24 things to do in the North East in February

Will you be visiting Beamish in February. Picture: Visit County Durham.
Will you be visiting Beamish in February. Picture: Visit County Durham.
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Some hail January and February as the gloomiest months of the year.

Christmas is over, after all, and the weather doesn't give us much to cheer about.

So why not dedicate these winter months to having fun with family and friends?

After all, the North East has a lot to offer whether you're in the mood for music, comedy or even just something tasty and local to eat.

Take a look at our guide to what's on.

Squirrels at Arts Centre Washington on Thursday, February 4. Presented by Operating Theatre, Squirrels takes a long hard look at young people and mental illness. Tickets: £6-£8.50. For more information, click here.
Beamish Baking Day at Beamish on Friday, February 5. Bake like your grandma would have done in a coal fire oven - and eat the treats too! Tickets: £65. For more information, click here.
The Chicago Blues Brothers at Sunderland Empire on Friday, February 5. Enjoy some of the best blues, Motown and soul as part of a night at the theatre. Tickets: £26.90. For more information, click here.
Jason Cook's Comedy Club at The Customs House, South Shields, on Saturday, February 6. Have a laugh with Jason and friends. Tickets: £9. For more information, click here.
Magic of the Beatles at Sunderland Empire on Saturday, February 6. Return to the golden area with the finest music from George, John, Paul and Ringo. Tickets: £25.15. For more information, click here.
Create a personalised trinket box at FabLab Sunderland on Saturday, February 6. Looking to make something special for a loved one? Attend a session with a difference and wow them with your skills. Entry: £10. For more information, click here.
Chinese New Year Celebrations at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens on Saturday, February 6. Celebrate the year of the monkey with the whole family, for free, and try out a new activity. Entry: Free. For more information, click here.
The Wedding Wonder Show at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, February 7. Find everything you need for your big day, all in one place. Entry: £2 per person, and other tickets available. For more information, click here.
Textile Demonstration - Knitting and Crochet Guild at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens on Wednesday, February 10. Brush up on your wool skills with members of the Sunderland branch. Entry: Free. For more information, click here.
Eliza and The Bear at The Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Tees, on Friday, February 12. Get a taste of rock music to kick-start your weekend. Tickets: £11.50. For more information, click here.
Crook Hall Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea Party at on February 13, 15, 16 and 20. Let the mad hatter serve your tea and cakes, and soak up the atmosphere. For more information, click here.

Hartlepool Farmers' Market at Hartlepool Maritime Experience on Saturday, February 13. Sample the local produce on the second Saturday of every month from 8.30pm until 3.30pm. Entry: Free. For more information, click here.
The Circus of Horrors at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House on Saturday, February 13. See the Britain's Got Talent finalists in the flesh, and in action. Tickets: £18-£27. For more information, click here.
Tadpoles at Arts Centre Washington on Saturday, February 13. These superheroes have a big problem - and it's one that the whole family can help to solve. Tickets: Various. For more information, click here.
Craft Saturdays at South Shields Museum on Saturday, February 13 and Saturday, February 27. If you're looking to improve you're crafting skills, take some tips from Angel Anne at a free session. Entry: Free. For more information, click here.
Valentine's Day Special at The Customs House, South Shields, on Sunday, February 14. Celebrate the day of love in style with red carpet welcome, dinner and live music. Tickets: £55 per couple. For more information, click here.
The Drifters at Sunderland Empire on Sunday, February 14. Take a trip back in time with some of your favourite songs - a perfect night for nostalgia and romance. Tickets: £29.90. For more information, click here.

Get crafty at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas from Monday, February 15 until Friday, February 20. Let your imagination run wild and don't worry about making a mess. Entry: £3 child per craft. For more information, click here.
Meccano Models at Monkwearmouth Station Museum on Tuesday, February 16: Pick your favourite model from the North East society and try your hand at making one of your own. Entry: Free. For more information, click here.
Future Sunderland at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens on Wednesday, February 17. Explore your museum's past and present at an exhibition dedicated to Wearside. Entry: Free. For more information, click here.

Hilarity Bitesize featuring Dominic Woodward at The Pothouse, Hartlepool, on Thursday, February 18. Catch up on your comedy with the funniest people in the North East. Tickets: £3. For more information, click here.
Tracks and Trains at Monkwearmouth Station Museum on Thursday, February 18: Help to make a giant frieze of a train journey through the city, drawing inspiration from the Ian Carr exhibition. Entry: Free. For more information, click here.
Dino Creations at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens on Friday, February 19. Pick your favourite dinosaur and bring them to life. Entry: Free. For more information, click here.

As You Like It at The Customs House, South Shields, on Thursday, February 25. Enjoy Shakespeare's glorious comedy in all of its glory. Tickets: £15.50. For more information, click here.