What's On - Events & Sport
This is an agricultural show with a difference. In typical Beamish fashion, their show is specially designed with the aim of recreating a typical country show from the early 1900s – so you’re guaranteed a completely unique experience. But you’re still guaranteed all the fun of the fair – with birds of prey displays, donkey rides, geese and duck herding, archery, Punch and Judy shows, the chance to meet the alpacas, and plenty of competitions for visitors to take part in, along with so much more.
In its 67th year, the Hexham Abbey Festival of Music and Arts has a programme guaranteed to interest everyone. As well as a strong emphasis on choral music, represented by their Candlelight Concert and Festival Chorus, they are also presenting jazz, world and folk music, a ballet film classic, a piano recital, a schools’ music project, and a concert by a BBC competition winner.
It’s their last home fixture of the County Championship season, and Durham will be wanting to go out on a high and give their home fans plenty to cheer about. But Glamorgan certainly won’t be going down without a fight. Neck and neck in the table, these two sides are sure to put on one heck of a game.
Join some of the North East’s finest breweries (and some from slightly further afield) as they serve up only the very best ales in this special event in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter. Brinkburn Street Brewery is one of our favourite spots for an after-work pint, and they’ll be cooking up some of the tastiest food going to keep your strength up, as well as some stellar entertainment, while you sup to your heart’s content.
Wednesday have enjoyed a promising start to the 2019/2020 season, and will be hoping to build on a recent string of victories to cement their position within the top half of the Championship table. Middlesbrough, on the other hand, have had decidedly more mixed fortunes so far in the season. An important early fixture here at the Riverside.
The clash of the Uniteds never fail to disappoint in terms of their theatricality. Many Toon fans will (shudderingly) remember some of their team’s more famous defeats to the Red Devils – such as that 6–0 hammering back in 2008 that was heralded by Christiano Ronaldo’s first hat-trick for Manchester – but many will also recall fixtures such as the Magpies cracking 5–0 victory, Kevin Keegan’s team totally dismantling the then-reigning champions. Much has changed for both sides, but we’re sure this iconic match-up will still deliver.
Redcar’s Scream Factory has entertained and enthralled thousands of helpless souls in the North East since 2012 and is only getting bigger. The region’s largest, scariest and multi-award winning haunt, set in the grounds of an old haunted nursery behind Kirkleatham Museum, has petrifying ploys in store for thrill-seekers of all ages. Not for the faint-hearted.
Don’t miss out on a spellbinding celebration of all things magic this October, as The Customs House host the 16th International Magic Festival. With a tremendous line up of world-renowned entertainers, magicians and illusionists taking to the stage, you can be sure organisers will have plenty of tricks up their sleeves to make sure there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Murderous madmen, killer clowns and chainsaw-wielding characters all lurk in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of interactive scare experience Psycho Path. Offering some killer new attractions in its revamped Fearground, including a clown maze, scary freak show, and the Anarchy Arcade, which will offer everything from aerial artists, magicians and fire breathers to fairground rides and a range of street food and drinks, Psycho Path will also be hosting a Family Frightfest on certain dates this year, suitable for children of all ages. Sweet, but psycho.
The Black Cats will welcome a Fleetwood Town side to the Stadium of Light that are already looking likely to become one of the greatest rivals in League One this season. Could be a nail-biter.
Extinction and climate change are two real and growing problems and are without doubt the greatest collective challenge that modern society faces – and are yet to overcome. Join a panel of experts, including North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll and Extinction Rebellion Durham eco-campaigner Alan Charlton, in a debate chaired by BBC Look North’s Adrian Pitches, to discuss what can be done to avert an environmental crisis that will effect us all.
After something of a spectacular fall from the Premier league last year (having famously spent more than £100 million in the preceding summer transfer window) Fulham are very much looking to lick their wounds and regain some pride in the Championship this season and have started the campaign impressively. Boro, on the other hand, haven’t yet picked up where they left off in May. Sure to be an interesting match up.
Are you ready for a fright night you’ll never forget at one of Beamish Museum’s Halloween Evenings? Experience an eerily-exciting evening of tricks and treats as everyone’s favourite open-air attraction is transformed into The Un-living Museum of the North. Beware as ghastly ghosts and other terrifying creatures take over the the grounds, with plenty of spooky surprises in store.
Francisco de Zurbarán was a master of the Spanish Golden Age. His series of paintings, Jacob and his Twelve Sons, have hung in Auckland Castle for 250 years and is one of the largest collections of his work in the world. Interestingly, the paintings were purchased at a time when the Jewish faith was under a lot of persecution in Britain, so the fact that a high churchman like the Bishop of Durham purchased these depictions of the Jewish patriarch to put in his most public room was a strong symbol of tolerance. Find out more about Zurbarán and the fascinating history of his work in Bishop Auckland in this talk from The Auckland Project’s Project Curator, Morlin Ellis.
Grab your broomsticks for a bewitchingly-brilliant day out at Belsay Hall this half term holiday. Perfect for keeping little monsters of all ages out of mischief with a whole host of Halloween hijinks, Belsay Hall’s paranormal programme offers you the chance to get hands-on with creepy crafts, and embark on a wickedly wacky witch-themed quest around the hall and gardens. And with a fancy dress competition to be won every day, be sure to come in your finest fiendish outfits.
If you’re a cycle disciple then you better get on your bike to sign up for this special CycloCross event at Swinton Bivouac this October. Enjoy a day of timed laps on a variety of tracks through the magnificent Bivouac Plantation and surrounding fields, with routes designed for both adults and children, and be part of a proverbial peloton of pedal-pushing fun.
Sure to be a tough test for the Magpies at home here. Although not far apart in the league table just yet, Wolves enjoyed one of the best seasons in the club’s history last year – finishing just behind the Big Six and securing a place in this season’s Europa League after an absence from the competition for the last four decades. And they’ll want to be building on that success in the Premier League too. Can Steve Bruce’s side throw a spanner in the works?
Ahoy, shipmates! This Halloween, batten down the hatches and jump onboard the mysterious Fortuna vessel as it sails down the River Tyne – looking to unearth some of Newcastle’s long-lost maritime secrets. Whether you’re Elizabeth Swann or Davy Jones, you can join in the celebrations as the ship’s resident DJs take you through the biggest new and old school tracks, while blending in the odd Halloween horror, in this boat party like no other.
Before the days of motor transport and aviation, Steeplechasing was the original extreme sport: testing the endurance, agility and courage of both horse and jockey and providing spectators with a thrilling day out. And we still can’t resist the thrills and spills of the prestigious bet365 Charlie Hall meeting – where the leading trainers, the best horses and the top jockeys will all converge on the hallowed turf of Wetherby Racecourse for two days of quality jump racing. Unmissable.
Witness death-defying acts, crazy characters and a heart-pumping soundtrack as the UK’s most terrifying Halloween festival embarks on a nationwide tour – taking over Newcastle’s Riverside for one night of spirited shenanigans. Body stapling, pierced weight lifting and the incredibly dangerous Bed of Blades are just some of the things you might witness in this fun-filled fright night. Welcome to the dark side of the circus.
Ben Fogle has steadily become one of the nation’s favourite adventurers as he built a 19-year career in television on journeying to some of the most challenging environments on the planet – taking us along for the ride. And now you can hear his remarkable Tales of the Wilderness first hand, as Ben takes to the stage to share some of his most thrilling stories – from crossing Antarctica to conquering Everest, Ben will take you on an inspiring adventure.
The action-packed Marvel Universe LIVE! makes its Newcastle debut with an all-new storyline and never-before-seen characters in one epic battle of good versus evil. Superhero action – featuring characters from all the Marvel films and comic books – is set to thrill as drama soars, smashes and bursts ono the stage, with the help of some cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, and impressive 3D video projection mapping. Unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.