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Top 13 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…

Brighton Rock, Northern Stage


1st – 5th May

Join aspiring gangster Pinkie and his motley gang as they run riot on the gritty streets of 1930’s Brighton in this gripping adaptation of Graham Greene’s classic bestseller. In a harsh underworld of crime and violence, can the courageous Ida Arnold stop Pinkie before he drags the innocent Rose down with him?

 Newcastle Poetry Fest, Various locations


2nd – 5th May

Back for the fourth 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, lectures and discussions to performances in music, painting and film, enjoy top notch balladry in some of the city’s most elegant venues.

Hit the North Fest, Various locations


4th – 6th May

Billed as the North East’s largest metropolitan music event, Hit the North Festival is sure not to disappoint as top name bands flock to perform top notch sets around some of the city’s trendiest (and most unusual!) live music venues.

Catch The Horrors and Jungle at Boilershop, Ratboy at the O2, head to the elegant Mining Institute Library or cosy Box Social for one-off performances you won’t soon forget.

Gateshead Beer & Music Festival, Gateshead Rugby Club


4th – 6th May

As a finalist in the Tyne & Wear Lifestyle awards for Best Live Experience, Gateshead Beer & Music Festival has steadily grown from a local favourite to a national treasure. So, if the best ales, ciders and craft beers get your juices flowing, don’t miss hopping over the river to enjoy a tipple or two alongside live music, a warm atmosphere and, in true Geordie fashion, some of the friendliest people you’re likely to meet!

North East Vegan Festival, Gateshead Stadium


5th May

Get ready to chow down on the most delicious green, natural and meat-free options in existence as one of the largest vegan festivals in the North East comes to Gateshead this month! All profits from the festival go directly into helping the animals at Farplace Animal Rescue – stuffing your face never felt so environmentally responsible!

Looking for even more tasty, vegan options? Check out the Top 5 Places for Vegan Comfort Food.

The Suggestibles, Cumberland Arms/The Stand


5th and 17th May

With over 10 years’ side-splitting experienceThe Suggestibles return once again to both The Stand Comedy Club and The Cumberland Arms with their fast-paced, laugh-a-minute improv show. Expect stories, skits, songs and most of all, the unexpected!

Got a hankering for comedy but can’t make these dates? Check out Red Raw at The Stand every Wednesday for big laughs on a tiny budget!

Fat Buddha Social Meal, Meet outside the Students’ Union


8th May

Love dining out but never have the cash? Give it a Go to the rescue! This month we’re treating our students to first class service and exceptional Asian fusion cuisine for just £5 per person. Including a drink, starter, main course and of course fantastic company, grab your mates (or make some new ones!) and gorge yourself on Fat Buddha’s scrumptious menu at a pinch of the price.

Carnival of Light, O2 Academy


11th –  12th May

Love clubbing? Love lights, balloons, glitter, puppets, dancers, acrobats, illuminated lanterns, lasers and parades though the dance floor? A club concept like no other, the Carnival of Light encourages guests to don neon face paint and become part of the spectacle as DJs pump House, Garage, Techno and Bass across a room illuminated by phenomenal light displays and mesmerising performances from aerial artists.

Gorge Walking & White Water Tubing, North Pennines


13th 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.

The Late Shows, Various locations


18th –  19th 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 11th year, The Late Shows offers a fascinating perspective, with venues opening their doors for exclusive workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, performances and parties.

Dabble in creative digital arts at Culture Lab, take in the finest arts from our very own students at System Gallery or The Tyne Bar, or even have a go at making your own masterpiece in the Hatton Gallery. Plus, don’t miss the illuminated Millennium Bridge and grand re-opening of Star and Shadow Cinema!

Gin Garden Party, Jesmond Dene House


20th May

If you’re looking for something a little more laid back, head to the impressively luxurious Jesmond Dene House and drink in the tranquil atmosphere, as well as an array of stylish gins, in the heart of leafy Jesmond Dene this May. Indulge in cocktails and canapés as the first rays of summer sun speckle through the trees in this sumptuous Secret Garden setting – heaven!

This is Tomorrow Festival, Newcastle Quayside


25th – 26th May

Talking of summer sun, a brand new festival coming is to Newcastle’s Quayside! With award winning bands such as Catfish and the Bottlemen and Thirty Seconds to Mars gracing the open air stage, you’ll not want to miss being one the first to experience This is Tomorrow Festival.

Georgian Fair, Beamish Museum


31st May – 3rd June

A trip to Beamish is a must during your time up North, so get yourself along this month and enjoy all the fun of the Georgian Fair. Step back in time and enjoy themed festivities from Flea Circuses to falconry, clog dancing to barrel rolling and exotic animals to alpacas. Delight in old classics like Punch and Judy and even catch a naughty Georgian Peep Show – That’s the way to do it!


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