Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in North East England 2020


Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in North East England

Officially, Chinese New Year 2020  begins on 25 January and continues until 4 February. We're moving into the Year of the Rat and I love this calendar below from https://chinesenewyear.net/ which explains more about when the celebrations will happen.

The main event in Newcastle City Centre is FREE to attend and always such a brilliant atmosphere. More details below.





If you were born in 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948 or 1936, you were born in the year of the Rat. A few traits of those born in the year of the Rat include:
  • Optimistic and Energetic 
  • Likable by all 
  • Sensitive to the emotions of others 
  • Kind
  • Poor communicators (can seem rude)
  • They like saving and can be stingy (also love hoarding) 

There are a few ways to celebrate Chinese New Year across the North East. Let me know if you hear of anything else and I'll add the details to this list.


Saturday 25 January : Chinese New Year at intu Eldon Square Newcastle 

The Chinese Lion / Dragon will be parading through intu Eldon Square. Details to follow....



Sunday 26 January : Chinese New Year Celebrations in Newcastle

Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in North East England 2020


Families will be able to enjoy a day of free Chinese events and performances for all ages including traditional crafts, dance, music and food and drink.

* Helpful information

Stowell street, Chinatown will be closed off to road traffic.

Central station and monument metro stations are both walking distance to Stowell Street, Chinatown.

The Chinese New Year parade will include many Chinese associated societies including the traditional dragon and lion dance. The parade will start at the green, old Eldon square at roughly 11.30am before parading to the arch in Chinatown. So if you would like to walk alongside the parade to Stowell street Chinatown, people are more than welcome to.

* What’s happening in Chinatown.

1. Chinese Arch, Stowell Street
Speeches from key representatives of the Chinese community and Newcastle City Council at approximately 12pm.

The popular traditional dragon and lion dances will once again animate the area around the ceremonial Chinese arch on Stowell Street. This will take place from approximately 12:30pm.

2. North East Chinese Association - Stowell Street
The North East Chinese Association presents an exhibition of arts & crafts and food between 12pm - 4pm.

3. Chinese Market & Fairground - Bath Lane
Come along and enjoy the funfair and stalls featuring traditional arts and crafts and Chinese food between 11am - 4pm.

Find out more over on the official Facebook event here. 



Saturday 2 February : Chinese New Year Celebrations at Sunderland Winter Gardens 

Join Sunderland Winter Gardens for a spectacular Chinese New Year celebration with music, food stalls, dragon and lion dances, children’s crafts and much more!

Supported by Asiana, Sunderland Bid, Sunderland Culture & Sunderland City Council.

For more information contact the Public Engagement & Learning Team on 01915618605 or e-mail museumlearning@sunderland.gov.uk.

Find out more over on the official Facebook event here. 




Saturday 25 January : Chinese New Year with Peppa at  Sunderland Play Cafe

Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in North East England 2020  Sunderland Play Cafe

Join Sunderland Play Cafe to celebrate the Year of the Rat with Peppa!
During this event, we will sing, read the story of Peppa Pig's Chinese New Year and of course, Peppa will come to say hello and have her picture taken with everyone!
Tickets are £8 per child and include all entertainment, a Chinese New Year keepsake, a fortune cookie and a drink.
Message Sunderland Play Cafe to book your space! Find out more and book here.

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