What's On - Events & Sport
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There’s no better place to celebrate World Book Day than in the National Centre for the Written Word, and few better writers to herald in the celebrations right here in the North East than Sunderland native Nancy Revell. Having written seven novels in The Shipyard Girls series – which is set in the North East during the Second World War – Nancy will be discussing her latest novel and her life as a journalist and author in this special celebration, which all bookworms won’t want to miss.
You’d expect the Black Cats to steal a relatively easy win at home here, against a Gillingham side who have enjoyed decidedly mixed form in the 2019/2020 campaign so far. But we all know Steve Evans has more than a few tricks up his sleeve. Worth keeping your eye on this one.
Slam Poetry is spoken word for the 21st century and, this March, 16 of of the best slam poets in the North have three minutes each to wow their audience. Sounds easy? Trust us, it’s not. In each round the audience votes to eliminate poets until only two are left to battle it out for the grand prize. Hosted by Glasto favourite Kieren King, strap yourselves in for a cracking night of fast and furious literary-fuelled entertainment if you head along.
The Falcons are flying high this season, way ahead of all of their RFU Championship rivals, while Bedford are still struggling to take flight near the bottom of the table. So you’d be forgiven for thinking this was an easy four points in the bag for Newcastle. But what have we told you about counting chickens? Better go along and see for yourself.
The world’s best darts players will return to Newcastle this March for the seventh league night of this famous ten- player tournament – featuring the likes of world number one (and reigning champion) Michael van Gerwen, and the ever-colourful Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright – as the top stars in the sport compete head-to-head in a bid to win the coveted trophy.
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In the absence of any league derbies with Sunderland or Middlesbrough, Villa are one of those teams Geordies just love to beat, and with good reason (we all remember the way they celebrated after they relegated us 10 years ago). Let’s hope the Magpies give them a thorough thrashing at home here.
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This won’t be an easy match for Jonathan Woodgate’s men. Although there aren’t many points separating the two teams in the table, QPR have enjoyed some impressive wins this season over the likes of Leeds, Preston and a thrashing of Swansea in the FA Cup. But having drawn last time they met, home advantage could prove crucial here. Boro will need all their wits about them.
The legendary lead singer and guitarist of Status Quo will share the extraordinary secrets of his 50+ years in rock ’n’ roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening of chat and music at the Tyne Theatre this April. Expect laughter, revelations, tales involving some of the giants of music, exclusive video clips and snatches of classic tunes as Francis takes you through some of his most extraordinary adventures – including singing the first words at Live Aid 1985, surviving the almost obligatory rockstar brush with alcohol and drugs, and being recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Music with a BRIT Award.
The Eagles should be the ones raiding Plymouth here, as they can already lay claim to a far better fun of form this season, as well as home court advantage. Sure to put on a show for their fans.
Northumberland boasts such a wealth of traditional culture, and the organisers of The Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering are here to show modern festival-goers that the old ones are still the best. Returning for 2020, the festival promises three days of traditional Northumbrian culture, hosting street entertainment, indoor events, music, dance, crafts, battle re-enactments, dialect, competitions, bellringing, orienteering, walks, talks, and traditional activities for all ages to get involved in.
One of the most prestigious horticultural shows in the country is back for the first big event of the horticultural calendar in 2020. Welcoming more than 100 of the UK’s top plant nurseries, the Harrogate Spring Flower Show also features intricate displays by established and emerging garden designers, and covers everything from bonsai and bee-keeping to dahlias to daffodils.
Living North LIVE is returning to Newcastle Racecourse and, in our humble opinion, there really is no better day out. With more than 200 handpicked exhibitors from across the North of England (and beyond) selling the most delicious of treats, the most innovative of the arts and the most exquisite of homeware items – and a sumptuous afternoon tea offering to refuel with after some hardcore retail therapy – you’re sure to enjoy a fun and fabulous day out.
Whatever social and political upheavals Britain is going through, the English language and the printed word endures. And that resilience is what Hexham Book Festival looks to celebrate. Although the full programme for 2020 is still yet to be announced, we know there will be the brand new Gillian Dickinson Young People's Programme in the magical Spiegeltent, and plenty of talks, workshops, events and performances for the whole family to enjoy.