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Events 2011



Look out for information about Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure events in Newbiggin, Ashington and Bedlington on Tue 31th May to Fri 3rd June, including:

Busy Bees Activity Programme

Look out for a great programme of activities throughout the summer holidays.

Exciting activities are planned with the Library this year. Contact Newbiggin Library on 01670 818277 for more information about the story telling, reading, writing and creative activities planned, and get involved!

Farmers' Markets

Come and sample the delights of local produce, and spend some time in Newbiggin town centre and beach too, Sat 14th May, Sat 11th Jun, Sat 9th Jul, Sat 13th Aug, Sat 27th Aug and Sat 10th Sep in the Quay Wall Piazza from 9.30am to 2pm.

Get Cultured!

Arts Fayres, Exhibitions and Tours

The Newbiggin Arts Forum will be running arts fayres at the Old Ship on Sun 29th May and Sun 20th Nov, from 11am to 3pm. Pick up great presents and stocking fillers, enter competitions and join in the fun.

'Jonathan Livingston Seagull is alive and well and living in Newbiggin by the Sea', The Network Artists' Art Tour, starts Sat 11th June and is open each Sat and Sun until Sun 3rd July between 10am and 5pm, at the Old Ship and features artwork by local ceramicist Peter Seddon. Why not stop for lunch or dinner whilst you're here?

Join a guided walk around the Art Trail by KEAP Creative members. Start at the Newbiggin Maritime Centre at 2pm on Sun 10th July and Sun 14th Aug.

The Newbiggin Arts Forum will be running a Charity fundraising exhibition on Sat 6th, Sun 7th, Fri 12th, Sat 13th and Sun 14th Aug. Proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Doorstep Pictures presents Tron Legacy at Newbiggin Sports and Community Centre on Thu 12th May from 7pm. £2 adults, £1 child. Look out for more screenings throughout the year.


Come along to the Jarrow Salvation Army Songsters music night, Salvation Army centre, on Sat 25th June at 7pm; or the North Shields Salvation Army Band music night, Salvation Army centre, on Sat 16th July at 7pm.

The second annual Old Ship Music Festival takes place at The Old Ship on Sat July 30th and is raising money for The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Book Festival

Fun for all the family, on Sat 18th June Quay Wall Piazza and Promenade from 10am to 2pm.

Be Sporty

The European Power Lifting Championships 2011 will take place at Newbiggin Sports Centre from Tue 7th to Sat 11thJune. Opening ceremony, Tue 7th 9.30pm. Competitions start 10am each day.

Dip your toes in the water on in swim and triathlon challenges. Sat 23rd July is the Couple Challenge swim; Sun 24th July sees another Couple Challenge Triathlon; and Sun 11th Sep is the European Time Trials Sprint Triathlon. All in Newbiggin.

Maritime Heritage

The Newbiggin Maritime Centre will officially open on 30th July at Church Point, with a family fun day at the seaside, with shuggy boats, pony rides, a sandcastle competition, magic shows and more. Follow them on Facebook at Newbiggin Maritime Centre.

The RNLI Lifeboat Day will take place on Sun 31st July.

St Bartholomew's Annual Fayre

The Flower Festival and Village Show will take place on Sat 27th Aug 11am to 4pm, Sun 28th 12noon to 4pm and Mon 29th 11am to 4pm. Take part and enter the competition - there are plenty of categories to choose from!

Join in for Songs of Praise on Sun 28th Aug 6.30pm.

Everyone is welcome at the Summer Fayre on Mon 29th Aug 11am to 2pm.

Other events

Armed Forces Day will be commemorated with a march through the town on Sun 10th Jul.

Northumbria in Bloom judges will be visiting on 19th July.

Remembrance Sunday will involve the traditional march from the Cenotaph at 10am through to Memorial Park for two minutes silence at 11am, on Sun 13th Nov.