What's On in North East England - December 2023

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What's On in North East England - December 2023


Top Tip - If you are looking for FREE / LOW Cost Drop In Events only, scroll right to the bottom of this post for a big list of just that. 

Keep scrolling to see what's on by date...... 


January Swim Classes with FREE Unlimited Play at PaddlePod




Are you looking for new baby/toddler/pre-school swim classes in the new year?

PaddlePod has teamed up with Nemo Swimming to offer this fantastic deal which includes a FREE month of UNLIMITED play at PaddlePod venues across January.

🎅 This would also make a lovely Christmas Gift 🎅

More info here:

🌟 Nemo Swimming have teamed up with PaddlePod to offer any new customers who join their baby, toddler & pre-school classes a FREE month of UNLIMITED play at PaddlePod venues throughout January.


🌟Valid on bookings made between 4th December 2023 and 7th January 2024. Classes in Newcastle & North Tyneside only.

🌟Existing customers can get the same when they refer a friend (plus up to 20% off their monthly subscription. T&Cs apply. More info at www.nemoswimming.co.uk/north-tyneside-newcastle/refer-friend)

🌟Classes cost £49.20 per month and run 48 weeks of the year - works out at £12.30 per class (note: we recently announced that we will be moving to a 48-week teaching year which means that customers get an extra 9 classes a year at no extra cost)

🌟Classes delivered as small group sessions (max 8 in a group), teachers in the water, lots of songs, games and fun activities

🌟Parents in the water for baby & toddler classes; out the water from age 3 (though we do bring an extra instructor in at this point)

🌟Classes offered at PaddlePod (Killingworth), PaddlePod (Shiremoor) & PaddlePod (Whitley Bay)

🌟All venues have warm pools, modern changing rooms, comfortable viewing areas, on-site cafes, and play areas for children aged 0-5 years

🫶 If you have any questions about this fab special offer, please contact PaddlePod direct via their Social Media or website and they will be happy to help x





Christmas at Beamish Daytimes 






Beamish is open daily across the festive period from 25 Nov - 24 Dec. There is no need to book when visiting during the day, simply turn up during normal opening hours. There's lots going on and it's all included with the Beamish Unlimited Pass (unless stated otherwise).

Here are some highlights: 

  • Join in with the Georgian festivities at Pockerley Old Hall with traditional crafts at weekends 
  • Stroll down the cobbled street in the 1900s town, admire the decorations and tuck into some delicious festive treats (I recommend the mulled wine and spiced apple cake from the bakery) 
  • Stop for a festive photo in the 1900s photography studio with their new winter costumes (small charge)

  • Visit the 1900s Pit Village, enjoy the traditional decorations in the cottages and listen to local choirs / enjoy crafts over weekends 
  • Walk through ElfWood and check out what mischief the elves are getting up to. Look out for some mini replicas of your favourite Beamish buildings 

  • Try the Elf Trail around the Museum - can you find all the elves? 
  • At the 1940s Farm you can make paperchains and postcards on weekends
  • In the 1950s Town, discover how Christmas was celebrated in the 1950s. There will be Christmas Crafts in the Welfare Hall every weekend

  • Spain's Field Farm will be open over weekends and you can discover how farming communities celebrated Christmas
  • Look out for Father Christmas or Mrs Claus travelling around the museum in traditional transport on weekends and school holidays. Make sure you give them a wave! 
  • There is a packed programme of choirs, brass bands and concert bands planned - check out what's on here. 
  • Limited Santa's Grotto tickets are available - make sure you book ahead to avoid disappointment (additional charge)
Find out more about Christmas at Beamish Daytimes here: Christmas at Beamish Website 

Why not make the most of your Beamish Unlimited Pass and return again between 27 December and 7 January and enjoy the Twelfth Night Celebrations? When you need to get out of the house and away from the TV, a walk around the museum is just perfect.


December Family Walk Ideas 

What's On in the North East - 2 & 3 December 


What's On in the North East - 2 & 3 December






Northumberland




County Durham 


Cinderella at Gala Theatre has opened to absolute rave reviews. Tickets are available from just £8 per person which is super reasonable!

The production is nice and relaxed with lots of laughs and magic which are leaving audiences mesmorised. Find out more and book here:  https://galadurham.co.uk/galapost/cinderella/

NewcastleGateshead 




The Common Room is located next to Newcastle Central Station and they've planned a whole host of festive events this year. From STEM Christmas Activities to Film Screenings, you can see what's on and book here: https://thecommonroom.org.uk/programme/whats-on/

North Tyneside 


South Tyneside & Sunderland 


Teesside & North Yorkshire 


Nightfall returns to Stewart Park this weekend. It's my absolute favourite Light Trail with interactive displays, a live music area, pop up storytelling & craft workshops all included in your ticket price. Limited tickets are available.

Find out more and book here: https://stellarprojects.co.uk/product/nightfall/




What's On in the North East - 9 & 10 December 


Northumberland 



National Trust's Seaton Delaval Hall is open daily Wed-Sun across December (also closed Christmas Eve) and then daily from 1-7 Jan. There's no need to book, just drop in.

You'll find a range of festive activities included with your National Trust Membership. Highlights include Robin's Winter Trail, a String Quartet and Christmas Choirs. 

Find out what's on, when here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/north-east/seaton-delaval-hall/christmas-at-seaton-delaval-hall


County Durham 



NewcastleGateshead 


There's a brand new Christmas Planetarium Show at Science at Life this December. What Santa Sees is just the sweetest show! It takes us on a journey around Earth with Santa and his reindeer as he uses the stars to navigate and deliver presents. It's included with centre admission along with a Winter Skies Planetarium Show, Christmas Crafts, Christmas Experiments + loads more. 

Plus Newcastle's Open Air Ice Rink is just outside too.

Find out more and book: https://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/festive-fun-this-winter/

North Tyneside 


South Tyneside & Sunderland 



Beauty and the Beast Panto opens at Sunderland Empire this weekend. This AWARD WINNING script and star-studded cast is guaranteed to provide lots of laughs with larger than life characters and a transformation scene that's not to be missed!

Tickets are available from £13 here: https://prf.hn/l/554RowZ


Teesside & North Yorkshire 


Christmas at Spilmans is available to book now for dates until Christmas Eve. This premium Christmas Experience has it all - an interactive elf show, storytelling with Father Christmas, snow, christmas trees, marshmallow toasting, christmas crafts AND a chance to choose any gift you'd like from the Spilman Toy Show. 

Find out more and book: https://www.spilmans.co.uk/book-spilmans-experience/





What's On in the North East - 16 & 17 December 

What's On in the North East - 16 & 17 December






Northumberland 



County Durham 


NewcastleGateshead 

Cinderella : A Fairytale is showing at Northern Stage until 6 Jan This modern take on the classic fairytale is based around Ella who much prefers a Doc Martin to a Glass Slipper and meets a boy in the woods as she's out watching her favourite birds. He likes bird watching too but how does the story end? You'll have to buy a ticket to find out...... Find out more and book tickets from £12 here: https://northernstage.co.uk/whats-on/cinderella-a-fairytale/

North Tyneside 

Teesside & North Yorkshire 



What's On in the North East - 18 - 23 December 

What's On in the North East - 18 - 23 December





County Durham 

Northumberland 

NewcastleGateshead 



St James' Park has organised a programme of after-school festive films this week with festive treats and special guest appearances too! Book your tickets here: https://www.nufc.co.uk/events/festive-family-events/

North Tyneside 

South Tyneside & Sunderland 



Teesside & North Yorkshire 

What's On in the North East - Christmas Eve 

What's On in the North East - Christmas Eve



What's On in the North East - 26 - 30 December 

What's On in the North East - 26 - 30 December


If you're looking for something to do this week, Northumberland Myths and Legends at Bamburgh Castle is open daily from 27 Dec - 7 Jan.

You don't need to book - simply drop in. The decorations are absolutely fantastic and all themed around some of the myths and legends of Northumberland. I really enjoyed learning more about them. There's a dragon trail for kids, cozy tearoom and stunning sea views too.

Find out more: https://www.bamburghcastle.com/

What's On in the North East - 31 December 

What's On in the North East - 31 December

FREE/ Low Cost Drop In Events 



These drop-in events are included with National Trust Membership: 




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