27 things to do in the North East in April

There are lots of things to do in the region in April! What will you get up to?
There are lots of things to do in the region in April! What will you get up to?
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Now that the clocks have gone forward, I think we can agree that summer is on the way.

So rejoice! Now we can make some plans for after school or work, fill our weekends with fun and continue to dream about the warmer days.

So take a look at what's on in the North East region next month, and let us know what you plan to get up to.

FREE OF CHARGE

Then and Now Portraits at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens: April 1. Play dress up as a historical Sunderland character and have your photo portrait taken. Drop in between 11.30am-12.30pm, and 1.30pm-3pm. For more information, click here.
Easter Craft Fair at Arts Centre Washington: April 2. Browse the stalls, pick up something handmade and enjoy a delicious refreshment too! For more information, click here.
Service of Thanksgiving at St Hilda's Church, South Shields: April 3. All welcome to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Volunteer Life Brigade. From 6pm.

Topper Train Hats at Monkwearmouth Station Museum: April 5. Use rails, steam and tracks to make your very own railway-themed hat. For more information, click here.
Wallace's Warriors at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens: April 6. The museum's new membership club for children is launching today. Meet Wallace the Lion at the free event - but remember that membership costs if you want to sign up. Membership is £12 per year, or £10 at this special event! For more information, click here.
The Wheels on the Bus at Monkwearmouth Station Museum: April 7. Use colourful collage material to make your very own bus. For more information, click here.
Inspired by Billy! at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens: April 8. Visit this special family day, inspired by the story of Billy Elliott, and explore the region's mining communities. Drop in between 11.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3pm. For more information, click here.
Textile Demonstration - Knitting and Crochet Guild at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens: April 13. Join members of the Sunderland branch as they demonstrate their fantastic skills. For more information, click here.
Launch Day at Arts Centre Washington: April 28. This is the perfect event for anyone who has a passion for the region's history. Enjoy a fantastic and free day out. For more information, click here.
The Mansio at Arbeia Roman Fort Museum: April 29. Take part in talks and workshops at another of the fort's activities. Other events are running throughout the bank holiday weekend. For more information, click here.

MUSIC

Hothouse... Velvoir + Ski Monarchs + Northern Hex at Arts Centre Washington: April 1. Check out the hottest new indie bands in the area, and catch them here first! Tickets: £4. For more information, click here.
The Paul McKenna Band at Arts Centre Washington: April 2. Catch the band live as they celebrate their 10th anniversary. Entry free applies. For more information, click here.
Independent is 10! presents BLANCK MASS at Independent, Holmeside, Sunderland: April 9. Catch Benjamin John Power as part of his electronic project. Tickets: £8. For more information, click here.
Music Fest TCT 2016 at The Customs House, South Shields: April 22. Catch The Waiters, Abi Garrido and Teesside X Factor hopeful Kerrianne Covell doing their bit for charity. Tickets: £10 early bird or £12 standard. For more information, click here.

OTHER

May The Force Be With Your Party at The Customs House, South Shields: April 9. Bring your little Luke Skywalkers down to The Customs House for an afternoon of fun and games, plus a Star Wars themed afternoon tea. You can also upgrade to a Star Wars film viewing for an additional price. Tickets: £7.50 for children, £8.50 for adults. For more information, click here.
Mayor's Civic Ball at Temple Park Centre, South Shields: April 23. Dance the night away with a disco, and enjoy a three-course meal all in aid of the mayor's charities. Tickets: £32. For more information, contact 0191 4247311 or 0191 4247256.

Pirate Open Day at West Boldon Lodge: April 4. Enjoy a day of pirate-themed fun with the whole family. Tickets: £5 for children, £2 for adults. Must be booked in advance. For more information, click here.
Mayor's Charity Mediterranean Night at Mambo Cocktail and Dining, South Shields: April 6. Enjoy a Mediterranean buffet and some entertainment to boot, all for a great cause. Try your luck at the raffle too! Tickets: £10. For more information, call 0191 4247311 or 0191 4247256.

Bishop Auckland Food Festival at Auckland Castle: April 23 and April 24. Enjoy demonstrations from celebrity chefs, take your pick of tasters and enjoy loads of other events. Click here for more information.
Hear Me Roar! at Durham University Oriental Museum: April 2. Spot the dragons in the galleries and make your own mask to take home. Entry is between 1pm and 3pm, and included in the museum admission price. Click here for more information.

OUTDOOR

Walk for Autism at Herrington Country Park: April 1. Take part in a one mile walk for autism as part of World Autism Awareness Week. Join mascot Pawsum the Panda, and get moving! Register online, or on the day. The walk starts at 10.30am. Registration: £2, children under 12 go free. For more information, click here.
Seashore Safari at Souter Lighthouse: April 7 and April 10. Search rockpools along the shore and see which creatures you can discover. Entry: £1 per child. For more information, contact Anne Cauwood on 0191 529 0909.

History Walk at Durham Cathedral: April 16. Explore the magestic cathedral's woodlands and riverbanks. Booking is recommended. Cost: £3 for adults and children go free. For more information, click here.
Active Sunderland Big Family Fun Run at Mowbray Park: April 30. Ahead of the city's 10k and half marathon the following day, do your bit and run too. Entry: £10 registration, online only. For more information, click here.

SHOWS AND PERFORMANCES

The (Almost) Complete History of Britain at Arts Centre Washington: April 6. Check out these musical whip through history at a show with a difference. Tickets: £6.50. For more information, click here.
Jason Cook's Comedy Club at the Customs House, South Shields: April 2. Get giggling with Jason and the gang. Tickets: £9. For more information, click here.
Play Dough at Arts Centre Washington: April 6. Join hosts Queenie and TooMuch at this exciting game show. Entry fee applies. For more information, click here.