From seeing if you can spot all the elephants in Elmer’s Great North Parade to a Scarecrow Festival – there’s plenty of things to see and do around the region this weekend.
We’ve rounded up 10 of the best events and shows taking place.
5. Ultimate Bowie, Billingham Forum, September 14
Ultimate Bowie is at Billingham Forum Theatre on September 14. On January 10, 2016, the world lost a great music legend, David Bowie. The legacy he left his fans is a superb catalogue of music from a stellar 40+ year career. In an authentic celebration and salute to David Bowie, aka Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke, UK David Bowie tribute show Ultimate Bowie starring Ed Blaney will transport you across the golden years of Bowie, from Spaceboy to Superstar.
Photo: Ultimate Bowie poster
6. Amazing Space, The Word, South Shields, until February 23
Amazing Space is at The Word, South Shields until February 23, 2020. The Word’s out-of-this-world exhibition marks 50 years since man first set foot on the Moon. Explore both Space fact and fiction, discover the stories inspired by Space and watch clips from classic science-fiction movies old and new. Take ‘one small step’ inside the astronaut’s spacesuit and replicate the photograph taken on the first Moon landing, or head to the Command Module and watch a short film all about life as an astronaut – the good, the bad and the occasionally unpleasant!
Photo: Stu Norton
7. East Boldon Scarecrow Festival, South Tyneside, September 14
Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, organisers are hoping to set a new record for the number of scarecrows in East Boldon. The Scarecrow Festival, which attracted more than 100 entries when it was held for the first time in 2018, will take place again on Saturday, September 14 at Grange Park. The Friends of East Boldon Parks group, who organise the competition, are hoping to build on last year’s success and see even more of the straw figures popping up around the village. Scores of businesses, individuals and school children have been getting their entries ready for the competition.
Photo: East Boldon Scarecrow Festival
8. Dave Harper, Arts Centre Washington, September 12
TV antiques expert Dave Harper is bringing a one-man show to Wearside. The broadcaster, famous for his appearances on the likes of Antiques Road Trip, Flog It! and Bargain Hunt, will appear at the Arts Centre Washington on September 12. Known for his colourful trousers, David is swapping TV screens for the stage with his one-man show. Dubbed ‘Unexpected Tales’, David will treat audiences to all the funny behind the scenes gossip from some of the BBC's most popular daytime and early evening shows, telling of his encounters with the famous faces he has appeared alongside for celebrity specials.