Climb Grey’s Monument In Newcastle upon Tyne

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Newcastle upon Tyne‘s Grey’s Monument began offering tours in March 2015, giving members of the public a chance to climb the 164 steps of the column to reach the viewing platform.

2017 dates for climbing Grey’s Monument have now been confirmed – tours start at 10am until 4pm and last 30 minutes where visitors can find out more about the listed memorial to Charles Grey the former Prime Minister behind the Great Reform Act and his connections to Earl Grey tea.

Tours of Grey’s Monument take place of the first Saturday of every month during the summer – Saturday 1st April 2017, Saturday 6th May 2017, Saturday 3rd June 2017, Saturday 1st July 2017, Saturday 5th August 2017 and Saturday 2nd September 2017.

Admission is £4 for adults and over 16’s, £2 for accompanied children age 5-16. Children under 5 are not permitted.

Tickets go on sale on 1st February and are expect to sell out quickly. You can buy tickets online here (opens in a new window) from 1st February 2017.

You can see the view from the top of Grey’s Monument in Newcastle upon Tyne in the video below…

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Maker Faire UK 2017

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Maker Faire UK is back in Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April 2017 at the Life Science Centre in Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP.

Maker Faire UK is described as “the greatest show (and tell) on Earth!” It is a two day family-friendly festival of invention and creativity, bringing together over 300 hackers, crafters, coders, DIY-ers and garden shed inventors from across the globe – people who love to make stuff and who want to share their passion with the public.

You can see some videos of previous Maker Faire’s at Life Science Centre here…

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Beauty And The Beast At The Westovian Theatre South Shields

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If you are staying at our bed and breakfast accommodation in South Shields between Friday 13th and Saturday 21st January 2017 are are looking for some evening entertainment then you might enjoy The Westovian Theatre’s amateur production of Beauty And The Beast.

Adult tickets cost £9 and children’s (under 12’s) tickets cost £7.

Beauty And The Beast At Westovian Theatre Pier Pavilion Pier Parade South Shields NE33 2JS

The Westovian Theatre can be found at Pier Pavilion, Pier Parade, South Shields, NE33 2JS – a five minute walk from our bed and breakfast accommodation.

You can see the Westovian Theatre in South Shields‘s 2017 season guide here…

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Brick Dinos Exhibition At Woodhorn Museum in Ashington

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If you are staying at our bed and breakfast accommodation with children between 4th February and 4th June 2017 then you may be interested in the Brick Dinos exhibition that is taking place at Woodhorn Museum (Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives formerly known as Woodhorn Colliery Museum), Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF.

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South Tyneside Magic Festival 2017

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South Tyneside Magic Festival 2017

South Tyneside Magic Festival is back this March for it’s 14th year. South Tyneside International Magic Festival starts on 16th March 2017. South Tyneside International Magic Festival events are held at both The Customs House – ten minutes walk from us and at the Best Western Sea Hotel – at the bottom of our street.

The festival opens on Thursday 16th March 2017 with a Family Magic Extravaganza at 6.30pm where a number of children’s entertainers will provide an evening of fun for all the family.

This is followed by two International Gala Shows on Friday 17th March and Saturday 19th March 2017.

All three public shows are held at The Customs House ticket prices start at £8.

The international magic performers appearing in this years festival are…

Mahdi Gilbert – Lecture, Talk, Close Up, Gala Show
He travels the four corners of the Earth sharing his life and his magic with people. Now is your chance to witness the power of Mahdi in this exclusive whirlwind tour through his magic, his story and his life. You will follow a child born without hands as he discovers magic and develops his passion into the most remarkable sleight of hand man this world has ever seen. Through the performance and thorough explanation of several pieces of magic you will learn how to: ‘Trust Yourself’,’ Break the Rules’, ‘Transform your Liabilities into Assets’, ‘Charm and Disarm’, ‘Believe in the Impossible’ and ‘Make Others Believe in the Impossible’.

Adam Wilber – Lecture, Close Up, Gala Show
‘Artisan’, ‘Artist’ and ‘Pioneer’ are the traits that have made Adam one of the most sought after figures in his field today. Adam has become the GM of the most successful magic store of all time www.ellusionist.com and has gone on to create products such as PYRO, top selling tricks, decks of playing cards and illusions that are used by fellow magicians all over the world.

Asi Wind – Lecture, Close Up, Gala Show
One of magic’s most influential thinkers and performers, Asi Wind is an inspiration to magicians all over the world as they study and perform his creations. It is very rare that Asi gives lectures and workshop in magic conventions, but when he does he is very generous with his time and knowledge. Wind’s recent off-Broadway show, “Concert of the Mind”, completely sold out, it extended its run and received rave reviews and critical acclaim. He is currently performing his one man show “Do you want to change your mind” in London and New York City.

Rob Zabrecky – Lecture, Gala Show
As seen on ITV’s ‘The Next Great Magician’, Rob Zabrecky invents a magical world through a series of strange and beautiful effects, combined with remarkable timing and theatrical edifice. He has become a prime attraction at the Magic Castle, where he has received multiple award nominations by the Academy of Magical Arts.

UK magic performers appearing in this years festival are…

Amethyst – Gala Show
International illusionists Danny Hunt and Stephanie Clarke. Highly acclaimed as one of the UK’s top magic and illusion acts, Amethyst have established themselves as world-class performers. With their fresh and dynamic approach they lead the way in cruise ship, corporate and private events. Their unique and versatile shows have taken them around the globe, attracting worldwide acclaim and dazzling audiences in many countries. Amethyst are renowned for their range of spectacular and unbelievable shows featuring breath-taking illusions.

Destiny – Gala Show
Leah Mae presents Destiny, a sophisticated magic and illusion act with stunning illusions and classic magic assisted by Sara Jade. These young girls won The Magic Circle’s Young Magicians of the Year (first ever girls!).

Steve Gore
Steve Gore has been a professional magician for over twenty five years. He joined the Bradford magic circle in 1992, Northern magic circle in 1994 and the British ring in 1995. He was the past president of the Northern magic circle in 2009, past president of the Bradford magic circle in 2000 and due to be it again next year. He has won lots of awards over the years including the Northern Magic Circle stage competition where, with Stevie B, won 1st place for the comedy and the originality award.

The highlight of his magical career was in 2014 when he lectured and performed a week of shows in the parlour of the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. A magical inventor and creator, he has been lecturing for 6 years at most of the clubs in England and started organising lecture tours for 4-5 years. He has built up a contact list of talented and brilliant magicians and friends over the years and will make STIMF 2017 one to remember… for all the right reasons!

Andrew Green – Gala Show
Andrew Green is one of the leading award-winning close up magicians and grand scale illusionists in the UK today. His breath-taking performances of close up magic and illusion have taken him around the world and have seen him performing for Heads of State in India, CEO’s of large global fashion corporations in Asia and at major media events across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

He is proud to have been invited to perform at hundreds of exclusive events for companies such as Louis Vuitton and Calvin Klein-Singapore, and for many top celebrities such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Hugh Bonneville, Wayne & Colleen Rooney and at various Hello Magazine and OK Magazine parties.

Simon Hannah – Children’s Show, Lecture
Simon Hannah is one of the most sought-after family and children’s magical entertainers to come out of West Yorkshire. When it comes to professional magical entertainment, Simon comes to you armed with over 25 years’ experience and has performed for some of the UK’s top clients, companies and entertainment establishments such as Royal Household, Ministry of Defence, Butlins, Pontins and Haven.

Mark James
Mark James has worked professionally for over a decade, on land and at sea in over 40 countries worldwide. He’s performed everywhere from The World Famous Magic Castle, Hollywood to The Orient Express. Outside of being a magician he features yearly in pantomime for UK Productions, taking the role of ‘principal comic’ and also provides ‘audience warm up’ for many TV shows such as A Question Of Sport & The Voice!

Last year Mark flew to Ohio to give a lecture for Penguin Magic USA. He’s also performed and lectured at the world’s largest magic convention in Blackpool, UK.

Mark’s show is a non-stop laugh riot that will have you on the edge of your seat and giggling like a child.

Michael Murray – Lecture, Gala Show
As with most mentalists, Michael’s original interest was in the art of magic. At the age of 16, he was offered a job at the local magic store “Magicbox” and from that point on spent almost every moment of everyday practising ‘sleight of hand’ techniques and devouring as much material as possible. Mentalism didn’t appeal to him in the early days until he saw Derren Brown on TV in 2000 and began his calling.

The first product he ever produced was titled “Beyond ESP”, which is now in its third printing and has sold almost 15,000 copies. Having attracted the attention of several world class performers, including Max Maven, Richard Osterlind and Banachek, Michael had quickly established himself amongst his peers.

R Paul Wilson – Q&A
R. Paul Wilson returns with his movie ‘Our Magic’ which will be followed with a Q&A with some of the stars of the movie.

He is an actor, an author, director, producer and one of the world’s foremost experts on the art of deception, as well as an award-winning magician, creator and consultant. The former star of BBC’s hit show ‘The Real Hustle’ now works in the film industry but continues to pursue his love of magic and sleight of hand, performing for clients all over the world.

Our bed and breakfast accommodation has been please to host both magic festival performers and magic enthusiasts attending the shows in the past. At the time of writing we still have some availability for the weekend of the South Tyneside International Magic Festival. Our bed and breakfast prices and room availability can be found here: online booking. More room information including photographs can be found on our bedrooms page.

You can read a review from a guest who stayed with us during a previous South Tyneside International Magic Festival here…

South Tyneside Magic Festival Accommodation Review

Best B&B in South Shields. From a very warm & friendly welcome on arrival and each morning at breakfast nothing seems too much to make your stay a good one. The place is immaculately clean and well kept and the beds are wonderfully comfortable. The breakfasts are amongst the best I’ve had anywhere; good in quantity and tasted delicious. They also have a 5 Star hygiene rating for their catering. Facilities available in the dining room if you want to prepare a snack or enjoy a takeaway. No problem parking on street outside. I was driving to and from a convention but the beach front, parks, restaurants of Ocean Rd and the town centre are all within a few minutes walk. I highly recommend Annie’s and just hope it doesn’t mean it will be fully booked when I next want to check in. Don’t let the fact that they don’t know they’re rates are too low dissuade you, this place is a real gem of a find. Room Tip: All of the rooms are good. There are two which have a shared bathroom (private keys); these are great value and the bathroom is impressive – huge roll top bath (with a family of plastic ducks!) and a big corner shower.” title=”South Tyneside International Magic Festival Review – Best B&B in South Shields. From a very warm & friendly welcome on arrival and each morning at breakfast nothing seems too much to make your stay a good one. The place is immaculately clean and well kept and the beds are wonderfully comfortable. The breakfasts are amongst the best I’ve had anywhere; good in quantity and tasted delicious. They also have a 5 Star hygiene rating for their catering. Facilities available in the dining room if you want to prepare a snack or enjoy a takeaway. No problem parking on street outside. I was driving to and from a convention but the beach front, parks, restaurants of Ocean Rd and the town centre are all within a few minutes walk. I highly recommend Annie’s and just hope it doesn’t mean it will be fully booked when I next want to check in. Don’t let the fact that they don’t know they’re rates are too low dissuade you, this place is a real gem of a find.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are good. There are two which have a shared bathroom (private keys); these are great value and the bathroom is impressive – huge roll top bath (with a family of plastic ducks!) and a big corner shower.

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