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Search For Santa Trail: Newcastle

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Christmas is shaping up to be special in Newcastle this year, with NE1 unveiling their  programme of festive events, including the welcome return of much-loved favourite, NE1’s Search for Santa, which is always a hugely popular, family-focused event.

The event will return for its third year on Saturday, 4th December, and consists of a free, festive trail which takes participants on an adventure across the city. Starting at Eldon Square, groups of children and their parents and guardians will collect Santa hats and a map which will provide clues and a trail to lead them to Father Christmas. With stops along the way for children to enjoy Christmas craft activities, the Search for Santa will finish at Newcastle Cathedral where there will be another festive craft stop, hot chocolate and a chance to meet Santa, as well as receiving a festive gift.

Details of how to book can be found at www.newcastleschristmas.co.uk, NE1’s online directory for all things Christmassy in Newcastle city centre. Packed with festive things to see and do, if it’s happening in Newcastle, details will be available on the Newcastle’s Christmas website. Kids’ events, festive screenings, ice skating, as well as any new Christmas events and activities, and all the details of NE1’s own festive programme will feature on the site. Add the website to your watch-list to avoid missing out on any Christmas fun this year!

Ben Whitfield, Head of Marketing and Events at NE1 said: “The excitement is building at NE1 and we can’t wait to bring some festive cheer to the city centre with our Christmas events programme. We’ve brought back some festive favourites including the Search for Santa which is well-loved by children and adults alike. All of NE1’s Christmas activities are designed to play to the city’s strengths showcasing some of Newcastle’s most historic and iconic buildings and locations as well as creating a festive buzz in the city. We are really excited to be able to celebrate Christmas in the city again this year and are looking forward to a packed programme that will bring extra cheer and allow people to celebrate Christmas together in-person.”

All of NE1’s Christmas events are free to attend but booking is essential.  In previous years when the Search for Santa event was held, the event was so popular that tickets were snapped up within hours of booking opening. This year, the ticket link will go live at 10.30am on Wednesday 17th November.

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Tyne Bridge to Close for Several Weeks for £41m Restoration

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Several weeks of overnight closures are planned in order to allow engineers to assess how bad a state the Tyne Bridge is in, before it can be restored to its former glory.

The long-overdue restoration is estimated to cost £41m in order to restore the bridge and refurbish the Central Motorway.

According to a local authority report, the inspection is expected to require the famous crossing to be closed from 10pm to 6am from June 13 to July 1. A number of roads underneath the bridge on the Newcastle Quayside are also due to be affected by the works – with closures due between May 16 and June 10 on Quayside, Lombard Street, Queen Street, and Akenside Hill from 8pm to 6am.

A Newcastle City Council spokesperson said: “We submitted a bid for £41.4 million to Government which, if approved, will enable a four-year maintenance programme for the Tyne Bridge and the Central Motorway to go ahead. As part of the funding process, we are required to carry out some initial works on the Tyne Bridge.

“This includes a full inspection of the bridge, so we can assess its condition and the scale of works required to finalise the costings and project plans to fully restore and refurbish this major structure. This needs to be completed ahead of funding being approved.

“As we need to inspect the entire span of the bridge, overnight closures may be required on the bridge and roads underneath it, so engineers can complete this work safely. Details on the programming are being finalised.”

The Tyne Bridge has not had any major maintenance for two decades and its much-needed refurbishment has been at the top of council officials’ to do list for years, in the hope of ensuring it is looking its best once again by its 100th birthday in 2028. However, it has been warned that the grade II* listed structure may have deteriorated into a worse condition than currently known and council bosses have warned that, like on other major projects like the Grainger Market’s roof repairs, the refurbishment may take longer than expected.”

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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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Best Children Activities in the North East

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Looking for a way to entertain the kids for the day? Well, lucky for you, we have rounded up the best children activities in the North East.

 

Whitehouse Farm Centre

From donkeys and pigs to mice and rabbits, expect to meet all your favourite farm animals and more! Whitehouse Farm is also home to striped skunks, marmoset monkeys, harris hawks, bearded dragons, curly haired tarantulas – the list could go on and on. We won’t tell you them all, so there’s still plenty to be surprised by. However, we can’t resist telling you, you are in for a treat as you will even have the chance to handle and feed the animals!

Credit: Whitehouse Farm Facebook

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