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Here Come the Girls, exhibition at The Station, Richmond, opens on Saturday
Myopic, middle-aged, Northern artist Sue Dewhurst, currently based in Richmond, whilst studying Dales life in acrylic paint. This exhibition focuses on the agricultural shows of the region in her distinctive bright and bold palette. 

Watch out too for Sue's acclaimed Barns series, now available as limited edition giclee prints. We're also proud to introduce the Richmond contingency of 'Owd Lasses'. These ladies are the glamour-pusses of yesteryear; living out their dotage in splendid indifference, mischief-making in wrinkly tights, reminiscing about their misspent youth on the back row of the Zetland Cinema and generally cocking a snook at Modern Britain.

Here come the girls. Come and meet them, if you dare... Runs until May 24. 

Spring plant sale, Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, York on Saturday/Sunday, 10.30-5pm. 

Take a bit of Beningbrough home with you from the annual spring plant sale, with many of the plants on sale being propagated from around the gardens. 01904-472027. 

Tees Cottage Pumping Station Open Days, Darlington on Saturday/Sunday, 11-5pm

Tees Cottage will be holding an open weekend at Broken Scar, Coniscliffe Road. They are planning to run all of their old steam machinery including the beam engine, boilers, gas engine. 

A blacksmith will also be in the smithy. The miniature railway should also be available to ride (small additional cost). And the café will be open for snacks and drinks. Some buildings have scaffold erected for maintenance, but this shouldn't affect any of the planned activities. 


PICTURED.............Tocketts water driven corn Mill near Guisborough.
24-03-08 (10023124)National Mills Day, Tocketts Mill, Guisborough, on Saturday/Sunday, 11-4pm

Tocketts Watermill will be demonstrating how wheat is milled in a traditional way to produce wholemeal flour in this survivor from a former age. 

The technique which produced this most basic food material for over 800 years using mill stones is now producing the very distinctive wholemeal Tocketts flour from wheat grown in a neighbouring village. 

Visitors can see how the 18ft diameter waterwheel turns vast cast iron gears to eventually rotate one ton millstones at 120 rpm - an awesome sight. This fully restored Victorian mill has four floors all with their original machinery intact so that the ingenuity of the design can be appreciated. In addition there are replica querns which children love to use for a little DIY flour production!

There is plenty to interest young & old alike – all aided by enthusiastic guides. And on National Mills Day there will be samples of baking from the flour to whet the appetite. 01642-722897. 

Cosi Fan Tutte, Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, on Saturday, 7.30pm

Broken hearts and dreams are served up in this timeless musical comedy. How far would you go to win a bet? Egged on by a cynical friend, two young men make a foolish wager on whose girlfriend will be the more faithful.

What starts as a silly game quickly escalates into something more troubling, as all four lovers begin to question just how serious their relationships really are. 

Things really begin to heat up when a double wedding is announced, but just who will be marrying whom? 

Heritage Opera makes its first visit to The Georgian Theatre Royal with Mozart’s pithy morality tale, full of beautiful music and unforeseen moral dilemmas. This performance is sung in English by a cast of six professional singers, accompanied by piano. Tickets on 01748-825252.

The Northern Echo: thornton hallThornton Hall Gardens open to the public, Staindrop Road, Darlington, on Sunday, 1.30-5pm

C16 Grade I listed hall (not open). Two walled gardens with Elizabethan raised borders, separate vegetable garden.

Plantsman's garden with emphasis on colour-themed borders, plant associations, form and foliage. Unusual perennials, interspersed with interesting trees and shrubs in mixed herbaceous borders.

Large collection of tulips, auriculas, roses, clematis. Wildlife and ornamental ponds. Tel: 07713-508222.