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What’s on this week – 7th to 13th November

What’s on this week…

There’s loads happening in Newcastle this week.  Amazing events including cinema, theatre, music, comedy, exhibitions, festivals and sporting events.

Browse our highlights below to find something exciting to suit your taste whether you’re looking for, you can also keep up to date by subscribing to our newsletter.


Regina Spektor – Sage Gateshead – Wednesday 9th November – 7.30pm 

regina spektor

Regina Spektor recorded her debut in 2001 with the self-released 11:11, a collection of songs heavily influenced by jazz and blues. Songs followed in 2002 and Soviet Kitsch in 2004. Spektor’s commercial breakthrough came in 2006 on her fourth LP, Begin to Hope

The gold-certified album included the singles On the RadioBetter and Fidelity, which climbed the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Spektor’s fifth album, Far released in 2009, and sixth album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats released in 2012, both debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. 

Spektor’s songs have appeared in TV shows and movies including Orange Is The New Black, Grey’s Anatomy, Weeds, How I Met Your Mother, Veronica Mars, The Good Wife and (500) Days of Summer. Spektor played for the Obamas and guests at the White House and performed as part of philanthropic campaigns for Tibet, Doctors Without Borders, and many more. 

Her most recent tours included her first concerts in her native Russia plus sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, The Royal Albert Hall in London and two nights at Sydney Opera House in Australia. 
On September 30, 2016, Regina Spektor will release her seventh album, Remember Us To Life.


Drive In Movie Nights

drive in cinema south shields

Following last year’s fantastically received event, the Drive-In Cinema returns to Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, South Shields for 2016.

Venue – Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, South Shields.  From 29 Oct 2016 to 20 Nov 2016.  

Tickets are available for £25 per vehicle and can be booked via the website as well as from Ocean Beach Pleasure Park and payment on the gate, subject to availability.  The Drive-In Cinema always proves very popular and tickets sell fast so advance booking is recommended.

You can keep up to date with what’s on on their Facebook page here.  Here is a sample of What’s on this week…

Once your car is parked customers may head to the catering kiosks where we will be offering a selection of your favourite cinema foods and snacks including; hot dogs, popcorn and nachos as well as soft drinks or hot drinks. All items will be clearly priced at the kiosks.

Food kiosks will only accept cash on movie nights and close at 7.30pm.


Skating@Life – Centre for LifeTimes SquareNewcastle Upon Tyne

From 12th November

ice skating at the centre for life

Newcastle’s only outdoor ice rink is back.  Grab your skates, wrap up warm and head down to Times Square for a whirl around the ice.

Please note: children aged 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult on the ice rink.  Children aged 10 – 12 must be supervised by an adult (adults can watch from the viewing platform if they prefer).  There is a maximum of 2 children per adult on the ice rink.


Family (2 adults and 2 children OR 1 adult and 3 children): £25.00

Adult (aged 18+): £9.00

Concessions (OAP, student or unwaged): £8.00

Child (aged 5 – 17): £7.00

Child (aged 4 and under): £3.00 Maximum of 2 under 4s per adult on the ice rink.


Festive Gift Fair at Belsay Hall – Sat 12 & Sun 13 Nov 2016 – 11am – 4pm

Belsay Hall, Castle & GardensBelsayNorthumberlandNE20 0DX

festive gift fair at belsay hall

Beat the Christmas rush and enjoy a far more leisurely and pleasurable Christmas Shopping experience at Belsay Hall with a great variety of specialist crafts and locally-made unique gifts on sale throughout the weekend.  Enjoy warming winter treats and delicious cakes in our tea room and take a walk around Belsay’s beautiful winter gardens to compliment your retail therapy.

The children can meet our Victorian Father Christmas (£3.00 and includes a present) and everyone can have a go at making Christmas Decorations to take home in our crafty upcycling workshop




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