Northern Events We’re Looking Forward To In 2018!

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2018 is here! To celebrate, we’ve decided to put together our picks of Northern events that we and fellow bloggers are looking forward to in the coming months.

Great Exhibition of the North, Newcastle & Gateshead

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This event seems to be a talking point for many people throughout the North East. Opening on 22nd June with what promises to be a spectacular event on Newcastle-Gateshead’s quayside, visitors can expect to discover the dynamic story of the North of England. The focus will be on three key hubs; the BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art, Sage Gateshead and the Hancock Museum. The exhibition will conclude in style with the world-famous Great North Run on 9th September.

You can find more information here.

Sunderland Air Show, Sunderland 

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Taking place during the final week of July (27th – 29th), the free seafront airshow promises to entertain the entire family. You can also expect to see a unique military presence both in the air and on the ground with RAF, Army and Navy military villages.

You can find more information here.

Yorvik Viking Festival, York

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Jorvik’s Viking Festival is a week-long commemoration of the arrival and subsequent conquest of England by the Great Viking Army in AD 866. An exciting schedule of events explore the impact of the invasion, including living history encampments, walks and tours. There’s also some dramatic combat performances!

The event is running for a week in February (12th till 18th). More information here.

Manchester Jazz Festival, Manchester

Manchester Jazz Festival runs from 20th till 28th July. Summer Jazz – bliss! The event typically features over 500 musicians over the course of many events in a multitude of locations. A lot of gigs are free providing the opportunity for everyone to enjoy some live music.

The event promises to showcase the region’s best contemporary jazz artists – find out more info here. 

British Musical Fireworks Championship, Southport

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We all love a good firework display – am I right? This is the UK’s only competition (running 28th till 30th September) of its kind with some of the best pyrotechnic companies competing. They are judged on their synchronisation to music, mood and flow, variety and effects, overall design and choreography.

A truly unique event happening in the North – you can find out more information on the website here.

Liverpool Sound City Music Festival, Liverpool 

From 5th till 6th May, rock and indie music festival Sound City returns to Liverpool City centre. The festival showcases a lineup of established artists alongside hot new talent in a series of intimate city centre venues.

You can even apply to to play on their website here.

Jonathan Yeo: Skin Deep Exhibition, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle 

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Yeo is world-renowned for his depictions of public figures including Nicole Kidman, Malala Yousafzai, Tony Blair, and members of the Royal family. He explores the processes involved in cosmetic surgery, what it tells us about an individual’s self-image, perceived cultural ideals of beauty, and the psychology behind an endless search for perfection.

This UK exclusive will be exhibiting from 10th March till 17th June.

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What Some Of Our Fellow Bloggers Are Looking Forward To In 2018!

Newcastle Prosecco & Gin Festival, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 

Deborah Nicholas at Country Heart and Home is looking forward to Newcastle’s Prosecco & Gin Festival running the 6th & 7th April. Your ticket includes a glass of fizz & luxury chocolate on arrival, branded event glass to take home & a booklet of tasting notes, serving suggestions and cocktail recipes.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Newcastle’s Gin Festival in 2016 so if it’s anything like that I think we’ll get a ticket.

Rocket Exhibition, Discovery Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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Sam Rickelton at North East Family Fun is excited to take her kids to Newcastle’s Discovery Museum when Robert Stephenson’s iconic steam locomotive comes home.

The exhibition promises to inform guests how this historic engine’s ground-breaking design heralded the birth of passenger railways and celebrate the region’s world-famous industrial heritage. The event coincides with the Great Exhibition of the North and runs from 22nd June till 9th September – more info here

Kynren, Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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Back for it’s third season, Kynren will be performed 17 times this summer from June 30th till September 15th. It is a live action extravaganza that takes you on a tour of 2,000 years of history with the magnificent backdrop of Auckland Castle.

North East blogger, Andrew Corry, writes about his experience of volunteering at the event and why you should get involved this year.

You can also check out the event website here. 

That’s all folks! We hope you’ve been inspired to visit some of the brilliant Northern events we’re looking forward to this year!

Leave a comment below on any other events that you think we should know about this year and we’ll share on our social media accounts!




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