Still not made plans for the weekend, here's a couple of ideas

Raby Castle gardens open to the public, Satindrop, on Saturday, 11-5pm

Raby Castle is one of the founding gardens of the NGS and has been opening for charity since 1927. C18 walled gardens set within the grounds of Raby Castle.

Designers such as Thomas White and James Paine have worked to establish the gardens, which now extend to five acres, displaying herbaceous borders, old yew hedges, formal rose gardens and informal heather and conifer gardens.

Light refreshments in the Raby Castle Stables Tearoom. Admission £7.50, child £3.50. 01833-660202. 

The Castle Players - Macbeth, Bowes Museum on Saturday, 7.30pm

For its 30th Summer production Castle Players brings Shakespeare's classic tale of 'vaulting ambition' to the stage, in the grounds of the Museum. Superstition, chance and opportunity haunt Macbeth's journey from loyal commander to despotic king, and having achieved his ultimate goal - to be crowned King of Scotland - he must face the inevitability of his own destruction.

The Three Witches, Duncan's murder, Banquo's Ghost and the driving ambition of Lady Macbeth have haunted the stage for over four centuries in the drama that bears witness to the bloody hand of Fate. 
Tickets available from or call 01833-631107. 

Gin and Prosecco Train, Wensleydale Railway Station, Bedale, on Saturday

Join us on one of our famous WensleyAle trains into The Yorkshire Dales! A selection of three gin or prosecco based drinks will be served during the journey for £25 which includes return train travel from Bedale station. 

A gin expert from The Yorkshire Dales Distillery will also be on board offering samples and answering all your gin related questions. Their gin will also be on sale at the end of the evening if you would like to take a bottle home.

The train will now be departing Bedale Station at 19.15 and returning at 21.45. We encourage you to bring picnics, but as this is a fundraiser for the railway, please do not bring your own drinks. Book on 01677-425805. 

The Northern Echo:

Thornton Hall gardens open, Staindrop Road, Darlington, on Sunday, 10.30-4pm

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. Wildlife and ornamental ponds.

Le Blanc Fine Art sculpture exhibition of limited edition sculptures throughout the gardens, which are for sale. Refreshments and homemade teas.

The Northern Echo:

A personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes, Castle Museum, York 
Explore the passion that shoes can inspire through this prized private collection of Vivienne Westwood shoes, chosen for their beauty, innovation, and artistry.

To complement the exhibition, follow the footsteps of fashion through the ages with a display of footwear dating back to the 18th Century selected by Dame Vivienne Westwood from our historic collection.

Runs until April 28.