Published on July 11, 2017 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Summer time and the livin’ is easy
A selection of festivals, fun, food, music, arty and beery things to celebrate sunny days
UNTIL AUGUST 6
SOUTH TYNESIDE COMEDY FESTIVAL
Simply the best in North East comedy with Sarah Millican, Rory Bremner, Chris Ramsey, Jason Cook, The Geordie Rat Pack, Steffen Peddie, Sean Collins and a guy who looks like The Fonz but is actually Carl Hutchinson.
UNTIL AUGUST 27
The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
Featuring new artwork from more than 200 artists, encompassing a diverse range of contemporary paintings, prints, sculpture, glass, ceramics and jewellery, also spotlighting the Biscuit Factory’s young artist collection and the finalists from the 2026 Cordis Prize For Tapestry.
UNTIL AUGUST 29
HARTLEPOOL FESTIVAL OF ILLUSTRATION
Hartlepool is once again the home of world-renowned illustrators, cartoonists and comic artists with a comprehensive programme of events that include talks, exhibitions and workshops.
UNTIL SEPTEMBER 16
Flatts Farm, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7SF
Kynren takes you on a captivating, action-packed journey through 2,000 years of British history, myth and legend, from the Roman Occupation to World War II via the Viking and Norman invasions, medieval feasts, he splendour of the Tudors, the Georgian era, Industrial Revolution, and the Roaring Twenties. Ships, steam engines, mass choreography, dazzling pyrotechnics, fire and astonishing lighting and water effects brought to life by 1,000 volunteers. The 9-minute show starts at sunset set to an original soundtrack by award-winning composer Nathan Stornetta. Fridays and Saturdays.
Tickets and info at kynren.co.uk or 0300 300 3028.
UNTIL OCTOBER 15
The Granary Gallery, Berwick YHA, Dewar’s Lane, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1HJ
Berwick Visual Arts presents a free exhibition of works from the key Scottish Colourist artists marking the first major exhibition curated by the renowned Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation which owns the finest collection of Scottish art outside public institutions.
MOUTH OF THE TYNE FESTIVAL
Tynemouth Priory and Castle, Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear
Featuring Elbow, Laura Marling (fresh from Glastonbury), King Creosote, Tom Odell, Billy Ocean, Roachford, Roddy Woomble, Martha Wainwright, Cornshed Sisters, Sam Fender, Cattle & Cane and many up-and-coming local artists.
Also HMS Tyne is making its annual visit to its home river for an open day. Visitors welcome on board.
Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham
The Castle Players community drama group based at the Old Well pub in Barnard Castle bring Shakespeare alive and this idyllic setting could not be better.
Tickets can be bought online at www.thewitham.org.uk, by phone 01833 631107, or in person at The Witham, Barnard Castle. And in true Castle Players’ style, director Jill Cole has given it a new twist by giving the land of Illyria a quirky Victorian steampunk setting. Special beer from Mithril Brewery.
TYNE IDOLS COASTAL HEROES TOUR
Celebrate North Tyneside’s diverse group of actors, musicians, writers, poets, producers and film-makers from a diverse bunch that includes Sting, Stan Laurel, the Pet Shop Boys and Dinner Ladies. Travel on the yellow retro double-decker with Lindisfarne’s Ray Laidlaw as your host and get in the mood for the Mouth of the Tyne Festival.
Tickets £10 each, more at www.tyneidols.com
BOX SOCIAL TAP TAKEOVER @ HOS LEEDS
Head of Steam Leeds – 12 Mill Hill LS1 5DO
HOS Leeds welcome the team behind Box Social Brewing hosting a very special evening of beer tasting, food pairings and musical delights courtesy of Muted Productions.Times and full details of the evening to follow shortly. Check out www.boxsocial.pub and HOS Leeds Facebook page for more info.
SCOTTISH REAL ALE FESTIVAL
Edinburgh Corn Exchange, New Market Road, Edinburgh EH14 1RJ
Lothian Bus 35 or 4, 20, 34, 44 will get you there; Slateford Railway Station within 200yds. 160-plus Scottish real ales plus cider and perry. Camra products, tombola and games. Open: Thu-Sat noon-10.30pm. Hot food available throughout. Entry: £6/£4 Camra members. Free re-entry to all sessions with 2016 souvenir glass. Live music every night and Sat afternoon.
Central Station, Newcastle NE1 5DB
Located on the main concourse of Newcastle Central Station on the first Friday of each month, Loveartnortheast host around 20 local artists, designers, crafters- selling everything from original art from original art and prints to ceramics, glass, jewellery, photography and much more.
THE BATHTUB SESSIONS
Wylam Brewery Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park. Newcastle
A Gin Festival with a Twist brought to you in partnership with Fentimans Mixers. £10 ticket includes a swanky commemorative glass. 18-plus. Doors 5.30pm
CRAFT CIDER FESTIVAL
Wetherspoons’ pubs region-wide
So much more than your five a day with fabulous cider makers supplying a 17-day celebration of the fermented apple. Some 20 ciders on offer from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with ciders made not only from apples but pears, elderflowers, strawberries and rum and raisin. Maybe even toffee apple plus ginger lychee and ginseng. Look out for The Artful Roger (6.0% abv), Kung Fu Cider (4.0% abv) and Pear Mania (7.0%abv).
THE 133rd DURHAM MINERS’ GALA
Various locations around Durham
Free event, popularly known as The Big Meeting that celebrates the working-class traditions of the coalfields that helped fuel the British Empire. The march itself is a celebratory affair with countless colliery bands marching from their home villages around County Durham to various assembly points in Durham City – the Market Place especially – before heading off to the Racecourse ground. Expect to hear “for the many, not the few” a time or two, see the colliery banners held high and red flags hoisted in a glorious indulgence of community spirit melded with Socialist principles.
THREE MILE INN BEER FESTIVAL
Three Mile Inn, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 2DS
Great selection of ales from local breweries, live music in this second beer festival.
SOUTH TYNESIDE FESTIVAL SUNDAY CONCERTS
Bents Park, South Shields
July 9: KT Tunstall, Big Red & The Grinners, Charlotte Yanni
July 16: Busted, The Understudies, Call On Sunday And Sonny
July 23: Louisa Johnson, Jedward, 5 After Midnight, South Tyneside Samba Drum Club
July 30: Sister Sledge, The Shakes.
BANGERS AND BEER FESTIVAL
The Woodman Inn, 23 Gilesgate Durham. DH1 1QW
The 2nd Annual Bangers and Beer Festival will host a great selection of over 20 real ales and ciders from local breweries, plus a great selection of flavoured sausages. A fantastic Durham pub to visit in the sunshine with a mighty impressive beer garden – what more excuse do you need?
JULY 14-AUGUST 6
GATESHEAD Q FESTIVAL STARRING JESTERVAL
Baltic Square, Millennium Bridge, Gateshead
Jesterval, The North East’s premier comedy festival, returns as part of Q Festival an exciting collaboration with Gateshead Council. Fun for summer days and long hot summer nights. The stunning Spielgeltent on Baltic Square will play host to a vibrant and eclectic programme of daytime activities and evening events for adults, children and families that also includes a gin festival with burlesque, immersive cinema, family carnival day, crafts, storytelling, performance and DJs.
Jesterval will continue to feature some of the most exciting and finest comedians working in the UK today. From household names to hotly-tipped acts alongside the best local talent, don’t miss this opportunity to see the acts up close and personal at a very affordable price, as there’s a chance you’ll be paying a lot more for a ticket to see them in the not-too distant future.
Tel : 07983389793. E: della@Jesterval.com QFestival.co.uk
Newcastle and Gateshead, various venues.
A mix and blend of the finest South Asian arts and culture featuring Riverside Ragas: The Monks of Majuli, Mini Mela, Shri Sriarm’s Just A Vibration. Film screenings, workshops and demonstrations of South Indian cooking, meditation, yoga, Bollywood dance and more.
Tel: 0191 440 4124, www.gemarts.org
JULY 18-AUGUST 18
GATESHEAD ART SOCIETY ANNUAL SUMMER EXHIBITION
St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead
Gateshead Art Society’s amateur artwork. Pictures will hang from the pillars for you to enjoy throughout the months of July and August. All of the pieces on display will be available to purchase. Free.
NORTHERN CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
The Beer Hall, Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 9LR
Hawkshead’s 11th festival continues to draw beer lovers to The Lakes to witness craft brewing in the north of England at its finest. It’s all about British craft brewing… what’s new, who’s new, what’s stood the test of time, but most of all… what’s good. It’s mostly cask, but there’s a fair amount of keg too. It’s a family affair… kids, dogs, babes in arms, great grandmas, weird brewers – all are welcome. There’s food all day, live music, great beer, good crack and no tickets – the Beer Hall is a pub, it doesn’t charge entry.
SEVENTH BATTLESTEADS BEER FESTIVAL
Battlesteads Hotel, Wark, Northumberland NE48 3LS
The seventh annual beer festival at Northumberland’s eco-friendliest pub, hotel and restaurant features great beers, lagers, ciders, food and live music from The Mudskippers and Alive And Kicking. This year’s charity is The Great North East Air Ambulance. Stay the weekend and unwind. Great sponsorship opportunities too. Contact Katherine Meyrick for more details. Tel: 01434 230209.
SUMMERTYNE AMERICANA FESTIVAL
Sage, Gateshead Quays NE8 2JR
The soaring popularity of Americana and country music in the UK is celebrated at the 12th SummerTyne Americana Festival at Sage Gateshead, bringing together legendary artists, rising stars and the best of the next generation in a full, three-day programme of special events and some exclusive performances.
The weekend-long party introduces another sizzling celebration of American roots music. The hugely-popular event this year features The Shires, William Bell,Beth Nielsen Chapman, Merle Haggards Strangers, Chuck Prophet, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Outlaw plus many, many more (local and breakthrough).
Plus, following rave reviews for her new album Wrangled, Kentucky native and Pistol Annie Angaleena Presley and a double bill of two of the finest female blues voices from both sides of the Atlantic, Jo Harman and Lisa Mills. Godfather of the Nashville scene, Jim Lauderdale, will play an unmissable double-bill with Californian rising star Sam Outlaw and making a welcome return to SummerTyne, much lauded American singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet, with his five-piece band.
Back for 2017 will be the hugely popular Jumpin’ Hot Stage, its stunning riverside setting perfect for audiences to kick back and enjoy a sizzling combo of country, blues, folk, rockabilly, bluegrass and soul with headline sets from Earl Thomas & Band and Savoy Family Cajun Band, alongside a wide range of burgeoning talent from the US and UK including: Rhona Dalling, Buffalo Skinners, Paul Handyside Trio, The King Bees, Archie Brown & The Prisoners of Fender, Big Ray & the Hipthrusters, Stax Academy Revue, Dexeter, Fargo Railroad Company and much more.
Another must-see at SummerTyne Americana is an exhibition of artwork by Jon Langford probably best known for his striking portraits of country music icons that include Hank Williams, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.
JULY 22 and SEP 23
THE ART MARKET
Grainger Market, Newcastle NE1 5QG
Loveartnortheast’s latest art and design market. It takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month inside the historic Grainger Market Arcade. Each month around 20 of the region’s best artists, designers and crafters pop up from 9am till 5pm. Each month the traders taking part varies.
Lowther Deer Park, Cumbria
The Lake District’s music festival celebrates its annual success (now a 12,000-capacity, three-day event) with a lineup that includes Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand, Frank Turner, Brian Wilson, Tinie Tempah, Jake Bugg, Editors… and mountains more. See you in the fields!
TASTE TYNEDALE FESTIVAL
Sele Park, Hexham, Northumberland
Beer lovers can sample the best brews in the North East when Taste Tynedale festival returns to Hexham this summer with an array of gourmet treats, craft beers and drinks and activities for all the family.On the Friday night, the beer festival will feature a huge selection from Muckle Brewing, Allendale Brewery, Matfen Brewery, Hexhamshire Brewery and gluten-free beers from Autumn Brewing Company.
There will also be a wine and Pimms bar hosted by Bin 21, and fizz and cocktails from The Tipsy Filly, aka Helen Askew, who serves drinks from a vintage horsebox.
Alan Philipson landlord of the Heart of Northumberland in Hexham, said: “It’s great to have this coming to Hexham to show off what we do here. The Tyne Valley makes so many great ales and beers and to have them all in one place for the Friday beer festival and on Saturday too will be fantastic.
“There’ll be lots of local food suppliers with stalls over the weekend presenting the talents of the food makers too, and our chef Jack Henrikson will be putting cooking demonstrations. It promises to be a great weekend.”
The event is sponsored by Hexham Town Council and organised by CN Events who also stage the Taste Cumbria festivals which have attracted more than 200,000 visitors since they were established in 2009.
CRAMLINGTON PROPER FOOD FESTIVAL
Seven Oaks Park, Dudley Lane, Cramlington, Northumberland
Sixty of the finest artisan food producers selling the best locally made food the country has to offer.
Licensed bar selling real ales and ciders from Wylam Brewery and others, plus wine and cocktail bar.
A huge array of hot food. Producers selling the best food from around the world to eat in a huge outdoor picnic area. Live entertainment and lots more interesting stuff.
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
One of the world’s biggest and best performing festivals – only 90 minutes up the train track from Newcastle. A summer must-do for three weeks of opera, dance, comedy, music and street theatre.
DURHAM BREWERY BIRTHDAY BEER BASH
Durham Brewery, Bowburn North Industrial Estate, Bowburn, Co Durham DH6 5PF
Celebrating its 23rd anniversary on August 5 (12noon-5.00pm), this brewery festival is now a yearly tradition on the first Saturday in August. It’s a great afternoon of good beer and food plus gin from Durham Distillery; a way to meet the brewery’s customers and say thank-you for their support. Steve, Christine, Elly, Georgie, Sean, Craig and Will will be available to answer any questions. At least six cask beers and four keg beers on offer – some old favourites as well as new beers launched on the day – with the first pint of 5% abv and under free. There’s also a massive range of bottle-conditioned beers to try with 10% discount on bottles, mini-casks, glasses or gifts from the brewery shop on the day. The visitor centre, marquee and main brewery will keep everyone dry should it rain.
ANARCHY BREWERY SUMMER BEER BASH
Anarchy Brew Co Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 6
Book your seat on one of our buses from The Plough-Cramlington, Olivers-Blyth, Bridge Hotel-Newcastle to the annual Anarchy Brewery Summer Beer Bash. Only £5 return pick-up at 5:30pm returning at 11:30pm. Longhorns will be providing the food with Green Days playing throughout the night. Free Admission.
CAMRA GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL
The Great British Beer Festival is organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) and offers visitors over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and international beers as well as fantastic entertainment, food, seating areas, and traditional pub games to enjoy all under one roof in the heart of London.
Carts Bog Inn, Hexham NE47 5NW
Carts Bog Real Ale & Music Festival faetures real ales and ciders. Live music from the Gate Crashers & Wild Murphys, The Happy Cats & The Baboons. £10 entry includes two beer tokens (£16 both nights), 6pm-12midnight. Group rates are available and limited camping available by arrangement with the pub. Set in a traditional country pub in the North Pennines surrounded by stunning countryside.
ASHBROOKE BEER FESTIVAL 2017
Ashbrooke Sports Club, West Lawn, Sunderland
Sunderland’s favourite Beer Festival returns with even more to offer in 2017. Alongside a fantastic selection of 30 real ales, ciders and perries, Ashbrooke will host their very own gin bar. Food will be provided by local suppliers. Tickets are £10 and includes 3 free drinks and commemorative glass. The festival kick off on Friday 11th from 4pm and Saturday’s session starts at 12.00pm.
JUMPIN’ HOT CLUB COUNTRY CANTINA
Acklington Village hall, Amble, Northumberland NE65 9BN
A family-friendly all-dayer in a quirky village hall. Live music showcase with food and coffee from La Fiesta, beers from Hadrian Border, accompanying The Honeycutters (USA), Mary Jean Lewis & Her Lowmen (USA and Scotland), The Kentucky Cowtippers, Mush, Skylark Song, Sour Mash Trio and special guest The Lathe Revival recording artists live on stage on their 78rpm machine. Also DJ Stagger Lee spinning country music and Shipcote sampling his rare 78s. Not forgetting Songwriters Circle, a one-off special with Tom Blackwell, Tony Bengtsson and Gem Andrews.
Tickets £22.50 from wegottickets.com
THE ROCK’N’ROLL BIKE RIDE
The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF
The 6th Annual Tyne Cruise is in aid of the Daft As A Brush cancer charity. The trip takes the route of The Schooner to The Boathouse, Wylam, with select stop-offs en route to a few pubs and breweries. Last year the ride broke its record for the number of entrants with 130 taking part and raised an amazing grand total of £7,057 with donations going to the MS Society and Daft As A Brush. Get your name down and your tyres pumped!
MADNESS @ HARDWICK HALL HOTEL
Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, County Durham, TS21 2EH
The British Ska legends will be performing at one of the region’s best outdoor venues. Hardwick Hall Hotel has become a haven of live summer music in recent years and it promises to be a fantastic night of live music with support from the fantastic Smoove & Turrell.
GIN SOCIETY FESTIVAL
The CastleGate, Melbourne Street, Newcastle
Gin lovers can raise a toast to their favourite tipple when a special festival makes its Newcastle debut this summer. The Gin Society is presenting some of the world’s finest gins – more than 95 of them – along with finding out more about the fashionable spirit.
Distillers will give an insight into the history of the spirit, talk about the distilling process, and share their skills in a series of gin master classes. There will also be vintage-themed entertainment, courtesy of a DJ, with live dancing by Newcastle Lindy. All gins and Fentimans tonics with special garnishes are priced at £5 and the Prosecco cocktails cost £10 each.
Friday August 18, 6.30pm-11pm; Saturday August 19, 12.30pm-5pm and 6.30pm-11pm.
Tickets, £7.50 per session plus booking fee includes a bespoke Gin Society souvenir gin goblet and a booklet of tasting notes.
Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, County Durham, TS21 2EH
Hardwick Hall Live is bursting onto the Summer Circuit with a might fine line-up that speaks for itself. The festival will feature fantastic acts such as Ocean Colour Scene, Peter Doherty, Fun Lovin Criminals, Soul II Soul, Buzzcocks, Gabrielle, The Brand New Heavies and Cattle & Cane.
Prices start at £8 for a child and £49 for an adult day ticket.
THE BLAYDON BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL
Blaydon Rugby Club, Hexham Road, Swalwell, NE16 3BN
Live acts, 50 beers and lagers, eight ciders, gin and wine bars, all in a big marquee. Sunday rugby tournament.
Tel: 01661 853 431.
THE BOATHOUSE WYLAM BANK HOLIDAY BEER FESTIVAL
The Boathouse, Station Road, Wylam, NE41 8HR
The award-winning pub’s annual August Bank Holiday Beer Festival with some of the finest ales available. Live music and great company. More details in July/August Cheers.
Tel: 01661 853 431.
Wylam Brewery Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park. Newcastle
Parquet Courts plus support from Ultimate Painting. All standing. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £16.50’
AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 2
DURHAM BEER FESTIVAL
Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN
One of the region’s most popular beer festivals with 120 real ales, ciders and perries, wines and spirits. Battle of the Beers competition. Entry £10 includes glass, programme and three tokens.
AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 3
Beal Farm, Northumberland TD15 2PB (overlooking Holy Island)
More than 100 acts on seven stages, music till 4am from Norman Jay MBE, The View, The Fratellis, Huey Morgan, Slipmatt, Beans On Toast, Snowhawk, The Skapones, The Joe Mangels, Rob Heron, The Brothers Gillespie, Mad Ferret… and a whole lot more. Workshops, fire shows, indie disco, comedy, yoga, meditation, street food market, camping, glamping, you name it.
BERWICK FOOD AND BEER FESTIVAL
Berwick Barracks, The Parade TD15 1DF
Now in its tenth year and one of the best places to buy fresh, local and seasonal produce. Organised by the town’s Slow Food Group and sponsored by local business Silver Tweed, the event highlights the region’s thriving food and drink scene. More than 40 local produce stalls, street food, children’s entertainment, demonstration kitchen. Berwick Beer Festival features up to 10 local artisan brewers from Alnwick and Amble to Galashiels and Wylam.
Scarborough Spa YOH 2HD
Northern Soul is alive, kicking and preparing for a three-day jamboree. Line-up to be confirmed at time of going to press, but it’s sure to please seasoned fans. Adult day tickets from £45, scarboroughsoul.com
WHITBY SIXTIES WEEKEND
Whitby Pavilion YO21 3EN
Relive the music of the Sixties for an entire weekend with tribute acts while exploring this wonderful town in between times. Weekend ticket £85, whitbylive.com
TYNEMOUTH BEER FESTIVAL
Tynemouth Cicket Club, Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear
Featuring 60 beers, 20 of which are local – with a twist. It’s expected they’ll all be collaboration beers each produced between two breweries or more which will include Tyne Bank, Two by Two, Errant, Wylam, Box Social, Cullercoats, Almasty and Dog & Rabbit breweries. The collab beers will also be available in local pubs. More details in the July/August issue of Cheers.
GILBERT & SULLIVAN
Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 4AG
Featuring The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, and HMS Pinafore on three consecutive dates. The colourful productions by the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company range from swashbuckling pirates and bumbling policemen for an all-singing, all-dancing experience.
OCTOBER 15 – 22
Tyneside Irish Festival
Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle NE1 4SG
The annual Tyneside Irish Festival returns in 2017 with 7 days of events at the Tyneside Irish Centre in Newcastle. The festival will open with traditional Irish singer Muhammad Ak- Hussaini and guests from around the world. There will also be a performance from Newcastle University Irish Dance Society. Other performers across the week include world renowned fiddle and flute acts Dezi Donnelly& Michael McGoldrick and an Irish sing-a-long with the fantastic 5 piece band The Navvies
Tickets and full programme information available at www.tynesideirish.com
CRAFT BEER CALLING INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL
Wylam Brewery, Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park. Newcastle
The cream of the world’s leading craft brewers assembled under one roof for one weekend only. Gin palace, cider cellar, sumptuous street food market, top-class DJs, break-out events for special tastings… what more do you need? Breweries involved include Basqueland Brewing Project, Beavertown, Cloudwater, Wild Beer Co, Verdant Brewing Co, Buxton, The Kernel, Magic Rock, Northern Monk, Siren Craft and, of course, Wylam. The invited breweries run their own bars which means more taps running at the same time and an opportunity to interact with visiting staff to get to know more about their beers.