Published Saturday, 12th August 2023
By Helen Aitchison
It's the summer holidays and at last it appears that the weather here in the North East may be improving! Sadly, some local events have been cancelled recently due to the heavy rain our region has experienced recently. However, there are loads of things going on in the area over the next month or so – here are a few ideas that might appeal:
Heritage Tour – Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art – Saturday 12 August, Sunday 20 August, Sunday 27 August, 10:00 – 11:00. Free (donations welcome).
Linked to Michael Rakowitz's exhibition on level 4 Gallery of the Baltic around the colonial history of the Quayside and surrounding areas, these events include a 45-minute heritage tour of the local area, followed by refreshments at the Baltic. For more information and to book, visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk.
Paint and Sip Party – Shipley Art Gallery – Saturday 12 August, 14:15 – 16:15. £20 per person.
Bring your own bottle creative class with a choice of over 150 paintings to inspire and expert help at hand. Materials are provided and masterpieces can be taken home. Complementary tea, coffees and soft drinks are available. For more information and to book, visit: www.allevents.in.
FTW Summertime Brawl – Thomas Wilson Club, Low Fell – Sunday 13 August, 16:00 – 19:00. £10 per ticket.
Family-friendly wrestling event at the Thomas Wilson Club. Get ready to rumble and enjoy the action! For more information and to book, visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk
Comic Book Club – Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art – Sunday 13 August, Sunday 27 August, Sunday 10 September, Sunday 24 September – 16:00 – 17:30. Free, Suitable for 14-16-year-olds.
Join staff from the Baltic to talk all things comics, delving into manga, illustrations, and story-telling. For more information and to book, visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk.
Augmented Reality – Wrekenton Library – Wednesday 16 August, 10:00 – 11:30. Leam Lane Library – Thursday 24 August, 10:00 – 12:00. Birtley Library – Thursday 31 August, 10:00 – 12:00. Suitable for children aged 7 years +. Free.
Come along to Wrekenton Library to watch dinosaurs, kittens, insects, and planets come to life and get involved with some of the augmented reality challenges. For more information and to book, visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk.
Peter Pan Inspired Arts and Crafts Workshop – Low Fell Library - Tuesday 22 August, 14:00. Suitable for children aged 3 – 8 years old, £5 per child.
A lovely craft session based on the classic children's story of Peter Pan. For more information and to book, visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk.
Bill Quay Festival – Friday 25 August - Sunday 27 August.
Three days of family fun with an amazing line-up of live music, bouncy castles, face painting, magicians, and an array of food stalls. For more information and to book, visit: www.billquayfestival.co.uk.
Summer Crafts – The Kiln Pottery Studio, Low Fell – Tuesday 29 August, 14:00. Suitable for children aged 3 – 8 years old. £8 per child to include all materials and pottery item to take home.
Bring your children along to decorate a plate to be fired at the Kiln and collected a few days later. For more information and to book, visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk.
Gateshead Beer Festival – Gateshead Rugby Club - Saturday 26 August – Sunday 27th August. 12:30 – 22:00, £12 per day for over 18s, under 18's free.
Live music, food, and plenty of fun are guaranteed. For more information and to book, visit: www.gatesheadbeerfestival.co.uk.
Of course, many more activities are going on in the area – check out www.newcastlegateshead.com for more and remember all of the beautiful free walks and parks in our area!