8 Reasons to Visit Gateshead Quays this Weekend

*This is a paid collaboration with Gateshead Council 

I don't know about you but sometimes I feel like I've blinked and missed the summer holidays. I definitely haven't managed to see as much of the Great Exhibition of the North as I would have liked and time just seems to have slipped away. This weekend, I'm going to try and set some time aside to have one last #GetNorth2018 adventure before H, H and J go back to school and Gateshead Quays is the place to be. 

A Jam-Packed Weekend of FREE Fun at Gateshead Quays 

This weekend (1 & 2 September), there is so much going on along Gateshead Quays and it's all FREE. What better way to end the summer holidays than a few hours on our wonderful Quayside? Here's a little taste of what's on offer this weekend:

1 - An interactive inflatable garden 

This sounds like so much fun! Just outside of Sage Gateshead, Performance Square is being transformed into a giant inflatable garden. You'll be able to walk through giant inflatable plants, unzip some of the inflatables and have a peek inside, chill out amongst the mushrooms, meet a few ladybirds and watch the flowers grow. 

2 - Artventurers Gateshead

Artventurers Gateshead will be lurking in the garden and hosting free family crafts (recommended for up to age 8 years). I'm sure the inflatable garden will inspire lots of interesting crafty creations. 

3 - Northern DJs 

Northern DJs Bobzilla and Tim McVicars will be playing family-friendly sets from their rainbow shipping container DJ booth and encouraging lots of dancing and fun in the garden. 

4 - Face Painting 

Not Just A Pretty Facepaint will be on hand to transform little and big kids alike into garden gnomes, pretty flowers, insects or pretty much anything you want.
5 - Garden Fairy 

Look out for the beautiful garden fairy Hildy who will be twirling around the garden and spreading magic as she does. Hildy is always happy to stop for a chat so do say hello. 

6 - No Flies on Uzz (Saturday) 

Saturday Street Theatre will be provided courtesy of Bell and Bullock (from Durham). Check out their performances outside of the Sage Gateshead at 11am, 12noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Experience life through the eyes of a fly, meet the adorable maggot babies and if you'd like to keep your snacks safe, get your fly swats at the ready.

7 - Strolling Gardeners (Sunday)

Sunday Street Theatre will be provided courtesy of The Fairly Famous Family (from Cumbria). Check out their performances outside of the Sage Gateshead at 11am, 12noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Two green fingered brothers from deepest darkest Norfolk are looking forward to meeting the city folk. Look out for Big Bob who stands at 8ft tall and has been known to style his hair with his trusty rake! 

8 - Watch the Tyne Fountains 

The Get North Water Sculpture is only going to be here until the 9 September. Personally, I don't find it to be overly impressive but I still think everyone should see it. Hanging out on Gateshead Quays is your perfect chance. The fountains will 'perform' on the hour, every hour from 10am - 11pm. You are supposed to listen to this specially commissioned track when watching so save the link to your phone if you'd like the full experience.

As well as all of the FREE family fun taking place on Gateshead Quays, you could also pop into the Baltic and Sage to visit their #GetNorth2018 exhibitions and try some food from the Hawkers Market - there's more than enough to keep you entertained on Gateshead Quays for a full day I'd say. 

All entertainment is provided free of charge as part of the Great Exhibition of the North. These events have been commissioned by the Gateshead Council Culture Team and are supported by Sage Gateshead. Events are all drop-in and you can come and go as you please (excluding the set theatre times mentioned above.)

Let me know if you're planning on popping by. 


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