Our lifestyle editor Katy Wheeler rounds up 10 of the top things to do around the North East.
5. People’s Pyrex, until July 27
People’s Pyrex is running at Arts Centre Washington until July 27. This is an exhibition that celebrates our very close relationship to Pyrex glass. Between 1922 and 2007, all of the Pyrex sold across the British Commonwealth (with the exception of Canada) was made in Sunderland. As well as making it, we also used it, and the shapes and patterns are woven into many family memories.
People are asked to take in their Pyrex, share family memories and lend their glassware to what is hoped will be a continuously growing exhibition.
6. Compton Cinema Organ, July 21
A concert by Phil Kelsall, Principal Resident Organist of the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, will take place at Ryhope Community Centre in Sunderland on Sunday, July 21 at 2.30pm.
The Friends of the Regal Compton have announced the launch of a new series of concerts and events featuring the Compton cinema organ originally from the Black’s / Regal Cinema in Sunderland. The inaugural concert presented by the Friends will be performed by Phil Kelsall, the Principal Resident Organist of the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool. Phil is constantly in demand for concert appearances in this country and abroad, including frequent visits to the USA and a highly successful tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Tickets are £10 from [email protected] or Tel: 07379 636 463
7. Kynren, until September 14
Kynren is running at Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, on Saturdays, until September 14. A 1000-strong cast of performers and crew, a 7.5 acre stage and 2,000 years of rich history makes for an explosive cocktail of storytelling as Kynren opens for the summer in spectacular style. It whisks audiences through two centuries of English history at break neck speed, from the heights of Hadrian’s Wall to the trenches of the First World War. It runs on Saturday nights. See our website in the What’s On section for a review of the show.