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Sunderland Empire to host festival of opulent opera – festive offer £7 off

FESTIVE OFFER: £7 off Premium & Band A. Book and pay by 31 December 2017*. Quote ‘CHRISTMAS’ at time of booking. The love story that gripped Paris takes to the Sunderland Empire stage when Opera and Ballet International presents Ellen Kent’s Opera Festival opening with Verdi’s La Traviata on...

Hire Discovery Museum’s historic Great Hall for less in the New Year

One of the North East’s most popular venues is offering a special price on daytime hire in the New Year. Throughout January and February 2018, the Great Hall at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum will be able to hire from 9am to 5pm each day for just £300 plus VAT. The...

Spreading festive cheer in Sunderland with free Sunday morning bus travel

Go North East and Stagecoach North East are giving visitors travelling into Sunderland by bus on Sunday mornings from now until Christmas, a festive gift, free transport into the city before 11am. To coincide with Sunderland’s official Christmas lights switch-on with popstar Pixie Lott on Thursday 23rd November, the...

Lighting the way for Sunderland Illuminations’ spectators

Over 21,000 people hopped aboard Go North East’s dedicated 101 park and ride services this October and November, to visit Sunderland’s annual Illuminations (5 Oct – 5 Nov). Staged by Sunderland City Council, more than 200,000 visited the seafront to enjoy the Festival of Light event in Roker Park,...

PlanBEE Scoops Skills Initiative of the Year at Building Awards

The prestigious awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London, celebrate the best in UK construction with outstanding entries from over 1,200 businesses. Initiated and led by Ryder Architecture, the pioneering PlanBEE (Built Environment Education) launched in September 2016 in partnership with Gateshead College.  To develop professionals with a...

Top DJs bring Boxing Day party to Newcastle

A quirky Newcastle bar and restaurant is keeping the party going this Christmas, with a big Boxing Day party full of top DJs. Colonel Porter’s Tavern, Botanical Garden and Rhum Bar at Dean Street – named after the creator of Newcastle Brown Ale, Colonel J Porter – will be...

Events company is on the ball with new gadget

A leading event company is making audience participation events easier than ever before, thanks to an exciting new invention. The Big Mic Ball has been created by North East production management and audio visual company, Big Purple Productions, and has removed the need to pass around a hand held...

Northumbria and Ryder Architecture win award for most innovative collaboration

Northumbria University and Ryder have been recognised as the UK’s most innovative collaboration between a business and a university in the Times Higher Education Awards. The University and Ryder began collaborating seven years ago to develop a specialist centre of excellence for digital engineering and transformation, forming BIM Academy,...

County Durham schoolchildren help light up their town for Christmas

Schoolchildren from across County Durham are being invited to help Bishop Auckland shine brighter this festive season. The Auckland Project has distributed 4,000 lantern kits to 30 schools in Bishop Auckland, Spennymoor, Shildon, Coundon, and Willington, encouraging students to decorate them for Bishop Auckland’s Christmas Light Switch-on. The event,...

Work begins on historic walled garden

A County Durham construction company is laying down roots for the restoration of one the region’s most historic gardens. Rainton Construction, based in Durham, has begun early preliminary works at Auckland Castle’s 17th Century Walled Garden, which is being reimagined as part of The Auckland Project’s wider £130m revitalisation...

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