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Top 11 Things to do in May

May has arrived and with it comes the first sprinklings of summer sun, a campus in full bloom and a whopping two Bank Holidays to enjoy! Here are our top event picks to enjoy this month…

NEWCASTLE POETRY FEST, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

1st – 4th May

Back for its fifth year and with an ever increasingly impressive line-up of some of the art world’s most acclaimed practitioners, join this four day festival in celebrating poetry in all its forms. From readings, discussions and workshops to exhibitions, live music and even a poetry competition, enjoy top notch poems in the elegant venues of Northern Stage and Sage Gateshead.

REVENGE OF THE SLICE, Wylam Brewery

3-4th & 24-25th May

Let the food battle commence! From the team that annually brings us the ever popular Burger Battle, this time ready to crown the Toon’s top pizza parlour at ‘Revenge of the Slice’ and find out who’s king of the grills at ‘Grill a Warfare’. Inviting vendors from across the region to step up to the challenge of making the tastiest dish for just £3, who will reign supreme? Come along, get tasting and have your say!

MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE, THEATRE ROYAL

7th – 18th May

From captivating cygnets to flawless feathers, Matthew Bourne brings his sparkling rendition of Tchaikovsky’s magical fairy-tale to the Theatre Royal this month. Complete with dazzling sets, glittering costumes and performed by an entirely male corps-de-ballet; Swan Lake is an enchanting, convention shattering production, not to be missed!

MASTERS’ OPEN DAY, NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY BUSINESS SCHOOL

8th May

Interested in studying a Business Masters’ degree? Then look no further than our Masters’ Open Day! Discover our courses, learn more about the funding, scholarships and careers support available, as well as having your questions answered by knowledgeable current students and Programme Directors.

WHITE WATER TUBING & GORGE WALKING, NORTH PENNINES

11th May

Not for the faint-hearted, Give it a Go are headed to the North Pennines for a full day of adrenaline-fuelled fun this May! Jump, climb and explore stunning natural gorges before taking on the thrills and exciting spills of white water tubing. Plus, round off your day with an Insta-worthy group snap under a breath-taking 70ft waterfall.

Usually £59.99, snap up your ticket now for just £35 with Give it a Go!

SURFING LESSON, TYNEMOUTH BEACH

12th May

Brave the waves and learn to surf at Tynemouth Beach with Give it a Go! From getting to grips with the equipment to riding your very first gnarly wave, this two hour session is perfect for beginners and is sure to cause a splash.

NEWCASTLE STARTUP WEEK, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

13th – 17th May

Thinking about setting up your own business? Then get yourself along to Newcastle Start Up Week, a five day multi-venue festival happening all over the city. Feel inspired by motivating talks on getting started, financing and scaling up your business, as well as networking with some of the region’s top entrepreneurial talent.

Usually £100, snap up your student discounted ticket now for just £20! Or, volunteer at the event and attend for free.

TOP OF THE MONUMENT TOUR, GREY’S MONUMENT

15th May

Climb the narrow spiral staircase and take in stunning views atop one of Newcastle’s most iconic landmarks, Grey’s Monument. Among Give it a Go‘s most popular trips, rubbing shoulders with Earl Grey is a definite tick off your Toon bucket list!

THE LATE SHOWS, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

17th – 18th May

Discover the city’s finest museums, galleries, studios and historical buildings, and delight in the unique events taking place after dark. Now in its 12th year, The Late Shows offer a fascinating perspective, with venues opening their doors for exclusive workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, performances and parties.

Hang out with musicians, DJs and digital sound artists at Newcastle Castle, enjoy an interactive UV experience at Ouseburn Farm or even have a go at animating your own masterpiece in the Hatton Gallery! Plus, don’t miss your chance to see the mighty Dippy after dark as part of his UK tour at Great North Museum.

PINT OF SCIENCE FESTIVAL, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

20th – 22nd May

For the fourth year running, Pint of Science Festival is bringing big ideas to little venues and offering a huge range of thought-provoking talks on topics ranging from mental health to climate change. So, pop along to your local pub, grab a drink and settle down to take in top researchers sharing their fascinating discoveries this May!

THIS IS TOMORROW FESTIVAL, EXHIBITION PARK

24th – 26th May

Talking of fascinating discoveries… With award winning bands such as Stereophonics, Foals and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds gracing the open air stage, you’ll not want to miss being one the first to experience This is Tomorrow Festival at Exhibition Park!

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