Def Leppard announce North East arena date

British rock icons Def Leppard have announced they will play the North East later this year.

Mamma Italia in Stannington Grove, Ashbrooke, Sunderland

Review: Mamma Italia, Ashbrooke, Sunderland

Friendly service goes a long way in the restaurant trade – and it’s something this Italian joint has in spades.

Eating Out
Lucie Jones with Bruiser

Hunt launched for Sunderland dog to take the lead in hit musical

Does your dog have the Rex factor?

Theatre and Comedy

Sculptures by Game of Thrones team to feature in Durham’s Fire & Ice festival

A cool festival is set to turn up the heat when it returns to Durham City next month.

Scott Read's images of Sunderland in These Streets of Ours

Sunderland’s ‘forgotten’ streets and hidden corners in focus for new exhibition

Sunderland’s ‘forgotten’ city centre back lanes take the limelight for a new exhibition opening this week.

Poetic License distillery at the Roker Hotel

More than 50 gins on offer at Sunderland festival

A Sunderland hotel is wetting its whistle for its first Craft Gin and Beer Festival - featuring more than 50 gins and 40 beers.

Pubs and Clubs
Steven, third from left, on the Paradise Challenge trip to Hawaii

Sunderland model trainer prepared for death in Hawaii’s ballistic missile scare

A Sunderland man has revealed how he rang his girlfriend to say his final goodbyes after being caught up in a false ballistic missile alarm in Hawaii.

Re-Take That

Re-Take That announce hometown show at Sunderland Empire

Are you ready to Take That and party?

Underground club night with HAPPeDAZ� From left DJ's and organiser Mark Wardle and Michael Thompson

DJ dubbed ‘Saviour of rave’ to headline Sunderland club night

A DJ dubbed “the saviour of rave” will headline a Sunderland club night that’s drawing in crowds from across the country.

John Bishop will be in Sunderland this weekend

10 things to do in the North East this weekend and beyond

From a controversial comic to high-flying motocross, there’s a host of events to banish your January blues taking place in the coming weeks.

Theatre and Comedy
Brooke Bentham

South Tyneside’s Brooke Bentham among rising stars celebrated at North East music festival

Rising music stars of the future, including South Shields songbird Brooke Bentham, will be showcased at Sage Gateshead in January when the New Year New Artists’ festival returns.

Laura Main in Shrek. Photos by Helen Maybanks

Call the Midwife star Laura Main on heading to Sunderland with Shrek the Musical

Laura Main’s swapping midwifery for monsters in her new role and she couldn’t be happier about the unusual job swap.

Theatre and Comedy
A previous Big Fish Little Fish event

Glow sticks at the ready as family rave returns to Sunderland

Get ready to rave with your little ones when Big Fish Little Fish returns to Sunderland next month.

Whats on
The oyster bar at Colmans Seafood temple

Review: Colmans Seafood Temple, South Shields

When it comes to fish and chips Colmans pretty much batter the opposition.

Eating Out
Chef Stacie Stewart, Dr Xand Van Tulleken and dietician Hala El-Shafie on How to Lose Weight Well

Win three signed copies of Sunderland super chef Stacie Stewart’s diet book

A Sunderland super chef is helping the nation to shed the festive pounds as a hit series returns to screens.

Alex on Take Me Out

Meet the Sunderland singleton looking for love on Take Me Out

A Sunderland singleton is looking for love on this weekend’s Take Me Out.

Cockermouth High Street

Travel: sample whisky and Wordsworth on a weekend in Cockermouth, Cumbria

As you’d expect from the birthplace of the great romantic poet William Wordsworth, Cockermouth is a picture postcard of a classic Cumbrian town come to life.

Nights on Broadway - the Bee Gees Story

Win five pairs of tickets to five Sunderland Empire shows

A host of one-night spectaculars are set to hit the Sunderland Empire stage this month – and we have a pair of tickets to give away to each show.

Retired boxer Tony Jeffries

Sunderland celebrities share their New Year’s resolutions for 2018

From drinking more water to eating less red meat, well-known Mackems have been making their New Year’s Resolutions.

Bradley Lowery and Jermain Defoe.

See the top 10 most-read stories in Sunderland this year

A story about the unbreakable bond between little battler Bradley Lowery and his footballing hero Jermain Defoe was the most well-read by Echo readers in 2017.

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