New Events around Tynemouth

There are several events at the Old Low Lights (click the short cut above for more detail)

Linskill Centre (New opening times)

The Linskill Trust appreciates the coronavirus outbreak is proving a difficult and uncertain time for everyone so with effect from Friday 20th March the core opening hours at the Linskill Centre will be Monday to Friday from 8am until 6pm.

Easter Trail Sat 4 - Sun 19 April

Northumberland Park, North Shields. Pick up a trail sheet from the cafe and follow it around the park to find all the hidden Easter chicks or eggs, then collect a chocolate prize from the cafe! cost: £1 per sheet.

Read Regional - Clara Barley: Tues 7th April, 2.30pm

North Shields Library: Yorkshire-based author Clara has written both fiction and nonfiction about Anne Lister of Shibden Hall and her novel 'The Moss House‘ was chosen for Read Regional 2020. Come and hear how Clara was inspired to write it through her work at Shibden Hall, plus her involvement with the Gentleman Jack TV series. Free event, booking essential.

Spring Fun Day Sun 26 April, 12pm — 4pm

Northumberland Park, North Shields. A day oi entertainment and live music. Free event (charges may apply tor some activities).

Book Fair Sun 26 April, 21 June, 10am — 4pm

Tynemouth Station: Browse books on all topics and genres, www.tynemouthstationbookfair.co.uk

Linskill Book Fair Thursday 14th - Sunday 17th May 2020

This year's Book Fair is going to be bigger and better and we need lots and lots of books. Including two late evening sessions, providing more opportunity for people to access the Book Fair. Entry is free and the prices will remain the same as last year - £1 for a hardback, 50p for a softback and 25p for children's books.

North Crime Syndicate: Tues 19 May, 6.30pm

North Shields Library: This brand-new crime writing super group features regional authors who have teamed up to highlight the strength of crime writing in the region. We will be joined by authors Chris McGeorge, Rob Parker, Judith O’Fleilly, Robert Scragg and Trevor Wood. Tickets: £3, booking essential.

North Shields Vegan Market Sat 6 June, 10am — 4pm

North Shields Vegan Market Sat 6 June, 10am — 4pm

The Beacon Shopping Centre: A vegan market featuring stalls, in partnership with Farplace Animal Rescue Beacon Shopping Centre.

Tynemouth Bowling Club Tynemouth Park

This year marks the club’s 125th anniversary. Try free. Contact: Richard Coates (0191) 257 0125 Christine McGuire (0191) 252 0881. Community Fun Day Satursay 15th June at the clubhouse in Tynemouth Park.

Find it hard to get out? join us at the Cafe click the "Linskill Centre" short cut above for further information.

Linskill Centre "ENGAGE" project

People 55+ new project click the Linskill Center above short cut above or Scroll down to the Linskill Section. Other groups Digital Champions, Wollies for the list of activities Dates and Times click the Linskill Center link above.

Walking football

lf football's more your cup of tea and you need to take things a little slower than you used to, there are walking football sessions on every week. All are free and there's no need to book, just turn up and play: The Parks Sport Centre, North Shields Wednesdays, 2.30pm — 4pm Foxhunters Pavilion, North Shields Wednesdays, 7pm — 8pm. For further information on either of these sessions, Click: SportNorthTyneside or Tel: (0191) 643 7445, Email: sport@northtyneside.gov.uk, Twitter @SportNT Facebook

SIGN North Tyneside

SIGN is a network of organisations in North Tyneside who offer free, independent and confidential information about practical or emotional issues you may have. Not only are they your link to the health and social care services in the area, they can also offer support around benefits, housing, debt advice, work and education, and also activities and groups to keep you active. The SIGN North Tyneside Directory lists over 600 services, groups or activities and over 150 events that are happening in your local area. Whatever you are concerned about, talk to a SIGN North Tyneside member first! Sign NTS

The Underwear Project — 1940s Remembered Tues 24 March, 6.30pm

North Shields Customer First Centre. Discover how we managed with wartime shortages. Featuring cookery demonstrations and tasting, try your hand at pulling down (unknitting!) old jumpers ready to re-knit, rag rugging and patchwork. Also featuring a Morse Code Machine, toys and games. Try life without technology, dressed in 1940s clothing it you wish. Tickets £5, booking essential.

Good Friday Procession of Witness Fri 10 April, 10am

Northurnberland Square, North Shields. An act of worship followed by a march around North Shields town centre, before returning to Northumberland Square for the Good Friday story.

Tynemouth Fake Festival Sat 25 April, 11.45am — 11pm

Percy Park Rugby Club: Tribute acts, local bands, entertainment, food and a licensed bar. www.fakefestivals.co.uk

Local History Month — May Local History Day Sat 16 May

North Shields Library: Throughout May we are celebrating Local History Month with a variety of talks and performances at libraries across the borough. Local History Day itself will feature talks such as ‘Gannin’ Shoppin’ in Shields’ and ‘Laurel and Hardy’, plus an art exhibition and a wide-range of stalls. Free event, talks must be pre-booked. Call (0191) 643 5270 or email discover@northtyneside.gov.uk for full details.

Tynemouth Food Festival Sat and Sun 16 — 17 May.

Tynemouth Priory and Castle: Street food from around the world, food stalls and live music. Plus entertainment for children including cooking classes, creative play, face painting and more. Advance tickets £3 (£3.50 on the door), under-16s free with an adult. Supported by Bernicia.


Click this link for further information Active North Tyneside

Over 60? Enjoy “Free swim Fridays” Free Friday

Swimming sessions have been extended after proving a hit with over-60s. Hundreds of residents aged 60 and over have taken up North Tyneside Council’s offer of free swimming on Fridays at all of its pools since the scheme was launched in September 2017. It was initially funded through Sport England’s Swim Local project for a year but has been so successful that the council has decided to continue the initiative for a further 12 months. Swimming supports body weight, with no pressure on joints. It’s ideal for those with injuries or illnesses like arthritis and studies show that half an hour of swimming, three times a week, can significantly reduce blood pressure. There’s also the social side of getting to know other swimmers and the rhythmic nature of swimming helps to boost psychological wellbeing too. There’s no need to book – just visit any pool with proof of age.

Fishermen’s Mission celebrates 120 years

The North Shields Fishermen’s Mission is celebrating its 120th the anniversary this year and is packed with a programme of events. The Fish Quay-based organisation provides a lifeline of welfare and support to fishermen and their families between Amble and Hartlepool. As part of the 12O~year celebrations throughout 2019 there will be an information stall at The Beacon shopping centre in North Shields between 11am and 3pm on the third Saturday of each month (except July and December).Various activities will also be taking place, including net mending, visits from Albert the mission mascot, a roadshow visiting various locations during July and a model boat exhibition by Brian Chambers. Look out also for a watercolour exhibition by Michael Smith, which will be held at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre at North Shields Fish Quay in August. Later in the year, on Sunday 24 November, exactly 120 years to the day since the mission was formed in 1899, a civic service led by the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman, will take place at Christ Church Parish Church in North Shields from 10am to mark the anniversary. Click Fishermen’s Mission for more information or call Tel: (0191) 257 1316/07917 754259 Email: northshieldscentre@fishermensmission.org.uk

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North Shields Customer First Centre in the Library

Midweek Movie Club

The group is aimed at a Silver Screen crowd, to watch films, make new friends and relax with a cuppa. The screenings will be on the third Wednesday of every month.


Colette (15) March 18th @ 1pm.

Colette was a French author and woman of letters nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948; also known as a mime, actress, and journalist. Colette was most widely known for her 1944 novella Gigi, which was the basis for the 1958 film and the 1973 stage production of the same name. After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success soon inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century

The above film may be subject to change. To Check for more information call (0191) 6435270.

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March 18th @ 1pm. Colette


Future Movies

April 15th 2020@ 1pm.    Yesterday (PG)

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Tynemouth Priory Theatre

Jane Eyre 20th - 25th April 2020

Adapted by Willis Hall from a novel by Charlotte Bronte Directed by Hayley Moy & Christine Coaster
170 years on, Charlotte Bronte's story of the trailblazing Jane Eyre is as inspiring as ever. This compelling adaptation loses none of the emotional force of the much loved classical novel which uncovers one woman's fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms. Charlotte Bronte's spirited heroine faces life's obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before making the ultimate decision to follow her own heart.

Booking line 0191 292 9292      for further information click Tynemouth Priory Theatre Productions

20th – 25th April 2020.

Future Performances

Cheshire Cats by Gail Young 8th - 13th June 2020

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Old Low Lights

At the heart of North Shields Fish Quay we offer a unique experience to explore 900 years of maritime heritage. Through our changing programme of hands-on activities, workshops, exhibitions and events you can learn about the life of the folks of North Shields through the experiences of real people and the objects they used.

In our Heritage Gallery find out how the River Tyne sustained not only a whole community but contributed to the economy of our region. Listen to stories from fishermen still making their living on the river. You can discover how the maritime industry has changed over the years and come face to face with some of the rivers most prominent sea-life birds. Get hands on with our interactive games and let the little ones dress up in bygone costume. A great way to spend an afternoon.

Our viewing platform offers spectacular views over the mouth of the Tyne a ‘must do’ whatever the weather! From early morning summer views to early winter sun down views the view of the Tyne is ever changing yet timeless. Fuel up in the cafe, whatever the time of day we’ll be brewing the famous Tynemouth Coffee Co. coffee and offering tasty treats to delight. Bring along your favourite vinyl or listen to our collection, the cafe really has a wonderful warm buzz and we welcome you to enjoy it too! Our cafe terrace looks over the river and is a great place to enjoy your cuppa with a breath of fresh air.

Don’t forget to treat yourself in the gift shop, from pocket money toys to special finds, our products are locally sourced and sure to appeal to even the most discerning shoppers. Whenever you would like to visit you can be sure of a warm welcome from us!

The Old Low Light Heritage Centre, which stands within the walls of Clifford’s Fort, was once one of two leading lights guiding ships through the mouth of the River Tyne. The building largely dates back to the 18thcentury. In 2015 it opened as a heritage centre, run by a charity called The Net, with a café, gift shop, gallery and space for community groups. It has a full programme of events for local people including exhibitions, talks, walks and music concer

For further information Click on the link Old Low Lights

Upcoming Events

School of Mindfulness Meditation with Michael Atkinson starts on Sunday March 1, 2020 at 10am to 11am

Mindfulness is becoming ever more popular, and is being introduced in schools, universities and businesses across the world.
On the first Sunday of each month, between 10am and 11am at Old Low Light Michael Atkinson leads a meditation practice. That session helps to cultivate mindfulness, and a way to develop our natural capacity of awareness, which gives us the ability to recognise the thoughts and emotions that distract us from our present experience.
This, in turn, allows us to take more control over lives, respond more skilfully to situations as they arise, and develop greater emotional strength, intelligent action, and a sense of well-being in our everyday life donations donations welcomed.


An exhibition of machine stitched textile, plastic and paper by Margaret Livingstone inspired by the ‘Observer’s Book of Sea Fishes’ 1ST floor heritage gallery / £3pp (members free).


Displays showing what’s been achieved in the five years since the heritage gallery officially opened and our plans for the future top floor gallery/ £3pp, members free


Four local plays that will take audiences on the highs and lows of love £6pp

Wildlife Walk: With David Hirst February 29th and March 11th 2020 at 12:30

Join David Hirst on a guided walk to discover local wildlife in the area. £3 per person

iPad Class March 13th, 2020 at 13:00 - 14:30

A class for people who have progressed beyond beginners £3 per person.

Heritage Talk: Smugglers, Sailors, Explorers and Eccentrics March 14, 2020 at 11am

Former chair of Friends of Laing Art Gallery, Jean Scott will talk about characters painted by Henry Perlee Parker (1785-1873), nicknamed Smuggler Parker and famous for paintings of coastal scenes and fisherfolk £3pp, members free.

Classical Concert: The Pepusch Trio March 20, 2020 at Doors open 7pm. Start 7:30pm

Brian Stewart, Philip Cull and David Murray play flute, oboe, harpsichord and piano to perform a repertoire from Baroque to 20th century £12pp, members £10.


Maritime expert Martin Kenny will lead a guided walk along the promenade to the headland £3pp.


We're trying out a new idea of short informal talks, called Tales of the Tyne, in the heritage gallery. The first was this week when trustee and volunteer, Nina Brown, talked about Mary Ann Macham, the slave who came to Shields. More are planned.

Click here for more information Old Low Lights

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Linskill Centre

Encompass (18+ years)

This programme has launched a diverse range of new activities, including evening and weekend activities:

Men's Cooking Classes, Linskill Riders (social cycling), Dad n Lads (rock pooling & beach clean), Bat Watch (talk & walk), Discover St Mary's (coastal winter bird life), Winter Safari (wildlife & history tour of Seaton Sluice), Advanced Crochet. For more information Email Helen "helen@linskill.org" or click the link Encompass

Film Club Meets Monthly. Free but donations very welcome.

Wednesday March 4th at 1pm Once upon a time in Hollywood.
For more details call 0191 257 8000 or email charlotte@linskill.org

North Tyneside Art Studio

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of North Tyneside Art Studio and find out more about its history and heritage. Veiw an exhibition of art including paintings, print, photographs and ceramics, join in creative activities or enjoy a guided tour of the studio, click North Tyneside Art Studio for full information

"Engage" Opportunities for People 55+

Register your interest today. Free outdoor activities learn through adventure, build confidence and lead a healthier life.

click the link engage for full information showing Days and Times.

Digital Champions

One of the more established groups ‘Digital Champions’ offers a weekly Thursday drop-in session for people who want to develop their ability on the internet, social media or using a PC/tablet within a friendly and social environment.


A new social group ‘Woolies’ has been set up for those with an interest in wool, to get together and exchange ideas and learn new skills.

Calling All Actors

For More details on all of the activities at Linskill click the link Linskill Centre whats on.

Short walks on a regular basis can improve your health (read the Newsletter)

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Northumberland Park Tynemouth

The bandstand at Northumberland Park

For the first time following a £5 million restoration project the park has been awarded the Green Flag and joins five other parks and open spaces arround the borough with the coverted award.

Live music will really bring the bandstand to life, as well as being a great platform for local musicians.

New bosses are inviting musicians to take part in forthcoming ‘Sunday Sessions’ at Victorian-style bandstand, featuring 30-minute slots.

Anyone interested should contact park wardens Fiona Betts on 07976 307378 or Jimmy Oliver on 07582 225859.

Further information on all events click the link Activities & Events.

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Small village?

we may be, but there is quite a lot going on right here ! For example :-

MUSIC GROUP for instrumental beginners of all ages, Sat am in term time at Holy Saviour’s Parish Centre. Details from annette.butters@hotmail.co.uk

NEW FRIENDS OF NORTHUMBERLAND PARK GARDENING GROUP Fri 10am at Bowling Greens. Call Sheila Bell 07854 034 336 for details.

HARD OF HEARING ORGANISATION (HOHO). Holy Saviour’s Parish Centre. Call Judith 0191 252 3807 for details.

CULLERCOATS MEN'S CLUB is primarily a retired men’s club run entirely by its members. It has no political or religious affiliations and is completely independent of any other organization or parent body. Its declared aims are the fostering of friendship, goodwill and understanding. They meet in the Minor Hall at Cullercoats Methodist Church for a Talk/Show that is given by a guest speaker on a topics of his choice each Wednesday morning between 10.30am and Noon (with the exception of the last two weeks in December and the weeks in the month of August, {which makes 44 meetings each year}).

Call Ray Calboutin on 0191 2524110 for details, New members are always welcome.


TYNEMOUTH CRICKET CLUB. for all ages and abilities. Call 0191 2576865 for details.

TYNEMOUTH GOLF CLUB. Spital Dene,Tynemouth. Call David Favour on 0191 2574578 for Details.

TYNE BOWLING CLUB. Tynemouth Park. New men and women members welcome. Call Tony 0191 2573550 for details.

Percy Park RFC. Preston Avenue, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 2BE Tel. 0191 2575710 for details.

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