Top 5 things to do in the North East this weekend

Bryan Adams.
Bryan Adams.

HALLOWEEN and Bonfire Night might be behind us, and it’s still a few weeks to Christmas, but there’s plenty to do in the North East this weekend.

Here’s our Top 5 suggestions:


The 20th anniversary tour of Riverdance finishes its run at the Sunderland Empire this Saturday. First coming to prominence in 1994, the show gives fans the opportunity to experience an incredible milestone in the tour’s history. Tickets from £38.40.

Bryan Adams

Sunday will see Bryan Adams perform at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. Celebrating 30 years since the release of his multi-million selling album Reckless, it will be Adams’ first UK headline tour since 2011. Tickets are £39.50

Durham City Lights Switch On

Durham’s Mayor John Robinson will be switching on this year’s Christmas lights on Sunday with the help of the cast of the Gala Theatre’s pantomime Aladdin. Music and entertainment will be provided by the Trimdon Concert Brass Band and comedian and actor Maxie Peters. The fun starts at 4.30pm, with the lights being switched on at 5.30pm in the Market Place.


Based on the Pat Barker novel, Regeneration tells the story of the meeting of First World War poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. Staged to coincide with the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, it finishes its run at Darlington Civic Theatre on Saturday. Tickets from £22.50.

BP Portrait Award 2014

The National Portrait Gallery’s BP Portrait Award exhibition is at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens until Sunday. Showcasing 55 of the most outstanding and innovative new portraits from around the world, it features a variety of styles and approaches. The display also includes the winner of the £30,000 first prize.