Our lifestyle editor Katy Wheeler rounds up 10 of the top things to do around the North East.
1. Hartlepool Waterfront Festival, July 20-21
Hartlepool Waterfront Festival takes place on the Hartlepool Waterfront in the heart of Hartlepool Marina over the weekend of Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 from noon-7pm, and will feature a wide range of arts, music and entertainment. This year’s theme is Harbour of Refuge, historically the name given to a safe haven for ships seeking free shelter from stormy seas on the Headland. The festival will re-imagine this concept and celebrate the good-old Hartlepool welcome for those from different communities seeking a better life. This year’s event will be the first ever Pay What You Decide outdoor arts festival in the country. Visitors will be able to make anonymous donations based on their experience of the event, with all monies being used to providing extra children’s activities at next year’s festival.
2. SummerTyne Americana, July 19-21
Kiefer Sutherland is to headline this weekend’s SummerTyne Americana Festival at Sage Gateshead. The Hollywood superstar turned singer-songwriter released his debut album in 2016. His second album, Reckless & Me, comes out at the end of the month and has country music at its heart, taking influence from Americana, folk, rock, blues and more. k.d.lang is the headline opening act for the Friday. Strictly Country featuring The Wandering Hearts, Lauren Alaina, Eve Selis and Catherine McGrath will headline the Saturday night. Kiefer will close the weekend on Sunday night with Americana rocker Jesse Dayton as special guest opener.
3. Abba Mania, July 19
Abba Mania will take to the stage at Sunderland Empire on July 19. The tribute show features a special concert presentation, which celebrates the music of ABBA in a respectful and enjoyable way, reviving special memories of when the group ruled the airwaves. The show, which celebrates the hits of the iconic band, is aimed at all ages. So dig out those platforms, dust down those flares, join in and enjoy all of your favourites, including Mamma Mia, Voulez Vous, Dancing Queen, Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper and many more.
4. The Carpenters Story, July 20
The Carpenters Story is at Sunderland Empire at 7.30pm on Saturday, July 20. This brand new show for 2019 once again features the outstanding vocal talents of Claire Furley, with Musical Director Phil Aldridge leading The Carpenters Story Orchestra as they re-create Richard Carpenter’s original orchestral arrangements. Featuring all of the Carpenters hit songs including (They Long To Be) Close To You, Yesterday Once More, We’ve Only Just Begun, Superstar, A Song For You, Rainy Days & Mondays, Goodbye to Love and many more.