Teesdale Christmas Art Fair 2017, The Witham, Barnard Castle, runs until January 6

Teesdale Christmas Art Fair is a large, group exhibition of carefully selected art work by artists from across the region whose work will be displayed in exhibition spaces throughout The Witham. 

The exhibition comprises original works of art spanning fine art painting, drawing, sculpture, textile art, and limited edition prints in addition to applied art that will be on display and available to buy in the Shop at The Witham. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays.

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  • Tel: 01833-631107. 

Copper Foil Glass Christmas Decorations, Auckland Castle, on Saturday, 10-4pm

During this course in copper foil technique, stained glass will teach you basic stained glass skills while you construct a beautiful Christmas decoration.

You will use traditional tools and techniques to design and construct an ornament.

  • £30 per person. Tel: 01388-743750. 

A Victorian Intrigue! The Station, Richmond, on Saturday, 10-4pm

Come and join us for a fantastic free birthday event here at The Station. Let us take you back to The Victorian era and celebrate our tenth birthday in style! Superb acts including Timeless Deception - Steel Johnson, Victorian Gentleman Extraordinaire, actress/author Irene Lofthouse, storyteller plus extra surprises.

  • Tel: 01748-850123. 

Blair Dunlop and special guest Brooke Sharkey, Stockton ARC on Saturday, 8pm 

Singer songwriter Blair continues to go from strength to strength. He has won awards, toured all over the UK and overseas, collaborated with a variety of writers and musicians, moved to London and set up his own record label (Gilded Wings Records), all of which have informed, and are reflected in, his mature and astute musical musings. 

Blair released his third full-length album, Gilded, last year to rave reviews and not long after he made his Glastonbury Festival debut before appearing at a string of folk festivals. For this tour, Blair will be joined by special guest Brooke Sharkey. 

With a vocal style which switches effortlessly between lithely melodic and fiery, Brooke draws comparisons with the likes of Kate Bush, Ane Brun and Cat Power. Wandering Heart is the title track of her new album which is inspired by travelling, performing and her friends and family. 

  • Tickets on 01642-525199. 

A Concert of Remembrance with Leeming Military Wives Choir, The Forum, Northallerton, on Sunday, 3pm

Come and join in, as we remember those who have fallen in combat. Singing songs and telling stories relevant to wars across history, including what it means to be a Military Wives, and serving members of the armed forces.

The programme will include music from Dame Vera Lynn, Traditional Hymns and songs commissioned for the Military Wives Choir and made famous with the help of Gareth Malone.

  • Tel: 01609-776230. 

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Sunset Safaris (Formerly Soup and Starlings), RSPB Saltholme, Middlesbrough, on Sunday, 3.30-5pm

Enjoy a sunset walk with the dramatic spectacle of Saltholme's landscape, as our wildlife begins to settle down for the night. With wildfowl and waders, as well as little egrets heading to their roost sites, it's an exciting time to be out on the reserve. 

There's also the possibility of starling murmurations as they roost in our reed beds, an awesome spectacle that is sure to take centre stage. With so many opportunities together with a cup of hot homemade soup.

  • £10 per person. 01642-546625.