November across the North East

Here we are in November and a hugely significant month that marks the centenary of the First World War Armistice. Lets look at some at some of the varied events happening during this eleventh month.

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Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books over the weekend of the 10th and 11th November has a varied events programme to give an insight into life in the North East during wartime. In conjunction with the Victoria Tunnel Tours, Seven Stories marks the centenary with a mixture of vintage music, book readings and much more. On Saturday 10th author of "My Friend The Enemy", Dan Smith will take you on a guided tour of the Victoria Tunnel and how it played a significant part in both world war conflicts.

On Sunday 11th there is a chance for all to meet one of the nearby's Stepney Bank Stables famous residents Mr Ed and discover how vital horses were to the war effort.

There will also be drop in craft events over the weekend and feel free to don suitably period dress. The centre will have its own "Naffi Cafe" where you can enjoy that wartime staple of corned beef pie. and pre-booking of the Victoria Tunnel tours is essential as spaces limited.

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On Remembrance Sunday 11th November on Roker Beach a hugely moving and unique event is occurring. Sunderland has been chosen as one of only a handful of cities and towns across the country to take part in “Pages in the Sea”, Danny Boyle's commission for 14 - 18 NOW to mark the centenary of Armistice Day. 

Each of the commemorative events involves the drawing of a large scale portrait of a casualty from from the First World War, designed by sand artists Sand In Your Eye, and each sand drawing will be washed away as the tide comes in.

People are also asked to join in and mark their respects by creating silhouettes of people in the sand to remember the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict. A poem written by Carol Ann Duffy will be read as people gather upon the beach.

This is an amazing opportunity for all to come together and remember.

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Moving on into November and there is one thing we both enjoy - a good lunch and in the North East we are so blessed to have so many amazing places offering culinary treats. The fabulous Blackfriars in Newcastle City Centre on the 15th November is hosting a Beajoulais Nouveau lunch. 

On the 3rd Thursday of November Beaujolais Nouveau always ‘Est Arrivee’ and is always France’s most popular ‘Vin de Primeur’ - “with its succulent, light and fruity wine made from Beaujolais indigenous Galaxy grape bottled just 6 - 8 weeks. Come and enjoy this ancient celebration with an appropriate Burgundian set lunch and a glass or two of this delightfully fruity vino".

£25 for three courses, a carafe of Beaujolais Nouveau to share and coffee.

For booking please visit

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We love living in wonderful Whitley Bay so lets shine the spotlight on it. At the end of the month there are a couple of fabulous events to really kick start your festive celebrations. On Sunday 25th November it's the final Green Beans Market of the year held on the platform at Whitley Bay metro station. This last market of 2018 will have a very "Ho Ho Ho" spirit to it with its great array of stalls, some wonderful music and festive activities for all to enjoy.

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And lastly right at the end of the month Whitley Bay hosts the annual St Nicholas Festival over two days. Beginning on Friday 30th November where a mixture of stallholders shall be in the town centre and as always on the Friday the highlight of the lantern parade. Children from local schools parade from Marine Park Primary school, lighting up the streets with their lanterns heading towards St Paul's Church . There is always a warm glow in the town during the festival so if you are visiting do pop into our Whitley Bay shop and say hello. The festival continues on Saturday 1st December and hold tight as we'll be bringing you a festive round up of what to look forward to in December later this month.

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