What’s On Next Week! (w/c 19.12.16)

Posted on December 12th 2016 by indigo

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…

Monday 19th December
Fabricating Histories @ Discovery Museum, Newcastle

Is history all made up? Oh, that’s the wrong end of the stick, isn’t it? The new exhibition at the Discovery Museum is far more fascinating than that! Fabricating history doesn’t look at the dryness of history but instead asks “what if?” to wonder what would have happened if events in our past had turned out just a little bit differently. What if Brunel had given Sunderland a suspension bridge? Or if Lovelace & Babbage invented the computer in the 1840s? You might be surprised to learn that’s not so far away from the truth…

Tuesday 20th December
Flesh @ Arts Centre Washington

When you get down to see Flesh, you might be surprised about the fact that Sunderland native Ashleigh Swain is only 18 years old. The prodigious talent’s new exhibition at Arts Centre Washington is all about mixing media together, with a particular interest in trying to capture the flesh and skin that coats bodies from birth to death. If that sounds a bit grim, have no fear – it’s not all necessarily about humans as the exhibition looks at all kinds of flesh and makes you really think about your own body in relation to others.

Wednesday 21st December
Late Night Delights @ Northern Print

Did you miss is last week but are still looking for an opportunity to check out Northern Print after hours? Have no fear as the printworks are opening their doors after hours once again, so you can pop down after you’ve finished work – when it’s even easier to get parked outside the gallery! As well as checking out the prints and their latest intriguing exhibition, Northern Print will also be selling some unique Christmas gifts (just in case you want something a bit different for that special person)…

Thursday 22nd December
Beauty and the Beast @ Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle

It may be really close to Christmas but there’s still time to squeeze in a pantomime (or maybe two!) This year’s pantomime at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House is the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, where our heroine is made a slave to the apparently ferocious Beast, but eventually finds a kind heart under the fearsome exterior. But as their romance blossoms, the vain and devious Gaston is plotting to steal Belle away for himself. Will he get away with it or will true love prevail? Only one way to find out…

Friday 23rd December
Pityard Skating Rink @ Woodhorn Museum

Have you been to Woodhorn’s pityard skating rink yet? Well, if you haven’t been but are planning to go down then you’d better be quick as this is the last day when you’ll be able to get your skates on! From 10am-4pm the rink will open and you can go for a 30 minute spin on the ice. It doesn’t matter if you’re like Torvill and Dean or you’re a wobbly beginner, everyone’s welcome to try it. We’d recommend wearing some warm clothes though – being on ice can get just a little bit chilly!

Saturday 24th December
Christmas at the Shipley @ Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

It’s Christmas Eve and perhaps you’ll be busy scouring the high street for that last minute bargain for a loved one. If you’re looking for a bit of respite from the horrors of the high street though, there is a place you can go for refuge. The Shipley Art Gallery is opening its doors for free (donations are welcome of course!) so you can get your hands on some warming refreshments and a mince pie. They’ll even have the gift shop open, which stocks a variety of jewellery, ceramics, textiles and more by local artists – and they’re all 10% off just for Christmas! Can’t say fairer than that…

Sunday 25th December
Christmas Day Services @ Durham Cathedral

It’s Christmas Day and you’re probably going to be settling down to some present opening and maybe a big old Christmas dinner with friends and loved ones. But if you do fancy going out and about then Durham Cathedral is particularly stunning during the festive period and, as ever, its doors are open to anyone who might want to pop in. If you pop down at certain times there’s also the chance to catch a variety of different services throughout the day, so there’s something extra to enjoy.

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