Newcastle Gateshead culture weekend breaks in 2012
This coming July and August visitors to NewcastleGateshead will be able to sample some award-winning food and drink from the North East of England.
This will be at one of the UK’s largest city centre food festivals. Everyone is invited to enjoy a free weekend of fun for all the family along the NewcastleGateshead quayside, and see World Cup winner Spain play Olympic Football at St James’ Park. There’s no better time to visit the Hipster capital of the North East, as described by Lonely Planet, 2011 – NewcastleGateshead.
Bupa Great North 10K
In Gateshead, 22 July 2012, Part of the Great Run series of events, the Great North 10k takes in some of NewcastleGateshead’s most iconic sights including the Quayside and its spectacular bridges, www.greatrun.org.
SummerTyne Americana Festival
The Sage Gateshead, 20 – 22 July 2012, three days of sizzling music and more on the South Bank of the River Tyne. SummerTyne Americana Festival has become recognised as a leader in the festival calendar for presenting some of the most credible and popular names in alt country through deep Southern gospel to soul, electrifying blues and rock, live from both inside and outside The Sage Gateshead on the spectacular south bank of the River Tyne, www.thesagegateshead.com.
NewcastleGateshead Comedy Festival
Various locations across NewcastleGateshead, 20 – 29 July 2012, one week before the iconic Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the NewcastleGateshead Comedy Festival takes place from Friday 20 – Sunday 29 July 2012. See a mix of great local talent alongside established acts before many of the acts start their Edinburgh residency. With more than 45 comedians taking part in the festival, there’ll be plenty of laughs on offer, www.thegrinningidiot.com.
The Big EAT! Weekend, NewcastleGateshead
Friday 27 – Sunday 29 July, 10.00-21.00, admission prices apply to some events. NewcastleGateshead will come alive on the weekend of Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July as St James’ Park hosts London 2012 Olympic football matches. To celebrate, EAT! NewcastleGateshead will transform the streets of the twin cities into one of the largest city centre food festivals in the UK. The Big EAT! Weekend (Fri 27 – Sun 29 July) sees everything from a pop-up cookery school, Chilli & Beer Festival to a street food celebration and a Loaves and Fishes themed City Fête.
This packed weekend also includes Meet and Drink beer tasting tours with award-winning beer writer Alastair Gilmour, EAT! Food Walking Tours and cookery demonstrations led by local chefs, www.eatnewcastlegateshead.com.
More Than Gold
Spillers Quay, Newcastle 29 July 2012 , What have One Thousand Norwegians, a Viking Longship complete with crew and the North East’s church community got in common? Well they’re all going to be gathered on the Tyne to celebrate Norway’s Christian Heritage which was birthed right here in the North East. There’ll be music, drama, a celebration and something for everyone at this great family carnival. Want to be mesmerised by football tricksters? Compete in our football cage? Or be amazed by the strength of our Extreme Viking team? Then this is the place to be on this fun and historic day. www.NewcastleGateshead.com
NewcastleGateshead Bridges Festival
Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 August, free to attend (some paid-for events). The world-famous cityscape of NewcastleGateshead, recognised all over the globe by its iconic bridge, hosts a new festival on Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 August celebrating the twin cities’ riverside icons and the arrival of the biggest sporting event in the world, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The family friendly events include; The Print Run, which invites people to create a print design while they run, skip, dance, hop or leap into the air. The 7 Bridges Rowing Championships sees the creation of a unique River Map on the Quayside where both Newcastle and Gateshead teams compete to get their miniature boats over the finish line first. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be transformed into a living canvas as artists from BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art help people create their own unique aspirations using arty stickers.
The River Tyne and NewcastleGateshead’s bridges take centre stage on Saturday 4 August in a stunning free evening event for all the family. A 12 metre high lighthouse, erected on the River Tyne, will shine its light across NewcastleGateshead as the Tyne Bridge and Gateshead Millennium Bridge help transform the riverscape into a magical theatre of fireworks, cascades of silver rain and neon-bright lighting effects. As part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Arts Council England commissioned project, ~Flow, will also be in situ on the River Tyne during Bridges Festival.
NewcastleGateshead Bridges Festival celebrates the history, heritage and contemporary culture of the NewcastleGateshead quayside, the River Tyne and the seven bridges which connect the two. www.BridgesFestival.com
London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Football at St James’ Park
Thursday 26 July – Saturday 4 August, Tickets available from www.london2012.com. Have an Olympic experience in the ‘hipster capital of the northeast’ as St James’ Park, home to Newcastle United Football Club, hosts nine Olympic football matches. With both men’s and women’s football, and two quarter finals, this is a rare chance to see some world-class teams and players compete in the biggest sporting event in the world in one of the UK’s most iconic stadia. Spain and Brazil will both play matches at St James’ Park making it one of the most popular venues for Olympic Football.
Combined with EAT! NewcastleGateshead, Bridges Festival and NewcastleGateshead’s wider festivals and events programme, football fans visiting this summer are guaranteed a great time.
Great North Run Weekend – including Junior and Mini Great North Run and Great North Street Games
From Newcastle to South Shields, 15 – 16 September 2012. One of the most high-profile half marathons in the world will in 2012 be the first international athletics event since the Olympics and provide an unmissable opportunity to see some of the Olympic stars in action. A series of professional and junior athletics activities on the Saturday of the Great North Run weekend has been developed over the last few years, using NewcastleGateshead Quaysides as a ‘virtual arena’. www.greatrun.org.