Whats On & Attractions

The Briar Rose Holiday Cottage – Out and About

The North East of England has so much to offer the visitor, yet remains off the beaten track for many. The natural beauty of the area explains why there are so many walking groups which invite guests to join their organised walks be they along our long pristine blue flag beaches, or the rugged beauty of the nearby Pennine dales (Teesdale, Weardale & Tynedale).  There are a number of SSIs (Sites of Scientific Interest) along several of the walks which will be of interest to those with knowledge or geology and or biology.

Sea fishing and freshwater fishing are popular pastimes with many location to visit to participate in this sport.

There is a plethora of golf clubs within a short distance of the property, all offering the opportunity to participate in their organised competitions.

If you fancy trying your hand at water sports then you are spoilt for choice. The closest activity centre is at Roker Beach, Sunderland, but there are many others too.

The area is steeped in History with many old monuments and buildings nearby made from the local yellow limestone. Hadrians wall and its forts are probably the oldest historical monuments in the area, Durham Cathedral is worth a visit as is St Peters Church in Sunderland which dates back to 674AD. The industrial heritage of the area is also very important with several attractions.

Theatres, arts and entertainment venues abound and a short list has been collated in the attached document.

Attractions This document gives a list of walking groups, golf clubs and other activity groups in the area.

The above link opens a document with listing some of the things to do, places to go, where to eat. It is far from comprehensive but gives a guide of the many nearby options open to guests at the Briar Rose.

Durham, an ancient historical city, is a well known tourist destination. A book festival is held in October and a traditional Christmas festival will be held 1-3 December 2017.  In recent years it has hosted the very popular Lumiere festival, (festival of light), every second year. This will next take place 16 – 19 November 2017. The event is free.

Sunderland has its annual air display 21-23 July 2017. The display can be viewed all along the sea front between Roker and Seaburn.  The annual Sunderland Illuminations also take place throughout October along the sea front, and are a popular family attraction. Both events are free.

Set against the magnificent backdrop of Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, Kynren (an epic tale of England) is a show crammed with special effects that bring each scene to life. The sound track by award-winning composer Nathan Stornetta will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.

Tynemouth Priory hosts its Mouth of the Tyne Festival 6-9 July 2017.

What’s on in Durham 

Sunderland VIBE magazine

See it do it Sunderland website


www.sunderlandchristmas.co.uk Christmas market, ice skating and other events

www.artscentrewashington.co.uk for folk music, Christmas craft fair, shows and other events

Sunderland Empire Theatre – whats on

Stanley Civic Hall – whats on

Things to do in the region