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


Halloween Trails In And Around The North East


From bats to pumpkins, ghosts to potions there are loads of Halloween Trails happening over Half Term throughout the region.


Alnwick Garden Family Friendly Halloween Trail, Alnwick

What They Say: “Grisly ghouls, spooky skeletons and Halloween nasties have taken over The Alnwick Garden, grab your family’s hand and go on a spook-tacular adventure around The Alnwick ‘Spooky’ Garden. A trail card and activity pack will assist you on your ghoulsome journey.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.alnwickgarden.com/events/daytime-halloween-trail-2021-10-23/


Berwick Museum Bat Trail, Berwick

What They Say: “Pick up your trail sheet at the museum Welcome Desk then explore the museum to try and find all the bats. Count how many you can find and make your way back to the Welcome Desk with your completed trail sheet. If you’ve spotted them all then you’ll be rewarded with a small sweet treat! The Berwick Bat Trail is inspired by the story of the Berwick Vampire.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/whats-on/berwick-bat-trail/


Ford & Etal Scarycrow Trail, Heatherslaw

What They Say: “The famous Scarycrow Trail has been running for over 10 years and causes great excitement amongst visitors and locals. Follow the trail of weird and wonderful ‘Scarycrows’ around the villages, awarding them scores as you go.”

Booking Needed:

When: Monday 25th October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.ford-and-etal.co.uk/events/the-famous-scarycrow-trail/


Gibside Halloween Trail, Rowlands Gill

What They Say: “Venture on a quest through the West Wood and help Ghastly Griselda collect magic items to conjure a grizzly pet. Creep towards Griselda’s lair and create a scary monster using twigs, acorns, leaves and more – from spindly arms and scruffy hair to yellow fangs and eyes that glare!”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/557cf357-7f51-46bb-82a8-174e5f7784d6/pages/details


Hardwick Park Day Of The Dead Trail, Sedgefield

What They Say: “This Halloween trail is inspired by the Day of the Dead. Purchase your trail sheet from the café and search for the items hidden around the park. Each one will help you learn more about the Mexican traditions relating to this special.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.thisisdurham.com/whats-on/day-of-the-dead-trail-at-hardwick-park-p1075861


High Force Halloween Trail, Co. Durham

What They Say: “If you venture down to High Force Waterfall this Halloween, you’ll find a series of spine-tingling clues along our woodland walk. Can you collect them all, solve the puzzle and make it all the way back to the Hotel?”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.raby.co.uk/events/high-force-halloween-trail/


Land Of Oak & Iron Painted Pumpkin Trail, Winlaton Mill

What They Say: “After the popularity of last year’s trail – we have once again enlisted our artist friends and our staff team to get creative by hand painting spooky pumpkins for our Painted Pumpkin Trail! Visit the Heritage Centre in Winlaton Mill and pick up a trail page during half-term, then find and name all the different painted pumpkins that you encounter.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: http://landofoakandiron.org.uk


Newham Grange Farm Halloween Trail, Middlesbrough

What They Say: “Complete the Halloween Trail on a Halloween Walk.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Friday 29th October 2021

Further Details: https://newhamgrangefarm.co.uk/discover/events/halloween-fun/


North Tyneside Big Pumpkin Trail, North Tyneside

What They Say: “The Borough’s Big Halloween Pumpkin Trail features 30 giant pumpkin caricatures on pavements in and around town centre locations, and adventurers will be able to track all of them using a free app. Characters can be found in Tynemouth, Wallsend, Whitley Bay, North Shields, Cullercoats, Killingworth, Forest Hall and more.”

Booking Needed:

When: Throughout October

Further Details: https://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/news/29023/north-tynesides-big-halloween-pumpkin-trail


Northumberlandia Pumpkin & Bat Trails, Cramlington

What They Say: “Download our trail guide to help your explorers find our hidden clues in the woodland, learning interesting facts as you go.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.facebook.com/northumberlandia/


Ormsby Hall Potion & Poisons Trail, Middlesbrough

What They Say: “Are you brave enough to follow the Halloween trail through the house? Grab your potion ingredients list before searching for the potion bottles to find out what is required to cast your spookiest spell. Keep alert for what you might find in the dark rooms filled with magic and mystery, then continue your spooky adventure outside to discover more about the darker side of nature on the poison garden trail.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ormesby-hall/features/halloween-adventures-at-ormesby-hall

Ormsby Hall Potion & Poisons Trail, Middlesbrough

Paxton House Halloween Trail, Berwick-Upon-Tweed

What They Say: “Come and follow our Halloween Trail around the grounds at Paxton House for some spooky surprises this October. “

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 9th October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://paxtonhouse.co.uk/event/halloween-trail/

Paxton House Halloween Trail, Berwick-Upon-Tweed

Project Feelgood Halloween Rock Hunt, Blyth

What They Say: “Find all the clues on our spooky trail to complete the quest.”

Booking Needed:

When: Wednesday 27th October

Further Details: https://m.facebook.com/ProjectFeelGoodUK/

Project Feelgood Halloween Rock Hunt, Blyth

Raby Castle Halloween Trail, Co. Durham

What They Say: “Collect an activity sheet from our creepy Coach Yard and see what hidden creatures you can find. Steer clear of the Witch’s cauldron and brave our scary spiders to find all of the clues and complete the puzzle.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.raby.co.uk/events/halloween-half-term-trail/

Raby Castle Halloween Trail, Co. Durham

Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland

What They Say: “Get into the spirit of Halloween with our spooky outdoor trail.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas/features/october-half-term-at-souter-lighthouse

Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland

Tynemouth Park Pumpkin Trail, Tynemouth

What They Say: “Follow the pumpkin trail through the maze”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.tynemouthpark.com

Tynemouth Park Pumpkin Trail, Tynemouth

Ushaw Illuminated Trail, Durham

What They Say: “Travel through our child-friendly Halloween-themed illuminated gardens, where you will come across some rather spooky characters roaming the grounds of Ushaw.”

Booking Needed:

When: Friday 29th October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://ushaw.org/whatson/halloween-at-ushaw-illuminated-trail/

Ushaw Illuminated Trail, Durham

Wallington Broomstick Trail, Morpeth

What They Say: “Thirteen witches have left their best broomsticks behind at Wallington! See how many you can spot during your visit.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington


Washington Wetland Centre Halloween Trail, Washington

What They Say: “Are you brave enough to explore the weird and wonderful side of wetland nature this October? Discover what lurks beneath and join us on our all new interactive trail to uncover amazing facts about some very special creatures, while facing tricky tests along the way.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 2nd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://www.facebook.com/wwtwashington/

Washington Wetland Centre Halloween Trail, Washington

Woodhorn Museum, Ashington

What They Say: “Pick up your trail sheet and then explore the museum and colliery buildings to try and find all the hidden pumpkins.”

Booking Needed:

When: Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October 2021

Further Details: https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/woodhorn-museum/event/pumpkin-trail-4

Woodhorn Museum, Ashington

Video Gaming Lounges In And Around The North East

Gaming lounges have undergone a massive change in the last couple of years. Previously referred to as ‘gaming cafes’ or ‘cyber dens’ the popularity of gaming lounges has grown dramatically in-line with the latest gaming trends and the global esports industry.

Offering a wide range of the latest consoles, gaming lounges are open to all who have a passion for gaming.

If you’ve never been to a gaming lounge before but would like to give them a go, I’ve listed our favourites below:


The Arcade Warehouse, Royal Quays

*OPENING SOON*

Consoles Available: TBC

Prices: TBC

Opening Hours: TBC

On-Site Cafe: TBC

Further Details: https://thearcadewarehouse.co.uk/

The Arcade Warehouse, Royal Quays

The CTRL Pad, Newcastle

Consoles Available: PlayStation (VR, 3 & 4), XBox (One & 360), Nintendo (Switch, SNES Mini, N64, GameCube, Wii U & NES Mini), SEGA (Dreamcast), PC

Prices: From £5 per person per hour

Opening Hours: Sunday to Friday 12 noon-6pm, Saturday 12 noon-8pm

On-Site Cafe:

Further Details: https://thectrlpad.com

The CTRL Pad, Newcastle

Gamer Esc, Sunderland

Consoles Available: PlayStation, XBox, VR, PC

Prices: From £5 per person per hour

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 1:30pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 10am-6pm

On-Site Cafe:

Further Details: https://www.gamer-esc.co.uk/

Gamer Esc, Sunderland

Gamers World, Darlington

Consoles Available: PlayStation, XBox, VR, PC

Prices: From £5 per person per hour

Opening Hours: Daily 10am-8pm

On-Site Cafe:

Further Details: https://m.facebook.com/GamersWorldUK/

Gamers World, Darlington

Harry’s Game Shack, Newcastle & Sunderland

Consoles Available: PlayStation, XBox, VR, PC

Prices: From £5 per person per hour

Opening Hours: Site dependent

On-site Cafe:

Further Details: https://www.harrysgameshack.com

Harry’s Game Shack, Newcastle & Sunderland

Let me know in the comments if you’ve visited any of the gaming lounges listed and what you thought of them.

North East Pantomimes 2021

Watching a panto is a much loved tradition for many families during the festive period and is usually a child’s first introduction in to theatre productions. This year, there are a variety of shows on offer in and around the North East and each needs your support more than ever!

It may seem early to be thinking about Christmas but tickets for pantomime performances are already on sale and selling quickly.


Rapunzel At The Customs House, South Shields

Running From: 24th November 2021

Running To: 8th January 2022

Tickets: https://www.customshouse.co.uk/theatre/rapunzel/

Customs House, South Shields

Treasure Island At The Empire Theatre, Consett

Running From: 27th November 2021

Running To: 31st December 2021

Tickets: https://empireconsett.co.uk/

Empire Theatre, Consett

Aladdin At The Forum Theatre, Billingham

Running From: 4th December 2021

Running To: 3rd January 2022

Tickets: https://forumtheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873610991/events/128250441

Forum Theatre, Billingham

Robin Hood At The Gala Theatre, Durham

Running From: 24th November 2021

Running To: 9th January 2022

Tickets: https://galadurham.co.uk/galapost/robin-hood/

Gala Theatre, Durham

Cinderella At The Hippodrome, Darlington

Running From: 10th December 2021

Running To: 31st December 2021

Tickets: https://www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk/whats-on/Cinderella

Hippodrome, Darlington

Snow White At The Maltings, Berwick

Running From: 11th December 2021

Running To: 30th December 2021

Tickets: https://www.maltingsberwick.co.uk/whats-on/snow-white-the-maltings-pantomime-2021/

Maltings, Berwick

Peter Pan At Middlesbrough Theatre, Middlesbrough

Running From: 3rd December 2021

Running To: 31st December 2021

Tickets: https://www.middlesbroughtheatre.co.uk/event/peter-pan/

Middlesbrough Theatre, Middlesbrough

Sleeping Beauty At The People’s Theatre, Newcastle

Running From: 11th December 2021

Running To: 19th December 2021

Tickets: https://www.peoplestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/sleeping-beauty

People’s Theatre, Newcastle

Aladdin At The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth

Running From: 4th December 2021

Running To: 12th December 2021

Tickets: https://www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk/whats-on/theatre/aladdin/

Phoenix Theatre, Blyth

Viking Christmas At The Playhouse, Alnwick

Running From: 18th December 2021

Running To: 28th December 2021

Tickets: https://www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/

Playhouse, Alnwick

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs At The Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Running From: 4th December 2021

Running To: 2nd January 2022

Tickets: https://www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk/events/rescheduled-date-christmas-pantomime-blue-genie-entertainment-presents-snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs/

Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Cinderella At The Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Running From: 11th January 2022

Running To: 16th January 2022

Tickets: https://www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk/events/whitley-bay-pantomime-society-presents-cinderella-2022/

Cinderella At The Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs At The Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Running From: 23rd November 2021

Running To: 9th January 2022

Tickets: https://www.theatreroyal.co.uk/whats-on/snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs/

Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Sleeping Beauty At The Tyne Theatre, Newcastle

Running From: 3rd December 2021

Running To: 3rd January 2022

Tickets: https://tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk/events/enchanted-entertainment-present-sleeping-beauty/

Tyne Theatre, Newcastle

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs At Sunderland Empire, Sunderland

Running From: 10th December 2021

Running To: 2nd January 2022

Tickets: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/snow-white/sunderland-empire/

Sunderland Empire, Sunderland


ADULT ONLY PANTOMIMES

These panto performances are for over-18s because why should children have all the festive fun?

Christmas Spectacular At Boulevard, Newcastle

Running From: 5th November 2021

Running To: 2nd January 2022

Tickets: https://www.boulevardnewcastle.co.uk

Boulevard, Newcastle

Rapunzel At The Tyne Theatre, Newcastle

Running From: 31st October 2021

Running To: 31st October 2021

Tickets: https://tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk/events/joseph-purdy-productions-proudly-presents-rapunzel-the-adult-pantomime/

Rapunzel At The Tyne Theatre, Newcastle

Museum Of The Moon At Durham Cathedral

Between the 13th September to the 11th November 2021, see the nave in a whole new light as Luke Jerram’s “Museum of the Moon” lands at the cathedral.

About The Installation: “Museum Of The Moon” is a simply breathtaking moon sculpture which brings together detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and surround sound composition by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit 7m wide spherical installation represents 5km of the moon’s surface. The Moon will be suspended in the air in the unrivalled setting of Durham Cathedral for over 8 weeks giving visitors plenty of opportunity to marvel at the stellar display.

About The Artist: Luke Jerram’s arts practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live artworks. Living in the UK, but working internationally, Jerram creates art projects which excite and inspire people around the world.

Planning Your Visit: See “Museum Of The Moon” during the cathedral’s normal opening hours. No admission cost or tickets needed although there is a suggested donation of £5.

Events Programme: Experience “Museum Of The Moon” at night with the evening openings, stretch under the sculpture during Yoga with Liz Adams and move beneath the model throughout a silent disco. To see the full events programme, check out https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whats-on?eventcategory=64

What We Thought:

Further Details: https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/visit-us/museum-of-the-moon-2021

Heritage Open Days: England’s Largest Festival Of History & Culture

Every September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all completely FREE.

Heritage Open Days 2021: 10th to 19th September


There are hundreds of Heritage Open Days planned for the North East. From excavation sites to wall walks, film archives to history tours – there’s something for everyone.


Heritage Open Days: County Durham

Our Highlight:

Full Listing: https://bit.ly/3jK0jyZ


Heritage Open Days: Northumberland

Our Highlight:

Full Listing: https://bit.ly/3jK4fQw


Heritage Open Days: Tees Valley

Our Highlight:

Full Listing: https://bit.ly/3BHjFv0


Heritage Open Days: Tyne & Wear

Our Highlight:

Full Listing: https://bit.ly/3DQ2B7J


Let me know in the comments if you’re planning on visiting any venues during their Heritage Open Days.

Halloween 2021 Events With Tickets Available To Book Now

A quick guide to upcoming Halloween events taking place in the North East.

🎃 I will be updating this post as more events are announced so keep checking back 🎃



Cruella’s Masquerade Ball At Wallsend Memorial Hall, Wallsend

About: Join Cruella and special guests in an afternoon of Halloween tricks, treats, games and prizes, music and dancing, an art and craft activity along with lots of other surprises.

Date(s): Saturday 30th October, 2021

Prices: Adults – £3, Children – £15

Booking & Further Details: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cruellas-masquerade-ball-tickets-165391958801

Cruella’s Masquerade Ball At Wallsend Memorial Hall, Wallsend

Fairytale Express Halloween Edition At Stephenson Railway Museum, Wallsend

About: The Fairytale Express returns to Stephenson Railway Museum but with a Halloween Twist.

Date(s): Sunday 3rd October, 2021

Prices: £17.95 per person

Booking & Further Details: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/letitsnowproductions/

Fairytale Express Halloween Edition At Stephenson Railway Museum, Wallsend

Forbidden Forest At Holmside Park, Chester-Le-Street

About: Magic is coming to Holmside this Halloween! Prepare yourselves for a spellbinding experience filled with wizarding activities, pumpkin carving, all day play plus so much more!

Date(s): Friday 29th, Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st October, 2021

Prices: Adults – £7, Children – £22

Booking & Further Details: https://www.holmsidepark.co.uk/forbidden-forest/

Forbidden Forest At Holmside Park, Chester-Le-Street

Halloween Breakfast At The Keel Row, Seaton Delaval

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Halloween Breakfast At The Keel Row, Seaton Delaval

Halloween Disco At Rainton Arena, Houghton-Le-Spring

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Halloween Disco At Rainton Arena, Houghton-Le-Spring

Halloween Half Term At Linskill Centre, North Shields

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Halloween Half Term At Linskill Centre, North Shields

Halloween In The Pit Village At Beamish, Stanley

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Halloween In The Pit Village At Beamish, Stanley

Halloween Half Term At Ocean Beach, South Shields

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Halloween Half Term At Ocean Beach, South Shields

Halloween Happenings at Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough

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Halloween Happenings at Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough

Halloween Quest And Spooky Woodland Walk At Belsay Hall, Belsay

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Halloween Quest And Spooky Woodland Walk At Belsay Hall, Belsay

Halloween Spooktacular At Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth

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Halloween Spooktacular At Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth

Pumpkin Festival At Adventure Valley, Durham

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Pumpkin Festival At Adventure Valley, Durham

Pumpkin Week At Down At The Farm, Houghton-Le-Spring

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Pumpkin Week At Down At The Farm, Houghton-Le-Spring

Scare Gardens At Alnwick Garden, Alnwick

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Halloween Trail & Scare Gardens At Alnwick Garden, Alnwick

Spooky Half Term At Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester

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Spooky Half Term At Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester

Spooky Creative Crafts At Souter Lighthouse, South Shields

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Spooky Creative Crafts At Souter Lighthouse, South Shields

Trick Or Treat Scare Park At Chase Park, Whickham

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Trick Or Treat Scare Park At Chase Park, Whickham

Trick Or Treat Town At Morpeth Cricket, Hockey & Tennis Club, Morpeth

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Trick Or Treat Town At Morpeth Cricket, Hockey & Tennis Club, Morpeth

Below are details of the absolutely awesome adult only events happening this scare season because why should children have all the fun!


Ghost Tours At Tynemouth Priory, Tynemouth

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Booking & Further Details: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/Tynemouth-priory-ghost-tours-28—31-oct-2021/

Ghost Tours At Tynemouth Priory, Tynemouth

Halloween Spooktacular with Top Hat & Heels At Beamish Hall, Stanley

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Booking & Further Details: https://beamish-hall.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/35411?catID=32040

Halloween Spooktacular with Top Hat & Heels At Beamish Hall, Stanley

Psycho Path Presents Fear Ground At Lintz Hall Farm, Burnopfield

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Psycho Path Presents Fear Ground At Lintz Hall Farm, Burnopfield

Scream Factory At Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar

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Scream Factory At Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar

If you fancy picking your own pumpkins this year, read about where to do it here ➡️ https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/09/03/places-to-pick-your-own-pumpkins/

Christmas 2021 Events With Tickets Available To Book Now

As the song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” which is why I believe it’s never too early to start planning for Christmas. If you want to make the most of the fun and excitement that the festive period brings, now is the ideal time to start looking at, and booking, Yuletide days out. Much of the usual celebrations were heavily restricted over Christmas 2020 so I can see a lot of these events selling out fast.



BELIEVE At Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield

About: BELIEVE Christmas is an immersive magical world taking you on a journey through theatrical performances and interactive activities. Your Elf Guide will lead you around the Elf Tipi Village where you will meet all the Elves who are there to entertain and bring family favourite fairy-tales to life.

Date(s): Various dates throughout December

Prices: Adults – £34.50, Children – £36.50, Toddler – £18.00, Children Under 6 Months – £0.00

Booking & Further Details: https://believe-uk.com/your-adventure

Festive Rating: 🎅🎅

BELIEVE At Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield

Breakfast With Santa At Spanish City, Whitley Bay

About: Give your little elves a special treat this Christmas and enjoy a magical breakfast with Santa. To make it even more special, everyone will get to meet the main man himself in his Grotto and there will be lots of fun and games with an interactive disco.

Date(s): 18th, 19th, 23rd & 24th December

Prices: Adults – £22.50, Children – £17.50

Booking & Further Details: https://spanishcity.co.uk/breakfast-with-santa/

Festive Rating: 🎅🎅

Breakfast With Santa At Spanish City, Whitley Bay

Christmas Adventure At Holmside Park, Chester-Le-Street

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Christmas Adventure At Holmside Park, Chester-Le-Street

Christmas At Gibside, Rowlands Gill

About: Light up the dark winter nights with a festive after-hours experience at Gibside and be amazed by a new, Christmas themed illuminated trail this December.

Date(s): Various dates throughout November, December & January

Prices: Adults – £18, Children – £13 when booked in advance

Booking & Further Details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside/features/christmas-at-gibside

Festive Rating: 🎅

Christmas At Gibside, Rowlands Gill

Forest Of Light At Beamish Hall, Stanley

About: At night, when the moon takes its place in the sky the magical forest comes to life. Forest of Light is a captivating illuminated experience set within Beamish Hall’s Enchanted ancient Woodland. So gather the family and explore through the doors a wonderful world of magical illuminations and fantastic lighting displays this festive period.

Date(s): Various dates throughout November & December

Prices: £8 per person

Booking & Further Details: https://www.beamish-hall.co.uk/forest-of-light/

Festive Rating: 🎅

Forest Of Light At Beamish Hall, Stanley

A Frozen Christmas With Santa At The Discovery Museum, Newcastle

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Date(s): 20th – 23rd December 2021

Prices: £15 per person

Booking & Further Details: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/letitsnowproductions/563398/

Festive Rating: 🎅

A Frozen Christmas With Santa At The Discovery Museum, Newcastle

Nightfall Festival At Stewart Park, Middlesbrough

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Nightfall Festival At Stewart Park, Middlesbrough

Road To The North Pole At Utilita Arena, Newcastle

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Festive Rating: 🎅🎅

Road To The North Pole At Utilita Arena, Newcastle

Santa’s Enchanted Elf Journey At Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth

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Santa’s Enchanted Elf Journey At Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth

The Snowman At Durham Cathedral, Durham

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Booking & Further Details: https://durhamcathedral.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173611703/events/428373358

Festive Rating: 🎅🎅🎅

The Snowman At Durham Cathedral, Durham

Winter Light Trail At Alnwick Garden, Alnwick

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Winter Light Trail At Alnwick Garden, Alnwick

I couldn’t write a blog post about Christmas events in the North East without mentioning the big one – Fenwick. No official dates have been released so far but I’ve heard whispers that the revealing of Fenwick’s famous Christmas window will be on Tuesday 9th November 2021. To be in the loop about when tickets for Santa’s Grotto and the Rooftop Experience will be available, make sure you sign up to Fenwick’s newsletter https://www.fenwick.co.uk/sign-up/


Let me know in the comments which festivities you’re planning on attending