What's On - Events & Sport
This action-packed live blockbuster returns to delight audiences for the fourth year in a row, in a uniquely entertaining open-air performance which delves into 2,000 years of history, myth and legend, and 2019 is ‘Year of the Viking’ – promising more fire, and plenty more fury, than ever before.
Bringing three months of live music, family activities and entertainment to the region, one of the UK’s biggest free festivals promises to, once again, ignite South Tyneside in a riot of colour, sound and spectacle. And with an out-of-this-world Space Fantasy Theme, the highly-anticipated Summer Parade is sure to rocket.
Taking over Durham’s city centre for two days of brass-inspired mayhem, this year’s festival theme is Brass and Health, so as well as live performances and parties galore, you’ll also get plenty of chances to take part in some inspiring and innovative workshops. Don’t miss the Big Brass Party in the Park – where you can spread out your picnic blankets and bust out some moves with all the best street bands in town.
The UK’s biggest and (in our opinion) best free pride festival is back for another jam-packed weekend of LGBT+ celebrations in the heart of Newcastle. From performances from big-name artists (still to be confirmed), to Family and Youth zones, a fairground, plenty of food and drink stalls and the special Stonewall Remembrance March, you’ll want to dust off your rainbow attire and celebrate with pride.
After the success of last year’s campaign – in which the Jets made it through to a home quarter-final for only the second time in their history – Durham are ready to make it even further in the 2019 Vitality Blast campaign. Their first fixture in the North Group, a win against the Steelbacks would get them one step closer to the knockouts. Fast, furious and fantastic.
With high-speed jets, breathtaking display teams and precision flying in the air – not to mention a massive choice of family activities and entertainment on the ground – there's something for everyone all weekend at the action-packed Sunderland International Airshow.
Back for their fourth year running, the Northern Electric Festival has a whole host of special events and activities planned across The Cluny, Star and Shadow Cinema, Cobalt Studios CIC, The Cumberland Arms and Blank Studios in celebration of electronic music and artists in the North East. Make sure you get yourself along – you’ll be buzzing.
The Berwick Food and Beer Festival has everything to tickle your fancy, as well as your tastebuds. With over 80 local food and drink stalls (and it’s not just beer – there’s wine, Champagne and cocktails on offer, too) there are also cookery demonstrations, children’s workshops, an animal farm, food-related films and live music. Bon appétit.
Part of the Quilter Internationals, this special fixture will be the first ever home Test Match for England in Newcastle, as well as being the first time a match featuring the national rugby team has taken place outside London since the team’s final Rugby World Cup 2015 pool fixture against Uruguay. The final of four warm-up matches Eddie Jones’ side will face as part of their preparations for the World Cup in Japan in November, England will be hoping to give the North East crowd plenty to shout about.