When you think of North East film, it's hard not to think of Billy Elliot, but when you think of North East theatre, it probably isn't one that springs immediately to mind. So, after all this time, it was no surprise that its home-turf debut was an emotional experience right from the very beginning.
Welcome to the monthly round-up from Life in Geordieland blogger Rachel Kershaw where she will pick out the highlights, from the places she has visited and help you learn more about NewcastleGateshead. You can find regular updates and inspiration to help you get the most out of the amazing region at www.lifeingeordieland.com or follow Rachel on Twitter @rachmotormouth.
With two international sporting events taking place near NewcastleGateshead over spring bank holiday, it's a great time for sports fans to visit. There's Test Match cricket to look forward to with England v Sri Lanka and the England football team has a friendly against Australia. We had a look at what else is going on and have a whole weekend planned out for you.
If you had to ask me to sum up my stay in one word, it would be perfection, and if you asked me whether I'd recommend it to you, I'd probably say "Yes, book it now!". But let's face it, that wouldn't make for a very engaging blog post now would it?
When you think about The Herb Garden you'll probably imagine one of the following; beautiful stonebaked pizzas, rustic salads, or Herby, the resident model horse who guards the entrance. Well, that's not all they should be famous for, believe me.
Calling all theatre lovers... Fresher, faster and funnier than ever, the multi-award-winning theatrical spectacle STOMP is set to make a return to Newcastle Theatre Royal for the first time in 15 years, touching down for one week only!