Thursday, 12 November 2015

4 Ways to Have a Brilliant Time in the North East This Christmas


It’s getting to that time of year again. Shopfronts are decked with balls and holly and festive ads find their way onto our TV screens. Whether you work in an office, in a shop or in the hospitality industry, work usually builds up at this time of year. And then there’s the Christmas shopping, which you left too late, again! To combat this stress, and get yourself in the Christmas mood, here are a few great Christmassy activities taking place in the North East over the next couple of months.

Christmas at Beamish -

    Christmas at Beamish – SourceLicence

Beamish is a brilliant day out at any time of year: it’s an open-air museum allowing you experience the Victorian town and pit village, and the 1940s farm — all with the help of antique buses and trams. Beamish at Christmas is even more special, as the town and village are transformed, allowing visitors insight into an authentic Victorian Christmas, with festive food, traditional stalls, an ice rink, and real-life reindeer.

Christmas Panto at Newcastle's Theatre Royal - 

    The Theatre Royal – SourceLicence


What’s Christmastime without some Panto? The Theatre Royal on Newcastle’s Grey Street is the perfect panto venue: it’s a stunning building and you can pop into one of the countless bars or restaurants before or after the show. Panto is fun for kids, but there are usually more than a few innuendos thrown in that only the adults will understand. This year’s show is Dick Whittington and its star cast includes Clive Webb, Danny Adams, Chris Hayward and Charlie Hardwick (Val from Emmerdale). You can book tickets here.

Christmas at Durham County Cricket Club - 

    The Legends Tribute Night  

If you live a good bit south of Newcastle, a trip to Durham might be a lot handier. Durham’s renowned cricket club transforms itself over Christmas, offering big Christmas shows with a two-course meal beforehand and a themed disco afterwards. Saturday Night at the Movies is a mash-up of Grease, Dirty Dancing, Saturday Night Fever and Mamma Mia. The Legends Tribute Night is a compilation of tribute acts, with Elvis Presley, Madonna, BeyoncĂ© and Olly Murs. You can find out more about the Christmas shows and book tickets on Durham County Cricket Club’s website.

Christmas at Tyneside Cinema - 

"Home alone" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia

If you’d prefer something a little more relaxed, then Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema is a wonderful place to spend some time. The Tyneside is renowned for playing old films, cult classics and independent films. But it really comes into its own at Christmas, with titles like It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone, Die Hard, and two different versions of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol: Bill Murray’s Scrooged and The Muppet Christmas Carol. If this isn’t enough, the bar/restaurant serves great food and drinks, so you can catch a bite before or after the show. You can book your Tyneside Cinema tickets here.

I hope you've been inspired to find some fun Christmas outings this year! Let me know what you'll be up to! 

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