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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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Cocktail Bars in Newcastle and the North East – Top 10



Fancying a cocktail today but don’t know where’s good to go? Where has the best deals? Where serves the most instagramable drinks? Look no further!

Whether it’s to celebrate a birthday, a girls night out or booze and brunch here’s our guide to the best cocktail bars in the North-East:


The Hustle

Location: Newcastle

Theme: Classy cocktail lounge

Their best cocktail: Salted Caramel Espresso Martini

Any special offers: 2 for £12 cocktails between 5-9pm

The Hustle – Newcastle (image credit the hustle)

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“People In My Country Need Peace”: Free Exhibition in Sunderland



On Wednesday 16 March visitors to Pop Recs in Sunderland will be able to see One Day Changes a special exhibition and short film presented by Skimstone Arts’ Associate Artists and photojournalists Ako Ismail, from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and Shahor Omar, from Kirkuk in Iraq, who both live in the North East of England with lived refugee experience.

Originally created in response to ‘One Day’, the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2022, this free exhibition features a collection of documentary photography which show how in one day something so dramatic and life-changing can force people, including children, who were leading normal lives, to suddenly become refugees fleeing their homes, and become survivors looking for a safe place.

Topical for obvious horrendous reasons the exhibition is on display at Pop Recs this Wednesday (16th March) from 11am to 4pm and marks the anniversary of the Halabja chemical attack 34 years ago on 16 March 1988 during the closing days of the Iran-Iraq War in the Kurdish city of Halabja.

Claire Webster Saaremets, Artistic Director at Skimstone Arts said: “We’re honoured to be able to share this poignant exhibition with audiences at Pop Recs on the anniversary of the Halabja chemical attack and support with creating of the featured film The Smell of Apples.

“This exhibition comes at a time when the world is being confronted with the realities of war on a daily basis as new atrocities unfold in Ukraine. One Day Changes aims to encourage people to explore how humanity can share understanding, care and support that positively affects people’s traumatic lives. By witnessing and acknowledging people’s experiences we can learn more about the past and work together to take action to create a safer future.”

Check out the “People in my country need peace”: exhibition and film at Pop Recs Sunderland today only!

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Sunderland Restaurant Week 2022 Is Here!



Sunderland Restaurant Week is returning for 2022 this week! The iconic celebration of food is serving up a fantastic opportunity for thousands of people across the city to head into Sunderland and to try out new city centre restaurants and established favourites.

The city’s food scene has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years, which is great news for hungry foodies. With cuisines ranging from Mexican to Italian, from Chinese to Indian those hitting the city streets are really spoilt for choice!

Sunderland Restaurant Week which runs from 12 – 20 March has some amazing venues signed up including favourites such as Angelo’s Ristorante, Asiana, No2 Church Lane and Port of Call.

Each restaurant, bar or pub across Sunderland will have deals at £5, £10 or £15 offering a range of 1, 2 or 3 course meals.

The event, which is organised by Sunderland BID is now in its sixth year and is always one of the most popular weeks on the city calendar. Sharon Appleby, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID, said: “Sunderland Restaurant Week is always a brilliant experience and it puts a focus on the really exciting food scene we have in the city.”

“We have so many great places to eat and the event not only flags this up to people who live in Sunderland but also brings visitors from outside of the city to take advantage of the offers, which gives a huge boost to the local economy.”

Where are you fancying trying this week?

You can check the whole list of restaurants who are involved and download your voucher here!

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