19 things to do in the North East in March

The end of winter is in sight and we can almost feel the springtime sun.

March is almost here - and with it comes Easter!
March is almost here - and with it comes Easter!

With Easter coming early this year, March will be full of chocolate eggs, new flowers and (hopefully) lots of fun.

So we've checked our calendars and taken a look at everything you can get up to in our region over the coming months.

As usual, there's loads to get up to! So take a look at some of our top picks for your diary - best to get organised now!

The Bodyguard at Sunderland Empire from Tuesday, March 1 until Saturday, March 12: Lose yourself in the music of Whitney Houston and enjoy the performance based on the hit film. Tickets between £15 and £50. For more information click here.Sunshine on Leith at Bede College Performing Arts Centre from Wednesday, March 2 until Saturday, March 5: Follow the stories of two ex-soldiers returning from war and learning how to live and love again. Tickets: £10. For more information contact 07896 926110.

The Town Meeting at Arts Centre Washington on Thursday, March 3: Take part in this piece of theatre - and decide on the future of your town. Tickets between £6 and £8.50. For more information click here."Mr Grainger's Market": A talk by Freda Thompson at Sunderland City Library and Arts Centre on Thursday, March 3: For just £2.50 per session enjoy an interesting talk on a different topic. This time, learn about one of the largest indoor markets. Entry: £2.50. For more information contact 0191 5611235.

Beamish - Power from the Past at Beamish Museum on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6. If you love visiting Beamish and riding the tram, this is the perfect event for you to attend! Regular weekends at the museum will focus on different themes - and this month it's trams! Entry: included with museum price. For more information click here.Stories at Souter Lighthouse on Saturday, March 5: Join in with reading stories and catch up with your favourite characters. Cost: £5 per child. For more information, and to pre-book, call: 0191 529 0909

Bare @ The Good Apple, Sunderland, on Saturday, March 5: A special event offering vegetarian and vegan tasting menus. Tickets: £25. For more information click here.Strong Women at The Customs House, South Shields, on Tuesday, March 8: In honour of International Women's Day, enjoy this talk and film showing celebrating local women of strength. Tickets: £6 to £18. For more information click here.South Tyneside International Magic Festival Family Extravaganza at The Customs House, South Shields, on Wednesday, March 9. As one of the town's biggest events returns for another year, why not celebrate all things magical with a family trip out. Tickets: £7. For more information click here.Stowaway at Arts Centre Washington from Thursday, March 10 until Friday, March 11: A man finds himself far from home after a crash-landing into London. Follow his extraordinary journey. Tickets: Pre-booking is required but pay what you decide. For more information click here.Spring Concert by Sunderland Symphony Orchestra at West Park Church, Sunderland, on Saturday, March 12: Enjoy an evening of beautiful music, with refreshments provided. Tickets: £8.For more information click here.FOSUMS Presents: A talk on Art Deco Sunderland at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens on Saturday, March 12. Learn more about Sunderland's history and explore some of the city's Art Deco buildings. Entry: £2. For more information email [email protected]

Romeo and Juliet at Sunderland Empire from Thursday, March 17 until Saturday, March 19. The greatest love story ever told, and it's here in Sunderland. Tickets: £18.40-£45.50. For more information click here.Hilarity Bitesize featuring John Scott and support at The Pothouse, Hartlepool, on Thursday, March 17. Buy tickets for a belly-laugh and enjoy a night filled with comedy. Tickets: £5 on the door. For more information click here.Jonathan Baldock, Nicholas Pope & Maria Zahle at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, starting on March 18. This fantastic exhibition is running until June, but why not drop in early and be one of the first to see the artists' work. For more information click here.Penshaw Bowl at Herrington Country Park, on Good Friday (March 25). Celebrate Easter in the best way possible - with some good old fashioned egg-rolling! A fun afternoon for the whole family. Booking is required, information not currently available.

Kazabian at The Point, Sunderland, on Friday, March 25. With an uncanny resemblance to the mighty Kasabian, enjoy the groups greatest hits and spice up the start of your weekend! Tickets: £8.80. For more information click here.The Return of Quinta at Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields, on Friday March 25. Join in with this Roman re-enactment for a Good Friday you will never forget. Entry: free. For more information call 0191 4561369.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Souter Lighthouse on Saturday, March 26. We're going on an egg hunt! Celebrate the arrival of Easter with a delicious day out - and hopefully some chocolate eggs at the end! Cost: £3 per child. For more information contact 0191 5290909.