Things to do in the North East as a family this Bank Holiday

May 2017

We've put together a selection of activities you and your family can enjoy this Spring Bank, May Bank Holiday in the North East!

An evening of Dance, Song and Fashion - Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham. Friday May 26th 7pm.

This popular annual event which takes place Friday evening on the 26th of May, features dance, song and fashion, and is being held in support of RED (Richardson Eating Disorder Service). This fun-filled annual event is a fantastic family day out and provides an evening of entertainment in the arts that you are unlikely to forget in a hurry!

Tickets for the event costs £9 for adults and £7 for both under 16s and over 60s.

For more information about the event and tickets, contact 01434-652477 or alternatively e-mail the box office here 

For more information, click here

Funny Bones Comedy Club, The Gala Theatre, Durham – Friday May 26th, 19:45

Fancy an evening of family fun-filled laughter? The Gala Theatre on Friday evening may provide just the fix for you and your family as John Cooper takes to the stage as his alter ego Danny Pensive to provide an innovative mix of both wit and innovative stories. Joining Danny will be Gala regular Andy Fury and funny-man Marvyn Dickinson. The event starts at 19:45 with tickets costing just £8.50.
Click here for more information.

Wannasee Tribute Festival, Bishop Aukland football stadium – Friday 26th to Sunday 28th May

Wannasee Live Music Festival is back for its fourth year in County Durham with a stunning line up of world-class tributes. These bands offer the closest possible live tributes to the artists they represent, in stunning detail, guaranteeing a huge open air live music stadium experience and non-stop hits in the fantastic setting of Bishop Auckland FC's stadium.

With tributes to Queen, Thin Lizzy, Coldplay, Kasabian, Green Day, REM, Duran Duran, Pink, The Who and The Commitments to name a few, Wannasee weekend is the perfect way to enjoy fantastic live music at affordable prices this May bank holiday weekend. There's a free shuttle bus to and from the festival from Bishop Auckland, running throughout the festival weekend. There is a camping option with full facilities right next door to the stadium where you can park next to your tent, caravan or motor home. There is free car parking for day visitors with a variety of food stalls and funfair rides for the family to enjoy.

Full details about the event can be found by clicking here

Dundas Food And Craft Market, Dundas Shopping Centre, Middlesbrough - Friday 26th to Saturday 27th May 

Boasting more than 20 independent market stalls alongside the regular traders, bring the best of local food, drink and gifts at the Dundas Food and Craft Market this weekend, on Friday 26 May and Saturday 27 May at the Dundas Indoor Market. From candles to renovated furniture, jewellery and baby clothes, breads, cakes and sweet, handbags and hair bows, there is something for everyone. Ideal for a family day out if you’re looking for a household bargain or local food delicacy! Come and look at your own leisure between the hours of 10am and 4pm, free of charge!

Swaledale Festival, Various venues across the region - Saturday 27th May - Monday 29th May

The award-winning Swaledale Festival is an annual celebration of music and arts in the beautiful landscape of the three northernmost Yorkshire Dales - Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale.

This year, as always, the Festival offers an eclectic and inspiring mix of world class classical, folk and jazz music, exceptional young artists, entertaining groups, drama, film, dance, art exhibitions, workshops, talks and guided walks in the beautiful Dales landscape.

This year, for the first time, people under the age of 25 can buy tickets to every event (except one) for £3 each.

For full programme details, click here

Bank Holiday Shindig: The Funk Collective, Live at Ku – Sunday May 28th, The Ku Bar, Stockton

Fancy a night of entertainment where you can let your hair down without the kids?
The Funk Collective is one of the finest Funk/Soul/Disco anthem bands in the country with a vast repertoire of Funk, Disco and Soul from the classic era, to modern day pop.

What to expect from the evening? A range of classic music ranging from Stevie Wonder, Chic, James Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, George Benson, Jamiroquai, Rose Royce, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Kool & The Gang, The Whispers, Sly & The Family Stone ...And Many Many More! The event starts at 9pm and will end at approximately 3am.

Tickets are available from £5 in advance from Sound It Out Records & The Storytellers / Stockton or online (

Miss Rory, Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Monday 29th May

If comedy is what you require this bank holiday in the Newcastle area then we have just the evening for you. Newcastle’s Queen of comedy is back! After the sell out success of One Woman in 2016, Miss Rory returns to Tyne Theatre & Opera House this Summer with her brand new live stand up show Miss Rory: WHAT’S UP HUN?
Critically acclaimed, adored by the public and often hailed as ‘The new People’s Princess’, Miss Rory will have you laughing until you cry as she presents a no holds barred critique of everyday life, love, Facebook and everything else in between! The event starts at 8pm.

For more information, click here​

Northern Monkey Brass Band, St Oswald's Church, Askrigg, Darlington - Monday 29th May. Event starts at 19:30

An event to take the heart of the local community could involve spending your bank holiday Monday at St Oswalds church in Askrigg. The Northern Monkey Brass Band are a massively funky New Orleans-style brass and drum band from Newcastle. The band has earned a reputation for lively, energetic shows featuring specially written music, classics of the New Orleans brass band genre, and well known tunes with striking new arrangements. Tickets for the event are available for £16 for adults, just £3 for anyone under the age of 25.

For more information, click here