Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in North East England

Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in North East England

Officially, Chinese New Year 2019 begins on 5 February and continues until 19 February. We're moving into the Year of the Pig and I love this calendar below from https://chinesenewyear.net/ which explains more about when the celebrations will happen.

If you were born in 2007, 1995, 1983 (it's me!), 1971, 1959, 1947 or 1935, you were born in the year of the Pig. A few traits of those born in the year of the Pig include:
  • Not wasteful spenders 
  • They love entertainment and will occasionally treat themselves 
  • They are a bit materialistic but this encourages them to work hard 
  • Energetic and enthusiastic, even for boring jobs
  • They will take positions of power and status
  • Believe that everyone has a right to speak

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:

25 January | 7pm - 10:15pm | Chinese New Year with Alligator Club at Ashington Masonic Hall 

Alligator is a Night Club for those aged 18+ with learning difficulties and their carers. This is a chance to make new friends and have fun in a safe environment. With an open mic session, Chinese decoration, live DJ and fortune cookies, this looks like it's going to be a cracking night. £5 entry (carers free) - pay on the door. Find out more here. 

2 February | 11am - 3pm | Chinese New Year at Sunderland Winter Gardens 

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with arts and crafts, lion dances, family trails and crafts. FREE ENTRY. Find out more here.

2 February | 10am - 12:30pm | Chinese New Year Art Workshop at Gateshead Central Library 

Join artist Chun Chao in celebrating the year of the pig. You'll take part in traditional New Year activities such as paper cutting, writing Chinese New Year couplets, painting spring flowers and more. Tickets are £12 each and should be pre-booked. Find out more here. 

9 February | from 11am | Chinese New Year Events in Durham City Centre 

Exact details are yet to be released at time of publication but there where will be celebrations across the city at locations including Clayport Library and Durham Town Hall. Find out more here.

Sunday 10 February | from 11:30am | Chinese New Year - Newcastle

SUNDAY 10 FEBRUARY will see Newcastle welcome in Chinese New Year 2019 with huge celebrations and a parade starting in the centre of Newcastle and finishing with firecracking fanfare on Bath Lane in the heart of Chinatown. The famous dragon parade and lion dance will form the mainstay of the parade with hundreds of participants and spectators expected to enjoy the festivities. The following information is taken from the official China Town Facebook event. See here for more details and updates: 

The traditional dragon and lion dance will be performing at The green, old Eldon square at roughly 11.30am before parading to the arch in Chinatown. So if you would like to walk along side the parade to Stowell street Chinatown, people are more then welcome to. More information can be found at


* What’s happening in Chinatown.

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

The popular traditional dragon and lion dances will once again animate the area around the ceremonial Chinese arch on Stowell Street. These 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.

19 February | 6pm-8pm | Lunar New Year at The Oriental Museum, Durham 

For one night only, see the museum lit by lanterns. Try crafts, sample traditional Chinese food and drink, listen to stories and join in with a gallery hunt. The first 100 children to attend will receive a free lantern. Expect pig-themed crafts, paper cutting, dragon dancing, games and calligraphy. Small charges (paid on the day) for some activities. Find out more here. 

22 February | 11am - 12noon | Chinese New Year with ZooLab at South Shields Museum 

From the Chinese Zodiac to the legends of Nian and the origins of Chinese New Year celebrations, this workshop captures the stories and atmosphere of Chinese New Year. Suitable for children aged 2-12, tickets are £5 each (including one free adult per child) and should be pre-booked. Find out more here. 

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Will you be celebrating Chinese New Year this year? We're heading to Sunderland Winter Gardens so might see you there. 

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