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Published on June 16th, 2015 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Summer time and the livin’ is easy

ALL SUMMER, SOUTH TYNESIDE FESTIVAL
Three months of free live music and entertainment for all the family. Highlights at the event, run by South Tyneside Council, include:

DURING JUNE
Live Music at the Amphitheatre: Thursday and Saturday evenings. The programme will open with the Alan Hull Songbook and close with Britpop band, Dodgy. In between there will be performances by a host of up and coming bands, emerging artists and established acts.

JULY 4
Costume designers Paul Shriek and Matt Fox have created a spectacular Summer Parade, celebrating 150 years since the publication of Alice in Wonderland – from South Shields Town Hall to Bents Park. 

JULY 12-AUG 2
Sunday Concerts: Bents Park – four consecutive Sundays in July and August star Billy Ocean (July 19) and North East stars Joe McElderry, Collabro and Lola Saunders (Aug 2).
www.visitsouthtyneside.co.uk

JUNE 13-14

PROPER FOOD FESTIVAL
Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay
Sixty of the region’s finest artisan food producers. Ales from Wylam and others, plus wine and cocktail bar.
www.properfoodanddrinkfestivals.co.uk

JUNE 14: SEASIDE SESSIONS

Head of Steam,
Tynemouth NE30 4BS
Featuring Renata & Trev (4pm), plus JD O’Neill (6pm).
Tel: 0191 272 8105.
www.theheadofsteam.co.uk

JUNE 18-20

TYNEDALE BEER FESTIVAL
Tynedale Rugby Club, Corbridge
Beers from around the North East and way beyond, plus cider, wine, music and fun on a grand scale. All set in marquees – just absorb the aromas of grass and canvas tinged with fine ale. Heaven.
www.tynedalebeerfestival.org.uk

JUNE 19-20

BEER FESTIVAL
South Northumberland Cricket Club (off Gosforth High Street).
With 40 beers, ciders, fizz and Pimms, within a fine cricketing environment it’s the place to be for bat-and-bail lovers.
www.southnorth.co.uk

JUNE 20-21: MECH NAVVIES No71515

Tanfield Railway, Sunniside,
Gateshead NE16 5ET
The return of a historic, coal-hauling steam locomotive built in 1944 by Hawthorns in Newcastle to a Robert Stephenson design. Special gala event working with Tanfield’s other steam locomotives before it returns to South Wales.
www.tanfield-railway.co.uk

JUNE 21: SEASIDE SESSIONS

Head of Steam,
Tynemouth NE30 4BS
Featuring Jake Houlsby (4pm), plus Jess Wilson (6pm). Tel: 0191 272 8105.
www.theheadofsteam.co.uk

JUNE 21: FATHERS’ DAY

Stadium of Light,
Sunderland SR5 1SU
Sunderland AFC fans can have a three-course course meal in the famous Montgomery Suite or Riverview Brasserie (view of the River Wear). Tel: 0871 911 1555.

Beamish Hall, Stanley,
County Durham DH9 0YB
Go on, take Dad to Beamish Hall for a menu that any real man would want to get his teeth into – plus a bottle of their real ale too. Fathers v Food challenge  tel: 1207 233733.
www.beamish-hall.co.uk

JUNE 26

PLATE FESTIVAL BEER FESTIVAL
Newcastle Racecourse,
High Gosforth Park NE3 5HP
The world-famous Northumberland Plate meeting includes a first-ever beer festival on the Friday evening with seven races, including the Betfred Gosforth Park Cup. Real ales and ciders. Camra members £5 discount on Grandstand and Paddock tickets.
www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk

JUNE 26-29: MILFEST
The Red Lion Inn, Milfield,
Northumberland NE71 6JD
Featuring 20 real ales and ciders and live entertainment (Saturday) at this 18th Century former sheep drovers’ inn.
Tasting night Friday, family hog roast, Sunday. B&B with four new, en-suite chalets (ready end of June).
www.redlionmilfield.co.uk

JUNE 27

2nd Bridge End Inn Music Festival
Local acts including Lyrical Whisky. Traditional pub with a great selection of real ales, a friendly welcome and terrific atmosphere.
Bridge End Inn, Ovingham NE42 6BN
Tel: 01661 832219.

JUNE 28: SEASIDE SESSIONS
Head of Steam,
Tynemouth NE30 4BS
Featuring Patrick Kelly (4pm), plus The Casinos (6pm).
Tel: 0191 272 8105.
www.theheadofsteam.co.uk

JULY 3-4

BOILER SHOP STEAMER
Stephenson’s Works,
Forth Street,
Newcastle NE1 2HJ
The vibrant, monthly event celebrating all that is great about food, drink, music and art. Founded by Riley’s Fish Shack and Wylam Brewery in association with Silverlink Holdings,
The Boiler Shop Steamer is held on the first Friday and Saturday of each month. The event brings together some of the UK’s leading street food vendors, changing monthly (Also Aug 7-8).

JULY 3-4

HAYDON BRIDGE BEER FESTIVAL
Football Ground,
Haydon Bridge, NE47 6AE
Festival number seven features 36 ales, 14 ciders and wine from around the world. Live music and entertainment – funds raised go to local sports clubs and community causes.

JULY 4:

AMERICAN MINI BEER FEST
Head of Steam, Tynemouth
NE30 4BS
A Yankee Doodle Dandy event celebrating great beers from the US – Anchor, Flying Dog, Brooklyn, plus live music. Tel: 0191 272 8105.
www.theheadofsteam.co.uk

JULY 4-5 

NORTH EAST CHILLI FEST
Delaval Hall, The Avenue,
Seaton Sluice, NE26 4QR.
The summer’s hottest event featuring more than 80 spicy producers, brewers and entertainment. Everything from cupcakes and smoked foods to cheese and chilli mustards.
www.chillifest-ne.co.uk

JULY 4-16
FESTIVAL OF INDIE FILM
Tilleys Bar, Westgate Road,
Newcastle NE1 4AG
Film screenings (great beer too) include Mad Max, Reservoir Dogs, Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Norwegian Ninja and Eagle Versus Shark.
Tel: 0191 232 0692.
www.theheadofsteam.co.uk

JULY 16-19: SUMMER BEER FESTIVAL
Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley,
Cumbria LA8 9LR
The 9th Summer Beer Festival features more than 60 beers from 15 indie breweries. Four bars, street food, live music – on bus and rail routes, 12noon-late each day.
www.hawksheadbrewery.co.uk

JULY 17-19

SUMMERTYNE AMERICANA FESTIVAL
Sage, Gateshead Quays NE8 2JR
The weekend-long party celebrating its 10th anniversary is a sizzling celebration of American roots music. The hugely-popular event this year features Emmylou Harris, Roseanne Cash, The Shires, Rodney Crowell, plus many, many more (local and breakthrough).
www.summertyne.com

JULY 30-AUG 2: KENDAL CALLING
The Lake District’s music festival celebrates a decade in the game with a lineup that includes Kaiser Chiefs, Snoop Dogg, Billy Bragg, James and Elbow, plus Hyde & Beast and Holy Moly & The Crackers.
www.kendalcalling.co.uk

JULY 24-25
BOG STOCK 2015
Real Ale and Music Festival
Carts Bog Inn, Langley on Tyne, Hexham NE47 5NW
More than 20 real ales, 15 ciders and hog roast. Music from Wild Murphys, Bilistered Molly, Kentucky Cow Tippers and The Gatecrashers. Open 6pm till late. Tickets £10 incl three beer tokens.
Tel: 01434 684338.

JULY 24-26: 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. This year’s charity is Stay Strong Stu. Stay the weekend and unwind.
www.battlesteads.com

AUGUST 1: OPEN DAY
Roosters Brewery, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire HG5 8LJ
Meet Baby-Faced Assassin, Blind Jack, Yankee, et al. See how beer is made, drink it, appreciate it.
www.roosters.co.uk

SEPTEMBER 4-6

BERWICK FOOD & BEER FESTIVAL
The Parade, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1DF
The Beer Festival marquee on the green opposite the town’s Georgian Barracks will offer a huge range of local beers and a chance to explore Berwick’s malting history. The all-new Street Food Street linking the Beer and Food Festival will give visitors an even wider choice to sample.
www.visitberwick.com/food-event/berwick-food-beer-festival

SEPTEMBER 4-6

LINDISFARNE FESTIVAL
Beal Farm, The Causeway, Beal, Northumberland TD15 2PB
A new 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 Reverend and the Makers, Craig Charles, DJ Yoda and Smoove and Turrell.
www.lindisfarnefestival.com

OCTOBER 23-25
CRAFT BEER CALLING
The Boilershop, Stephenson Works, Newcastle
Sixty 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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