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Seaburn and Roker Beaches Named Best Beaches in the Country in 2022

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Sunderland’s beaches have been named among the best in the country for the 11th year running.

Seaburn and Roker were both named as winners of the Seaside Award by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The pair were once again handed Blue Flags, marking them out for their for their excellent water quality, cleanliness and attempts to constantly improve visitor amenities.

The Blue Flag awards, now in their 35th year, are issued by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and act as ‘a quality mark so visitors can be sure the beaches boast top-notch facilities and meet the highest environmental standards’.

Linda Williams, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for Vibrant City, said: “It is fantastic to see Sunderland’s beautiful beaches once again awarded the prestigious Blue Flag and Seaside Award.

“Flying these flags at Roker and Seaburn shows everyone who visits that our seafront has excellent quality bathing water and first-class facilities.

“We’re very lucky to have fantastic beaches with beautiful, clean water to swim and bathe in, and this national recognition is testament to the hard work of everyone involved in keeping our beaches clean, tidy and well-maintained.”

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Fenwicks Announce Ticketed Christmas Programme

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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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Newcastle’s Summer ‘Screen on the Green’ Schedule Revealed!

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Newcastle’s free Screen on the Green film schedule has been revealed and it looks great for this summer!
Located on the outside green at Eldon Square (next to Nando’s, Pizza Express etc) the free movie summer spectacle will be running throughout the whole 6 weeks holidays, making it a perfect day out for the little ones. With no booking required, it’s a quick, easy and hassle-free day out for the whole family! Simply choose a movie and just turn up!
Here’s what will be on:
Monday 25th July
12pm Encanto
6pm Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
Tuesday 26th July
12pm Cars
6pm The Duke (12a)
Wednesday 27th July
12pm The Pacifier
6pm Free Guy
Thursday 28th July
12pm Cheaper By The Dozen (2003)
6pm Marley & Me
Friday 29th July
12pm Chicken Run
6pm Dune (2021)
Saturday 30th July
12pm The Boss Baby 2: Family Business
3pm Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Sunday 31st July
12pm Finding Nemo
3pm Goal!
Monday 1st August
12pm The Sound Of Music
6pm In The Heights
Tuesday 2nd August
12pm The Incredibles 2
6pm Night At The Museum
Wednesday 3rd August
12pm Soul
6pm The Dark Night Rises
Thursday 4th August
12pm Gnomeo & Juliet
6pm Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Friday 5th August
12pm Dolittle
6pm The Notebook (12a)
Saturday 6th August
12pm Tangled
3pm Eddie The Eagle
Sunday 7th August
12pm School Of Rock
3pm P.S. I Love You (12a)
Monday 8th August
12pm Mary Poppins Returns
6pm Les Misérables (2012)
Tuesday 9th August
12pm Paddington
6pm The Other Guys
Wednesday 10th August
12pm Monsters University
6pm Spider-Man: No Way Home
Thursday 11th August
12pm Ron’s Gone Wrong
6pm Crazy, Stupid, Love
Friday 12th August
12pm Matilda (1996)
6pm Mrs. Doubtfire (12a)
Saturday 13th August
12pm Sing 2
3pm Holes
Sunday 14th August
12pm Inside Out
3pm The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Monday 15th August
12pm The Lion King (2019)
6pm La La Land (12a)
Tuesday 16th August
12pm Ralph Breaks The Internet
6pm Little Woman (2019)
Wednesday 17th August
12pm How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World
6pm Black Widow
Thursday 18th August
12pm Robin Hood: The Rebellion
6pm Runaway Bride
Friday 19th August
12pm Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
6pm Spencer
Saturday 20th August
12pm Wonder
3pm Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (12a)
Sunday 21st August
12pm Shrek
3pm Forrest Gump
Monday 22nd August
12pm Hairspray (2007)
6pm Bohemian Rhapsody
Tuesday 23rd August
12pm Cool Runnings
6pm Belfast
Wednesday 24th August
12pm Sonic The Hedgehog 2
6pm The Mask
Thursday 25th August
12pm The Princess Diaries
6pm Central Intelligence
Friday 26th August
12pm Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
6pm King Richard
Saturday 27th August
12pm Frozen
3pm Mean Girls
Sunday 28th August
12pm Raya and the Last Dragon
3pm Cruella
Monday 29th August
12pm The Greatest Showman
6pm The Phantom of the Opera
Tuesday 30th August
12pm Spies in Disguise
6pm 17 Again
Wednesday 31st August
12pm The Secret Life of Pets 2
6pm Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Thursday 1st September
12pm Moana
6pm The Lost City
Friday 2nd September
12pm Luca
6pm Uncharted (12a)
Saturday 3rd September
12pm Stardust (2007)
3pm Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (12a)
Sunday 4th September
12pm Clifford the Big Red Dog
3pm Death on the Nile (2022)
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Popular Newcastle party bar set for a six-figure makeover this Summer

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Since Revolution arrived to Newcastle in 2001, on the corner of Collingwood Street and Pudding Chare, they have established themselves to be one of Newcastle’s most loved bars and have served some of the city’s best cocktails and food for the last 21 years.

The UK’s premier vodka bar is reopening on 13th May, just in time for summer, showcasing it’s remarkable transformation. A £190,000 investment will make way for an eye-catching, open plan look, centered around a luxury, VIP, vibrant feel, perfect to capture those all-important Insta moments. Revolution will of course be paying tribute to their much-loved home of Newcastle, with new striking décor showcasing Newcastle’s very own Angel of the North with a vodka twist taking main stage.

The refurbishment brings a brand new ‘best seat’ VIP booth and updated seating areas with a new lighting show and DJ booth. This deluxe renovated best seat VIP booths will allow guests to get to the heart of the party and provide the perfect private place for any celebration or all-important special occasions with DJ’s and bespoke party packages.

The refurbished venue will be the perfect location to cater for lunchtime diners, after work drinks, evening get-togethers, and of course, late-night partying with the finest local DJ talent and events.

The brand is also continuing its mission to be carbon neutral by 2030, after hitting the headlines in 2021 for their forward-thinking tactics. One of just a handful of UK-based companies to sign up to the pledge to hit net zero, the Revolution Bars Group won the prestigious Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice for their commitment to the scheme.

One notable change for the brand was the decision to remove the passion fruit halves from its Pornstar Martini cocktail, replacing them with a rice paper alternative. Prior to removing passion fruit from their bestselling cocktail (Revolution sell over 1m across the UK each year), they were shipping 36 tonnes from South America to the UK, only for them to be used as garnish. The group has also continued their drive to reduce energy usage, dropping this by an impressive 19% since 2017.

 

 

With summer on it’s way, Revolution has also welcomed a brand-new special Cocktail menu – with 4 American-themed Cocktails to complement their classic concoctions. The bespoke menu is made up of the Malibu Beach Bae, Tennessee Cherry Sour, Hollywood Highball, and Gold Rush.

 

 

Revolution Newcastle Sales and Events Manager, Meagan Hill, said:

“I am super excited for the venue to reopen with its new look on the 13th May. The refurbishment includes an updated look to our beautiful Grade 2 listed building, highlighting the historic bank features, with a Revolution twist.”

“We can’t wait to kick off our relaunch with a huge agenda, starting on Thursday 26th May with the launch of our new Bottomless Dinner, on Friday we are hosting our corporate re-launch event and then going onto our main event of the week – our huge Saturday re-launch party. We have such an exciting line up of big entertainment including DJ’s, sax players, percussionists and so much more across the weekend – this will be a party like no other at Revolution Newcastle”

“We’ve spent a lot of time reviewing our guests’ feedback and we know that they expect great quality and excellent service. We have undergone a big recruitment push and training program to ensure our team, old and new, are ready to deliver the best party in town and welcome guests into our venue for our exciting launch party.”

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