to Middlesbrough’s MIMA art gallery this July for the start of an inspiring exhibition sharing 15 artists’ experiences of seeing, hearing, feeling and sensing the contemporary world.

‘Towards New Worlds’ explores a variety of human perceptions and sensory experiences through works of art, making connections between internal worlds and external environments. Each of the artists involved is disabled, deaf or neurodivergent.

The artists interpret their own perspectives, offering new insights for those encountering their work while recognising that we can never fully inhabit someone else’s experience. A truly fascinating exhibition, opening this July.

Family Ghost Hunt at Chillingham Castle

20 July

Chillingham Castle is opening their doors to those who dare to join their Family Friendly Ghost Hunt. The castle is world-renowned for its spooky encounters and scary apparitions.

Featured on many TV shows, including Most Haunted and Ghost Hunters, the castle is famous for what is named the White Pantry Ghost who haunts the grounds, scaring anyone who dares to disturb her.

Many visitors have reported feeling her presence nearby, hearing noises and cold sensations on their skin, coupled with many mysterious orb sightings and mysterious shenanigans the ghost hunt will guarantee you a night to remember.

Copper Rose Making Workshop

20 July

North East July

Learn how to craft your very own Copper Rose at this exciting new workshop at South Causey Inn. Under the guidance of the team at True North Traders, you will cut out copper blanks and cold forge them into a beautiful design to take home and share with loved ones.

Attelage Horse Weekend at Beamish

20 – 21 July

Come to the historic village of Beamish to witness the Attelage Horse Weekend. Be transported back to the early 19th Century, and experience for yourself what life was like for those who relied on horses to travel, and for work.

Fun and educational for every member of the family, witness traditional carriage driving competitions by the Concours d’International d’Attelage de Tradition (think Bridgerton meets Burghley!) Beamish also allows well-behaved dogs to join their families on this fascinating historical adventure.

Jason Donovan in The Park, South Shields

21 July

This July, Jason Donovan will be performing his greatest hits in Bents Park South Shields. Bring a picnic and listen to all the greatest songs from his bestselling album ‘Ten Good Reasons’ as well as many other hit songs from his extensive career. This will be a night for all the family to remember for years to come.

Flower Power Plant Fair

21 July

North East July

Be blown away by blooms at Wynyard Hall’s Gardens this July with a burst of floral enchantment. The Flower Power Plant Fair returns, promising a captivating blend of flowers, horticultural wonders, and a celebration of all things botanical.

Wander through pathways adorned with intricately designed floral arrangements, showcasing the creativity and skill of the talented gardeners and suppliers.

It’s the perfect opportunity to add a touch of nature’s beauty to your own garden, pick up some expert tips from gardening enthusiasts, and discover the latest trends in tools, accessories and eco-friendly practices that harmonise with nature.

Corrine Bailey Rae presents Black Rainbows

24 July

Get ready to experience the mesmerising vocals of Corinne Bailey Rae as she takes to The Glasshouse stage this summer. With her soulful voice and captivating lyrics, she waves a tapestry of emotion; blending jazz, R&B and pop into an unforgettable performance, for one night only on Tyneside. Expect a journey of love, loss and resilience as she brings her acclaimed album to life.

Paul Smith: Pablo

24 – 25 July

North East July

Calling all comedy fans… Paul Smith is back and better than ever with his latest show, Pablo. He’s taking to the Stockton Globe stage for two shows this July, ready to deliver laugh-out-loud comedy that promises to have you rolling around in laughter. Expect his trademark audience interaction and hilarious true stories.

Summer Party

26 July

Join our friends at Rockliffe Hall this July for their Summer Party, complete with arrival drink, lawn games, BBQ on the Rockliffe Suite Terrace and live entertainment.

Round up some friends or work colleagues and raise a glass to the summer months in one of the most spectacular celebration spots in the region.

Kynren An Epic Tale of England in Bishop Auckland

27 July

Experience a truly remarkable and uniquely spellbinding family-friendly performance from one of the greatest outdoor theatre groups in the country. From Boudicca and the Romans through to the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons.

Experience the English Civil War first-hand, and see King Charles’ final journey to the executioner’s block, finally ending with the brave soldiers fighting on the battlefields during both World Wars. Be scared, thrilled and even have a few laughs during this 90-minute epic adventure.

Tractor Show at Beamish

27 – 28 July

North East July
Photo credit: Chloe McGuirk, @newgirlintoon

If you prefer a little more horsepower, then the Annual Beamish Tractor Show is one of the most popular attractions at Beamish Open Air Museum. From the earliest examples of machinery on the farm to the ginormous combine harvesters we know today.

Learn about the difficulties farmers faced as these machines started to emerge onto the market. From the expense of purchasing and running the machines to the expertise needed to drive them.

Medieval Knights Tournament at Belsay Hall

27 – 28 July

Experience an event like no other at historic Belsay Hall in Northumberland. Go back in time to witness rival Knights compete in the ultimate test of endurance and skill.

Fully armoured Knights will compete in four brutal rounds with only one winner. From pageantry and excitement to action-packed thrilling battles. You will experience it all, through these medieval re-enactments of actual tournaments held during the 15th Century.

Plot to Plate – Taste the Difference

30 July

Join our friends at Linnels Farm in Hexham for a very special ‘Plot to Plate’ course. Expand your knowledge of veg growing and learn how to make the most of your homegrown produce.

Throughout the day you will test your own soil, learn new ways to activate compost and take away some alternative brassicas. You’ll leave with some invaluable recipes and inspiration, as well as some punchy preserved pickled radish. All of that, plus a delicious lunch prepared by Papaya Catering. Delicious.