What's On - Events & Sport
Tyne Valley Film Festival promises to bring together communities in and around the Tyne Valley for a stellar celebration of both local, national and international film history. With 26 screenings at 12 different venues, the diverse programme features film archive material, cinema classics and under-seen films by unsung filmmakers – and at the Forum Cinema you can catch everything from the stunning, 1940 adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca to fascinating archive footage showing Hexham On Film. Five stars.
After a spectacular debut last year, The Big One is back – with the Newcastle Falcons taking their Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixture against Sale Sharks to St James' Park. The home of Newcastle United played host to a gripping contest last season, in front of a club-record crowd of 30,174, and we’re sure that with the Falcons’ nearest rivals providing the opposition, this year will be even bigger and better.
This promises to be a thrilling clash with both teams fighting tooth-and-nail for promotion – with a position in the playoffs all to play for. City claimed the spoils the last time the pair met, but only by Teemu Pukki goal; will the Boro get their revenge at home?
Nothing says ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ more than a beautiful bouquet of flowers, but why not treat the most special lady in your life to something a little more fun and creative than the norm by learning how to create your own stunning arrangement under the expert guidance of the in-house florist at Wynyard Hall?
This could prove to be a real six-pointer as it nears squeaky-bum time in the season. Each have found themselves in the relegation battle, but have sporadically enjoyed some really impressive performances, too – both teams among only the rare few that have beaten Manchester City in the Premier League, for example. All to play for.
The first home fixture in the County Championship 2 for Durham will see them take on a Sussex side that consistently impressed last season, finishing third overall. But it’s fresh slate for both teams come April, and we’re sure Durham will want to get off to a cracking start in front of their local fans.
It’s nearing the end of the BBL and things are starting to get interesting. This home match for the Eagles could prove crucial, too – a late surge has seen them climb steadily up the table, but the Sharks are vying for the title and will prove tough competition.
The British Automobile Racing Club is back in the North East, with two days of action-packed racing at Croft Circuit. With huge grids, close racing and children under 15 able to go free, this is a must for all the petrol-heads out there.
This exciting three-day festival has everything from street entertainment, music and dance to crafts, competitions, tours, talks, bell-ringing and even battle re-enactments. Fully committed to keeping the region’s heritage and culture alive for generations to come, the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering is a bona fide celebration of all things local and often has a special focus – with previous themes celebrating the North East’s coal mining and railway heritage, the Lindisfarne Gospels and local suffragette Emily Davison.