Meet the nine hopefuls vying to become Top Model of Sunderland

Meet the nine hopefuls bidding to fly the flag for Sunderland on the national modelling stage.

Elmer outside St Oswald's Hospice

Elmer the Elephant to follow in Great North Snowdogs’ paw prints

The Great North Snowdogs replacement is a theme you’ll never forget.


From Snow White to White Walkers - what to expect from Durham’s Fire & Ice Festival

From The Gruffalo carved from a tonne of ice to a frosty incarnation of William Shakespeare, this year’s Fire & Ice Festival is set to be a cool event.

Kids get to plant a tree for free at The Alnwick Garden

Kids get to plant a tree for free at The Alnwick Garden

The Alnwick Garden is always an ideal spot for a family day out, but this February half term you’ll be able to claim your own little patch of it

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Kian and Kharis Fairest looking at the Phoenix at Durham's Fire and Ice Festival last year.

Gandalf and The Gruffalo to feature in ice sculpture trail in Durham

It’s been announced which famous figures will be given a frosty reception at this year’s Fire & Ice Festival.


Young Sunderland artists shine in annual arts award

Budding Picassos are in the spotlight for an exhibition celebrating the city’s young artists.

Two masted brig the Stavros S Niarchos visited the Port of Sunderland in 2015 as plans for the Tall Ships Races in the city were announced.

Extra £2million for Sunderland Tall Ships Race to fund work on River Wear

Council chiefs have agreed to spend an extra £2 million to ensure the Tall Ships Races 2018 on Wearside is a success.

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In pictures: your photos of the Super Blue Blood Moon

An extremely rare lunar event called the “super blue blood Moon” has dazzled astronomers and skywatchers around the world.

Field Music.

Sunderland’s Field Music to headline Deer Shed Festival alongside Goldfrapp and Drenge

Sunderland’s Field Music are to headline the Deer Shed Festival alongside electro popsters Goldfrapp and indie outfit Drenge.


See inside historic Sunderland cinema before it’s moved to Beamish

That’s a wrap! A landmark former cinema will welcome its final visitors this weekend before it’s moved brick by brick to Beamish where it’s set to reel in film fans once more.

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The Festival of the 50s will make a return to Beamish in July.

Busy year ahead for Beamish as museum releases list of events for 2018

North East favourite Beamish Museum has announced the dates of its special events for the next 12 months.
A WHOPPER: The Big Big Camera will be at The National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield.

How Ian Beesley used one of the world’s biggest cameras to take intimate portraits of former miners

It was while rooting around a storage room that Ian Beesley stumbled across the inspiration for his latest project – a giant camera, 8ft long and 5ft high, one that takes four people to move and which was built to use film that isn’t made anymore.

Coun Olwyn Gunn, Nicola Balfour, Phil Hodgson and Sue Rounce with children  Leo Forster Hewitson and Hannah Jobling, from Wingate
Nursery; Faith Cook, from Horden Nursery and Sophia Airey, from Rosemary Lane Nursery.

New art gallery opens within Durham’s Gala Theatre

A new gallery space within Durham’s Gala Theatre is now open to the public.


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.

Top five books for January.

Top 5 books to look forward to in January. What should you be reading in the New Year?

January is known for being glum and cold. But why not turn the month around with a great book or two.

What was the Holocaust?

How many were killed during the Holocaust?

With International Holocaust Remembrance Day approaching, we answer your questions on the Holocaust.

The Joplings building in John Street, Sunderland, has been empty for nearly seven years.

13 things you said about Sunderland's former Joplings store being turned into student flats

Readers have given a mixed reaction to the news that the Joplings building in Sunderland is on the way to being turned into student flats.

Robert Burns.

5 interesting things about Burns night. Who was Robert Burns? When is Burns Night 2018?

Have you ever wondered where Burns night originated from?
Grinch stole Christmas.

5 Children's Books to Give this Christmas

Are you struggling to find the perfect book for your little one?

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