26 October-04 November 2012 – NewcastleGateshead’s award-winning festival for children and young people takes place from Friday 26 October-Sunday 4 November 2012. Packed full of activities and events for children, young people and their families, the festival is presented in the world-class venues, facilities and open air locations that make NewcastleGateshead such a brilliant place to live, grow up in and visit. If you’re looking for fun-filled things to do around October half term for the whole family then look no further than Juice Festival! www.juicefestival.co.uk.
BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival
02-04 November 2012 – At the Sage, Gateshead, the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival is a weekend of talks, debates, conversation and performance, with a number of eminent speakers including leading broadcasters, artists, scientists and writers.
Ouseburn Open Studios
24-25 November 2012 – Newcastle’s Ouseburn Open Studios offers a unique chance to come and glimpse behind the doors of some of the region’s most creative artists and designer-makers. The last weekend in November sees the exciting return of this event with an eclectic range of work on offer to view, discuss and buy. With over 200 artists opening their studios to the public, there’s never been a better time to come and explore what’s on offer.
Many of the studios taking part in the event will be hosting a number of fun interactive workshops, artist-led demonstrations, creative family events and other activities. There’s also a huge variety of affordable work to buy from paintings, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, furniture, prints, and much more to suit everyone’s taste.
NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival: Enchanted Parks
Saltwell Park, Gateshead, Dates tbc – The award-winning Enchanted Parks transforms Saltwell Park in Gateshead after dark with innovative and atmospheric creations using visual art installations, light, sound and performance on a large and small scale. www.NewcastleGateshead.com/
NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival: NYE Winter Carnival
Central Newcastle, 31 December 2012 – The annual New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival sees the Newcastle Ice Queen and her entourage of local community participants parading through the streets of Newcastle, culminating in an early evening fireworks display. www.NewcastleGateshead.com/