North East Festive Events Diary - December 2011

PUBLISHED: 16:38 30 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:23 20 February 2013

North East  Festive Events Diary - December 2011

North East Festive Events Diary - December 2011

Our selection of some of the best events in the region Compiled by Amanda Griffiths


Until December 3 Annie. Sunderland Empire.

Until January 7 Aladdin. Magical tale starring all your favourites including hero Aladdin, Widow Twanky and the Genie of the lamp. South Shields Custom House.

Until January 22 Sleeping Beauty the panto of your dreams starring Danny Adams, Clive Webbs and Chris Hayward. Newcastle Theatre Royal.

1-January 7 Jack and the Beanstalk starring hilarious duo Paul Hartley and Jane Deane with the voice of Brian Blessed. Durham Gala Theatre.

2 Hansel and Gretel a new telling of an old tale by Northumberland Theatre Company. Alnwick Playhouse.

3 Red Riding Hood, childrens classic performed by Horse and Bamboo Theatre at 11am and 2.30pm. Darlington Arts Centre.

3 The Nutcracker performed by the European Ballet Company. Alnwick Playhouse.

3-January 15 Cinderella starring Dancing on Ice and X Factor star Ray Quinn and Emmerdales Deena Payne alongside Jimmy Cricket. Darlington Civic Theatre.

6-31 Legally Blonde The Musical. Sunderland Empire.
7-8 Footloose performed by Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre. Alnwick Playhouse.

9-January 2 Dick Whittington, The Christmas Pantomime with award winning comedians Maxie and Mitch. Journal Tyne Theatre.

9-January 8 Snow White and the Seven Dwarves starring Claire King as the Wicked Queen. Middlesbrough Theatre.

13-January 2 Aladdin starring Jassa Ahluwalia, Kirsty Swan, Steve Walls and Paul Harris. Whitley Bay Playhouse.

19-24 Snow Play interactive show for all the family this Christmas. Darlington Arts Centre.

20-23 Scrooge the Musical performed by Alnwick Stage Musical Society. Alnwick Playhouse.

23-24 The Snowman. The Sage, Gateshead.


3 Dave Spikey: Words Dont Come Easy Tour. Whitley Bay Playhouse.

3 An Evening with Colin Fry hailed as one of our most respected Mediums. In aid of the Josies Dragonfly Trust. Newcastle City Hall

16 Funny Bones Comedy Club with Scottish stand up Vladimir Mctavish, Brennan Reece and Chris Purchase. Durham Gala Theatre.

31 The Grinning Idiot Comedy Club. Cluny 2, Newcastle; Quayside Exchange, Sunderland; Stella Maris, Washington, Caedmon Hall, Gateshead, Berkley Tavern, Whitley Bay


2 Eddie Martin Band. Darlington Arts Centre.

3 Kate Rusby at Christmas. Folk singer Kate Rusby showcases carols and songs learned as a child in her native South Yorkshire. Journal Tyne


3 The New Century Ragtime Orchestra take you on a journey from the dawn of ragtime through the hot dance and jazz of the 1920s and early swing of the 1930s. Darlington Arts Centre.

16 Alfie Boe. The tenors Bring Him Home Tour reaches the Sage, Gateshead.

21-22 Jools Holland and His Rythmn and Blues Orchestra. Newcastle City Hall.


1 Northern Sinfonia Orchestra with Thomas Zehetmair. The Sage, Gateshead.

5 The Sage Gateshead Chamber Choir and Philharmonic Voices in Concert. The Sage, Gateshead.

6 At Christmas Be Merry. With The York Waits and Deborah Catterall. The Sage, Gateshead.

7 Ravenswood Singers present The Magical Sounds of Christmas much loved carols and festive songs. Whitley Bay Playhouse.

10 Brass and Voices: Sounds of Christmas, combining secular choral, sparkling brass bands and talented soloists with music for Christmas. Newcastle City Hall.

10-11 Northern Sinfonia Christmas Concert with Simon Halsey. The Sage, Gateshead.

14 On Yoolis Night Medieval Christmas Carols performed by Joglaresta. Alnwick Playhouse.

16-17 Christmas Crooners featuring favourites by Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. Darlington Arts Centre.


2 Rock and roll legend Joe Brown Whitley Bay Playhouse.

8 Kasabian with special guest Miles Kane. Newcastle Metro Arena.

16 Quo Festive featuring Status Quo, Roy Wood and Kim Wilde. Newcastle Metro Arena.

17 The Bootleg Beatles. Newcastle City Hall.


3 Catterick Garrison and SSAFA Forces Help Christmas Fair. Catterick Garrison Leisure Centre.

7-8 Style Your Own Country Christmas making gifts, learning to decorate homes and make your own mincemeat. Eshott Hall, Morpeth.



Newcastle Eagles
Metro Radio Arena
December 2 v Milton Keynes Lions


Newcastle United
Sports Direct Stadium
December 13 v Bolton

Stadium of Light
December 1 v Manchester City
December 21 v Swansea City
December 31 v Norwich City

Riverside Stadium
December 10 v Brighton
December 26 v Hull City
December 31 v Peterborough

Victoria Park
December 17 v Colchester

96.6TFM Darlington Arena
December 3 v Forest Green
December 17 v Cambridge


Catterick Racecourse
December 13 & 28

Hexham Racecourse
December 7

Newcastle Racecourse
December 17

Farmers Markets

Market dates can be subject to change please check before travelling:

County Durham
Durham Farmers, Durham Marketplace, Third Thursday
Barnard Castle, First Saturday
Bishop Auckland, Second Friday
Darlington Marketplace, Third Friday
Dales Centre, Stanhope
Fourth Saturday

Bellingham, First Saturday
Morpeth, First Sunday
Hadrians Wall, Second Sunday
Hexham Market Place, Second and fourth Saturday
Ponteland Memorial Hall Fourth Saturday
Alnwick Market Square Last Friday (or Saturday)
Berwick, The Maltings, Last Sunday

Tyne and Wear
Newcastle Greys Monument First Friday
Tynemouth Metro station Third Saturday

Tees Valley
Hartlepool Marina, Second Saturday
Middlesbrough, Natures World Last Sunday

We do our best to ensure accuracy but event dates and venues can change. Please also check ticket availability with the venue before you travel. To add your event, email details, giving as much notice as possible, to

The print version of this article appeared in the December 2011 issue of North East Life

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