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NORTH TYNESIDE 2017 www.visitnorthtyneside.com


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Contents Season’s Greetings

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North Tyneside Fireworks Display

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More Fireworks Displays Tynemouth Christmas Shopping Night

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North Tyneside Christmas Light Switch On

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Santa and Reindeer Parade at Royal Quays

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Tynemouth Station Christmas Market Tynemouth Food Festival Winter Edition

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Santa Express Whitley Lodge Christmas Tree Lighting Cullercoats Community Advent

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Tyneside Winter Wonderland Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade Christmas Fair Tynemouth Rotary Christmas Tree Lighting & Carol Service Reindeer in Town Centres

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St Nicholas Winter Festival

Welcome to the North Tyneside Winter Festival. We have an exciting and busy programme of events to enjoy at this special time of year. It’s a wonderful opportunity for friends and family to get together and enjoy the festivities. From November to early January we have Christmas markets, pantomimes, the chance to meet Santa at grottos throughout the borough, a food and drink festival and so much more. Whatever you choose to see and do this Christmas, I hope you have a fantastic time. Best wishes for 2018.

Norma Redfearn Elected Mayor 2

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Cinderella Pantomime at Playhouse Whitley Bay

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Stephenson Railway Santa Specials

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Santa’s Grottos

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Christmas Lunches at Rising Sun Quorum Christmas Market Christmas Carol Concerts at Northumberland Park

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Baroque Christmas by Candlelight at St George’s Church Children’s Christmas Party at White Swan Centre Elves Workshop at the Beacon Shopping Centre

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North Shields Victorian Christmas Market

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Santa’s Grotto at St. Mary’s Lighthouse Christmas Tree Decorating in the parks School Carol Service at Richardson Dees Park Christmas Stories at Richardson Dees Park

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Christmas Town performance at Customer First Centres Christmas Decorations at Richardson Dees Park Bird-friendly Tree Decorations at Northumberland Park Killingworth Hut Christmas Cheer

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Woodlawn School Xmas Pudding Fun Run New Year’s Day Morris Dancing Hansel and Gretel Pantomime at Tynemouth Priory Theatre Snow White Pantomime at Playhouse Whitley Bay

Details are correct at time of going to print but are subject to change at short notice – so please check the Winter Festival page at www.visitnorthtyneside.com for the latest developments.


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FIREWORKS

DISPLAY Sunday 5 November The Links, Whitley Bay This annual event sees thousands of people turn out for a spectacular fireworks display along the coast. There will be fairground rides and refreshments from 6pm, with the main display starting at approximately 7pm. In the event of poor weather conditions the display will take place on the next available evening, weather permitting.

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More Fireworks Displays

Fireworks Display Thursday 2 November Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend Hundreds gather at the annual free display at Segedunum with free entry into the museum too. Doors open from 4pm and the display will start at around 6.30pm. In the event of poor weather conditions the display may be cancelled or rearranged. For further information about this display call 0191 278 4217.

Tynemouth Fireworks and Bonfire Saturday 4 November, 5pm – 9.30pm Tynemouth Cricket Club Annual family event with rides and refreshments. Fireworks display starts at 7pm. Admission is £5 adults, £2 children and £12 family ticket. For further information visit www.tynemouthfireworks.com.

Blue Flames Annual Fireworks Display Sunday 5 November, gates open 3.30pm and display starts 6.30pm Blue Flames Conference and Leisure Centre, Benton Advance tickets are £4.50 for adults and £3.50 for children. For more information call 0191 270 0885.

Tynemouth Christmas Shopping Night Thursday 16 November, until 8pm Selected Tynemouth businesses will be opening late and offering discounts, mulled wine, mince pies and a raffle (with proceeds going to charity). 4


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Friday 17 November from 4.30pm (switch on 5.30pm) Tynemouth, outside of Tynemouth Priory Join us for the annual switching on of the winning light design chosen from hundreds of entries from local schoolchildren. For further information see www.visitnorthtyneside.com

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Santa and Reindeer Parade Saturday 18 November, 12pm Royal Quays Outlet Centre, North Shields This popular annual event will see Santa arriving with his reindeer in a fantastic parade and then, with the help of his elves, opens the grotto for visitors. For further information call 0191 296 3743 or visit www.royalquaysoutletcentre.com.

Autumn Colour Nature Saturday 18 November, 1pm - 3pm Wallsend Parks, Richardson Dees Park Pavilion Make your own autumn pictures and crafts to take home using materials from the park. ÂŁ2 per child. Adults must accompany children. Book online, in advance www.wallsendparks.eventbrite.com.

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Tynemouth Station Christmas Market Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 November, 9am – 4pm In addition to the popular weekend market, visitors can enjoy Christmas music and visit Santa in his grotto.

Tynemouth Food Festival Winter Edition Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 November, 11am – 7pm Tynemouth Priory and Castle, Tynemouth This special winter edition will feature stalls, street food, live Christmas music and entertainment for children including a visit from Santa. Visitors can enjoy some of the best food and drink that the region has to offer, from Northumberland cheeses and artisan breads to a range of Christmas treats and mulled wine. The festival is organised by a group of volunteers and is supported by North Tyneside Council, English Heritage and the Sea Cadets. For more information visit www.tynemouthfoodfestival.co.uk.

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Santa Express Saturday 25 November – Sunday 24 December, various times each day Ride the Santa Express and explore a magical winter wonderland. Sing along to Christmas classics with the chief elf on the land train, visit Santa’s grotto and decorate a cookie with Mrs Claus in her kitchen while enjoying a hot chocolate. Tickets are £10 per person and each child receives a gift from Santa. For more information or to book tickets visit www.cygnetevents.com.

Whitley Lodge Christmas Tree Lighting Wednesday 29 November, from 3.30pm Whitley Lodge Shopping Centre All are welcome to enjoy the Christmas fun including; carols from Whitley Lodge First School choir, a tree lighting ceremony, stalls, face painting, special characters and a visit from Santa. Local shops will be open to complement the activities. For further information call 0191 251 4422 or check out whitleylodgecs on Facebook.

Cullercoats Community Advent Friday 1 – Saturday 30 December Throughout December, residents and businesses in Cullercoats will host festive window or garden displays. Each evening a new display will be illuminated and revealed in the style of a ‘living’ advent calendar. The displays will be lit up 5.30pm - 9pm each evening, gradually forming a yuletide trail, with images to spot and record. The trail is open for everyone to enjoy. For further information visit www.cullercoatsadvent.org.uk. 8


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Tyneside Winter Wonderland Friday 1 - Sunday 3 December Linskill Centre, North Shields Back for a second year, entertainment includes; Santa’s grotto and elves’ workshop, street food, mulled wine and music. Entry is free but some activities may incur a small charge. For further information call 0191 257 8000.

Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade Christmas Fair Saturday 2 December, 11am – 4.30pm Whitley Bay Metro Station A family event with lots of seasonal stalls including Christmas trees. Children can visit Santa and the station light switch on will also take place. For further information visit Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade on Facebook.

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Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Service Thursday 7 December, 7pm On the Green at Tynemouth Everyone is welcome. Entertainment will include the Salvation Army band and choirs from Kings Priory School.

Reindeer in Town Centres Saturday 2 December: Whitley Road, Whitley Bay (St Nicholas Festival) Saturday 16 December: Bedford Street, North Shields 10am – 4pm Come along and meet some real reindeer. Handlers will be around to tell people about these animals and children can feed them. For further information email events@northtyneside.gov.uk. 9


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St Nicholas

Winter Festival

Friday 1 - Saturday 2 December

Whitley Bay Town Centre

Whitley Bay will welcome a range of stallholders who will be selling traditional gifts and produce, to complement the celebration of the Feast of St Nicholas. There will also be carol singing and the annual parade at 4pm on the Friday. For further information see www.visitnorthtyneside.com. 10


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Saturday 2nd December 2017 to Sunday 7th January 2018

*0844 248 1588 www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk

*Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge


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Santa Specials at the

Stephenson Railway Museum Saturday 2, Sunday 3, Saturday 9, Sunday 10 Saturday 16, Sunday 17, Saturday 23 10.30am, 11.45am, 1.30pm, 2.45pm, 4pm The popular heritage train rides with Santa return for another year of magical adventure. Tickets are ÂŁ14 each (plus a booking fee) and include a train ride, a gift from Santa, traditional music and onboard entertainers. Early booking is essential.

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Santa’s Grotto Beacon Shopping Centre, North Shields Saturday 25 November, Saturday 2, Monday 18, Tuesday 19, Friday 22 December: 11.30am - 2pm. Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 December: 11am - 3pm Meet Santa and his elves in his grotto. All children visiting Santa will receive a small gift. £1 donation per child, with proceeds donated to the Fishermen’s Mission. For more information call 0191 258 3909.

Forum Shopping Centre, Wallsend Saturday 2, Saturday 9, Saturday 16 and Saturday 23 December, 11am - 1pm Children can take a break from shopping to meet Santa and his elves. All children receive a small gift. £1 donation per child, with proceeds donated to the RNIB. Members of the Centre’s Kids Club can also have a free picture taken with Santa to take home. For further information please call 0191 262 8230.

Park View Shopping Centre, Whitley Bay Saturday 2, Saturday 9, Saturday 16, Wednesday 20, Thursday 21, Friday 22 December between 10.30am - 3.30pm Shoppers can get in the Christmas spirit and visit Santa on selected days throughout December. These events are organised by the Rotary Club of Whitley Bay who will be raising funds for local causes. 13


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Christmas Lunches Monday 4 - Wednesday 20 December Weekends 12pm Weekdays 12pm or 1pm Rising Sun Countryside Centre Two courses: £17.95, or £8.95 for children __________________________ Three courses: £20.95, or £10.50 for children __________________________ Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. Deposit of £5 per person required on booking. To book call 0191 643 2241.

Quorum Christmas Market Wednesday 6 December, 11.30am - 2.30pm Quorum Business Park, Q10 Building Over 60 stallholders will be selling food, gifts and homewares. There will also be a range of street food and the first 350 visitors will enjoy a free glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. For further information email laura.barber@quorumbp.co.uk.

Christmas Carol Concerts Thursdays: 7, 14 and 21 December, 10am – 12pm Northumberland Park Bandstand, North Shields Enjoy the atmosphere and support local schools as they sing Christmas Carols. 14


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Royal Northern Sinfonia presents:

Baroque Christmas by Candlelight Saturday 9 December, 7.30pm St George’s Church, Cullercoats Get into the Christmas spirit with a selection of seasonal instrumental favourites all performed in the candlelit atmosphere of our region’s beautiful churches. Tickets: £15, under 18s £5. For more information visit www.sagegateshead.com or call 0191 443 4661.

Children’s Christmas Party Saturday 9 December, 2pm White Swan Centre, Killingworth Fun for children 3 and over with Double Decker Entertainment, including a disco, magic show and balloon modelling. Look out for a very special guest. Each child gets a small present to take home. Tickets £2.50, advance booking essential. For further information or to book email library.events@northtyneside.gov.uk.

Elves Workshop Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 December, 10am – 4pm Beacon Shopping Centre, North Shields Visit the elves in their workshop and make a gift to take home. Enjoy a visit to Santa in his Grotto (11am - 3pm), £1 donation for the Fishermen’s Mission charity. There will also be special appearances from festive characters, face painting, games and giveaways. For more information call 0191 258 3909. 15


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In partnership with KIER North Tyneside

Northumberland Square

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Saturday 9th December, 10am - 5pm Sunday 10th December, 10am - 4pm Carol Service – 10am (Saturday only)

CRAFT, GIFT AND FOOD STALLS, TRADITIONAL ENTERTAINMENT, FESTIVE MUSIC TELEPHONE: (0191) 643 7409 FOR MORE INFORMATION OR VISIT: WWW.VISITNORTHTYNESIDE.COM


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Santa’s Grotto St. Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay Saturday 9 December, 10.30am - 3pm Sunday 10 December, 11.30am - 3pm Sunday 17 December, 10am - 11.30am Saturday 23 December, 10.30am - 3pm Sunday 24 December, 10.30am - 3pm Santa returns to St. Mary’s Lighthouse and will be welcoming children to his Grotto. Admission is £7.50, which includes a gift for every child. Booking is essential. For further information or to book call 0191 200 8650 or email stmaryslighthouse@northtyneside.gov.uk.

Christmas Tree Decorating Tuesday 12 December, 11am – 12pm, Benton Quarry car park Wednesday 13 December, 11am – 12pm, Springfield Park Bring along bird-friendly decorations and help the warden decorate a tree in the park, then see how many cartoon reindeer you can spot. Free events, just turn up. For further information email alan.thurgood@northtyneside.gov.uk.

School Carol Service Wednesday 13 December, 11am - 3pm Wallsend Parks, Richardson Dees Park Bandstand Enjoy carols from local schoolchildren. Keep warm and grab a hot drink and festive snacks at the Verandah Café.

Christmas Stories: Festive Fun Saturday 16 December, 10am – 12pm Wallsend Parks, Richardson Dees Park Pavilion Join storyteller and musician Tony Wilson and fiddle player Tom McConville on a Christmas journey as they sing their way through a range of festive family songs. Free event with limited numbers. Book in advance at www.wallsendparks.eventbrite.com.

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Christmas Town: A Christmas Performance for Children Saturday 16 December, 11am - North Shields Customer First Centre Tuesday 19 December, 6pm - Wallsend Customer First Centre A fully interactive, theatrical experience for children aged four and over, ‘Christmas Town’ is Christmas every day. Children can meet the characters as they go on a magical festive journey. There will be songs, games, photo opportunities and party bags. Tickets are £2.50 per person, advance booking essential. For further information or to book email library.events@northtyneside.gov.uk.

Christmas Decorations Saturday 16 December, 1pm – 3pm Wallsend Parks, Richardson Dees Park Pavilion Get crafty using materials from the park to make your own Christmas tree decoration to take home. £2 per child, places are limited. Book in advance at www.wallsendparks.eventbrite.com.

Bird-friendly Tree Decorations Sunday 17 December, 11am – 12pm Northumberland Park Community Room, North Shields Help the park warden make bird-friendly tree decorations and put them up around the park. £1 per person. No booking required.

Killingworth Hut Christmas Cheer Killingworth Boating Lake Thursday 21 December, 11am - 12.30pm Warm up with some special treats including mulled wine, warm mince pies, fresh turkey and cranberry sandwiches, hearty soup and traditional roast chestnuts. Pay on the day. Try the cartoon Christmas trail around the lake to see if you can find all Rudolph’s reindeers. Just turn up on the day. 18


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Woodlawn School Xmas Pudding Fun Run Tuesday 26 December The Links, Whitley Bay Work off Christmas Dinner with this annual charity fun run, organised by Woodlawn Parents & Friends Association and North Shields Polytechnic Club. All finishers receive a Christmas pudding. For more information call 0191 643 2590 or visit www.nspoly.co.uk.

New Year’s Day Morris Dancing Monday 1 January 2018, 12pm Ship Inn, Monkseaton The award-winning Monkseaton Morrismen return with their traditional annual dance. For more information visit www.monkseatonmorrismen.co.uk.

Hansel and Gretel Friday 5 - Sunday 14 January 2018 Tynemouth Priory Theatre A traditional family favourite at the charming Priory Theatre. To book tickets call 0191 292 9292.

Snow White Monday 16 - Sunday 21 January 2018 Playhouse Whitley Bay Whitley Bay Pantomime Society take to the stage for the 54th consecutive show. Call 0844 248 1588 or visit www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk to book tickets. 19


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Make fostering your New Year’s resolution Could you be their fresh start in 2018? If you are thinking about fostering, please come along to our friendly open evening on Thursday 25 January, between 6pm and 8pm, at Wallsend Customer First Centre. To find out more about fostering, please email fosteringandadoption@northtyneside.gov.uk or telephone (0191) 643 2540.

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