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What’s On October Half-Term: Centre For Life



Centre For Life in Newcastle has something on for everyone from October 23th until November 12th, with their spooky Autumn programme now in full swing! Including live shows, experiments and the chance to make creepy creations to take home.

There is a Spooky Science live show – which includes mysterious moving objects and a pumpkin that vomits bubbles – as well as monster shadow puppet-making sessions.

In the meantime, other attractions include The Planetarium and a Space Zone where visitors can launch their own rocket. And for under-sevens, there are pop-up play stations throughout the centre and a new Play Zone will open on October 23th with a mini kitchen and café.

Their programme includes:

  • Spooky Science live show. Explore what scares us and why. Expect strange noises; mysterious moving objects and a creepy pumpkin that vomits spooky bubbles!
  • Monster mash-up in the Making Studios. Create a monster shadow puppet from different spooky parts. Make it perform in the shadow theatre, then take it home and scare your gran.
  • Spooky science lab. Grab your pipette and make amazing colours and arty creations. Be prepared for strange smells!
  • Trick or Treat pop-up science and skeleton trail. Choose from mesmerising illusions where balloons scream and writing disappears and see if you can find the life-sized skeletons around the centre.
  • Space Zone. Launch your own rocket; be the boss in Mission Control and check out how astronauts poo in space. Explore the planets and night skies in the North’s biggest planetarium and see our Earth in whole new light with the stunning digital globe Sphere.
  • NEW Gaia created by British artist Luke Jerram. It’s wowed audiences across the globe and now you can wonder at this mesmerising and massive recreation of planet Earth.
  • LEGO® creations built by pro LEGO® artists. Be inspired to get building! Highlights include a huge four-metre-long airport – both the handiwork of Warren Elsmore – and Stephenson’s Rocket locomotive, by local artist Steve Mayes.

Especially for under-7s:  

  • Pop-up play stations. Create a rocket, get measuring  and build your own giant marble run to explore how balls roll.
  • Discovery backpacks. See a rainbow indoors and hear some noisy toys. Grab your bag from reception to help your little ones explore Life.
  • NEW Play Zone. Explore a fascinating world designed just for little ones where they can have fun and learn while they’re at it! They can create make believe meals and entertain in the mini- kitchen and café – and learn to recycle (it’s never too early to save the planet!). There’s magical light play, a chance to build creations and delve into soft play.


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THE HOPPINGS 2023 IS BACK – All the details here you need to know..





Crow Events are proud to present The Hoppings at The Town Moor Newcastle back in action from the 16th June-25 June 2023 for the 141st year! The event was so popular last year, we’ve opened up the extra day on Sunday 25th June so that all you thrill seekers have an added opportunity to ride all of your favourites.

Classics such as Magic Mouse Rollercoaster, the Ghost Train, Dodgems and Fun House will take up residence alongside white-knuckle experiences such as Tagada, Extreme, and Star Flyer.

Our extremely popular Feast Street will be returning with a vast selection of gourmet food stalls accompanied by a large dining area, licensed bar and live music!

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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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Sam Fender: How Much Are Tickets?



Sam Fender has delighted fans by announcing a huge stadium show at Newcastle’s St. James’ Park. The North Shields singer will play at the home of Newcastle United on June 9, 2023 and fans can sign up for pre sale tickets now.

The 28-year-old singer will follow in the footsteps of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, for his performance and becomes the first Geordie musician to headline the iconic stadium.

It’s been a huge 2022 so far for the ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ singer, picking up BRIT, NME, and Ivor Novello Awards, and a first nomination for the prestigious Mercury Prize next week, for his second album, the critically acclaimed number one album, ‘Seventeen Going Under’.

Tickets for the huge stadium show go on general sale at 10am on Friday, September 9 via Ticketmaster and See Tickets. Pre-sale goes live at 10am on Wednesday, September 7.

But how much are tickets? Pitch standing tickets are £57.50 (plus fees) and seating tickets start from £47.50 (plus fees).

Speaking of the show, Sam Fender said: “Ever since I started this band, I always used to joke with the boys that one day we might play St James’ Park in Newcastle.

“It’s a childhood dream come true, and we’re actually gonna play it on the 9th June. This is literally gonna be the biggest show we’ve ever done – our first stadium show, which is so weird to say! I can’t wait, it’s gonna be absolutely lush and I hope to see yas all there.”

Support for the show will come from Inhaler and Holly Humberstone.

Will you be trying to bag tickets? Do you think they are a reasonable price?

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