In Events

It's the second bank holiday of the month and once again the region is boasting a huge amount of amazing events to make sure you enjoy every second of that extra day off. We've rounded up some of our favourites from across the three days.

Game On 2.0, All weekend, Life Science Centre

From Sonic to Samus, Mario to Minecraft, Game On 2.0 is the world’s biggest collection of playable computer games from the past 60 years. This major international exhibition will appeal to families, school groups and people of all ages.

Proper Food and Drink Festival, All weekend, South Shields

Head to South Shields where there will be 60 of the region's finest artisan food producers selling the best locally-made food the country has to offer, as well as a licensed bar selling real ales and ciders from Wylam Brewery.

Evolution Emerging, Sat 23 May, Ouseburn Valley

On Saturday 23 May, 40 of the best emerging artists will take over nine venues in the Ouseburn Valley, with very special guest headliners Lisbon, Hyde & Beast and Shields. 

2.8 Hours Later, Sat 23 May, Gateshead

This weekend, 2.8 Hours Later, the original, biggest and most sensational urban zombie chase game is coming to Gateshead with an incredible new story.

Newcastle Unity Festival, Sat 23 May, Leazes Park

A unique, open air, totally free, music festival hosted at Leazes Park, which was set up to proactively challenge all forms of intolerance and promote unity in the community.

Monty Python's Spamalot, Sat 23 May, Sunderland Empire

Monty Python’s Spamalot gallops back out on tour to bring the West End production to the North East. Lovingly ripped off from the classic comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a new musical that will have you laughing all night.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Sat 23 May, Theatre Royal

Based on the best-selling novel by John Boyne, this play promises to be a deeply moving and thought-provoking production. Set during World War II it is the heart-wrenching tale of an unlikely friendship between two innocent boys.

Newcastle United vs West Ham, Sun 24 May, St James' Park

Newcastle United FC will take on West Ham in the final game of the season. It's geared up to be an intense encounter as Newcastle fight for their survival in the Barclays' Premier League.

IKON in Concert, Sun 24 May, O2 Academy Newcastle

After 20 years in the game, tours around the world, 22 million sales and a hit list as long as the Tyne Bridge, DJ Sash! Comes to O2 Academy Newcastle to celebrate two decades with a massive party.

Bank Holiday Special, Sun 24 May, The Stand

Celebrate your bank holiday in style with some top-drawer comedy! With Carl Hutchinson, Aisling Bea, George Zach, John Gibson and host Andy Fury.

Joe McElderry, Sun 24 May, Playhouse Whitley Bay

Having recorded music with Dionne Warwick and performed live for Her Majesty the Queen at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, we’re delighted to welcome X-Factor winner and pop sensation Joe McElderry back to the North East.

Rendezvous 2, Sun 24 May, Live Theatre

This cabaret style evening will feature poetry, fiction, extracts from plays and live music performed by many of Julia’s long-time collaborators, performers and friends including The Poetry Virgins.

Derren Brown, Mon 25 May, Sunderland Empire

The multi-award winning acknowledged master of psychological illusion is back in the North East with a brand-new one-man show that is sure to dazzle audiences.

Foo Fighters, Mon 25 May, Stadium of Light

The roof of Sunderland's Stadium of Light is set to be raised when Foo Fighters visit for a massive gig this bank holiday, with special guests the Kaiser Chiefs. 

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