Published on July 12th, 2016 | 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
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.
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
Pub quiz at The Eye On The Tyne, Broad Chare, Quayside Newcastle, NE1 3DQ
tel 0191 261 7385
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, NE8 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.
TILLEYS BAR FILM FESTIVAL
Tilleys Bar, Westgate Road Newcastle, NE1
Celebrating the month of American Independence Day and Hollywood stars’ July birthdays with movies starring Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell, Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. A pin-sticker’s pick of movies comes up with Blade Runner (Wednesday July 13, 7pm), The Terminator (Monday July 25, 7pm) and Total Recall on Thursday July 28, also at 7pm.
tel 0191 232 0692
UNTIL JULY 25
SOUTH TYNESIDE FESTIVAL
South Shields 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.
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.
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 🙂
THREE MILE INN BEER FESTIVAL
Three Mile Inn, Gosforth Newcastle, NE3 2DS
Just one of four great summer beer festivals in Malhotra Group pubs that include The Runhead, Ryton; Osbornes, Jesmond, and The Sandpiper in Cullercoats. Great selection of ales from local breweries, barbecue and live music. Also beers from the Artisan Brew Co in-house microbrewery. Why not nominate a dedicated driver and have a festival crawl.
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
ANNUAL BEER FESTIVAL
Ashbrooke Sports Club, West Lawn, Sunderland SR2 7HW
A fantastic selection of more than 30 ales, ciders and perries, plus wine and cava bar at “the home of sport in Sunderland”.
tel 0191 528 4536
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.
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.
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).
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 07973 108 608
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!
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.
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.
BLAYDON BEER FESTIVAL
Blaydon Rugby Club, Hexham Road, Swalwell, Tyne & Wear NE16 3BN
Billed as the premier event of the summer in Blaydon and surrounding area with a focus on beer and live music. Check the website for a variety of day-passes and VIP packages (accompanied children under 17 go free). The beer list was yet to be finalised when we went to press but we’re promised the best from the North East and further afield. Gin bar, wine selection and hot roast sandwiches. Music all weekend from the likes of Yellowstone (Friday), Rabble Rousers (Saturday) and The Tony Corcoran Ceilidh Band (Sunday). Charity for the third year running is Facing All Cancers Together (FACT).
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 our customers and say thank-you for their support. Steve, Christine, Elly, Georgie, Sean, Craig and Will will be available to answer any questions.
Six handpumps will serve Exalted IPA, Temptation, Black Bishop, White Stout, White Gold and White Amarillo. Four kegs will serve Interstellar, Magus, Bombay 106
and Cloister – with the first pint of 5% abv and under free. There’s also a massive range of bottle-conditioned beers to try. Any purchases of bottles, mini-casks, glasses or gifts from the brewery shop on the day will have a 10% discount. And no need to worry about the weather as there is plenty of space in the visitor centre, marquee and main brewery to keep everyone dry. If the sun does shine there’s seating outside.
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.
RUNHEAD BEER FESTIVAL
The Runhead, Holburn lane, Ryton, Tyne & wear NE40 3HJ
Just one of four great summer beer festivals in Malhotra Group pubs that include The Three Mile Inn, Gosforth; Osbornes, Jesmond, and The Sandpiper in Cullercoats. Great selection of ales from local breweries, barbecue and live music.
tel 0191 413 9517
ASHBROOKE BEER FESTIVAL
Ashbrooke Sports Club
West Lawn, Sunderland
A fantastic selection of more than 30 ales, ciders and perries, plus wine and cava bar at “the home of sport in Sunderland”. Set in the Victorian suburb of Ashbrooke, the club is just ten minutes’ walk from Sunderland city centre and has housed numerous sports clubs since it opened its doors in 1887. The club is currently home to bowls, cricket, football, hockey, rugby, running, squash and tennis. And good beer.
tel 0191 528 4536
Carts Bog Real Ale & Music Festival
Carts Bog Inn, Langley, 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 amongst stunning countryside.
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!
OSBORNES BEER FESTIVAL
Osbornes Bar, Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AN
Just one of four great summer beer festivals in Malhotra Group pubs that include The Runhead, Ryton; The Three Mile Inn, Gosforth, and The Sandpiper in Cullercoats. Great selection of ales from local breweries, barbecue and live music.
tel 0191 240 2811
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, and The New Zealand Gourmet Pie Company.
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 both locally and from all over the country. If previous years are anything to go by, this is set to be one of the beer events of the summer. Live music and great company. tel 01661 853 43.
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.
Sandpiper Bar, Farrington Road, Cullercoats, Tyne & Wear NE30 3ER
Just one of four great summer beer festivals in Malhotra Group pubs that include The Runhead, Ryton; Osbornes, Jesmond, and The Three Mile Inn, Gosforth. Great selection of ales from local breweries, barbecue and live music.
tel 0191 253 5050
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.
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 more.
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 with up to 10 local artisan brewers from Alnwick and Amble to Galashiels and Wylam.
CRAFT BEER CALLING
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 in Wylam’s spanking new headquarters. Gin palace, cider cellar, street food market, top-class DJs, what more do you need?
Northumbria Food & Drink Festival
Vallum, Military Road
Newcastle, NE18 0LL
A major festival to showcase the tastes of Northumbria. The first Northumbria Food and Drink Festival, presented by appetite, Cheers, and The Northumbrian magazines, will bring the best in local food and drink, tastings and demos, music and family entertainment to Vallum foodie destination on Hadrian’s Wall on September 10.
In aid of Newcastle-based international aid organisation No Strings, which uses puppetry to spread life-saving messages throughout the developing world, the event will showcase fabulous produce over the entire Vallum site. Stalls and demonstration areas will fill two big marquees and Vallum’s Market Hall, Restaurant & Chef’s Room, Tea Room, Shop and Ice Cream Parlour, Kitchen Garden, farmland and wildlife trails.
Tickets will also go on sale soon for a special Chef’s Table event on the day, there will be meet-the-producer events, and a packed programme of tastings and demos will include cheese, chocolate, gin and beer with Cheers editor Alastair Gilmour.
The music will be curated by the team at Narc. magazine, who will present local bands and musicians throughout the day, and there will be family entertainment available, including puppet workshops with No Strings’ puppeteers, and children’s challenges on Vallum’s Paddock play area.
Vallum owner Vicky Moffitt says: “This will be a major event for the region and we’re so pleased to host it at Vallum, which we created to showcase the great tastes of the region. We are expecting this to be our biggest event this year and we’re looking forward to welcoming scores of producers and visitors on the day.”
Northumbria Food & Drink Festival, Saturday September 10 11am-5pm, entry £3 per car or £1 per person on foot.
To book a stall, contact Claire Dupree, tel 07748 907 914