What's on during the Under the Dome Festival - Whitley Bay 18th July-2nd August

If you haven't heard of the 17 day long 'Under the Dome' festival which kicks off in Whitley Bay on 18th July, where have you been? An eclectic combination celebrating folk, arts and culture in Whitley Bay, the festival centres around an unmissable giant inflatable dome and 12 surrounding venues ranging from The Jam Jar cinema to St Mary's lighthouse.

There are a huge 35+ separate events taking place over the 17 day festival and there really is something for everyone. Here are our top picks:-

Tale Spinning Launch Event - FREE

18th July 1pm-5pm - The Station Master's Garden. 

Head down to The Station Master's Garden to see the unveiling of the story telling chair, listen to tales and perhaps spin a tale or two of your own. More details here.

The Demon Barbers XL - £15

18th July 7pm-9pm - Whitley Bay Playhouse

A fantastic chance to see this high profile group who have wowed crowds at Glastonbury and the Edinburgh Fringe. A mix of folk, hip hop and break dance this show will definitely be the spectacular of the year. Tickets and more details here.

Punch and Judy - FREE

Various dates including 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th July (Check here for times/details) - Plaza

Who could resist some FREE seaside fun with some classic Punch and Judy. This is one event my children will definitely not want to miss.

A Cartoon History of Whitley Bay - £12

21st July 7pm-9pm - The inflatable dome

Local, funny stories with a bit of improv and poetry thrown in from Ian McMillan and Tony Husband. A unique evening which promises to be like anything you have ever experienced before. Click here for details and tickets

Chant and Drum Group - FREE

27th July 7pm-9pm - The Plaza

Join in with the group or simply sit back and watch their magic in action.

Punk Rock Night with Keith Newman Live Under the Dome - £5

27th July 7pm-9pm - The inflatable dome

Join Keith Newman as he broadcasts his Punk Rock show live from Under the Dome. With special guest Pauline Murray (Penetration) and live acoustic sets by Logaz and Antmusic (Adam and the Ants tribute) plus karaoke and lots of fun. Tickets and more details here.

LP Dancing Tots 0-5 years - £4.50 per child (£2.50 per siblings)

29th July 9:45am-10:30am - The Inflatable Dome

You can pay on the door for this 'drop in' event for little ones which will allow them to creatively explore Whitley Bay through movement and dance. More information here.

Festival Review with Brendan Healy - £12

31st July 7-9pm - Whitley Bay Playhouse

As the festival draws to a close, Geordie favourite Brendan Healy will introduce some of the festival's best performers. The perfect celebration of local arts, culture and music. Click here for details and tickets.

Chris Cross Circus - £5

2nd August 9:30pm-11pm - The Inflatable Dome

I was lucky enough to watch Chris Cross in action at a party last week and have to say his close up magic is AMAZING! I am definitely booking tickets to this must-see event. Details and tickets here.

Many thanks to 'Under the Dome' for providing the photographs for this post. I have honestly only just scratched the surface. There is so much going on for families, groups, friends, couples.......and a lot of it is free/low cost. Support your local festival and Whitley Bay this Summer and check out the full listing of events here and follow Under the Dome on Facebook to keep up to date with news.

Golden Ticket Competition

Under the Dome have very kindly provided us with a unique 'Golden Ticket' to giveaway. This much coveted prize will allow you and up to three guests entry to EVERY SINGLE event during the festival! Wow! What a prize! There must be one main ticket holder who must be in attendance but the three guests you can bring to events can change. Such a good prize worth well over £500!!!

This competition is only open for a few days so why not share it with your friends and encourage them to enter too. Enter via rafflecopter below. Good luck.

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  1. Ah I think it all sounds fab but I think my son and I would enjoy the Punch and Judy show.

  2. I think the circus sounds great fun

  3. Sounds fab, would love to win!

  4. I think demon Barbers would be amazing. Would love to go

  5. Would love to see Demon Barbers

  6. great event would love to see the magic of chris cross

  7. I am most looking forward to seeing (and, of course, hearing Logaz and Antmusic because Adam and the Ants were my favorite artists growing up and it would bring back wonderful memories! :)

  8. demon barbers

  9. Paula Readings14 July 2015 at 20:44

    Chris Cross Circus

  10. Pam Francis Gregory15 July 2015 at 18:51

    The Chris Cross Circus looks great

  11. the retro punch n judy show xx

  12. As my little munching loves a good boogie it would have to be LP Dancing Tots :-)


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