Great Exhibition of the North: best days out in the north-east

With the summer-long arts festival kicking off next week, singers, artists and curators share their favourite places in Newcastle and the wider region

For the birds … an RSPB volunteering break in Northumberland

Seeking sanctuary among terns and puffins, our writer volunteers for two weeks of manual work on a remote island run by the RSPB

Beautiful Northumberland, off the beaten track

Author Ann Cleeves describes the draw of her native Northumberland – and the parts most visitors miss in its former industrial corner. Plus more lovely but quiet bits of Britain

Top 10 budget seafood restaurants and cafes on the Northumberland coast

Make the most of the magnificent views along the Northumberland coast while savouring the best local seafood at these cafes and restaurants where affordable lunch menus make it possible to fill up without splashing out