Published on July 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
UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2
PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE INFORMAL LECTURE SERIES
Station House, North Road, Durham DH1 4SE
Durham’s Station House has announced dates and speakers for its informal lecture series, Public Knowledge. 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.
The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE29 6RP
A festival of beers matured in wooden casks organised by the North East branch of the Society for Preservation of Beer in Wood. More than 70 beers from the region, plus North Yorkshire, Lancashire and beyond.
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.
JULY 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
SUMMER BEER FESTIVAL
The Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Ouseburn, off Byker Bank, Newcastle NE6 1LD
More than 50 different beers and ciders in cask, keg, bottle and can – an ever-changing selection. Thursday 12 from 3pm: Collabathon with music from Timothy McVicar and food by Burrito Chulo. Friday 13 from 3pm Music from Rock N Doris, food by Sghetti Monster. Saturday 14 from 12noon (on the terrace) People’s Playlist, kids’ activities, pub games, food from Goodtimes Tacos. Pub: Silent Disco 1pm family, 8pm adult (tickets available in advance). Sunday 15 from 12noon Kids’ activities, pub games, DJ set from Smoove (Smoove And Turrell), Steve Jeffries (Warm Digits), Jennie and Marie (Cornshed Sisters, with food from Fat Hippo and The French Pop-Up. See page 5 for Collabathon.
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.
THE OLD PECULIER CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL
Old Swan Hotel (“the home of crime”), Harrogate, North Yorkshire
The world-class, award-winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival returns to the magnificent Old Swan Hotel this summer. Celebrating the very best in crime fiction, the festival is a firm date in the literary calendar and has achieved international acclaim for its programming, organisation and atmosphere. Join the likes of Denise Mina (The Long Drop), John Grisham interviewed by Lee Child, avid crime reader Richard Osman, Nicci French, Val McDermid and Don Winslow as they reveal who dunnit. Or leave us in suspense. Then there’s a set from The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers Val McDermid, Doug Johnstone, Chris Brookmyre, Luca Veste and Stuart Neville as they murder Johnny Cash, Elvis, Talking Heads and Bruce Springsteen.T&R Theakston, the Masham, North Yorkshire, brewery is sponsoring the event for the 15th consecutive year. Somehow, a dark, strong, mysterious beer is just the perfect companion for a weekend of crime or an evening curled up on the settee; crime book in hand, beer at hand, and perhaps a dram at hand. Just don’t look round…
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.
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 available. Tickets are £10 which includes three drinks and a commemorative glass. The festival begins on Friday 3rd from 4pm and Saturday’s session starts at 12noon.
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.
KEEP YOUR FEET STILL GEORDIE HINNY
Newcastle guided walk: Meet at Chinese Arch, Stowell Street (2.30pm). Finish at Newcastle Central Station.
Concert hall was one of the most popular forms of affordable entertainment in the Victorian period. Take a look at the places where the most popular stars of the time, including Joe Wilson, Geordie Ridley and Ned Corvan, played to packed houses and wowed people with their songs of local events and characters.
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.
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. Tel: 01661 853 431.
HOOTENANNY & BEER FEST
Hartlepool Rugby Club, Mayfield Park, Easington Road, Hartlepool.
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.
Tel: 01429 266445.
HORNS HOUSE HULLABALOO
Horns House Farm, Witton Gilbert, Durham DH7 6TT
The ever-popular HHH is returning for its sixth great year. From 1pm: Live music, licensed bar and on-site catering van. Camping available. Children welcome. Profits go to St Cuthberts Hospice and FACT (Fighting All Cancers Together) and the organisers would be grateful for any donations for auction and raffle. £7.50 donation. Contact Horns House Hullabaloo on Facebook or Nicola 07789 262 487, Pete 07803 597 170, Pauline 07909 548 514.
SHIP INN BEER FESTIVAL
Ship Inn, Main Road, Wylam NE41 8AQ
The Wylam favourite is well known for its proper, tasty and wholesome pub food and now it is turning its hand to its first-ever summer beer festival. A BBQ menu includes gourmet burgers and hot dogs, more than 20 local real ales and live music from local musician Neil Elliott. £5 entry gets you a ship in glass and tasting notes/score sheet for the beers and three beer tokens.
AUGUST 29-SEPTEMBER 1
38th CAMRA DURHAM BEER FESTIVAL
Durham City Rugby Football Club, Green Lane, Durham DH1 3JU
Camra Durham’s premier beer festival is taking a new format focusing on quality outstanding ales and ciders in a new intimate and comfortable venue at Durham Rugby Club. Organisers wish to celebrate real ale with their regional membership and continue to attract new enthusiasts with a specific focus on the increase in variety, quality and quantity of real ale being sold in pubs in Durham. Thirty real ales, eight real ciders and perries, food and soft drinks too. £5 entry includes glass hire and beer token.
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.
THE GREAT JOE WILSON
Following the success of Hadaway Harry and Mr Corvan’s Music Hall, the Wisecrack Productions team is back with another exhilarating play (with music) to celebrate Joe Wilson, the Bard of Tyneside. Written by Ed Waugh with Joe Wilson’s lyrics set to music by Alex Glasgow and Pete Scott, it stars Chris Connell, Micky Cochrane, Sarah Boulter and Jordan Miller. September 6-8: Darlington Hippodrome (01325 405405). September 11: Whitley Bay Playhouse (0844 248 1588). September 12: The Sage, Gateshead (0191 443 4666). September 13: Alun Armstrong Theatre, Stanley (01207 299110). September 14-15, Westovian Theatre, South Shields (0191 434 7788).
Online books: www.wisecrackproductions.co.uk
SAMSO’S FOOTY QUIZ
The Central, Half Moon Lane, Gateshead NE8 2AN
The hugely popular quiz – “the North East’s biggest and best football quiz” – often has to turn people away, so book early. Kick off 8pm.
THAT’S THE SPIRIT
Tyneside Irish Centre, 41 Gallowgate, Newcastle NE1 4SG
In this drama, Sarah is a disillusioned teacher, being bullied by the senior management in her school – and feeling very alone. She is not a member of the union… Fortunately Charles, an old NUT activist, takes Sarah on a magical journey of discovery both about the union’s history in the North East – and herself. Learn more about an important part of local history and be prepared for a good laugh… and to be seriously moved!
£3. 7pm-10pm. Details: www.tynesideirish.com
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.
BELGIAN BEER WEEKEND
Grote Markt, Brussels
The Grote Markt (Grand-Place) in Brussels will serve as a unique backdrop for the Belgian Beer Weekend which has been dedicated entirely to Belgium’s national beverage. This will allow 60,000 beer lovers to enjoy fine Belgian beers in one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage squares in the world. Throughout the weekend, numerous small, mid-sized and large Belgian breweries will have a large selection of their products on offer.
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.
TYNESIDE IRISH FESTIVAL
Tyneside Irish Centre, 41 Gallowgate, Newcastle NE1 4SG
Artists are being booked and will be announced shortly and what you can expect is a terrific line-up of talent not only from Ireland but from around the world. City walks, culture, live music, dancing – it’s all there. Details: www.tynesideirish.com
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.
AUTUMN BEER FESTIVAL
Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Eastwood Gardens, Gateshead NE9 5UB
More than 50 beers and ciders, plus Prosecco and Gin Bar. A selection of food vendors including Scream for Pizza and Bombay Street Kitchen. Live music themed over the three days – Punk Friday, Rock’n’Roll Saturday, Soul Sunday with top North East DJs.
Day ticket £7, weekend ticket £15. Details: 0191 420 0160.