We’ve rounded up 10 of the top things to do.
5. Hartlepool Carnival parade, August 10
The parade to finish this year’s Hartlepool Carnival takes place on Saturday. There’s lots happening in the Town Square from 12 onwards. All judging for parade entries will take place at 2.45pm in the putting green opposite the Croft gardens, and can all entrants remain in this area until parade start . The parade will start at 4pm prompt.
Photo: Kevin Brady
6. Brass music, South Shields, August 11
Music fans are invited to make the most of some bold as brass entertainment this summer. Brass bands from across the region will perform at a series of free outdoor concerts at the Sandhaven Amphitheatre, as part of the South Tyneside Festival. The popular shows are sponsored by Minchella & Co and take place as part of the three-month entertainment programme which is organised by South Tyneside Council. Bands will play every Sunday until September 1. Performances in August include Bright Street Big Band, Craghead Colliery Band, Dunston Silver Band and NASUWT Concert Band, before Cockerton Band closes the series on September 1.
Photo: Tim Richardson
7. Plays in the Parks, Mowbray Park, Sundelrand
As part of the Plays in the Parks series, The Tin Soldier will be staged in Mowbray Park, Sunderland from Saturday to Sunday. Performances are at 11:30 am and 2:30pm daily at Mowbray Park. Meet at the Museum and Winter Gardens Gate. The Plays in the Parks are promenade performances; therefore, audiences will be expected to move around the park to see the show. Entry is free but donations are welcome to help fund the shows.
Photo: Kevin Brady
8. Kynren, until September 14
Outdoor theatre show Kynren is running at Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland until September 14. Presented by Eleven Arches on a seven-and-a-half acre stage, 1,000 cast and crew immerse you in the telling of a 2,000-year tale; the history of England. Kynren brings to ground-shaking life the story of invasions, royal splendour, wars, heroic sacrifice, daily life and seismic change. Take your seat alongside 8,000 others in this family-friendly journey through 2,000 years of English history.
Photo: Peter Haygarth