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Published on June 15th, 2016 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Summer time and the livin’ is easy

A selection of festivals, fun, food, music, arty and beery things to celebrate sunny days

 

EVERY MONDAY

QUIZ NIGHT

The Ship Isis, Silksworth Row, Sunderland SR1 3QJ

Prizes to be won from 8pm plus free buffet. Wednesdays are Buskers Nights – pints for players – and the pub is always on the lookout for new talent to play on other occasions.

www.theheadofsteam.co.uk

Plus quizzes at:

The Collingwood Arms, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS (tel: 0191 281 0570)

The Forth, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW (tel: 0191 232 6478)

The Central, Half Moon Lane, Gateshead NE8 2AN (Tel: 0191 478 2543

 

EVERY TUESDAY

QUIZ NIGHT

Pub quiz at The Eye On The Tyne, Broad Chare, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DQ (tel: 0191 261 7385)

 

EVERY WEDNESDAY

PUB QUIZ

Mr Lynch, Archbold Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 1DB (tel: 0191 281 3010)

The Carriage, Archbold Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 1DB (tel: 0191 281 2151)

The Mile Castle, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 5XU (tel: 0191 211 1160)

The Bodega, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 4AG (tel: 0191 221 1552)

 

EVERY FIRST THURSDAY

AULD ROCKERS MUSIC QUIZ

The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE 8 3AF

Auld Rockers Music Quiz is great fun for anyone interested in music from the 50s through to the 90s – from 8pm-ish once a month on the first Thursday. Fun and prizes at the second-best bar in Gateshead.

www.theschooner.co.uk

 

EVERY SUNDAY

PUB QUIZ

The Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle

Pub Quizzer every Sunday from 9pm. 50p per person and the chance to win a share of a great big 55 quid. There’s also some bottles of booze to be won on the spot prize question. Quiz runs for a couple of hours. “If you want to bring yer own furniture, thats alreet with us.” Check out the Pub Quizzer Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/1663867257195683/

 

UNTIL JUNE 19

THERE WERE ISLANDS

Baltic 39, High Bridge, Newcastle NE1 1EW

BxNU MFA graduate exhibition featuring the work of the BxNU Master of Fine Art course delivered by Northumbria University in partnership with the Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art. Performance event on June 16 (6pm-8pm).

www.balticmill.com

 

UNTIL JUNE 26

PRESENT CONTINUOUS

Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays NE8 3BE

Present Continuous is the first comprehensive monographic exhibition in the UK by filmmaker Omer Fast.

www.balticmill.com

 

UNTIL JULY 9

CHARCOAL EARTH PAPER

The Gallery, Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN

An exhibition by Colin Rose inspired by his use of earth and charcoal together when working in Australia. The exhibition of recent work presents Colin’s interest in using these natural materials with their intensity and contrast of colour and the richness they offer for making drawings. Open during normal library hours.

www.gateshead.gov.uk/whatson

 

UNTIL DECEMBER 31

BRAIN ZONE

Centre for Life, Newcastle NE1 4EP

Explore what makes you “you”. Scientists are discovering new things every day and you, and your brilliant brain, can help improve our understanding by visiting The Brain Zone and taking part in experiments.

www.life.org.uk

 

UNTIL JANUARY 3 2017

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT

Centre for Life, Newcastle NE1 4EP

Explore the intricate biology, zoology and physiology of the world’s most spectacular creatures, large and small in this fascinating new exhibition by Body World creator, anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens. Animal Inside Out takes visitors on an anatomical safari of more than 100 specimens, each painstakingly preserved by the remarkable process of Plastination. From goats to giraffes, elephants to eels and octopuses to ostriches visitors will discover the form and function of animals both exotic and familiar. Animal biology textbooks spring to life in this unforgettable museum learning experience.

www.life.org.uk

 

JUNE 2-JULY 25

SOUTH TYNESIDE FESTIVAL

South Shield Amphitheatre and Bents Park, South Shields

Thursday and Saturday live music and Sunday concerts in a summer of great live entertainment. Free. Starring The Blow Monkeys, Alexandra Burke, The Proclaimers, Lindisfarne, Tony Hadley, UB40.

www.visitsouthtyneside.co.uk

 

JUNE 10-11

THE NORTH EAST 

BREWERS’ MARKET

Wylam Brewery, The Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park, Newcastle

Eight breweries, three sessions and you – featuring pop-up bars from Allendale, Almasty, Box Social, Camerons, Northern Alchemy, Three Kings, Wylam, plus special guest Northern Monk (Leeds)

Fresh beer, food trucks, music.

www.wylambrewery.co.uk

 

JUNE 10-19

MANCHESTER BEER WEEK

City-wide

Manchester Beer Week includes a brewers’ market, collab fest and Big Buzzin’ Party at the iconic Granada Studios. Among others, Hawkshead Brewery is hosting a series of events – meet the brewer evening and tap takeover, plus being involved in a brewers market and closing party. Hawkshead is also one of eight breweries teamed up to create four collaboration brews exclusively for the festival. The Cumbrian brewery has been paired with Runaway Brewery in this collab-off and have brewed a “Manchester-themed” beer.

www.mrbeerweek.co.uk

 

JUNE 11

SOUL FINGER #1

The Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle NE6 1LD

DJs Rob Heron and Stagger Lee Fisher play rare soul records where nothing taken seriously apart from the quality of the music. 8pm-1am, £3.

www.thecumberlandarms.co.uk

 

JUNE 12

WOMEN MAKE MUSIC

The Bridge Hotel, Castle Square, Newcastle NE1 1RQ

Sue Ferris Quartet plus Ruth Lambert Trio. A concert in Jazz North East’s Women Make Music series where two of our outstanding North East artists were invited to bring in bands, with an open remit to do whatever takes their fancies.

www.jazznortheast.com

 

JUNE 13-14

WHITLEY BAY PROPER FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL

Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear NE26 1BG

More than 100 stalls of artisan foods from Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Cumbria, Yorkshire and Scotland to eat in the open-air area or to take away. Full bar with entertainment, cooking demos and much more. 10am-7pm both days.

www.properfoodanddrinkfestivals.co.uk Tel 07904 187 644

 

JUNE 15

BEER DAY BRITAIN

The 2nd National Beer Day follows last year’s original idea – drink beer, ideally in the pub or a brewery taproom and join in the National Cheers to Beer at 7pm using the hashtag #CheersToBeer. Last year the National Cheers trended on Twitter so the challenge is to trend again this year.  (No relation to Cheers magazine.)

www.beerdaybritain.co.uk

 

JUNE 16-18

TANFIELD LEA WORKING MEN’S CLUB INAGURAL BEER FESTIVAL

West Street, Tanfield Lea, Stanley, Co Durham DH9 9NA

Durham Camra’s Pub of the Year features 20-plus real ales plus four ciders. Entertainment Friday and Saturday nights. Food available. Supported by LWC Wholesale.

Details and opening times: 01207 238783.

 

JUNE 16-18

TYNEDALE BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL

Tynedale Rugby Club, Corbridge

Three days, 120 beers, 25 ciders, 10 wines, eight bands, two children’s entertainers, six street food stalls, three good causes, two enormous marquees in one fantastic festival. Beers from around the North East and way beyond, plus cider, wine, music and fun on a grand scale. Camping, free car parking. Just absorb the aromas of grass and canvas tinged with fine ale. Heaven.

www.tynedalebeerfestival.org.uk

 

JUNE 16-19

WILLOWMAN FESTIVAL

Hillside Rural Activities Park, Knayton, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 4AN

Four days of stupendous music in the heart of North Yorkshire plus real ale tent, high quality food stalls, vintage market and trade stands. Featuring: The Undertones, Stereo MCs The Beat, Misty In Roots and a whole lot more. This year, audiences will be encouraged to play tribute to rock legend David Bowie through a fancy dress theme. Reckoned to be the UK’s best value four-day music festival.

www.willowmanfestival.co.uk

 

JUNE 16-19

BORDERS BOOK FESTIVAL

Harmony Garden, St Mary’s Road, Melrose, Scottish Borders TD6 9LJ

Some of the biggest names in books, entertainments and public life take to the stage to bring their work to life. Headlined by Frederick Forsyth, Phil Jupitus, Evlyn Glennie (in conversation with Kirsty Wark), Rory Bremner Kathy Lette and Sarah Pascoe. Live music (including Scottish Opera), theatre performances, workshops, street market wine tastings, kid’s crafts.

www.bordersbookfestival.org

 

JUNE 18

THE JUNE GENIE

The Cluny, 36 Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle NE1 2PQ

Calling All The Young Dudes, Diamond Dog Dystopian Dreamers, Scary Monsters and Super Creeps, Heathens and Blackstars. Come and join like-minded souls to celebrate the life, music and influence of the Late Great David Bowie. Let’s Dance and Freak Out to some of the greatest rock, pop, funk and soul records ever made. Sound And Vision: Bowie Video Disco. Loads of classic Bowie records – Glam, Plastic Soul, Berlin era avant-garde synthetic pop and music and rare videos from all career era ch…ch…ch…ch….changes along with great tracks from Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Mick Ronson.

Bowie character face painting. Best dressed Bowie Fan Trophy and raffle prizes. Tickets £5 advance or £6 on the door – 7pm till late. Proceeds and donations to the Teenage Cancer Unit at the Great North Children’s Hospital, RVI Newcastle.

www.thecluny.com

 

JUNE 17-19

CYCLONE FESTIVAL OF CYCLING

Various locations, Newcastle

The 2016 Cyclone Festival of Cycling weekend features the Virgin Money Tyne Six Bridges family rides (Friday evening June 17), followed by the popular Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge Rides on the Saturday (June 18). Sunday June 19 will see top men’s and women’s road racing action in the Beaumont Trophy and Curlew Cup races. The traditional three 34, 64 and 106 mile Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge rides have been joined by a 90-mile option.

www.cyclonecycling.com

 

JUNE 18

DURHAM BLUES FESTIVAL

Gala Theatre, Durham

Starring King King, Connie Lush And Her Band, Laurence Jones, Albany Down, Billy Walton Band, Blues Boy Kings, and Southbound. 2pm-10pm.

Box office: 0300 026 6600 www.galadurham.co.uk

 

JUNE 21-JULY 24

THE TOWN MOOR: A PORTRAIT IN SOUND

Tyneside Cinema Gallery, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG

An immersive installation by Chris watson celebrating the iconic green space that is Newcastle’s Town Moor through cinematic sound. Starts on the hour (Monday 10am-8pm, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm). Free entry.

www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/chriswatson

 

JUNE 23-25

GLASGOW REAL ALE FESTIVAL

The Briggait, Bridegate, Glasgow G1 5HZ

Ten mins from both Glasgow Central and Queen St Stations; five mins from St Enoch Subway with 150-plus beers, ciders and foreign beers. Hot food available. Open: Thu 3.30pm-10.30pm; Fri Noon-10.30pm; Sat Noon-10.30pm. Prices £4 Camra membs/£6 non-membs. Price inc festival glass.

www.glasgowrealalefestival.co.uk

 

JUNE 24

SUE RICHARDSON: TOO COOL

The Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW

A show devoted to the life and music of Chet Baker. Sue Richardson, herself a trumpeter and vocalist, works with a hand-picked North East group to recreate Baker’s music, adding original tunes of her own, and stringing the whole thing together with a spoken narrative developed with the help of actress Sylvia Sims.

www.jazznortheast.co.uk

 

JUNE 24

NORTHUMBERLAND PLATE BEER FESTIVAL

Newcastle Racecourse, High Gosforth Park NE3 5HP

The world-famous Northumberland Plate meeting includes a beer festival on the Friday evening in association with Box Social Brewing with seven races, including the Betfred Gosforth Park Cup. Real ales and ciders. Choose from our admissions tickets or hospitality packages. Beer tent is located next to the pre-parade ring – entry is included within your admission ticket price.

www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk

 

JUNE 24-26

MILFEST

The Red Lion Inn, Milfield, Northumberland NE71 6JD

Featuring 20 real ales and ciders and live entertainment (Saturday) at this 18th Century sheep drovers’ inn. Tasting night Friday, family hog roast, Sunday. Huge marquee. B&B with four new, en-suite chalets.

www.redlionmilfield.co.uk

 

JUNE 25

NORTHUMBERLAND LIVE

South Beach, Links Road, Blyth, Northumberland

Brit award winners Scouting For Girls with their infectious indie-pop style plus an impressive support from local bands that includes Percy & The Piglets, David Neil, Shields, Dust Town Dogs, Sarah Holmes, Just So and Hayley McKay.

Tel: 01670 854084 www.facebook.com/NorthumberlandLiveFestival

 

JUNE 25

THE ART MARKET

Grainger Market, Newcastle NE1 5QG

Loveartnortheast’s latest art and design market. takes places on the fourth Saturday of every month inside the historic Grainger Market Arcade. Around 20 of the region’s best artists, designers and crafters pop up from 9am till 5pm. Tel: 07973108608

 

JUNE 28

TIM RICHARDS HEXTET

The Black Swan Bar & Venue, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE11SG

Leading UK pianist returns after a long absence, with a top flight cross-generational sextet. The Hextet’s 2015 album Telegraph Hill was acclaimed for its “buoyant, grooving melodies and arrangements which sparkle with his players’ individual, improvisatory freedom”.Its this new material that will be at the heart of the Black Swan gig.

www.jazznortheast.com

 

JUNE 28

BEYONCÉ: THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR

Stadium of Light, Sunderland SR5 1SU

Beyoncé, one of the biggest female artists of all time, is set to light up the North East in the summer.

Recognised as the most powerful woman in the music industry and Billboard’s Artist of the Millennium, Beyoncé will take to the stage at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light in what will be the prestigious opening night of the European leg of the Formation World Tour and is the iconic singer’s first-ever stadium performance in the North East, with Sunderland selected as one of only five UK venues to host the global superstar and one of only two stadium venues in England, the other being Wembley.

www.ticketmaster.co.uk
www.livenation.com

 

JUNE 28

INTERNATIONAL TAU DAY

Hawkshead Brewery’s Key Lime Tau makes its return. Pubs, bars and bottle shops are joining the celebration to collectively launching the beer in keg and bottle. Tau Day is an annual celebration of the circle constant pi (τ = 6.28318) which takes place every June 28 (6/28 in the American calendar system). It proves that the equation τ = 3.1415926 (the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter) isn’t what it seems. Errr… don’t ask us.

www.tauday.com

 

JUNE 30-JULY 5

SUNDERLAND SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL

Various venues, including Independent, NGCA and Sunderland Minster

With more than 65 unique films spread across nine screenings in four venues across Sunderland, you’re sure to find something new and exciting to watch. Popular Sunderland band Hyde & Beat play Sunderland Minster after the first screening on June 30.

www.sunderlandshorts.co.uk/2016

 

JULY 2

HAYDON BRIDGE BEER FESTIVAL

Low Hall Park Football Ground, Haydon Bridge, NE47 6AE

Festival number eight features ales, ciders and wine from around the world. Live music and entertainment from The Street Martins, Tyne Valley Big Band and The Promise – funds raised go to lcommunity causes with 2016’s main benefactor being Tynedale Hospice At Home.

www.haydonbridgefestival.co.uk

 

JULY 2-3

NORTH EAST CHILLI FEST

Seaton Delaval Hall, Seaton Sluice, Tyne & Wear

The fifth Chilli Fest features live music from Kenny Thomas, Smoove & Turrell The Din and Soulutions. Real ale and cocktail bars, more than 80 independent food producers, top class entertainment, including the legendary chilli-eating contest. Early Bird advance tickets £4.50 (£7 when the Early
Bird flies).

www.chillifest-ne.co.uk

 

JULY 5

SCULPTURE WALK

Saltwell Towers, Saltwell Park, Gateshead

Saltwell Park is full of pieces of sculpture and public art. If you want to find out what they are all about, join Anna Pepperall, public art curator, on this informal walk and talk. £3.

www.gateshead.gov.uk/whatson

 

JULY 7-10

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 dider 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.

www.sraf.camra.org.uk

 

JULY 7-10

MOUTH OF THE TYNE FESTIVAL

Live at Tynemouth Priory and Castle, Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear

Featuring Bryan Ferry, James Bay, Will Young, Lulu and local heroes Hyde & Beat and Tunde Baiyewu (the voice of the Lighthouse Family).

www.mouthofthetynefestival.co.uk

 

JULY 8

Legendary Good Times DJ 

NORMAN JAY MBE

Wylam Brewery, The Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park, Newcastle

As well as the good man himself there are food trucks, Jacks Gin Palace and a glorious selection of fine wines available (plus of course some fabulous Wylam Brewery beers). Doors: 6pm to midnight. Earlybird tickets: £10 – early purchase is advised 🙂

www.wylambrewery.co.uk

 

JULY 8-10

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.

www.threemileinn.co.uk

 

JULY 11-17

MASALA FESTIVAL

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 21-23

NORTHERN CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

The Beer Hall, Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 9LR

Hawkshead’s 10th 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.

www.hawksheadbrewery.co.uk

 

JULY 21-24

SIXTH BATTLESTEADS BEER FESTIVAL

Battlesteads Hotel, Wark, Northumberland NE48 3LS

The fifth 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.

www.battlesteads.com

 

JULY 22-24

SUMMERTYNE AMERICANA FESTIVAL

Sage, Gateshead Quays NE8 2JR

The weekend-long party introduces another sizzling celebration of American roots music. The hugely-popular event this year features Imelda May, Mary Chapin Carpenter, ward Thomas and Striking Matches, plus many, many more (local and breakthrough).

www.summertyne.com

 

JULY 23

THE ART MARKET

Grainger Market, Newcastle NE1 5QG

Loveartnortheast’s latest art and design market. It takes places 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.

Tel: 07973108608

 

JULY 25-29

SCIENCE SUMMER CAMP

Centre for Life, Newcastle NE1 4EP

A five-day event for 13- to 16-year-olds, offering the chance to do lots of exciting and cool stuff. Led by Life’s education team, participants will cover topics from astronomy to zoology.

Tel: 0191 243 8210 www.life.org.uk

 

JULY 28-31

KENDAL CALLING

The Lake District’s music festival celebrates its annual success ( now a 12,000-capacity, three-day event) with a lineup that includes The Charlatans, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Madness, Jason Manford, Rudimental, Maximo Park, The Bottlemen, Peter Doherty, Donovan… and mountains more. See you in the fields!

www.kendalcalling.co.uk

 

JULY 30

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.

www.properfoodanddrinkfestivals.co.uk

 

AUGUST 3

GATESHEAD ART SOCIETY ANNUAL SUMMER EXHIBITION

St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead

Gateshead Art Society’s amateur art work. Pictures will hang from the pillars for you to enjoy throughout the month of August. All of the pieces on display will be available to purchase. Free.

www.gateshead.gov.uk/whatson

 

AUGUST 6

DURHAM BREWERY BIRTHDAY BEER BASH

Durham Brewery, Bowburn North Industrial Estate, Bowburn, Co Durham DH6 5PF

Celebrating its 22nd anniversary on August 6 (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.

www.durhambrewery.com

 

AUGUST 9-13

Olympia, London

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.

www.ggbf.org.uk

 

AUGUST 12-13

BOGSTOCK 2016

Carts Bog Real Ale & Music Festival

Carts Bog Inn, Hexham NE47 5NW

Thirty real ales and ciders. Live music from King Size Voodoo Travellers, Diablo, gate Crashers, The Happy Cats. £10 entry includes three beer tokens (£15 both nights), 6pm-12midnight. Set in a traditional country pub in the North Pennines surrounded by stunning countryside.

www.cartsbog.co.uk

 

AUGUST 14

THE ROCK’N’ROLL BIKE RIDE

The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF

The 6th Annual Tyne Cruise is in aid of the MS Society and 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 Alzheimers Society, Stroke Association and Daft As A Brush. Get your name down!

www.theschooner.co.uk

 

AUGUST 20-21

NORTH SHIELDS PROPER FOOD FESTIVAL

Northumberland Square, North Shields, Tyne & Wear

A huge array of food and drink producers and hand-crafted products – some familiar, others less so – including, The Northumberland Cheese Company, Kenspeckle chocolates, Kittie’s Ginger Wine, The New Zealand Gourmet Pie Company and The Brownie Bar.

www.properfoodanddrinkfestivals.co.uk

 

AUGUST 26-31

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.

 

AUGUST 28

RIVERSIDE LIVE

Riverside Park, Chester-le-Street

Twelve hours of music and entertainment starring Lee Scratch Perry, Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, The Undertones and The Ordinary Boys. The highly eccentric Lee Scratch Perry has collaborated in the past with Bob Marley, the Beastie Boys, Phil Spector and Brian Wilson. He’ll be performing his masterpiece 1976 album Super Ape in full.

www.riversidelive.org

 

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 3

DURHAM BEER FESTIVAL

Durham University Students’ Union, 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. Entrey £10 includes glass, programme and three tokens.

www.durhambeerfestival.org.uk

 

SEPTEMBER 1-4

LINDISFARNE FESTIVAL

Beal Farm, The Causeway, Beal, Northumberland TD15 2PB

A music and creative arts festival for over 18s with music from a range of internationally renowned acts, as well as a selection of up-and-coming artists and North East talent. Indie rock, soul and funk, blues, folk, jazz and hip-hop sounds include The Cuban Brothers, Reef, British Sea Power, Beardyman, Little Comets, Molotov Jukebox, Rob Heron & The Teapad Orchestra, The Baghdaddies, James Taylor Quartet, Kathryn Tickell & Superfolkus… and much, much more.

www.lindisfarnefestival.com

 

SEPTEMBER 3-4

BERWICK FOOD AND BEER FESTIVAL

Berwick Barracks, The Parade TD15 1DF

Now in its ninth year and one of the best places to buy fresh, local and seasonal produce. Organised by the town’s Slow Food Group, the event will highlight the region’s thriving food and drink scene. More than 40 local produce stalls, street food, children’s entertainment, demonstration kitchen. Berwick Beer Festival has up to 10 local artisan brewers from Alnwick and Amble to Galashiels and Wylam.

www.berwickfoodandbeerfestival.co.uk

 

OCTOBER 20-22

CRAFT BEER CALLING INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL

The Boilershop, Stephenson Works, Newcastle

The cream of the world’s leading craft brewers assembled under one roof for one weekend only. Gin palace, cider cellar, street food market, top-class DJs, what more do you need?

www.craftbeercalling.com


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