MINING MUSEUM: Winter crafts, wood carving and toasted marshmallows are among the attractions on off at Killhope: the North of England Lead Mining Museum between Saturday, February 16 and Sunday February 24.

There will be a Fun in the Forest Day on Tuesday, February 19, with wild wood crafts followed by tatties and marshmallows around the campfire. There is a £5 charge per person and booking is essential. 

On Wednesday, February 20, youngsters can find out about the museum’s unique collection of spar boxes before getting creative and making their own. The session runs from 12.30pm to 4.30pm and costs £7.50, including materials. 

There will also be winter and spring crafts on Thursday, February 21 for a £2 charge.

The museum will be open from 10.30am to 5pm each day.

For more information, call 01388-537 505, visit or email

GREAT ESCAPE: People are invited to dress as convicts and try and escape from Butterwick Hospice, in Bishop Auckland, on Saturday, May 11. Teams of two have to try and get as far away as possible in 24 hours to help raise £300. Entry is free. To get involved call Julie Nisbet on 01388-603003 or email

COMEDY TIME: The Hilarity Bites Comedy Club presents comedians Duncan Oakley, James Cook and MC Tony Mason at Bishop Auckland Town Hall, on Friday, February 15, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 in advance and £10 on the door. To book call 0300-0604960.

TRAIN COLLECTIONS: The world of miniature railways will be brought to life at a free exhibition at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum, in Shildon, on March 16 and 17. Model Motion is open each day from 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit