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What’s on this week 14th – 20th 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.


Newcastle Christmas Lights Switch On – 17th November

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Newcastle International Christmas Market – Monument

18th November onwards

The Newcastle Christmas Market really does offer a great variety for all who come to visit.  Market Place Europe will be presenting exotic meats to Continental crafts and even that special Christmas gift for any Christmas shopper.

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As Christmas comes nearer the fabulous Newcastle Christmas Market is on the way to the city centre once again.  The international festive market brings a blaze of colour, aromas and sounds to the city’s seasonal retail experience and this year will be no different with over 50 traders housed in beautiful wooden chalets.  

Traders from as far as Spain, Italy, France, Holland, Germany, Russia, Poland, Iran, Thailand, Spain and China, will congregate around the Grey’s Monument area transforming it into a cosmopolitan market place with chalets packed full of unusual Christmas gifts and festive foods you can’t find anywhere else. 

With delights such as Polish bigos, French crepes, Spanish paella, mouthwatering chocolate cakes and biscuits from the Italian biscotterie or wonderful cakes and pastries from the French patisserie.  If it’s a present you are looking for we can offer you the very latest style in scarves and ties from Italy, genuine Russian dolls, a huge fantastic Dutch flower garden and a wide range of jewellery.


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Opening hours:

Mon-Sat: 9am – 7pm

Sunday:   10am – 5pm

For more information visit Newcastle Christmas Market’s Facebook page here.


Half Man Half Biscuit at Wylam Brewery

Palace of ArtsExhibition ParkClaremont RoadNewcastle Upon Tyne


Half Man Half Biscuit are a counterblast to the processes of modern life.  Throughout changing times they have spanned the decades and released 13 full-length albums.


Their approach to promoting their music is famously non-existent – a handful of UK gigs each year is normal. Even rarer are interviews of any kind.  Their existence and therefore, their music is somehow outside of the modern world, yet also a reaction to it.

Back in 1985, Half Man Half Biscuit sat comfortably at the top of the indie album chart.  That album was ‘Back In The DHSS’, it became an instant success after it was championed by the late John Peel, for whom they did a total of 12 sessions over the years.  As soon as he heard the white label test pressing, he was smitten.

Since then, they have released a further 12 albums with frontman Nigel Blackwell never taking the music business too seriously.  According to Nigel, the reason he started writing songs, was due to the fact, that when he left school in Birkenhead, the only other option was to become a heroin addict.

Their latest album ‘Urge for Offal‘, sees more of Nigel’s surreal observations on everyday life.  A few shining examples are ‘Old age killed my teenage bride‘ and ‘Baguette dilemma for the Booker Prize guy“.

So grab your Joy Division Oven Gloves and don your Dukla Prague away kit, as The Biscuit are coming to town.

Get tickets here.


Drive In Movie Nights

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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…

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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 Life, Times Square, Newcastle 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.


Alnwick Garden Christmas Market: Free Entry

alnwick garden christmas market

Enjoy festive nibbles and love carolling as you fill your Christmas Stockings with eclectic delights from around the region.

All stall holders have been hand-picked by The Alnwick Garden and are sure to delight. Enjoy seasonal singing and live music played by talented performers from the region, in the warmth of the beautiful marquee.

For more information click here.


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