Exciting Events and Activities in the North East: April and May

Discover a range of exciting events and activities in the North East during April and May. From music festivals to exhibitions, theater shows to food and drink showcases, there's something for everyone. Mark your calendars and get ready for a jam-packed spring and early summer.

Discover the Exciting Events and Activities in the North East

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Get ready for a jam-packed spring and early summer in the North East, with a range of exciting events and activities to look forward to. Whether you're a fan of music festivals, exhibitions, theater, or food and drink showcases, there's something for everyone in the coming months.

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First up, head to the Discovery Museum in Newcastle to check out the "Spirit of Invention" exhibition. This unique showcase, in partnership with The National Archives, explores the surprising inventions and designs of the Victorians. From discreet hearing devices that look like flowers to glass domes that protect peaches from bugs, there's plenty to marvel at. The exhibition is free and runs until June 23.

If art is more your thing, make your way to the Baltic in Gateshead for the "Open Submission" exhibition. Featuring the work of 104 local artists, this diverse collection includes paintings, photography, ceramics, video, and sculpture. With pieces from artists as young as 11 and as old as 83, this exhibition is a testament to the talent in the region. It's free to visit and will be on display until September 1.

Enjoy a Night of Fun at the Caper Social Event

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For a fun night out, don't miss the upcoming Caper social event at Sunderland's new City Hall building on April 5. Headlined by The Futureheads, this event promises a mix of food, drink, comedy, and dancing. Get ready to learn some Michael Jackson moves and have a great time. Tickets are available now.

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Indulge in the Newcastle Beer and Cider Festival

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Beer enthusiasts will be delighted to know that the Newcastle Beer and Cider Festival is back from April 10-13. Celebrating the 50-year anniversary of CAMRA, this festival will feature specially-made Golden Ales as well as Easter-themed chocolate beers. With over 100 beers and 50 ciders to choose from, there's something for every palate. Make sure to check out the diverse music program as well.

Experience Thought-Provoking Theater with 'Fed Up'

If you're interested in thought-provoking theater, catch "Fed Up" at Live Theatre in Newcastle from April 11-13. This powerful show, created by members of Live Youth Theatre, explores the issue of food poverty through research, testimonies, and personal experiences. It's a must-see production that sheds light on an important social issue.

Immerse Yourself in the Gateshead Beer & Music Festival

May brings the Gateshead Beer & Music Festival, taking place from May 3-5 at Gateshead Rugby Club. This community event offers a fantastic lineup of music, food, and drink. Enjoy a range of beers, ciders, wines, and spirits while soaking up the festival atmosphere. Don't miss the North East leg of the SIBA competition and the new food area.

Kick Off the Festival Season with Lost Minds

Music lovers will be thrilled to know that the festival season kicks off with Lost Minds on May 4. This dance spectacular features top artists such as Ben Hemsley, Ben Nicky, and Example. With a festival village, art installations, and even Rave-Aerobics, it's an event not to be missed. Tickets are available now.

Satisfy Your Taste Buds at the Newcastle Food and Drink Festival

For foodies, the debut Newcastle Food and Drink Festival is a must-visit. Taking place from May 4-6 in Exhibition Park, this three-day extravaganza offers an Artisan Market, Street Food Arena, and live chef demonstrations. With up to 18 acts performing live music, there's entertainment for everyone. Get your tickets now.

Celebrate the 40-Year Anniversary of 'Auf Wiedersehen, Pet'

Fans of the iconic TV series "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet" can celebrate its 40-year anniversary with a special event at Newcastle's O2 City Hall on May 11. Featuring a nostalgic trip down memory lane, this event includes chat, laughter, and a music concert by Jimmy Nail and his band. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to relive the magic of the show.

Explore the Cultural Scene at The Late Shows

The Late Shows, organized by Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums, returns on May 17-18. This free event offers after-hours openings at various cultural venues in Newcastle and Gateshead. Explore museums, galleries, and enjoy behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, tours, and special performances. The program includes family-friendly activities and is a great way to experience the region's cultural scene.

Be Captivated by the New Musical 'An Officer and a Gentleman'

From May 13-18, the Theatre Royal in Newcastle will host the new musical "An Officer and a Gentleman." Inspired by the award-winning film, this romantic tale follows the fiery love affair between a Navy Aviation officer cadet and a factory worker. With a soundtrack featuring hits from Madonna, Bon Jovi, and more, it's a show that will tug at your heartstrings.

Relive the Magic with the Girls Aloud Reunion Concert

Last but not least, don't miss the highly anticipated reunion of Girls Aloud from May 31 to June 1 at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle. After more than a decade apart, Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh, and Nicola Roberts are back together to celebrate their music and honor the memory of their late bandmate Sarah Harding. It's a concert you won't want to miss.

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