Pick Your Own Christmas Tree In And Around The North East


Brookfield Farm Christmas Trees, Stockton-On-Tees

Open From: Friday, 26th November 2021

Postcode: TS20 1PF

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://www.brookfieldfarmchristmas.com


Broomhall Christmas Trees, Newcastle

Open From: Saturday, 27th November 2021

Postcode: NE5 1NS

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://broomhallchristmastrees.com


Christmas Trees At Meldon Park, Northumberland

Open From: Thursday, 25th November 2021

Postcode: NE61 3SW

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://www.christmastreesatmeldonpark.co.uk


Croft Christmas Trees, Darlington

Open From: Friday, 19th November 2021

Postcode: DL2 2TF

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://croftchristmastrees.com


Dodds Christmas Trees, Teesside

Open From: TBC

Postcode: TS18 3FE

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://www.o-christmas-tree.com


Durham Christmas Trees, Durham

Open From: Friday, 26th November 2021

Postcode: DH6 5NJ

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://www.durhamchristmastrees.co.uk


East Grange Christmas Trees, Durham

Open From: TBC

Postcode: DH1 2TB

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://www.eastgrange.com


Edelweiss Christmas Tree Company, Seaton Delaval

Open From: Friday, 26th November 2021

Postcode: NE25 0PP

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://edelweisstrees.com


Northern Christmas Trees, Gosforth

Open From: Friday, 19th November 2021

Postcode: NE3 2DT

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://www.northernchristmastreesgosforth.com


Whelly Hill Farm Christmas Trees, Hartlepool

Open From: Saturday, 27th November 2021

Postcode: TS27 3BH

Trees Available: TBC

Website: https://www.whellyhillfarm.com


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Christmas Light Switch On Events In & Around The North East

The countdown to Christmas is officially on! After last year, almost all Christmas Light Switch On Events are back welcoming spectators and promise to be bigger than ever – with most offering a full programme of entertainment from parades and live music to guest appearances and street performers. I’m sure even the most Christmas-averse person cracks a smile at the sight of magical festive light displays so wrap up warm and join your local switch on.

As always, if you’re planning to visit any of the events listed, ALWAYS check direct with the organisers beforehand to ensure none of the details have changed.


Blyth

When: Friday 19th & Saturday 20th November 2021

Where: Blyth Town Centre

Highlights: TBC

Website: https://www.blythtowncouncil.org.uk/whatson.php

Image By Blyth Town Council

Dalton Park

When: Saturday 13th November 2021

Where: Dalton Park

Highlights: Metro Radio’s Steve and Karen will be flipping the switch

Website: https://www.dalton-park.co.uk/events/launch-of-christmas-2021/

Image By Dalton Park

Gateshead

When: Thursday 18th November 2021

Where: Trinity Square

Highlights: Popular character “Grinchy” is back again for 2021

Website: https://trinitysquaregateshead.co.uk/latest/grinchy-is-back/

Image By Trinity Square

Hebburn

When: Monday 29th November 2021

Where: Fountain Park

Highlights: The switch on will be led by community heroes in recognition of their outstanding support during the Covid pandemic

Website: https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/74083/South-Tyneside-to-Shine-Bright-this-Christmas

Image by South Tyneside Council

Hexham

When: Friday 26th November 2021

Where: Market Place and Hexham Abbey

Highlights: TBC

Website: https://www.visithexham.net/events/christmas-hexham-2021

Image By Hexham Courant

Jarrow

When: Friday 26th November 2021

Where: Jarrow Town Hall

Highlights: The switch on will be led by community heroes in recognition of their outstanding support during the Covid pandemic

Website: https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/74083/South-Tyneside-to-Shine-Bright-this-Christmas

Image By South Tyneside Council

Newcastle

When: Thursday 11th November 2021

Where: Grey Street

Highlights: Hosted by Metro Radio

Website: https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/citylife-news/culture/newcastles-christmas-lights-switch-back

Image By Newcastle Council

Middlesbrough

When: Sunday 28th November 2021

Where: Centre Square

Highlights: TBC

Website: https://www.wearemiddlesbrough.com/whats-on/family/christmas-parade-and-switch-on/

Image By Gazette Live

Redcar

When: Sunday 28th November 2021

Where: Town Centre

Highlights: Fire and Ice Parade followed by an evening hosted by Zetland FM

Website: https://redcarcleveland.co.uk/enjoy/event/redcar-christmas-lights-switch-on/

Image By Redcar Cleveland Council

Rothbury

When: Saturday 20th November 2021

Where: Town Centre

Highlights: TBC

Website: https://m.facebook.com/Rothburychristmaslights/


South Shields

When: Wednesday 24th November

Where: Market Place

Highlights: The switch on will be led by community heroes in recognition of their outstanding support during the Covid pandemic

Website: https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/74083/South-Tyneside-to-Shine-Bright-this-Christmas

Image By Shields Gazzette

Sunderland

When: Thursday 18th November 2021

Where: Keel Square

Highlights: Star of Sunderland Empire’s Pantomime, Su Pollard, will be making an appearance

Website: https://www.mysunderland.co.uk/christmaslights

Image By My Sunderland

Ice Skating This Festive Season In & Around The North East


The build up and buzz to Christmas 2021 is well underway now and one of our favourite family festive activities is ice skating. There’s something so nostalgic about putting on a pair of skates and slipping around the rink. Here’s our guide to the best ice skating experiences available this year.

*I’ll be updating this post regularly so keep checking back*


Centre For Life, Newcastle

Dates: 13th November 2021 – 9th January 2022

Where: Times Square, NE1 4EP

About: “We are delighted to confirm that our much-loved, open-air ice rink will return this winter. Tickets for timed slots can be purchased online in advance. Some slots will be kept free for walk-ups – but booking is advised to avoid disappointment.”

Prices: Adult – £11.50, Child – £9.00, Under 4’s – £4.00

Booking & Further Details: https://www.life.org.uk/events/ice-skating

Centre For Life, Newcastle

Keel Square, Sunderland

Dates: 27th November 2021 – 3rd January 2022

Where: Keel Square, SR1 3LH

About: “Ready to deliver a magical winter experience for people of all ages we promise to give you the best year yet at Sunderland Ice Rink with our fantastic new all weather rink – say goodbye to the rain and wind we now have a huge marquee covering us from the elements!”

Prices: Adult – £10.00, Child – £8.00, Under 4’s – £3.00

Booking & Further Details: https://sunderlandicerink.co.uk

Keel Square, Sunderland

Manor Walks, Cramlington

Dates: 2nd December 2021 – 2nd January 2022

Where: Manor Walks Shopping Centre, NE23 6UT

About: “Join us at Manor Walks Shopping Centre for festive fun with a glide on our first ever real ice rink! Grab your skates and enjoy the 32x 15m open air ice rink and enjoy the perfect day out with friends and family.”

Prices: Adult – £9.00, Child – £6.00

Booking & Further Details: https://www.manorwalks.co.uk/news-events/events/festive-ice-rink/

Manor Walks, Cramlington

Metro Centre, Gateshead

Dates: 9th November 2021 – 31st December 2021

Where: Exhibition Square, NE11 9YG

About: “We’ve brought the outdoors indoors this year with our magical Arctic Experience. Little kids, and big kids too, can skate on our synthetic ice rink, grab a selfie on our enchanted throne, and watch the magical snow fall indoors.”

Prices: £2 per person

Booking & Further Details: https://themetrocentre.co.uk/whats-on/events/arctic-experience

Metro Centre, Gateshead

Ocean Beach, South Shields

Dates: 26th November 2021 – 9th January 2022

Where: Sea Road, NE33 2LA

About: “With Festive food stalls, Bar, our very own real ice skating rink and of course some of your favourite rides and arcades are open daily too.”

Prices: Adult – £9.00, Child – £7.00

Booking & Further Details: https://www.oceanbeach.co.uk/events/ice-skating-and-winter-wonderland/

Ocean Beach, South Shields

Winter Winderland, Gosforth

Dates: 19th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022

Where: Racecourse, NE3 5HP

About: “We have something for all the family – from thrilling rides, attractions and an ice rink to Santa Claus himself & his reindeer. This is not one to be missed! We look forward to seeing you there!”

Prices: Adult – £9.50, Child – £7.50 (general admission tickets also need to be purchased)

Booking & Further Details: https://www.winterwonderlandnewcastleracecourse.co.uk/events/ice-skating-book-online.php

Winter Winderland, Gosforth

Winter Wonderland At Rainton Arena, Houghton-Le-Spring

Dates: 26th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022

Where: DH4 5PH

About: “Grab Your Skates And Come And Join Us At Our Real Open Air Ice Rink. Kick Off The Winter Season With Some Festive Skating, Open Daily. Stretch Out And Practice Your Skating Moves And Enjoy The Afternoon Sun As It Glistens On The Ice; Soak Up The Romantic Atmosphere At Twilight, Or Skate After Dark Under The Stars.”

Prices: TBC

Booking & Further Details: https://raintonarena.co.uk/events/

Winter Wonderland At Rainton Arena, Houghton-Le-Spring