Two top comedians will bring their shows to Middlesbrough this week. Stewart Francis will perform at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Thursday November 8 at 8pm and Jimmy Carr will appear there on Saturday November 10, also at 8pm.

Tickets for Stewart Francis are £17.50 and tickets for Jimmy Car are £25. All tickets are available from or 01642-729729.

FOLK FOCUS: A folk festival featuring international folk star Catherine Feeny and Manchester’s Stefan Melbourne will be held at Middlesbrough’s Mink Tattoo Coffee Bar on Saturday November 10 from 8pm. Tickets are £5 on the door or £4 online and are available from: A COMIC book workshop will offer tips for drawing comic book art at Middlesbrough’s Central Library on Saturday November 10 from 10am-3pm. Tickets are £2 and available from the library. Refreshments are available.

FANTASY FEAST: Children can enjoy a performance about the adventures of Jason and the Argonauts at Hartlepool’s Town Hall Theatre on Wednesday November 14. The play is produced by internationally acclaimed Visible Fictions, a production company for young people, and is aimed at those aged nine and above. The show starts at 10am and tickets cost £4 or £3 for concessions. To book, call 01429 890000.

HOSPICE QUIZ: A quiz and raffle in aid of St Oswalds Hospice will be held at the Lambton Hounds Pub in Pity Me, Durham on Thursday November 8 from 8.30pm. Entrance is £2 per person and each team will receive nibbles. There will be a cash prize for the winning team and runners up prizes will be given.