Published on June 5, 2018 | 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
Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 2AB
Every Friday night there’s a Newcastle-based street food vendor in residence at the brewery taproom. Keep an eye out on the Facebook page for details on who it will be.
LAST WEEKEND OF EVERY MONTH
BREWERY TAP OPENING
McColl’s Brewery, Unit 4 Randolph Industrial Estate, Evenwood, Bishop Auckland DL14 9SJ
Beer shop and brewery tours – and of course, a pint or two. Fridays 3pm-7pm, Saturdays 12noon-5pm
THE WEDDING PRESENT
O2 Academy, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SW
The Wedding Present are playing a series of gigs in 2018 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of their first singles collection ‘Tommy’, a compilation which gathers the band’s first four singles and accompanying B-sides and adds selected tracks from two early BBC Radio 1 sessions. An overview of the band’s frenetic output before the debut album, George Best, it’s not only a definitive look at their early years, but also one of the great albums of its time and genre.
With fans including the late, great John Peel, the Wedding Present are a truly influential band and this era-defining record live will be a quite a live show for fans of the band and the uninitiated.
O2 Academy, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SW
US stand-up comedian Doug Stanhope is renowned for his live show, as a two-time winner of Time Out New York’s Best Comedy Performance of the Year award and selected by both Variety and the Hollywood Reporter as one of the Top Ten Comics To Watch. His debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe saw him win the Strathmore Press Award for Best Act of the Fringe. Doug has been drunkenly stumbling down the back roads and dark alleys of stand-up comedy for over a quarter of a century – roads laden with dank bars, prostitutes, cheap drugs, farm animals, evil dwarfs, public nudity, menacing third-world police, psychotic breaks, sex offenders, and some understandable suicides. He is vulgar, opinionated, brutally honest, shockingly uninhibited.
PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED
O2 Academy, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SW
Public Image Limited invite you to celebrate their 40th anniversary with them on The Public Image is Rotten 2018 Tour. This tour is accompanied by the release of a career-spanning box set and a documentary of the same name – a must for all PiL fans. The band’s last tour in 2016 saw the band fronted by John Lydon play some of the best performances ever and this one is set to continue their rise. Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PiL’s music and vision earned them five UK Top 20 singles and five UK Top 20 albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound, John Lydon reactivated PiL in 2009 after a 17-year hiatus by taking them back on the road worldwide.
TYNEDALE BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL
Tynedale Rugby Club, Corbridge, Northumberland
Organised by Tynedale Lions and Tynedale Rugby Club, this year’s festival is bigger and better than any before – 124 beers and 30 ciders over three days in a massive marquee in the middle of a grassy field in beautiful Northumberland. What more do you want? Wine, Pimms and gin bar, street food vendors and a whole host of entertainers including live bands. Tickets from £8 includes souvenir festival glass and programme. Saturday is family day from noon till 5pm, so children are welcome. Camping on site.
FROM JUNE 18
WORLD CUP 2018 SCREENINGS
O2 Academy Newcastle Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SW
Can’t make it to Russia? Well, O2 Academy Newcastle will be screening England’s World Cup 2018 games on the biggest multiple screens in the city. Get together with over 1,500 fans to cheer on the highs and commiserate the lows. Soak up the atmosphere as you drink to the Three Lions and chant along with the crowd. Kicking off on Monday June 18 at 7.00pm with England’s first group game against Tunisia. Harry and the boys take on Panama in their second group game on Sunday June 24 with a 1pm kick-off, ideal for those who like an earlier start to their matchday. Why not take in some pre-match Sunday bait from one of Cheers nearby favourites, The Town Wall? In what could be England’s final game of the tournament (surely not), we take on tournament dark horses Belgium on Thursday June 28 – kick off 7.00pm.
Facebook: facebook.com/o2academynewcastle Over 18s only
JUNE 14-JULY 31
EUROPEAN BEER FESTIVAL
15 Head of Steam bars across the UK
The Head of Steam proudly launch the European Beer Festival. From June 14 until the end of July, all 15 Head of Steam bars across the UK will feature a great range of beers from breweries previously not seen in the UK. These include White Frontier from Switzerland, Puhaste (Estonia), Maryensztadt (Poland), Widawa (Poland), Braukraft (Germany), Vandestreek (Holland), and Maldita (Portugal)
Check out the Facebook event
JUNE 14-JULY 15
GLOBAL BURGER COMPETITION 2018
The Central, Half Moon Lane, Gateshead NE8 2AN
The Central, Gateshead, is set to stage a Global Burger Competition. Throughout the World Cup football tournament, as the teams are eliminated, so are the burgers. Be the first to eat all 32 burgers and win the Global Burger Competition trophy (so make sure you scoff them tactically).
The menu offers great vegetarian and vegan options too, and food is served Monday to Saturday 12noon-8pm, and Sunday from 12noon- 5pm. Updates and more info on the Central Facebook events page.
THE LAFFALANG GANG
Westovian Theatre, South Shields NE33 2JS
Laugh while the Laffalang Gang, arguably the region’s most successful and funniest comedy sketch troupe (The Stand, Sunday For Sammy). Comedy legend Bob Stott and other top comedians in two hours of hilarious sketches and rib-tickling songs in a campaign against NHS cuts. Written by Ed Waugh and directed by Gary Hunter. Suitable for ages 14 to 114. All profits from this glorious show go to Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign. Say no to NHS privatisation – free healthcare is not a privilege.
Tickets £13 via The Word, Market Place, South Shields, 0191 424 7788 or www.westovians.co.uk
UNTIL JUNE 16
FINE ART DEGREE SHOW
Newcastle University Fine Art Department, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle NE1 7RU
See what future artistic talent there is in the region. London show (Copeland Park, Peckham SE15 3SN) June 29-July 3.
NEWCASTLE VINYL RECORD FAIR
Student Union, Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Newcastle NE1 8SB
New and used vinyl, CDs, DVDs, posters, rarities, autographs – buy, sell, exchange. 10am-4pm (£2). Stalls and enquiries (text only please) 07720 308 277.
SUMMER FOOD MARKET // SUMMER
Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 2AB
A seasonal showcase of summery food goodness. Full line-up of traders to be announced over the next few weeks (there are still a few stall spots left so drop Tyne Bank a message if you’re an independent trader with an awesome product). Weather permitting, the organisers will make the most of the (newly built) beer garden) with street food outside. 12noon-8pm, free entry. Child and dog friendly.
FATHERS’ DAY FUN
Beamish Hall Country House Hotel, Beamish, County Durham DH9 0YB
From 12noon, barbecue, bouncy castle, coconut shy, craft centre, fairground rides, penalty shot-out (go on, beat dad), egg-and-spoon and sack races, treasure hunt, The Stables brewery tours (go on, lose Dad) and much, much more. Admission £4, info 01207 233733.
FEATHERS FATHERS DAY
Give him a present he’ll remember forever from a selection of courses and classes taught by professional chefs who are working or have worked in The Feathers kitchen at Hedley on the Hill, Stocksfield, Northumberland. All courses and classes are hands-on, designed to give you the skills and confidence to make the dishes at home. Speciality classes: For those who want to learn a new skill by a professional chef. They are designed for complete beginners in these fields but will also be of benefit for those of intermediate cooking skills.
Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 2AB
Tyne Bank Brewery hosts its first Empty Bowls evening bash at the brewery taproom. The fabulously talented North East Potters are donating 100 hand-made bowls and the amazing people behind Harissa restaurant in Newcastle are donating the food for this fundraiser to benefit local food charity Food Nation and food bank Hebburn Helps. The idea is that you buy a ticket for the amazing price of £20, you head along to the brewery with your Paypal receipt (paper or phone) and choose a bowl which you will then be served your meal in. The the washed bowl is yours to take home. Not only do you get tasty vegetarian food and a lush handmade bowl but you also get to help food awareness charities in the North East with their sterling work – and enjoy beer brewed on the premises.
JUNE 22-SEPTEMBER 9
GREAT EXHIBITION OF THE NORTH
A free, summer-long celebration of the North’s pioneering spirit and 2018’s biggest event across Newcastle and Gateshead. A packed programme – too numerous to detail here – of amazing events, family-friendly activities, live performances, displays of innovation, new artworks and unforgettable experiences. The region’s creative story unfolds in 80 days – how our culture has shaped our present and inspires our future. Highlights include: Lauren Laverne’s Great Northern Soundtrack, Fifty Northern Icons, Multiverse Arcade and Life In A Northern Town – plus By The River Craft Crewery, micropub, cycle hub and cocktail bar at Hillhead Quays, Gateshead (under the Tyne Bridge).
ANGEL VIEW RACES
Angel of the North, Gateshead
Join Low Fell Running Club for their annual Angel run to celebrate the iconic statue’s 20th anniversary. 1.5 mile Fun Run at 6pm, open to all, followed by (6.30pm) the Junior Race then the Senior Race at 7.15pm. Crafty activities, face painting and pop-up café.
JUNE 28-JULY 2
GUIDE POST INTERNATIONAL BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL
Guide Post, Ryhope, Sunderland, SR2 0RN
Ryhope’s Guide Post has long since been the hub of the local community, a real pub offering locals a home from home. This all-encompassing weekend of events certainly represents the pubs ethos. Kicking off, quite literally, with England’s huge World Cup group tie against Belgium on Thurs 28th , the festival runs into a weekend which will see seven real ales, four traditional ciders and a variety of draught and bottled craft beers from around the world, plus live music, pool, poker and domino competitions and a blooming disco. There’s a day for all of the family to enjoy too on Saturday June 30.
OLD PECULIER CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL
Old Swan Hotel (“the home of crime”), Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2SR
The world-class, award-winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival returns to the magnificent Old Swan Hotel. See further details on page 10. Details: harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime-writing-festival/
JUNE 30-JULY 1
THE CRAW INN BEER FEST
The Craw Inn, Auchencrow, Eyemouth, Berwickshire TD14 5LS
Country inn in the beautiful Borders specialising in real ale, wine and good food. Voted best pub and bar in the Scottish Borders in the 2018 national pub awards and currently rated number one by Camra beer scores for Edinburgh and South East Scotland. More than 25 different beers from the likes of Tempest, Salopian, Fyne Ales, Bristol Beer Factory, Thornbridge, Tiny Rebel, Fallen, Hawkshead, Beavertown, Cloudwater and Magic Rock. Hog roast, live music, free entry.
JULY 1-SEPTEMBER 2
PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE INFORMAL LECTURE SERIES
Station House, North Road, Durham DH1 4SE
Durham’s Station House has announced the first three dates and speakers for its informal lecture series, Public Knowledge. David Erricks, Station House crime scene investigator, will kick off the series on July 1 when he will discuss forensics and 3D imaging. All evenings will consist of around a 30-40 minute talk by an expert on a subject about which they are passionate, followed by a Q&A session in the comfortable surroundings of the pub. Evenings two and three will follow on the first Sunday of the month in the upstairs room and will cover Sea Hear: Using sound to map the sea floor, and Neuroscience: Attention, addiction and brain-zapping.
JULY 2, 9, 16, 23
BEGINNERS’ PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE
The Staiths Café, Autumn Drive, Dunston, Gateshead NE8 2BZ
A four-week course with Ian Weldon Photogaphy to set you on the path of shooting and taking control of your camera – all intended to make better pictures. An exhibition at The Staiths Gallery will take place later. 8pm-9.30pm, £120 per place. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE OUSEBURN FESTIVAL
Various venues around the Ouseburn, Newcastle
The Ouseburn Festival is a family-friendly festival held every summer packed with weird and wonderful goings-on, including live music and comedy, food stalls, arts and craft fairs, and a huge range of fun stuff for kids to get involved in. As with any good festival you can expect street performers ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. As well as taking over the streets, this two-day festival is spread across a number of venues, and is a wild and exuberant celebration of the Ouseburn Valley.
The Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle NE6 1LD
Presented by the Cumberland Arms and Block & Bottle, one pub takeover featuring five breweries and four bottle shops as part of the Cumby’s summer beer festival (Thursday July 12-Sunday July 15). Details (pub): 0191 265 6151.
NORTH EAST CHILLI FESTIVAL
Meggie’s Burn Fields, Sea Front, Blyth, Northumberland
This Festival by the Sea features live music from the likes of Smoove & Turrell and The Marley Experience, plus the infamous chilli-eating competition, street food, stand-up comedy, real ale bars, cabaret, producers’ market, kids zone and on-site camping.
WOODMAN INN BEER FESTIVAL
The Woodman Inn, 23 Gilesgate Durham DH1 1QW
The Third Annual Bangers and Beer Festival with a twist. Alongside a great selection of more than 20 real ales and ciders from local breweries and a great selection of flavoured sausages, this year there will be cocktails galore. A fantastic Durham pub to visit in the sunshine with a mightily impressive beer garden – what more excuse do you need?
SUMMER BEER FESTIVAL
The Beer Hall, Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 9LR
Hawkshead’s 13th 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.
SUMMERTYNE AMERICANA FESTIVAL
Sage, Gateshead Quays
Some of the finest musicians get together across two free stages of sizzling music during SummerTyne Americana Festival. Those booked so far include Sam Gibson, Jinski, Portraits, Tom Blackwell, Strange Blue Dreams, Wandering Hearts, Mel Greggain and Georgie.
BREWERY OPEN DAY
Roosters Brewery, Grimbald Park, Wetherby Road, Knaresborough HG5 8LJ
Celebrating 25 glorious years, an anniversary collaboration with Odell Brewing (Colorado), Oskar Blues (Colorado) and Camden Brewery from London. Project Beer Launch, brewery tours, hot food. The fun runs between 12noon and 5pm, followed by an after-party and tap-takeover at The Half Moon in Knaresborough with live music.
BATTLESTEADS BEER FESTIVAL
Battlesteads, Wark, Hexham, Northumberland NE48 3LS
The Battlesteads Beer Festival is in its eighth year with its most well-stocked bar to date. The annual four-day festival hosted by Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant is a celebration of the best drinks the North East has to offer from ales, lagers and stouts to gins and ciders. There is live entertainment every day, with local bands including The Mudskippers, The Culprits, Jason Arrup, and Marty Craggs and Trevor Sewell.
All proceeds will be donated to the Great North Air Ambulance – a worthy charity Battlesteads is proud to support. Admission is free on Thursday (6pm-11pm) and Sunday (12noon until the beer runs out). On Friday and Saturday tickets are £4 (12noon-11pm). A free transport service from Hexham is also available on Friday and Saturday.
UNTIL JULY 28
JULIE COPE’S GRAND TOUR: THE STORY OF A LIFE BY GRAYSON PERRY
Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4JB
This Craft Council touring exhibition by 2003 Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry is diptych of tapestries telling the story of Julie Cope, a fictitious Essex “everywoman” who was inspired by the people Perry grew up among. Julie’s story is told through Perry’s vibrant and detailed style representing the trials, tribulations, celebrations and mistakes of an average life. Free entry, Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-5pm.
JULY 31-AUGUST 5
Station House, Station House, North Rd, Durham DH1 4SE
Durham’s Station House is hosting a special cider week with 10 ciders on tap alongside the excellent range of real ale. A stamp card will be in play for the week with the first 15 people to have a half-pint of each of the 10 ciders receiving a free Station House Ciderologist T-shirt. Any others to achieve the feat will be able to redeem a free pint. Follow the Station House on Facebook for the full list of ciders.
Camien Café, Rochester, Otterburn, Northumberland (on the A68) NE19 1RH
A non-profit, volunteer-run, community music festival. It is without doubt England’s most isolated festival, but it is well worth the effort to reach the last outpost before you cross Carter Bar on the high road into Scotland. This year celebrating its 12th year. The Redefest bar offers a selection or real ales from local breweries, plus cider, wine and soft drinks. Wood-fired pizzas, fish and chip van and Thai food. The Camien Cafe will be open serving food throughout – hot dogs and crepes will also be available from the Crepe Van. Music, workshops and an awful lot more.
GOSFORTH BEER & FOOD FESTIVAL
Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD
A weekend of beer food and music with 30 taps of the best local, national and international keg and cask alongside food from Scream for Pizza, Meat Tack and Cubanos, with DJs and live bands, including Saturday’s NARC stage, plus family activities and even retro gaming. Free entry.
Details: www.gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk 0191 284 3700
DURHAM BREWERY BIRTHDAY BEER BASH
Durham Brewery, Bowburn North Industrial Estate, Bowburn, Co Durham DH6 5PF
Celebrating its 24th anniversary on August 4 (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 and is 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 12 beers on cask and keg – some old favourites as well as new beers launched on the day. Food will be provided by Newcastle’s gourmet burger specialists Meatstack and live music will be hosted throughout the day. 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. Tickets are available now from the website or direct from the brewery.
CAMPAIGN FOR REAL ALE GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL
Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX
The annual Camra extravaganza featuring all things real ale. Each hall will have bars serving some of the very best real ales, craft beer, ciders and perries available from some amazing breweries serving their great beers direct. Also wine, gin and coffee for those looking for a little break from beer. Fantastic London street food and live music.
ASHBROOKE BEER FESTIVAL 2018
Ashbrooke Sports Club, West Lawn, Sunderland
Sunderland’s favourite beer festival returns with even more to offer. Alongside a fantastic selection of 30 real ales, ciders and perries, Ashbrooke will host its very own gin bar. Food will be provided by local suppliers. Tickets are £10 and includes three drinks and commemorative glass. The festival begins on Friday 11 from 4pm and Saturday’s session starts at 12noon.
THE COURTYARD BEER FESTIVAL
The Courtyard, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington NE38 8AB
The 15th annual beer festival at Washington’s beautifully modern cafe/bar set in the delightful surroundings of Arts Centre Washington, features more than 50 cask conditioned real ales, perry and cider. There will be locally sourced food available from the café’s renowned menu, a smoky BBQ and a host of live music throughout the festival. Admission is free across the weekend.
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.
HOOTENANNY & BEER FEST
More than 30 guest beers and ciders plus gin and prosecco bar, Robinson’s Butchers, Napoli Wood-fired Pizza, Moody Bood Bites. Live music. Tickets £15 (£12.50 before July 31) available from the rugby club and Alice House Hospice includes entry, four beer tokens, tasting notes and stack cup.
Hartlepool Rugby Club, Mayfield Park, Easington Road, Hartlepool. Tel: 01429 266445.
AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 2
BERWICK FOOD AND BEER FESTIVAL
The Barracks, The Parade, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1DF
Now in its eleventh 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 80 local food, food related and drink stalls, street food, children’s entertainment, demonstration kitchen. Berwick Beer Festival features up to 10 local artisan brewers from Newcastle and Amble to Galashiels and Wallsend.
Brown Rigg, Bellingham, Northumberland NE48 2HR
A superb weekend of live music, workshops, stalls, two real ale bars, food and festival camping in the glorious Northumberland National park. Now in its ninth year, it’s an opportunity to hear some of the best established folk, blues and acoustic acts alongside emerging talent across three stages. Come for the day, the weekend, or an extended stay (incl Thursday and Friday night concerts).
Tickets and info: www.baafest.co.uk 01434 220646.
THE THINKING DRINKERS’ PUB CRAWL
The Stand, High Bridge, Newcastle NE1 1EW
A hilarious new tour with Tom Sandham and Ben McFarland is an intoxicating bar-hop through history, from the symposiums of Ancient Greece to the classic British boozer via Wild West saloons, Victorian gin palaces and the secret speakeasy. You’ll learn a lot, you’ll laugh a lot and you get five free drinks.
Tel: 0844 693 3336.
CRAFT BEER CALLING
Wylam Brewery, Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
For one weekend only, an assembly of some of the world’s leading craft breweries under one roof, plus a gin palace, a wine cellar, great music, sumptuous street food and an artisan cider cellar. Interact with brewery staff and get to know so much more about their beer at Meet The Brewer sessions. Among those invited by Wylam Brewery are Beavertown, Siren, Verdant, Northern Monk, Magic Rock and Cloudwater.