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10 THINGS TO... See and do.

Play, Middlesbrough College, Dock Street, August 5-9, 0191 255 4468 or If you're between 11 and 24 and count yourself an aspiring vocalist, rapper, guitarist, bass player, drummer, percussionist, keyboard player, pianist or DJ, then this fiveday course offers an ideal way to spend a week of the summer.

Offering a heady combination of rehearsal space, expert tuition, information, recording opportunities and the chance to organise your own performance event, this week-long workshop from Generator sounds smashing.

The Wind in the Willows, Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, Belsay Hall, Northumberland, and Hardwick Park, County Durham, on August 6, 9 and 10 respectively, 7pm Chapterhouse Theatre bring Kenneth Grahame's classic characters to life. Audiences are invited to join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a perfect summer of adventure.

What starts as a search for the best picnic spot rapidly turns into the most hilarious of escapades. With the bumptious Toad's heart set on a shiny new motorcar and his very liberty soon at stake, will his faithful friends come to his rescue - and will he let them? Featuring music, song and dance, this family show promises beautiful traditional costume and incorporates a woodland parade during the interval for everyone.

Room on the Broom, Newcastle Theatre Royal, August 20-21, 08448 11 21 21 or A spellbinding adventure from the creators of The Gruffalo has been adapted for the stage and comes to Tyneside for a two-night stay.

How the cat purred and how the witch grinned. As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind. The witch and her cat are flying happily along on their broomstick when a stormy wind blows the witch's hat, bow and wand away into the night.

With the help of a daft dog, a beautiful bird and a friendly frog, her belongings are retrieved. But this broomstick's not meant for five and - CRACK! - it snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? Promising magic, music and delights for children aged 3+.

Sound Waves, Bents Park, South Shields, August 25, 0191 454 1234 or The August bank holiday Sunday will see a host of pop stars getting down by the seaside, including Little Mix - of whom 50% will be on native soil (Jade Thurwell and Perrie Edwards both hail from South Shields, as if you didn't know).

The all-girl winners of The X Factor will be joined by fellow sand-dancer Joe McElderry, boyband mainstays McFly, The Vamps and Luminites on the bill for what one can only hope is a sunshine-soaked popfest.

Gates will open at 4pm. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. Drinks, cans and bottles are prohibited but there will be on-site drinks, catering and doubtless dancing too.

Alnwick Castle, more fun than you can shake a broomstick at all summer holidays long, daily 10am to 5.30pm,, or call 01665 510 777Visit the original home of Hogwarts and you won't be disappointed, no matter what your age. During your time in the castle, which has been in the Duke of Northumberland's family for more than 700 years, you'll meet characters including fireeaters, sword-juggling jesters, Harry Potterinspired peeps, the Castle's own knights and princesses and the famous Northumberland dragon. There'll also be arts and crafts to try as well as the chance to journey deep into the Castle's Lost Cellars. Meanwhile, a dragon puppet theatre, broomstick lessons, archery and a bird of prey display are also on offer.

Buy a ticket online and you can get 10% off... then validate it during your visit and it will last a full 12 months. Magic.

Who's Afraid of Enid Blyton? Revisting the writer and her stories, Seven Stories, Newcastle, August 4, 3.30-5pm, If you were you a member of The Famous Five Club, dreamed of enjoying adventures with the Secret Seven or chatting with Moonface and friends at the treetop of enchantment, then this nostalgic tour and discussion will be right up your Faraway Tree. Award-winning author Helen Limon will lead the charge for this perfect summer accompaniment to Seven Stories' popular exhibition. She is eager to hear memories from fellow Blyton fans who discovered a love of reading thanks to her stories. A post-tour tea and cake invitation down in the cafe, where favourites will be chatted about, is also on the menu.

BALTIC's Summer Art Spectacular, every weekday until September 1, 2pm-4pm, Level Two, Drop in to Baltic any weekday throughout the summer holidays and be assured there will be resident artists waiting to escort you into the exciting world of colour, movement and light. Inspired by Thomas Scheibitz's exhibition, visitors of all ages will be encouraged to get stuck into these family friendly activities and help the artists to create the content for a collective art piece which will be displayed during Art in the Park at BALTIC this summer holiday.

Mickey's Rockin' Road Show! Sunderland Empire, August 28 to September 1, Dancing shoes at the ready, Disney lovers. The in-the-flesh (sort of) incarnation of the world's favourite cartoon characters is en route to Sunderland at the end of the holidays to offer a slice of sanity when all other options have been tried, tested and emblazoned on a T-shirt.

This theatre-friendly version promises a high-energy, fun-packed adventure led by Mickey Mouse and featuring a host of much loved friends including his better half, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy, a clutch of Princesses and some of the guys from Toy Story too.

The gang are on a talent-searching trip which will be peppered with exciting encounters, best buddies and a soundtrack to have the whole family singing and dancing their socks off.

Family Fun in Durham City From Fabulous Fridays, where you can borrow a free explorer backpack and embark on a Gruesome Grotesque hunt around the city (suitable for ages for to 11), to a trail to get to the bottom of who St Cuthbert was and why the Lindisfarne Gospels were written in his honour (6+), there's much for families to get to grips with during the holidays in Durham City. You might also want to dip your toe into life as a monk and make vows at the Priory. We're pretty sure it's just for fun.

Eadfrith, his Cat and their Gospels, Customs House, South Shields, August 28, 11am-1pm, 0191 454 1234 or A fantasy tale written by Dave Walker (aka Erasmus Bottle - South Shields' alternative historian) and inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels invites audiences from five and upwards back to the North East of Anglo Saxon times where a humble monk on Lindisfarne has a passion to draw and write a book that will be 'the most Beautiful Book in the World'.

Unfortunately Eadfrith (pronounced Yadfrith) has never made a book before, so up steps Lindisfarne, the monastery cat, 'who knows a man who has'. And together their journey to Jarrow to meet The Venerable Bede begins...
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 30, 2013
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