We’ve rounded up 10 of the top things to do if you fancy getting out and about.
1. Midge Ure & Nick Heyward, South Tyneside Festival, July 28
Midge Ure and former Haircut One Hundred frontman Nick Heyward will be performing their hits at Bents Park, South Shields, this Sunday as the series of summer concerts for this year’s South Tyneside Festival continue. Midge Ure is best known for being the frontman of Ultravox and for his part in the world-famous Band Aid single and subsequent Live Aid and Live 8 concerts. Also taking to the stage at the third concert is Nick Heyward, who found fame as the frontman of Haircut One Hundred and previously performed at Bents Park during the 2003 series. Entry is free, unless a priority ticket was purchased.
Photo: Andy Siddens
2. Rock of Ages, Sunderland Empire, until July 27
Strictly Come Dancing 2018 Winner Kevin Clifton plays the lead role of Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages which is running at Sunderland Empire until Saturday, July 27. The internationally-renowned dancer swaps the Ballroom for the Bourbon Club playing alongside Kevin Kennedy, Zoe Birkett, Jodie Steele, Luke Walsh, Lucas Rush, Andrew Carthy, Vas Constanti and Rhiannon Chesterman in the ultimate ‘80s rock ‘n’ roll musical. Now a global smash with hit seasons on Broadway, London’s West End and Las Vegas and a star-studded Hollywood movie version, the musical promises to be a rock ‘n’ roll night out.
Photo: Richard Davenport / The Other Richard
3. Miles for Men, Seaton Carew, July 28
The Miles for Men and Walk for Women 5k Fun Run is back again for its 7th year, beginning at Seaton Carew Clock Tower and along the scenic seafront at Seaton Carew.
Entrants can be of all ages and all abilities; you can run, walk, jog, bring the dog, wear something funny, or your Sunday best, or put your fitness to the test. Everyone is welcome to attend and support those taking part, with plenty for the family to enjoy including live music, food stalls, entertainment and a fun fair. The event is dedicated in loving memory to Demi Leigh Day. Registration begins at 10am, with the race beginning at 1pm.
Photo: Tom Collins
4. Paula Radcliffe and Ben Smith, Gala Theatre, Durham, July 27
The world’s greatest female marathon runner of all time will be joined by the man who ran 401 marathons in 401 days at Gala Theatre Durham on Saturday. Paula and Ben will be giving an insight into their unique approaches to the greatest of running challenges, 26.2 miles. Hear about their motivation, their training, their highs and lows and how it can help you tackle the most iconic of running distances. This is your chance to question two contrasting legends of distance running. The talk is taking place as part of the inaugural Durham City Run Festival.
Photo: TIM RICHARDSON