Maker Faire UK 2017

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Maker Faire UK 2017 Life Science Centre Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4EP

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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If you are looking for bed and breakfast accommodation for your visit to Maker Faire at Newcastle upon Tyne‘s Centre For Life our room prices and availability can be found here: book online.


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Tynemouth Bonfire & Fireworks

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Tynemouth Bonfire & Fireworks Flyer

If you are staying at our bed and breakfast accommodation on Saturday 5th November then you may be interested in attending Tynemouth Bonfire & Fireworks from 5pm until 9.30pm at Tynemouth Cricket Club, Preston Avenue, North Shields, NE30 2BE.

Tickets cost £5 for adults, £2 for children (under 16). Under 3’s go free. A family ticket for two adults and two children costs £12.

You can see a promotional video for the event here…


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Tyne And Wear Metro 2016 Price Changes

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Guest House From Newcastle International Airport NE13 8BZ by Metro

Any guests staying with us in 2016 who plan on using the Tyne & Wear Metro to travel to/from our guest house in South Shields may want to make a note of the pricing changes that are to take place over the Tyne & Wear Metro system.

From Saturday 2nd January 2016 Tyne & Wear Metro ticket prices will be as follows…

A one-zone DaySaver ticket will rise from £2.70 to £2.80.
A two-zone DaySaver ticket will rise from £3.70 to £3.90.
A three zone DaySaver ticket will rise from £4.60 to £4.80.

The following leaflet summarises all the ticket prices from 2nd January 2016 onwards…

The following video shows how to use the Tyne and Wear Metro ticket machines…

For more Tyne & Wear Metro related posts on our blog click here: Tyne and Wear Metro.

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Rihanna To Play At Sunderland Stadium of Light

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Rihanna Sunderland Stadium of Light Anti World Tour 18th June 2016

Barbadian pop music superstar Rihanna is to play a gig at Sunderland‘s Stadium of Light on Saturday 18th June 2016 as part of her 2016 Anti World Tour. Rihanna today announced her seven month tour dates including six UK venues – Coventry, Cardiff, London, Glasgow, Sunderland and Manchester. Tickets go on sale from Thursday 3rd December 2015 here. More information about Rihanna’s Anti World tour can be found on her website.

Rihanna has previously played at Sunderland‘s Stadium of Light back in June 2013. Sunderland‘s Stadium of Light have also hosted other huge acts including the Foo Fighters, One Direction, Bruce Springsteen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Take That and Pink.

You can see Rihanna performing her 2011 single We Found Love at her previous gig at Sunderland‘s Stadium of Light in 2013 in this video…

If you have bought tickets for Rihanna at Sunderland‘s Stadium of Light on Saturday 18th June 2016 and are looking for bed and breakfast accommodation in the area we are located 15 minutes by bus from Sunderland‘s Stadium of Light. At the time of writing we still have rooms available but demand is always high for Stadium of Light events so we advise you to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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The Marsden Grotto

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If you are staying with us this Halloween weekend then you might want to visit one of the many haunted places in North East England, we’re often asked by guests who stay with us over Halloween for suggestions of places to go so we have made a series of blog posts with all the haunted venues in the North East region that you might like to visit…

Haunted Places In North East England – Marsden Grotto

The Marsden Grotto South Shields NE34 7BS Exterior

The Marsden Grotto, known locally as just the Grotto is the closest haunted location to our bed and breakfast accommodation in South Shields. It can be found less then ten minutes drive from us in Marsden on the Coast Road heading towards Whitburn, NE34 7BS.

The Grotto is a public house and restaurant. It is one of the very few ‘cave bars’ in Europe, it is partly dug into the limestone cliff face. Access is via a lift or a zig zag staircase on the cliff at the side of the building. The Grotto has a long history dating back to 1782 with a reputation for smuggling activities. There are several tales of hauntings at The Grotto, mainly relating to a smuggler named John the Jibber who was reputedly murdered by his fellow criminals after selling information to HM Customs. It is said that he was hung in a barrel in a cave close to the present lift shaft and left to starve. A popular story is that a former landlord of the pub would leave out a special tankard of ale each night after closing and in the morning it would be empty. Local DJ and TV presenter Alan Robson drank from the tankard during one of his live Metro Radio shows, allegedly sparking off a series of supernatural phenomena that eventually forced the then landlord to quit. This included flying ashtrays smashing against the wall and flooding in the cellar after all the beer taps were inexplicably turned on. You can read more about The Marsden Grotto here.

You can see a short British Pathé video filmed inside The Marsden Grotto here…

Several local paranormal investigation teams have held vigils at The Grotto and continue to do so, you can visit their websites here (links open in a new window) if you’d like to take part in a group ghost hunt to the pub…

Haunted Rooms
Ghost North East
Ghost Team
Spirit Seekers

If you are visiting the pub you can see their bar menu here…

The Marsden Grotto South Shields NE34 7BS Bar Menu

For more South Shields related blog posts click here: South Shields.

For more places to eat and drink in South Shields check out Places To Eat & Drink.

More ideas of places to visit while staying with us can be found here: Places To Visit.


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