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Monsters! The Good, the Bad and the Cuddly exhibition

Monsters exhibition

WORLD famous monsters – from history, horror stories and Hollywood – have descended on South Shields for a special exhibition.

Monsters! The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly is the latest large-scale exhibition within the Port of Tyne Exhibition Space at The Word: National Centre for the Written Word.

Created to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror story, Frankenstein, it brings visitors up close to a vast display of creatures, from the beasts of early mythology to the modern, digital creations of Pixar and Disney.

Stage show sees Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs enthral families this Easter

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs scene

Flinn is back! Les Petits Theatre Company (famous for their production of David Walliams’s The First Hippo on the Moon) return to the high seas after the award-winning Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs rollicked the rigging and spliced the mainbrace! 

The Magic Cutlass is the hugely anticipated sequel based on the award-winning book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto. 

Crafty Vintage host an Easter event down on the farm!

Crafty Vintage Easter event

A Crafty Vintage event is all set to take over Shores Hey Farm in Briercliffe, Burnley this Easter. The home of the charity Horses and Pony Protection Association (HAPPA) is a stunning, rural location with acres of space overlooking the Thursden Valley and a fantastic place to take the family for a fun-packed weekend. 

The huge indoor arena will host an eclectic mix of the finest creators, makers, collectors and artists in the land. 

Outside in the street food courtyard will be delicious vegetarian offerings provided by The Green Canteen and wood-fired pizza from The Travelling Pizza Company along with a gin and fizz bar plus an artisan farmers’ market.

Designer dog homes descend on London in BowWow Haus exhibition

BowWow Haus exhibition

When's the next train to Barking?! Doggy-mad designers have created a unique display of bespoke doggy dream homes designed by celebrities, renowned architects, artists and designers for a BowWow Haus installation.

Visitors to St Pancras International from 19 March 2018 will see the special BowWow Haus kennels on the upper mezzanine of the station until 26 April 2018 when they will be auctioned off in aid of Blue Cross pet charity and US based Outdoor Arts Foundation. Funds raised will help the thousands of sick, injured, homeless and unwanted pets the charity cares for each year.                

Free storytelling for kids this March on MBNA Thames Clippers

Free storytelling for kids this March on MBNA Thames Clippers

"Tales on the Thames" storytelling sessions feature children's classics from Walker Books. London's fastest and most frequent river bus service, MBNA Thames Clippers (www.mbnathamesclippers.com), has teamed up with leading children's publisher, Walker Books, for a series of weekly storytelling sessions in March. Much loved kids’ classics will be brought to life on Friday 16 and 23 March. The new "Tales on the Thames" series is aimed at pre-schoolers, and will feature titles including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury) and Owl Babies (by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson).

Spring & Easter Events

Spring & Easter Events

Spring is in the air! And for those who love Easter, Winchester has enough chocolate, eggs, parties and activities to keep the whole family entertained. Sneak a peek at the best events you need to know about.

Biscuit Decorating at Winchester Cathedral
26 – 28 March, 2 – 3 April
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Have some good old-fashioned family fun this Easter as the Winchester Cathedral celebrates with a drop-in biscuit decorating workshop. While kids create their edible masterpieces, mums and dads can take the rare opportunity to sit down with a cuppa!

There's no need to book. A £1 charge will be made on the day for each biscuit decorated. 

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018

Norfolk & Norwich Festival has today announced the full programme for its 2018 Festival (11 - 27 May). The programme, which spans performance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature, circus, outdoor and family events, includes world and UK premieres, one-off spectaculars, and a host of free events across the Festival. The Festival will showcase renowned international artists from across the globe and countries as widespread as Syria, Australia and India, alongside the best local Norfolk and UK talent presented across the county, from Norwich city centre and Great Yarmouth to Wells-next-the-Sea.

Restaurant’s new menu wages war on waste

Restaurant’s new menu wages war on waste

A PORTISHEAD restaurant has this month (February, 2018) launched a new menu designed to help combat food waste. Venga tapas bar and restaurant on the High Street is reducing the ingredients thrown away from its kitchen on a daily basis by introducing a strictly no waste policy.

Manager, Scott Pearce explained: “One of the hottest topics around at the moment is food waste and it’s fast becoming an important issue for our customers wishing to be more environmentally savvy, and to do something to help.

Exmoor – explore a royal forest & an extinct volcano

Exmoor – explore a royal forest & an extinct volcano or go on a guided walk

WALKERS who take a trip to Somerset this summer (2018) can participate in a 725-year-old perambulation, stroll over an extinct volcano or enjoy a guided walk with experts. An award-winning hotel in the heart of Exmoor is inviting ramblers of all abilities to explore the area on foot before relaxing in one of its luxury rooms.

Chef patron, John Bradley, who runs Dunkery Beacon Country House Hotel with his wife and fellow expert hotelier, Jane, explained: “Our part of the world is a bit of an undiscovered paradise for walks of all abilities. Those who are hardy, experienced ramblers could book in this June for the Exmoor Perambulation, which is a circular, long distance walk, dating back more than 725 years.