Another Bank Holiday
lots and lots of upcoming EVENTS
Blimey, another Bank Holiday Weekend. It’s going to be a sunny one too. Enjoy!
Here’s our regular Friday listing of upcoming events.
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Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend
Ongoing - exhibition Around the World in 80 Dolls at Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Hanley. “Inspired by the 150th anniversary of the publication in 1873 of the adventure novel, this family-friendly summer exhibition, explores the museum’s wonderful doll collection.” Free.
Ongoing to 31 May - Burslem in Paint Exhibition, Barewall Art Gallery, Burslem ST6 4AT. “With unseen work by Rob Pointon, Geoffrey Wynne, Anthony Forster, Anne Courtine, Jayne Pellington, Lucy Manfredi, Ronnie Cruwys, and others. The show launches the reopening of the renovated gallery space.” Free.
Friday 26 May, 7pm - Stoke Cult Film Club – The Abyss, Potteries Museum, Hanley. “Enjoy the 1989 classic film The Abyss (Cert 15) on the big screen.” Ticketed.
Friday 26 to Sunday 28 May - Jazz and Blues Festival, Newcastle. “40 artists from across the county will join the 3 day festival to perform in 15 most loved town-centre venues.” Organised by Newcastle BID. Full line-up listing on NSN website here.
Saturday 27 May to 30 July - FORTYSEVEN: The Last Bottle Ovens and Kilns of The Potteries, a photographic exhibition by Phil Crow presenting “the dark beauty of a bygone industry juxtaposed with photographs from the Warrillow Collection, that depict a thriving industry back in its heyday.” Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton. Included in admission charge to museum.
Saturday 27 May, 8pm - Laboratorium Pieśni - HÉ OYÁTE premiere, Fenton Town Hall. “Polyphonic traditional songs of different cultures, as well as original intuitive compositions, dreamed up words, melodies and stories, in the rhythm of shamanic drums, nature sounds and Earth’s pulse.” A Restoke event. Ticketed.
Saturday 27 to Monday 29 May, 11am to 4pm - Military Trains at Apedale Valley Light Railway, Chesterton. “WW1-era locos will haul passenger trains. Freight trains will see both WW1-era and military trains from later years demonstrated.” Ticketed.
Saturday 27 May, 7.30pm - Spring Concert, Newcastle Male Voice Choir, “with guests from the Porthill Players.” St Barnabas Church, Cauldron Avenue, Bradwell. Ticketed.
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May - Your City Festival. “Taking over Stoke-on-Trent's City Centre's most prestigious grassroots venues and pop-up stages to bring you a selection of the hottest emerging talent the UK and beyond has to offer.” Ticketed.
Saturday 27 May to Monday 29 - Luminarium in Leek, with OUTSIDE Arts, “The Luminarium is an interactive walk-in sculpture by Architects of Air and designed by Alan Parkinson. A dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes.” Ticketed.
Sunday 28 May, 11am to 3.30pm - Spring Craft Fair, Ford Green Hall, Smallthorne ST6 1NG. Stalls inside and out, free admission, tea room open. “The Warriors of the Black Bear Viking group will be attending too.”
Sunday 28 May, 3pm - Organ Recital, Keele University Chapel. “Marley Knight is a student at Keele University and also an organist.” Wide programme of pieces. Free.
You might just want to take a stroll through your local cemetery, they’re looking full of life right now, lol. The editor snapped this on a walk through Stoke Cemetery. Not sure it’s a #NoMowMay thing - the rest of the site had been mowed the day before. Still lush though.
Looking further ahead
Tuesday 30 May, 10am - Zest For Life with Nick Degg Poet, Newcastle library. “Nick and friends present 2 hours of poetry about dyslexia, and why it needn’t be a hindrance to creativity.” Email email@example.com to reserve a seat.
Wednesday 31 May, 10am to 4pm - Circus Fun, Skills and Surprises' with Andrew Van Buren, Brampton Museum, multiple ticketed sessions, “a fun interactive circus skills workshop and performance - learn juggling, spinning plates, diablo and more.”
Wednesday 31 May, 10.30am - Storytime with Mrs Potts, Dudson Museum, Hanley, “a morning of crafts for toddlers and little ones - well behaved parents, carers, and guardians are also welcome.” Free, but ticketed.
31 May & 1 June - Staffordshire County Show, at Staffordshire County Showground, the county’s big event, agricultural competitions, events and presentations. Ticketed.
Friday 2 June, 6.30pm - Degree Show opens at Staffordshire University. “We invite you to visit our campus and enjoy the creative work of our students graduating from BA (Hons) Art and Design and Media and Performance courses.” College Rd, Stoke.
Saturday 3 June, 11am to 4pm - Celebrate Newcastle at Brampton Museum, with Appetite and friends, “a day of medieval entertainment and fantastical fun to celebrate 850 years of Newcastle-under-Lyme becoming a borough!” Free.
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June, 11am to 5pm - Etruria Canals Festival, with B arts, historic narrowboat gathering, arts workshops, performances, craft stalls and exhibitors, beer tent and street food. Free.
Sunday 4 June, 10am to 4pm - Stoke Craft & Flea, King’s Hall, Stoke, £2.50 admission. “Shop LOCAL in an authentic twist on the traditional craft market with a huge selection of high-quality and on-trend products.”
Friday 9 June, 7.30pm - Potteries Folk present Paul Walker and Karen Pfeiffer, The Cafe, Fenton Town Hall. “A versatile miscellany of self-penned and imaginatively arranged songs with guitar, woodwind, and percussion.” Ticketed.
Saturday 10 June, 2pm to 4pm - Father's day superhero card making, Brampton Museum, Newcastle. “Tell your dad he's your hero by making your own superhero themed Father's Day card. All materials provided, suitable for all ages.” Ticketed.
Saturday 10 June - Recast exhibition opens at Airspace Gallery, Hanley. “Celebrating the power of clay and creativity to support drug and alcohol addiction recovery. The exhibition brings together work by 20 individuals.” Free.
Thursday 15 June, 2pm - Fascinating Folk of Newcastle Film Show: Philip Astley and the performing arts, Brampton Museum, Newcastle. “A special archive film show from Ray Johnson looking back at performing arts and father of the modern Circus Philip Astley.” Ticketed.
Saturday 17 June, 10am to 5pm - Secrets of the Museum, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Hanley. “Magic is in the museum as the exhibits come to life! The dolls need help, and Alfie is the only one around! Get ready for cleaning chaos, living dolls and an adventure like no other with Q20 theatre group!” Free shows at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm.
Sunday 18 June, 10am to 3pm - Castle Artisan Market, Newcastle, the regular open air market on the stones, “showcasing the best local makers, bakers and creators.”
Sunday 18 June, 1pm to 3.30pm - Father's Day - King or Parliament? Ford Green Hall, Smallthorne ST6 1NG. “Meet a soldier from the English Civil War, handle replica weapons from the period. The surgeon will be on hand to explain some of the grisly treatment of the day!” Admission charges apply.
Monday 19 June to 31 July - Outside the Confines by Kate Jones, exhibition at Chapters cafe, Keele University. “Responding to paintings from the renaissance and Dutch golden age eras, which are ultimately displays of European power, wealth, and beauty, each work pays homage to a person that has played an important role in my personal life.” Free.
Saturday 24 June, 7.30pm - Concert with North Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra, Saint John Fisher Catholic College, Newcastle, ST5 2SJ. “Beethoven: Overture - The Consecration of the House; Chopin - Piano Concert No.2; Dvorak - Symphony No.8.” Ticketed.
Saturday 24 June, 7.30pm - Keele Bach Choir, Summer Concert, Keele University Chapel. “Join us for our summer concert which will showcase music inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. With songs old and new, there's something for everyone in this feast of mid-summer music.” Ticketed.
Sunday 25 June, 1pm to 4.30pm - Parade in the Park for Armed Forces Day, Queen’s Park Longton. “Army vehicles, armed forces displays, various stalls, Veterans charities, children’s entertainment.” Penkhull Brass Band too. Free.
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