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3 Raring2go! EDITOR’S WELCOME Hello from Raring2go! I’m delighted to bring you so many ideas to have fun this Easter and beyond to May half term and the Queen’s Jubilee. We have holiday clubs, party ideas, classes to join, gardening to do, crafts to enjoy and a huge what’s on guide. There’s so much happening so have fun planning your days out. We have loads more online at raring2go.co.uk so please take a look. Best wishes Anna

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12 12 What’s on this Spring Please check our events calendar at raring2go.co.uk/newcastle for full details of all events listed and many more! Also, please follow Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where daily updates will be posted. Information correct at time of going to print but please do check websites as timings may change & events may sell out. Have fun! Until 3 April: Morph in the North. Twenty individual designed Morph sculptures will be in and around North Tyneside. Can you find them all? 2 April: Barmoor Easter Fair, Barmoor hub, NE40 3AG. 10am -2pm. FREE ENTRY. Craft Stalls, Cafe, Easter Hat Competition, Tombola, Ryton Junior School Choir. 2-19 April: Easter Eggstravaganza, Walby Farm Park. Lots of fun on the farm. 2-19 April: Easter Egg Hunts, Gibside. Make your way along the trail and find nature-inspired activities for the whole family. £3 per trail pack in addition to normal admission. Booking not required. 2–24 April: Easter Adventure Quest, Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Belsay, Ponteland. 2–24 April: Easter Adventure Quest, Warkworth Castle. Easter games and egg hunt. 3,10,14,15,17,18,21,24 April: Take a heritage train ride, Stephenson Steam Railway, North Shields. The new season is here! Full details here stephensonsteamrailway.org.uk 4 April – 30 June: 2022 is the year of the Lion. The Born Free pride of 25 stunning life-size, bronze lion sculptures are touring the UK and will be at Exhibition Park, Newcastle for 3 months. Find out more: bornfree.org.uk/events/born-free-forever-newcastle. FREE EVENT. 8 April: Easter Party, Jumbo Jungle, Consett. Pre school and after school sessions available. Call 01207 500007 to book. 8-24 April: Easter Egg Hunts, Cragside. Make your way along the trail and find nature-inspired activities for the whole family. £3 per trail pack in addition to normal admission. Booking not required. 9 April-5 June: LEGO® Brick Wetland Safari. Go on a Lego Brick Wetland Safari this spring showcasing GIANT models, some of which are twelve-times life-size, sitting alongside some of their real-life cousins. Plus with 2 NEW MODELS never before seen at WWT Washington! 9-10 April: Easter Egg Hunt, Royal Quays Independent & Outlet Centre, North Shields 9-10 April: The Eighth Legion, Vindolanda. The Eight Legion return to Vindolanda to bring the site to life once more with Roman artillery and surveying, offerings to the gods and the Medicus on stand by with some Roman remedies. 9-10 April: Steam Gala, Beamish Open Air Museum, Co Durham. www.beamish.org.uk 9-24 April: Easter Eggstravaganza, Whitehouse Farm. Treats and tricks with Magic Steve our resident magician every day. Meet the Easter Bunny. Visit our Easter Garden. Lots of baby spring animals to cuddle and feed including lambs, goats and calves to bottle feed.

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raring2go.co.uk 14 14 9-24 April: Easter Egg-Stravaganza, Adventure Valley, Durham. Visit the spectacular undercover Easter Garden, follow the ‘Egg-cellent’ Bunny Adventure to earn a chocolate treat and meet the Easter Rabbit! Plus, meet our Adorable Baby Animals and enjoy Daily Shows in our Showtime Theatre. 9-24 April: Easter Holiday Fun, Lightwater Valley. a whole host of ‘NEW for 22’ experiences to enjoy this season including Dodgems, Twist & Turn, Hall of Mirrors, Amusement Arcade with state of the art VR and our interactive woodland trail, plus heaps of daily Easter entertainment. 9-24 April: LEGO® Brick Workshops, Washington Wetland Centre. Daily sessions - 10.3011.30am or 1-2pm (booking essential). 9-24 April: Easter Farm Fun, Wheelbirks. Daily animal hour and chick holding. Pre booking essential via www.wheelbirks.co.uk 9-24 April: Discovery Days, Discovery Museum. Follow the clues to find the toys hiding in the gallery. 9 April - 1 October: Building the Wall, Segedunum Roman Fort. This Exhibition will explore who built the Hadrian’s Wall and how. KIDS GO FREE. Full details here: segedunumromanfort.org.uk 11 April: Gramp-a-Nory, Seven Stories. Join master storyteller, children’s author & grandad Richard O’Neil. 11 & 18 April: Marvellous Mondays, Segedunum Roman Fort. Easter crafts & activities. 12 April: Easter egg cup decorating. The Beacon Shopping Centre, North Shields. FREE event, booking required. Email Sharon.Thomson@thebeaconcentre.co.uk to book a space. 12 & 21 April: Cartoony critters and hilarious humans! Seven Stories. Come along and learn to draw like a professional illustrator. 12,14,19,21 April: Easter Family Arts Festival. Shipley Art Gallery. Sessions last one hour 15 minutes and run at 10am, 12pm and 2.15pm.For age 4+. Booking essential. shipleyartgallery.org.uk 12 – 22 April: Beelines Bug Hunt at selected parks in Newcastle. Full details at urbangreennewcastle.org 13 April: Discover a story: Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory, Discovery Museum. Easter stories and crafts for 3-5 year olds. 13-20 April: Easter Egg Hunts, Wallington. Make your way along the trail and find natureinspired activities for the whole family. £3 per trail pack in addition to normal admission. 13 & 20 April: Street Scientists, Discovery Museum. A group of ‘science buskers who aim to spark interest and amaze you along the way. 14 & 21 April: Spring Landscape Family Glass Fusing, for age 6+ and grown ups. National Glass Centre, Sunderland. Booking essential. sunderlandculture.org.

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16 15 April: Stephenson Steam Railway, Fish & Chips and heritage train rides on Good Friday. 15 April: All-Weather Finals Day, Newcastle Racecourse. KIDS GO FREE PLUS FREE FUNFAIR & ENTERTAINMENT. 15 April: Easter Folklore at Newcastle Castle with Icy Sedgwick. 5pm. Booking essential. 15 April: Family Minibeast Hunt, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, East Chevington Nature Reserve. Full details www.nwt.org.uk 15-18 April: Easter Trail, National Trust Souter Lighthouse. Explore the outdoors and tick off spring-themed activities to complete the trail and collect your chocolate egg. £3 per trail. 15-18 April: Eggcellent Easter Egg Hunt, Whitehouse Farm. Join our Easter Egg Hunt in the Easter Garden. 15-18 April: Easter Duck Trail, WWT, Washington. A gang of big yellow ducks are hiding, can you ‘quack the code’ and find them all? 16 & 20 April: Spring Ceramics, National Glass Centre, Sunderland. Model your own bunny. Age 6+ Booking essential. 19 & 21 April: Discovery Days, Discovery Museum. Spring themed crafts for ages 6 and over. 20 April: Family Mini Beast Hunt, Druridge Bay Country Park, NE61 5BX. Event is free but donations welcome. 23 April: twilight tours of Newcastle Castle this St George’s Day. 6pm & 8pm. newcastlecastle.co.uk 30 April & 1 May: Consett Comedy Festival, Consett Rugby Club. Family comedy sessions on both days. 30 April & 1 May: Discovery Brick Show, Discovery Museum. 30 April - 2 May: Victor & Vulcan, Steam Gala Event, Stephenson Steam Railway. 1 May & 5 June: Northumberlandia Food and Craft Market, Northumberlandia. Cramlington. 1-2 May: May Day Celebrations: traditional May Day activities. Beamish Museum 1 May - 6 June: Festival of the Rose, Vindolanda. See the Roman Army Museum decorated with roses to commemorate Rosalia The festival of the rose, an ancient Roman festival particular special to the Roman soldiers. 7 May: Star Wars Legion, Royal Quays Independent & Outlet Centre, North Shields 7 May: Tynemouth Food Festival 10 May: Spring Evening Racing, Newcastle Racecourse. KIDS GO FREE.

17 Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? The Northumberland County Show takes place on Bank Holiday Friday, 3rd June 2022. After a two year absence, this summer’s comeback celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend in style. The main arena features high octane action from Newcastle Diamonds Speedway team. Get up close to hundreds of animals, enjoy some great food and drink, listen to live music or watching the hilarious Sheep Show. With a fun fair; shopping; tug of war and there’s something for everyone. Tickets on sale now at www.northcountyshow.co.uk

18 13–14 May: The Late Shows, Newcastle. Cultural venues open late in the evening. Suitable for older children and teens. Full details thelateshows.org.uk 21 & 22 May: Blyth Battery Goes To War. 10am -4pm. FREE ENTRY. Weapons Demonstrations, Home Front Display, Beach Battle, Military Vehicles, Live Entertainment. 21 May - 25 September: Emperor for a Day, Vindolanda. Dress your favourite bear or plush toy as an emperor for the day and bring them out to meet our Emperor bears at the museums. 26-30 May: Funfair, Royal Quays Independent & Outlet Centre, North Shields 28 May: Whitley Bay Carnival 28 & 29 May: Walltown Warrior 1900, Walltown Country Park. A 3k fun challenge event for the whole family. 28 May-5 June: LEGO® Brick Workshops, Washington Wetland Centre. Daily sessions - 10.3011.30am or 1-2pm (booking essential). 28 May – 5 June: Kids Rule! Belsay Hall. Get ready for a right royal knees-up. Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with costumed storytellers, hands-on activities and fresh-air family fun. 28 May – 5 June: Platinum Jubilee Celebrations this May Half Term! Beamish Museum 28 May – 5 June: Kids Rule May half term! Warkworth Castle 1-3 June: Marcus the Medicus, Vindolanda. Join Marcus at the Roman Vindolanda to explore the world of ancient medicine and what the difference is between working as a medic in the Roman times and today. 1 June-1 September: Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival - Wall in Motion, Great North Museum. A spectacular and immersive digital projection mapping experience, on a monumental scale. 2 June: SPRING BANK HOLIDAY visit our website for all the latest events - raring2go.co.uk 2-5 June: Pop-up Railway in Wheelbirks Orchard. 12pm - 4.45pm. 3 June: Northumberland County Show, a fun day out for all the family. FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A FAMILY TICKET SEE PAGE 23! 3 June: Queen’s Jubilee - see website for latest events. www.raring2go.co.uk 4 & 5 June: Amble Puffin Festival. 10-19 June: Hexham Book Festival. 12 June: Open Farm Sunday, Wheelbirks. FREE ENTRY. Tractor & trailer rides, meet the farm animals, bouncy castle, go karts and much more. 12 June: Morpeth Fair Day, 10am - 5pm. 25 & 26 June: Gone to the Wall, Outdoor Theatre at Vindolanda. An entertaining play set in AD122 about Hadrian’s mammoth undertaking to build his wall. Romans, Celts, music and laughter throughout.

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20 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! HADRIAN’S 1900 Hadrian's Wall 1900 This year we are celebrating the 1900th anniversary of the beginning of the construction of Hadrian’s Wall with a year long festival, commemorating 1900 years of history. This is not just an event for the Northeast, it's of global importance and will attract visitors from all over the world. We are incredibly lucky to live next to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hadrian's Wall has always provided numerous options for a day out and this year with the 1900 celebrations there is more than ever to enjoy. Easier by car, but you can access all the major sites using the AD122 bus which runs between Hexham and Haltwhistle railway stations. There's a frequent service to both from Newcastle Central Station. One of our favourite places is the Roman Army Museum which is very close to Walltown Quarry Country Park, perfect for a picnic after learning about the Romans. Next call Vindolanda, which really is the jewel in the crown and absolutely fascinating to visit. If you ever went on a school trip years ago, then you'll be amazed at what the archaeologists have uncovered since. Literally every day, new treasures are unearthed. It's an incredible site and has a great museum and

21 Raring2go! HADRIAN’S 1900 café with lovely outdoor seating area.. Steel Rigg is a classic walk and the famous Sycamore Gap is always a popular spot. The Roman forts of Housesteads and Chesters are also great places to explore. You'll also find Hadrian's Wall in Tyneside! The Great North Museum Newcastle has a brilliant model of the whole of the Wall and Segedunum Roman Fort at Wallsend is hosting an exhibition on how actually built it and how. Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields will teach you about the ‘lost’ fort that controlled sea and river access to the Roman frontier. Each venue will have craft activities and lots more throughout the year. There are hundreds of events taking place along the whole length of the Wall this year (see our what's on guide for lots of them!). Did you know it's 73 miles long? There are also online activities to get involved with and the great Bunting Challenge at Vindolanda is one in which the whole family can join in. The full programme is available at www.1900.hadrianswallcountry.co.uk

24 raring2go.co.uk Gosforth Civic Theatre 0191 2843700 gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk 13 April: Flux by Mortal Fools—a show for age 11+ 16 April: Film Screening of Ghostbusters afterlife 23 April: Film Screening of Encanto 18 June: The Secret Garden - a play that’s great for 7-11 year olds and their families. Empire Consett 03000 262400 empireconsett.co.uk 9 April: Milkshake Live Exchange, North Shields 0191 258 4111 attheexchange.info 2 - 5 June: Platinum Jubilee Open House Weekend Northern Stage 0191 2305151 northernstage.co.uk 21 - 24 April: Oi Frog and Friends 7 - 8 May: Handa’s Surprise 4 - 5 June: Aidy the Awesome Phoenix Theatre, Blyth 01670367228 thephoneixtheatre.org.uk 10 April: Pop Princess 14 April: LDN Wrestling 4 June: Little/Great Grimm Tales Queen’s Hall Hexham 01434652477 queenshall.co.uk 13 April: The Boy and the Seahorse 17 April: The not so Ugly Sister 22 - 24 April: Wolf Tyne Theatre, Newcastle: 0844 2491 000 tynetheatreandoperahouse.co.uk 16 - 17 April: Easter Pantomime – The Wizard of Oz 20 - 23 April: The Sound of Music presented by West End Operatic Society Utilita Arena, Newcastle 0844 493 6666 utilitaarena.co.uk 28 April: WWE Live! Whitley Bay Playhouse 0844 2481588 playhousewhitleybay.co.uk 11 April: Dinosaur Adventure Live! 13 April: Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show 18 - 19 April: Easter Pantomime – The Wizard of Oz 20 - 21 April: Horrible Histories – The Terrible Tudors 24 – 25 May: The Twirlywoos Live! 31 May - 1 June Seussical the Musical KIDS GO FREE—see ad opposite Raring2go! WHAT’S ON AT THE THEATRE


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Raring2go! COMPETITIONS AND OFFERS raring2go.co.uk 30 Win a family ticket to see Oi Frog at Northern Stage. Closing date 03.04.22 Win a family ticket to see Secret Garden at Gosforth Civic Theatre. A play for children age 7+. Closing date 31.05.22 Win a round of golf for 4 at Angry Birds Adventure Golf, Metro Centre. Closing date 19.05.22 Win a family day pass to Whitehouse Farm Centre. Closing date 19.05.22 Win a family ticket to see Flux at Gosforth Civic Theatre. A play for children age 11+. Closing date 03.04.22 Win a family day pass to Lightwater Valley. Closing date 04.04.22 Win a family day pass to Washington Wetland Centre. Closing date 10.05.22 Win a family ticket. Closing date 13.05.22 Win a pair of tickets to the Twirlywoos at Playhouse Whitley Bay plus a branded Twirlywoos cushion. Closing date 19.04.22 To enter our competitions please visit www.raring2go.co.uk Good luck!! You’ve got to be in it to win it! Win a half term of classes with Rugbytots. Closing date 27.04.22 Copyright 2022 Mojo Publishing Ltd. All information in this magazine is published in good faith and cannot be reproduced without permission from the publisher, Raring2go! Newcastle 07739797419. Whilst the publisher makes every effort to ensure the businesses featured in this magazine are of the highest quality, we do not guarantee the services or products from any businesses featured. Neither do we nor the schools accept any responsibility for loss arising from the use of information published. Printed by Gemini Print 01273 464884. Please recycle this magazine when you are finished with it.