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Sip Earl Grey where it was created: Howick Hall

Earl Grey tea is enjoyed – usually at around 4pm – all over the world, but few know it was invented in Northumberland for Charles, 2nd Earl Grey.

Location: Howick, Northumberland

 

Explore the Forge Valley

A walk through 165 million years of history.

Location: Forge Valley, North Yorkshire 

 

Enjoy winter ice skating at the Centre for Life

Ice skating returns to Times Square in Newcastle this winter, offering the perfect opportunity to start your winter break in style.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 

September events: Test your fitness levels at The Great North Run

The Great North Run is an iconic half marathon with more than 54,000 runners registering to take part every year.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 

See the light at the end of the tunnel

Standedge Tunnel, in the heart of the Pennine countryside, is the longest canal tunnel in Britain.

Location: Marsden, Yorkshire

 

Enjoy dog friendly days out at Belsay Hall

Explore the magnificent gardens of this dog friendly attraction with your four legged friend.

Location: Belsay, Northumberland

 

Enjoy a family day out at Wentworth Castle & Gardens

Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park houses some of the earliest gothic follies in the country.

Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire

 

Cross the great viaduct to historic Knaresborough

Mysterious caves, a medieval castle and a magical spring that turns objects to stone are just a few reasons to visit this gorgeous riverside town.

Location: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

 

Enjoy a tipple at Pure Cider North

Cider anyone? Head to Deanhouse Farm, nestled in the Holme Valley and enjoy a sup or two of local, artisan cider producer, Rob North’s passion.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

 

Discover Yorkshire's dramatic winter coast

Head to Robin Hood’s Bay this winter and discover Yorkshire's dramatic coast in a new way.

Location: Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire

 

Immerse yourself in 800 years of Border history

Stay at Hesleyside Hall, ancestral home of the Charlton family since 1346, and experience 800 years of Northumbrian history in luxurious surroundings.

Location: Bellingham, Northumberland

 

Take a cruise along the River Ouse

The city of York owes its existence to the rivers. Escape the city rush and admire the scenery from the comfort of a Yorkboat.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Hop from gallery to shop at the Salts Mill

Found near Bradford, the Yorkshire Salts Mill is an indoor hive of art galleries and indie shops, set within the culturally rich World Heritage Site of Saltaire.

Location: Saltaire, West Yorkshire

 

Discover the vibrant Ouseburn

Ouseburn is one of the most visually attractive, creatively exciting and historically fascinating areas in the North East.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 

Feed the penguins at Harewood House

Help the Bird Garden keepers feed the penguins in the grounds of one of England’s treasure houses.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 

Stand on the swinging bridge on Scale Lane Bridge, Hull

Relax with birdsong as you take your position on the swing bridge, one of the only bridges in the UK which you can stand on whilst it moves.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

 

Enjoy a vintage day out browsing Sheffield’s Antiques Quarter

A flea market with 70 stalls of Retro, Vintage, Arts & Crafts (but no fleas) add even more to Sheffield's Antiques Quarter,

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

 

Visit the largest Viking Festival in Europe

Immerse yourself in the gruesome world of the Vikings as the city of York celebrates its Norse past.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 

Discover a castle fit for a prince

Explore artistic treasures in Auckland Castle, home of the Prince Bishops of Durham for 900 years, and set to host a spectacular new show from 2016.

Location: Vale of Durham, Durham

 

Explore the stunning medieval Bolton Castle

Experience the incredible atmosphere of Bolton Castle where many of its rooms give the feeling that their inhabitants have just walked out of them.

Location: North Leyburn, North Yorkshire

 

July events: Chomp on fresh seafood at Seafest Maritime Festival

Celebrate Scarborough’s seafood heritage by filling your hamper with some of the best food from local suppliers and heading for the beach.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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