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Recruiting Drama Facilitators, Mortal Fools

WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN OUR TEAM? Mortal Fools is recruiting drama facilitators About Us Mortal Fools creates fantastic theatre with young people working as co-creators alongside professional artists,
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(0191) 211 5599

Timecraft for Teachers: Minecraft masterclass - Friday 17 February

Free teacher CPD event You and your colleagues are invited to stretch your knowledge and build your skills at Timecraft for Teachers: Minecraft masterclass. Booking Information Time 3.45 – 4.45p
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(0191) 211 5599

Timecraft: A Greek in Egypt - Friday 17 February

Become digital archaeologists and architects, designing your own Greek and Egyptian temples in Minecraft. Are you looking for a new and exciting cross curricular activity to engage your class with Gre
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01670 624477

Skating at Woodhorn

Enjoy a magical skating experience with sole use on our Pityard Skating Rink. 1 hour whole rink hire £180 for upto 67 people (less than £3 per person). Make your day extra special by adding a tour,
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Dare to Enquire: I see, I notice, I wonder Teacher CPD

Dare to Enquire begins by looking at techniques to make your pupils feel more comfortable and confident when working away from their usual environment. The process continues by focusing on empowering
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Reflections of Newcastle 1914-18

Reflections of Newcastle 1914-18 is a Heritage Lottery funded World War One project and collaboration between the Lit & Phil, Northumbria University, Newcastle College and the November Club. The p

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Jul
23
Sat
2016
Little Bear goes North @ Centre For Life
Jul 23 2016 – Mar 31 2017 all-day
Little Bear goes North @ Centre For Life | Newcastle upon Tyne | England | United Kingdom

An enchanting planetarium show especially for under 7s

Little Bear returns in an enchanting new planetarium show especially for under 7s. In her latest adventure, Little Bear encounters a lost polar bear and using her knowledge of the stars, guides her new friend home.

During busy times, we request that you visit the planetarium, Science Theatre and Motion Ride once – this is to allow other visitors to enjoy the experience too. Thanks for your consideration.

Guide Prices
Tickets for ‘Little Bear’ are included in Life Centre admission.

Nov
12
Sat
2016
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – the 4D Experience @ Centre for Life
Nov 12 2016 – Feb 26 2017 all-day
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – the 4D Experience @ Centre for Life | Newcastle upon Tyne | England | United Kingdom

Join your favourite characters from Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs in this new adventure on Life’s 4D Motion Ride . Manny, Ellie and Diego venture into a mysterious underground world after Sid the Sloth stumbles across three abandoned eggs and decides to raise the baby dinosaurs as his own. Once the eggs hatch, the adventure begins in the lost world of the dinosaur. Experience every twist, turn, high and low as your seat moves in time to the 3D action on screen. You can expect to be blasted with wind, smoke and water, and you’ll even be able to smell the action! Please note – For safety reasons you have to be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the Motion Ride.

Jan
14
Sat
2017
North East LEGO® Landmarks at Life Science Centre @ Centre for Life
Jan 14 – Apr 23 all-day
North East LEGO® Landmarks at Life Science Centre @ Centre for Life | Newcastle upon Tyne | England | United Kingdom

Local LEGO® builder Steve Mayes has been busy building LEGO® versions of some of the North East’s favourite landmarks.

See his collection at Life, including:

BALTIC

Newcastle Civic Centre

Tynemouth Outdoor Pool (design for future restoration)

Wills Building

Tynside Cinema sign

Angel of the North

Maggie’s Centre

International Centre for Life – specially commissioned new model on show for the first time.

*Advance booking is available for groups of 10 or more only. Call (0191) 243 8223 for information.

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this exhibition.

Jan
17
Tue
2017
Chuffing Contraptions at Life Science Centre @ Centre for Life
Jan 17 – Mar 31 all-day
Chuffing Contraptions at Life Science Centre @ Centre for Life | Newcastle upon Tyne | England | United Kingdom

In this new Science Theatre, explore engineering and technology from the industrial revolution to the present day.

Engineers fix problems (and often find new ones). Join us as we discover some of the ingenious fixes to tricky problems by making engines and other contraptions to do the work and make things go.

This show has been developed by Life Science Centre and Think Physics.

The Science Theatre is equipped with an analogue induction loop.

During busy times, we request that you visit the planetarium, Science Theatre and Motion Ride once – this is to allow other visitors to enjoy the experience too. Thanks for your consideration.

Recommended for ages 5+

Guide Prices
Exhibition included in general admission fee (from £14 for adults and £8 for children). More information about admission ticket prices can be found on the website www.life.org.uk. No advance booking – pay admission on arrival. Advance booking is available for groups of 10 or more only. Call 0191 243 8223 for information.

Jan
19
Thu
2017
Big Girls Don’t Cry – Celebrating The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons @ Sage Gateshead
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm
Big Girls Don't Cry - Celebrating The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons @ Sage Gateshead | Gateshead | United Kingdom

Oh what a night awaits for all music fans…during the 60s and 70s No1 hits ‘Sherry’, ‘December 1963’ (Oh What a Night), ‘Walk Like a Man’, ‘Rag Doll’ and ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ saw the Four Seasons and lead singer Frankie Valli propelled to super stardom.

Selling an incredible 100 million records worldwide, there’s a Four Seasons song that shares a special place in everyone’s heart.

“Dancing in the aisles, great music, fantastic voices and lots of comic moments that make this a great show to go and see” London Theatre
Big Girls Don’t Cry authentically revives the sublime harmonies of New Jersey’s finest. It showcases Frankie’s incredible falsettos, and features solo hits that range from the exuberant – the rock’n‘roll nostalgia of Grease, to the spine-tingling – show-stealers such as My Eyes Adored You.

Drawing from a repertoire that includes Let’s Hang On, Working My Way Back to You, Beggin’, Who Loves You and I’ve Got You Under My Skin you’re never more than a song away from another classic hit. Big Girls Don’t Cry – the critically acclaimed spectacular that is taking the UK by storm.

Early Bird Offer
£2 off of top price ticket if booked before 30 September 2016.

Jan
28
Sat
2017
Ink and Drink with Steve Antony @ Seven Stories
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm
Ink and Drink with Steve Antony @ Seven Stories | Newcastle upon Tyne | England | United Kingdom

Join us for an evening of very serious colouring in with author and illustrator of Please Mr Panda, Steve Antony. This is your chance to meet an award-winning illustrator to hear about their creative process and how they illustrate for children. Pens and paper at the ready as we host a relaxed evening for adults, whether you are an accomplished artist or just want to have a go, this is an evening of art for everyone.

Booking essential. £7 per person includes entry to Seven Stories and a drink on arrival. Additional drinks and books will be available to purchase throughout the evening. Supported by Hachette.

Feb
14
Tue
2017
Pride and Prejudice @ Theatre Royal
Feb 14 – Feb 18 all-day
Pride and Prejudice @ Theatre Royal | Newcastle upon Tyne | England | United Kingdom

by JANE AUSTIN
in an adaptation by SIMON READE

‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife’. As the Bennet sisters haplessly search for love in Jane Austen’s ultimate romantic comedy, it is Mr Darcy who unwittingly finds his match.

A sell-out during its original run at Regent’s Park Theatre, creators of the recent smash-hit To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies, ‘it’s Austen… still dazzling after 200 years’ (Observer).

Mar
28
Tue
2017
Mamma Mia! @ Theatre Royal
Mar 28 – Apr 15 all-day
Mamma Mia! @ Theatre Royal | Newcastle upon Tyne | England | United Kingdom

Join the ultimate feel-good party at Mamma Mia!, the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical!

Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of Abba.

This irresistibly funny show has been thrilling audiences all around the world and now the party comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal for the first time, so there’s never been a better time to see this unforgettable musical. Whatever age you are, you can’t help but have the time of your life at Mamma Mia!

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