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Gigs, galleries and giggles – 8 things to do in the North East this long June bank holiday weekend

Expect cracking comedy shows, captivating concerts and a brilliant beer festival. Here’s how to spend your 4-day weekend.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 27.05.2022

Cal’s Comedy Club – The Chilli Tickets

THURSDAY 2ND JUNE

Where: 89-91 Chillingham Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5XL

When: 8pm

Price: £11

Comedy at the Chilli returns. Expect four amazing acts, plus your resident host, Cal Halbert, who will get you really belly laughing. Opening acts include Lee Kyle, Mike Wardley and Catherine Young, with David Hadingham headlining the show.

 

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Children’s Pizza Making Classes

THURSDAY 2ND JUNE – 3RD JUNE

Where: Fuego, Fenwick, 39 Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne

NE1 7AS

When: 10am

Price: £15 per adult, £12 per child

Looking for something to do with the kids this May half term? Little ones can enjoy learning how to become a chef at Fuego for the day, while adults can sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious brunch.

 

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Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

THURSDAY 2ND JUNE – SATURDAY 4TH JUNE

Where: Theatre Royal, 100 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BR

When: 7:30pm

Price: from £20

The multi-award-winning West End hit musical, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, comes to Newcastle. The sensational brand-new production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd features London Palladium stars Linzi Hateley, Aussie legend Jason Donovan and Jac Yarrow.

 

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PANIC PICNIC, A Solo Show by Newcastle Based Artist Johnnyx

THURSDAY 2ND JUNE – SATURDAY 4TH JUNE

Where: Gallagher & Turner, 30 Saint Mary’s Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7PQ

When: 10:30am

Price: from £20

Johnnyx is a printer, painter and multimedia artist based in Newcastle who parodies Pop Art, advertising culture and the socio-political zeitgeist. He will be presenting a running commentary of life in colourful ink.

 

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Ponteland Beer Festival

FRIDAY 3RD JUNE – SATURDAY 4TH JUNE

Where: Ponteland Leisure Centre, Callerton Lane, Ponteland NE20 9EG

When: 12pm

Price: £20 per day

With over 100 beers and lagers, 40 ciders, wines, prosecco, gin bar as well as soft drinks, great food and entertainment, there’s something for everyone at this two-day festival. Tickets include a promotional glass of something nice, a programme and four drinks tokens.

 

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Ed Sheeran + – = ÷ x TOUR

FRIDAY 3RD JUNE – SATURDAY 4TH JUNE

Where: Stadium of Light, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland SR5 1SU

When: 5pm

Price: from £49.50

Brit music sensation Ed Sheeran will be stopping off at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light for his ‘+ – = ÷ x Tour’, for two nights across the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend. A limited number of tickets are still available so be quick to book!

 

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Lovely Laura & Ben Santiago – Live at Central Park

FRIDAY 3RD JUNE – SATURDAY 4TH JUNE

Where: Central Park, Life Science Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4EP

When: 7pm

Price: from £11 

Sax sensation Lovely Laura is coming to the Toon after taking the world by storm with her incredible live sax/house music shows in Ibiza and will be performing alongside her dance music DJ husband, Ben Santiago.

 

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Ouseburn Market

The Ouseburn Market – Big Bank Holiday Edition!

SATURDAY 4TH JUNE – SUNDAY 5TH JUNE

Where: Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2NP

When: From 10am

Price: Free

This growing community of artists, makers, designers and unique sellers is located in the heart of Ouseburn Valley. Home to over 80 stalls complete with hot food, cakes, drinks and music, why not pay a visit to the two-day market to support our local creative community?

 

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