Santa Heads On Tour
Following its success last year, with thousands of people lining the streets to wave at Santa and his helpers, Go North East is bringing back its magical open-top Santa bus to help spread some Christmas cheer.
The region’s largest bus company will be running the tour up until 23rd December.
Just like last year, the Santa bus tour will not stop at any of the locations but will be moving slow enough to get your photos and videos. You can share your social media snaps using #GNESantaBus.
Commenting on the tour, Go North East’s commercial director, Stephen King, said: “We’re delighted to be spreading some festive cheer again this year. We were blown away by how popular the Santa bus open-top tour was last year, and we can’t wait to get started again, seeing all those smiling faces as we pass through the region’s villages, towns and cities.”
This year, you will be able to go one step further with Go North East’s very own Santa tracker – simply download the Go North East app and track the bus in real-time moving across the region’s villages, towns and cities.
Check out where he’s heading and when here:
- Wednesday 22 December – Barnes Park, East Herrington, Silksworth, Tunstall Village, Pennywell, Sunderland, Fulwell, Seaburn, Whitburn, South Shields, Chichester and Cleadon.
|East Herrington Board Inn||16:30|
|Silksworth Health Centre (E-bound)||16:40|
|Tunstall Village Green||16:51|
|Hollycarrside Leechmere Way||17:01|
|Premier Road-Pearl Road||17:22|
|Hylton Road-St Lukes Road||17:42|
|Sunderland Vine Place ‘Stop 29’||18:00|
|Sunderland Fawcett Street ‘Stop 15’||18:04|
|Fulwell The Grange||18:13|
|St Peter’s National Glass Centre||18:26|
|Whitburn Grey Horse||18:41|
|Horsley Hill Square||19:07|
|New Crown Hotel||19:15|
|South Shields Interchange||19:22|
|Chichester Metro ‘Stop E’||19:32|
|Stanhope Road / Boldon Lane||19:39|
|South Tyneside Hospital||19:45|
- Thursday 23 December – Sunderland, Shiney Row, Bournmoor, Great Lumley, Chester-le-Street, Pelton, Grange Villa, Stanley, Annfield Plain, Greencroft, Leadgate, Bridgehill, Blackhill, Consett, Delves Lane, Lanchester, Witton Gilbert, Durham, Gilesgate and Carrville.
|St Mary’s Boulevard||16:15|
|Sunderland Royal Hospital||16:26|
|Hastings Hill Chester Road Roundabout||16:34|
|Barnwell Avondale Avenue Shops||16:44|
|Shiney Row Co-op||16:49|
|Bournmoor Rose Crescent||16:55|
|Great Lumley Warrior’s Arms||17:05|
|Chester-le-Street Coral’s ‘Stop G’||17:20|
|Newfield Edward Terrace||17:35|
|Grange Villa Club||17:39|
|West Pelton Twizell Road End||17:42|
|No Place Beamish Hills||17:46|
|Stanley Bus Station ‘Stand A’||17:55|
|South Stanley Hollyhill Gardens West||17:58|
|Annfield Plain Tesco||18:09|
|Greencroft Road Ends||18:14|
|Consett Tesco (NW-bound)||18:32|
|Bridgehill Chaytor Road (Middle)||18:40|
|Blackhill St Andrew’s Church||18:44|
|Number One Roundabout||18:47|
|Consett Bus Station ‘Stand J’||18:50|
|Delves Lane / Greenways||18:57|
|Lanchester Village Green||19:12|
|Witton Gilbert Travellers Rest||19:28|
|University Hospital of North Durham||19:38|
|Durham Millburngate ‘Stop J’||19:45|
|Gilesgate Moor Traveller’s Rest||19:52|
Will you be heading to see Santa? Let us know where!
The schedule is subject to change.
Durham Walking Tour – Durham’s Architecture and History
Until the Industrial Revolution led to the exploitation of its enormous coalfield in the 19th century, the mediaeval county of Durham was relatively unimportant economically. As a result, it became one of the primary hubs of industrial expansion in Britain. The county was the location of the first passenger railway in history, which ran between Stockton and Darlington and was put into service in 1825. Darlington developed become a hub for locomotive manufacturing and railroad engineering. Gateshead, Hartlepool, Jarrow, South Shields, and Sunderland are some of the other Durham cities that have grown to be hubs for heavy industry, particularly shipbuilding and the manufacturing of iron and steel.
Join us on our walking tour of Durham as we explore its medieval architecture including its gothic church aesthetics; expanding on the history of several buildings and areas of Durham that you may not know about!
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Fenwicks Announce Ticketed Christmas Programme
Tickets are to go on sale this morning for the hugely popular Santa on the Roof events which are a highlight of the festive season at Fenwick in Newcastle.
The city centre store announced the return of the children’s treat as part of its Christmas programme which, besides the grand unveiling of its annual window display, will include the popular Santa’s Cinema, breakfast and supper clubs with the big man and – new for this year – an afternoon tea event.
Santa on the Roof is an immersive experience which sees elves accompany ticket-holders on a Santa’s Express Elevator ride to the store’s rooftop to meet singing reindeer before they take an ‘elf-mobile’ to meet Santa in his cabin. It will be back this year from November 7 up until Christmas Eve, December 24 and this will go on sale first.
Tickets, costing £17.50, will be available from Thursday, September 29. And families will need to be quick off the mark as they are always quickly snapped up.
Sales of Fenwick’s other seasonal experiences, running November and December, will follow in October. These will include tickets for Santa’s Breakfast Club, Santa’s Supper Club, Santa’s Cinema and the new event, Afternoon Tea with Santa.
This year, Fenwick’s says that all restaurant experiences do not include a visit to Santa on the Roof as part of the experience so this must be purchased separately. And, due to the acticipated high demand, Fenwick ticket provider Ticketsource will be providing a virtual queue to help manage bookings. The advice for keen customers – from the moment they join the queue – is to avoid loading multiple tabs or refreshing their browser.
The Santa on the Roof experience will also offer youngsters a chance to enjoy craft activities with the elves, including decorating a bespoke ceramic plate to take home, and there will a stop-off too at Café Claus for winter-warming drinks and sweet treats along with an opportunity to take an ‘Elfie’ inside Santa’s sleigh, says the store.
Santa’s Cinema, screening festive family films, will be located on the fifth floor of the department store from Thursday, November 10 and will cost £17.50. Adults will be able to choose between a complimentary mulled wine or spiced apple juice and young ones can enjoy hot chocolate or juice plus plenty popcorn.
There also will be a Roof Thirty-Nine Pre-Cinema Experience available for £35 where, before the film screening, guests will be able to take in the view from Fenwick’s roof-top restaurant alongside a cocktail, nibbles and a main course.
This year the festive breakfast and supper club events will take place inside Fenwick’s new Arthur’s Restaurant on the first floor. Santa’s Breakfast Club will run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from Friday, November 9 until Friday, December 23, offering waffles, eggs and sausages. Young guests will receive elf hats and colouring books before meeting the mischievous elves and Santa for a picture and Christmas gift. Tickets will be £20.
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