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Great North Run Weekend

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Great North Run

The Great North Run takes places this weekend and we have all the information you need if you are visiting South Shields and Newcastle upon Tyne this Saturday and Sunday including spectator travel, Great North CityGames, the Great North 5k, Mini Great North Run, Junior Great North Runs, road closures and start and finish area maps…

To book tickets and for more information about the Great North Weekend events vist their website here: greatnorthrunculture.org (opens in a new window).

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2015 River Tyne River Trips

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Shields Ferry River Tyne

Summer river trips on the river Tyne start next month, running from June to October 2015. There are many different trips to choose from and are a unique way to view some of the historic sights along the banks of the Tyne and to see the modern new developments taking shape along the river.

The three hours river trips sail between South Shields and Newcastle upon Tyne, as far as Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides where you will get to see and sail under Gateshead‘s iconic Millennium Bridge. The two hour river trips let you take in the monumental landmarks of the surrounding local areas of North and South Shields and sail out towards the piers at the mouth of the river Tyne.

Entertainment is provided on many of the river trips with something to suit all the family from live river commentaries, sing-a-longs to fish & chip trips – all of which are regular features of their scheduled summer programme of events. A variety of children’s entertainment also runs throughout the school summer holidays.

New for 2015 there is ‘live music and entertainment’ with some great bands to suit all tastes, guaranteed to liven up your weekends!

You can read and download both the family fun on the Tyne river trips and evening River Cruises brochures here…

The cruises start in June but tickets are available to purchase from today here. The full list of river Tyne trips in date order is here…

Sing-A-Long-The-Tyne – Sunday 7th June 2015 – Carol Lee
A fun and cheerful afternoon sing-a-long session with some musical nostalgia.

Cabaret On The Tyne – Friday 12th June 2015
Drag artist ‘Miss Felicity’ won’t spare you any blushes with her risqué performance whilst female vocalist Melissa Cavanagh will delight you with her show stopping songs.

Live music on the Tyne – Terry Slesser – Saturday 13th June 2015
Internationally recognised from his early days with bands Becket and Back Street Crawler, vocalist Terry is also very well-known on the local scene.

Sing-A-Long-The-Tyne – Friday 19th June 2015 – Carol Lee
A fun and cheerful afternoon sing-a-long session with some musical nostalgia.

Afternoon River Trip – Sunday 21st June 2015
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the board the ferry and listen to a fascinating live commentary, brought to you by John Grundy.

Fish & Chips – Sunday 28th June 2015
Indulge in some finger-licking style fish and chips as you watch the Tyne sail by.

Afternoon River Trip – Sunday 5th July 2015 – Tommy Procter
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board the ferry and listen to a fascinating live commentary.

The Troubleshooters – Friday 10th July 2015
Deka, Butsy and Big Mac make up this three piece local North East Band.

Animal Encounters – Sunday 19th July 2015
Bring the children along to pet our cute and cuddly (or even scary!) animals.

Ollie’s big boat party – Tuesday 21st July 2015
Meet ‘Ollie’ a larger than life cheeky orangutan!

Sounds Of Swing – Friday 24th July 2015
Sail into the night with the romantic sounds of Anthony Haslam.

Victor the Veteran – Sunday 26th July 2015
Join the Roman army! Dress as a Roman soldier, find out how they lived and be recruited into the army.

Sing-A-Long-The- Tyne – Tuesday 28th July 2015 – Al Ritchie
A fun and cheerful afternoon sing-a-long session with some musical nostalgia.

Animal Encounters – Friday 31st July 2015
Bring the children along tp pet our cute and cuddly (or even scary!) animals.

Afternoon River Trip – Sunday 2nd August 2015 – John Grundy
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board the ferry and listen to a fascinating live commentary.

Tony Junior’s boat of fun – Tuesday 4th August 2015
An all-action, jam packed, fun-filled afternoon.

Afternoon River Trip – Sunday 9th August 2015 – Tommy Procter
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board the ferry and listen to a fascinating live commentary.

Ollie’s big boat party – Tuesday 11th August 2015
Meet ‘Ollie’ a larger than life cheeky orangutan!

Animal Encounters – Friday 14th August 2015
Bring the children along to pet our cute and cuddly (or even scary!) animals.

Afternoon River Trip – Sunday 16th August 2015 – John Grundy
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board the ferry and listen to a fascinating live commentary.

Tony Junior’s boat of fun – Tuesday 18th August 2015
An all-action, jam packed, fun-filled afternoon.

Victor The Veteran – Friday 21st August 2015
Join the Roman Army! Find out how they lived and be recruited into the army.

Live music on the Tyne – Terry Slesser – Saturday 22nd August 2015
Internationally recognised from his early days with bands Beckett and Back Street Crawler, vocalist Terry is also well-known on the local scene.

Animal Encounters – Sunday 23rd August 2015
Bring the children along to pet our cute and cuddly (or even scary!) animals.

Fish & Chips – Friday 28th August 2015
Indulge in some finger-licking style fish and chips as you watch the Tyne sail by.

Quayside Night Lights – Sunday 30th August 2015
See the colourful twinkling night lights on Newcastle-Gateshead’s quaysides.

Afternoon River Trip – Sunday 6th September 2015 – John Grundy
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board the ferry and listen to a fascinating live commentary

Kenny The Sax & Suzie – Friday 18th September 2015
With Suzie on vocals and Kenny playing the flute, penny whistle and bagpipes.

The Gaslighters – Saturday 29th August 2015
A great all round bunch of entertainers. The musical diversity of this local five piece band will appeal to the masses.

Afternoon River Trip – Sunday 20th September 2015 – Tommy Procter
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board the ferry and listen to a fascinating live commentary.

Fish & Chips – Friday 25th September 2015
Indulge in some finger-licking style fish and chips as you watch the Tyne sail by.

Bessie & the Zinc Buckets – Saturday 26th September 2015
Prepare for some rockabilly mayhem with this effervescent bunch!

Sounds Of Swing – Friday 2nd October 2015
Sail into the night with the romantic sounds of Anthony Haslam.

The Gaslighters – Saturday 3rd October 2015
A great all round bunch of entertainers. The musical diversity of this local five piece band will appeal to the masses.

Our bed and breakfast accommodation in South Shields is approximately ten minutes walk from South Shields ferry landing where the river Tyne river trips depart and return to.

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Free Newcastle Gateshead Pocket Guide 2015

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Newcastle Gateshead Pocket Guide 2015 Cover

The latest 2015 pocket guidebook for Newcastle upon Tyne is out. This 68 page guide to north East England is a great resource to use when planning a visit to Tyne & Wear. It includes maps and public transport information as well as comprehensive information about all the popular tourist attractions in the North East. We highly recommend that you download a copy of the guide for any visit to North East England. A free download link is beneath the brochure preview…

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Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel Restaurant

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The Windows on The Tyne restaurant inside Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel on the Gateshead (South) side of the river Tyne has a two-course meal offer at the moment.

Two, four or six people can dine in their restaurant that overlooks the river Tyne and is just ten minutes from the city centre for £34 (two people), £68 (four people) or £102 (six people) – with a glass of bubbly each.

Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel

This is their current menu…

The full terms and conditions and how to get this deal are here: Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel Restaurant Deal.

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Newcastle Gateshead Sightseeing Bus

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City Sightseeing runs a Newcastle Gateshead open top double-decker bus tour which will run from Sunday 24th March until Saturday 14th December 2013. The tour is hop on and hop off so one ticket is valid all day and costs £8 for adults and £4 for children.

Newcastle Gateshead Sightseeing Bus Tour

From their literature…

Take a journey around the city and enjoy the view from the top of an open top double-decker bus. Take a full tour round or hop off at conveniently located stops at your leisure with your 24 hour ticket. Hop off at the Centre for Life to experience the largest planetarium in the North! This award-winning science centre full of exciting exhibitions, activities and events for all ages. Learn all about life on Tyneside, from the region’s shipbuilding heritage to inventions which changed the world, at the Discovery Museum. Visit Blackfriars Monastery, a restored 13th-century friary. Only the cloister buildings remain, which now house a range of craft workshops, a restaurant and an exhibition portraying the history of Blackfriars. Hop off at St Mary’s Cathedral, a gothic revival church built in 1844 designed by Augustus Welby Pugin, who worked on the Houses of Parliament. Admire the architecture, the many stained glass windows and the building’s five pipe organs. Discover the spellbinding history of Newcastle’s Castle Keep and Black Gate, built by Henry II in the twelfth century. The Grade 1 listed building is a heritage visitor attraction open to all.

Let City Sightseeing introduce you to Newcastle upon Tyne‘s rich history as you take a bus tour of the city. Newcastle’s Town Walls are protected by their Scheduled Ancient Monument classification. This medieval defensive wall was built during the 13th and 14th centuries to help protect the town from attack. Large amounts of the wall were demolished during the 18th and 19th centuries but some still remains, particularly on the western side of the city. The Great North Museum incorporates collections from the Hancock Museum and Newcastle University’s Museum of Antiquities, the Shefton Museum and the Hatton Gallery. See major displays showing the wonder of the animal kingdom, Ancient Egyptian mummies and a life-size T-Rex skeleton. Explore interactive exhibitions incorporating touch screen technology and an interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall. Admire the artworks in the Laing Art Gallery, home to an impressive collection of art and sculpture. The exhibition programme is renowned for bringing the biggest names in historic, modern and contemporary art to the North East. Baltic Square is home to The Centre for Contemporary Art where you will also find Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the world’s first and only tilting bridge! The bridge not only serves a practical purpose as the River Tyne’s only foot and cycle bridge, but its elegance and fine engineering make it one of the city’s main attractions. The river boasts seven bridges in all.

See the latest blockbuster, spend time in the casino or kick back and relax in one of a wide range of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars and at the city’s entertainment complex, The Gate. For more restaurants and bars, visit China Town, Market Street and Mosley Street. For shopping opportunities, hop off at Grainger Market, Northumberland Street, Eldon Square Shopping Centre or Monument Mall Shopping Centre. Hop off at St. James’ Park for Newcastle United Football Club, Shearer’s Bar, Stadium Tours and Leazes Park. Take the bus tour to Quayside which has it all including the Historic Quayside Area and Bessie Surtees House, a rare example of 18th century domestic architecture. The magnificent Sage Gateshead Music Centre is the venue to head for, for a range of musical performances. The Quayside is also home to Newcastle’s vibrant nightlife including a range of restaurants, more than thirty pubs and a choice of clubs.

You can book your tour tickets online in advance here (opens in a new window) and see route, timetable and price information for the Newcastle Gateshead Sightseeing Bus Tour here…

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