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The north east is a region of England encompassing Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear. It’s a chiefly rural part of the country, and the Northumberland area in particular has plenty of green vistas to wow tourists. In fact, the Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park are such large areas of beautiful untouched land that there’s practically no light pollution, allowing for a stunning stargazing experience. Bring along a dish of pan haggerty – a recipe that’s akin to bubble and squeak – and you’ll have an authentic Northumbrian time indeed.

Popular city destinations like Newcastle, Gateshead and Durham attract visitors who appreciate fine architecture, both new and old. The first and last of that north eastern trio both are famous for the Norman architecture of their castles, while Gateshead is famed for its marvellous bridges, especially the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Food-wise, the north east is known for having produced the stottie: a dense bread that’s very filling. Also, the coastal village of Craster coined the Craster kipper, a fish with a distinctive flavour that’s been developed thanks to L. Robson & Sons’ legendary smoking technique and smokehouse.

Please note, only festivals from today's date are shown below.

Bishop Auckland Food Festival

A Quintessentially British Food Festival set in Beautiful Bishop Auckland.


Farplace North East Vegan Festival Gateshead

Calling all vegans, vegetarians and omnivores, the North East Vegan Festival is on the horizon and, as always, promises a nutritious day of great foods and ethical products.


Tynemouth Food Festival

Three crowns, three kings and now three marquees; Tynemouth Priory and Castle is to be commandeered by gastronomes for a weekend of gluttony in May


Kirkley Hall Countryside Fair

It’s feeding time at the zoo! Everyone’s going to be rushing to Kirkley Hall this May for a feeding frenzy at the countryside fair – question is, will you be there?


Open Farm Sunday

Agriculture unearthed: get the lowdown on where your food comes from this June


Newcastle Vegan Festival

Make a date for Newcastle’s upcoming vegan festival at the The Assembly Rooms this June.


Mouth of the Tyne Festival

The Mouth of the Tyne is truly a festival to behold, as a four day celebration of culture, music, the arts and food glorious food


North East Chilli Festival

Hoses at the ready, it’s getting hot in Sluice this July, as the North East Chilli Festival – a fiery fiesta celebrating all things chilli – blazes into town.


Hartlepool Rum Festival

All aboard the HMS Trincomalee!


Berwick-on-Tweed Food & Beer Festival

The food scene on the Northumberland-Scotland border is thriving and vibrant, and the Berwick Food & Beer Festival demonstrates the area’s local produce.


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