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What's On in NewcastleGateshead - The Juice Festival | FREE Activities for October Half Term 2017

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The Juice Festival returns to NewcastleGateshead this October half term with a jam-packed 9 days of fun, theatre, dance, arts and culture. Aimed at children and their families plus young people under 25, the festival is thought-provoking, inspiring and offers something a little different.



Juice Festival | 20 - 28 October 2017


The theme for this year's Juice Festival is Freedom City 2017 - a city-wide programme across Newcastle marking the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University. There are over 20 events taking part in this year's festival across public spaces, arts and dance venues across NewcastleGateshead. If you fancy trying something new with the kids this October or need a break from the barrage of Halloween fun, the Juice Festival should be the first place you consider.



Juice Festival - FREE Events


Imagine That - Family Day | 26 October 11am - 3pm | Gateshead Central Library

Head to Gateshead Library with the whole family for a FREE day of high quality & creative activities. Highlights include:
  • Rapper Maxwell running freestyle rap workshops and performing throughout the day
  • House of Objects will be recycling materials into something new
  • Enjoy a multi-sensory experience where you'll travel back in time with Von Turr Salon
  • North East art collective Set of Drawers will be holding workshops
  • Real-life author Chloe Daykin (Fish Boy) will be running drop-in workshops where you can create your own pop-up book and illustrations (which will be added to the festival's pop-up exhibition)
Wow! I can't believe all of this is being offered completely FREE of charge. 26 October is definitely a date for your diary. No need to book - simply drop-in. See here for more details.


Illustrate | 20 - 28 October | Gateshead Central Library 

Inspired by the theme of freedom, pupils from Primary Schools across Gateshead have been working with local artists to create their own illustrations of mythical creatures and imaginary places. The exhibition is free to visit and special workshops will run alongside the event. Find out more here. 


Random Selection | 20 October 7:30pm (aged 15+) | Tyneside Cinema

The region's young people are invited to join Tyneside Cinema's young programming team in celebration of the best young film-making talent cross our region. Expect an evening of film, popcorn, celebration and lots of talent. There is no cost to attend this event but places should be pre-booked online here.

Circus in the City Workshops | 21 & 23 October | The Big Top (near Civic Centre)

Specifically designed to be inclusive, these workshops offer participants the chance to try an array of circus skills from hula-hoops to tightropes and spinning plates. Workshops are offered free of charge but places should be pre-booked (and are limited so be quick). Find out more & book your place here

Family Circus | 21 - 23 October | The Big Top (near Civic Centre)

Family Circus sessions are a chance for the whole family to have fun together and learn new skills. Play games with the circus performers and try using some Circus props to create your own act. Family Circus is a free event but places should be pre-booked (and are limited so be quick). Find out more and book your place here 

Circus Drop-in | 21 & 23 October | The Big Top (near Civic Centre) 

Fancy trying your hand at juggling want to try spinning plates? Pop along to the big top for your chance to try. Workshops are FREE and do not need to be pre-booked but they are available on a first come basis so if you're keen, my advice is to get there early. Sessions start at 2:30pm on Saturday and 2pm on Monday. Find out more here.

Baby Disco | 22 October 10am | The Big Top (near Civic Centre)

This special session is aimed at children aged 6 and under with their grown-ups. It's the chance to move, play and explore the circus. This event is free of charge but places should be pre-booked online. Find out more and book your place here. 

Family Acrobalance | 22 October 11:15am | The Big Top (near Civic Centre) 

I tried this at another festival with Heidi last year and it was so much fun. It's the chance to build trust and communication with your family as you balance family member on family member. Sessions are free of charge but should be pre-booked. Find out more and book your place here.


Juice Festival 2017 - Other Highlights for Families


As well as the FREE events mentioned above, there are lots of other low-cost activities happening as part of the Juice Festival across the week. Highlights include pay as you feel Circus performances, Comics Takeover at Seven Stories,  Walter at Alphabetti Theatre, Above & Beyond at Northern Stage, iPet at Northern Stage, Fairytales Gone Bad at Northern Stage, Get Crafty at Shipley Art Gallery and so much more. 




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