May 6 – June 4

Any time to suit you!

Heaton Park, Jesmond Vale Lane NE6 5JS

Heaton Park Tree Trail   (Local History)       

Incidents from the history of Heaton Park, as told by some of its notable trees. Download the free app onto your smart phone. On Google Play (AT Creative Ltd, Tree Trails and Tales) look for Northumbria Veteran Trees and search for Heaton Park. Or pick up a printed festival programme from Jesmond Library for the QR Code, or email .



Saturday May 6 (Coronation Day)

10:00 am and then 10:30 – 11:30 am

St George’s Church, Osborne Road NE2 2TF

Ring for the King (General Interest)

At 10:00 am the St George’s Church Bell Ringers will “Ring for the King” as part of a national event planned by the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Then, from 10:30 to 11:30 am members of the public are invited to come along and ring a bell yourself, after which you will receive a certificate to say that you have “rung a bell for the King”! Places will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis.



Saturday May 6

10:00 am – 3:00pm

Armstrong Bridge, off Jesmond Dene Road NE7 7DD

Jesmond Food Market (General Interest)

Jesmond’s fantastic food market brings local produce, exotic hot foods and lots more. Pick up a festival programme at the Community Stall.


Sunday May 7

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Exhibition Park, off Brandling Park or Claremont Road NE7 4PZ

“Coronation Special” Steam Train Rides (General Interest)

Ride on the model railway as guests of the Tyneside Society of Model and Experimental Engineers. The tracks are situated behind Wylam Brewery, at the northern edge of the park.




Sunday May 7

1:45 for 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Meet at the Bandstand in Exhibition Park NE2 4PZ

Tour de Jesmond (Active Fun)

Jesmond Space for Cycling presents a safe and beautiful outing for people of all ages on bikes; the route will start at the same place as last year, but will follow a new route after that, finishing once again at the café in Exhibition Park. Expect to head North towards Gosforth Park and beyond, entirely on the flat, and on quiet roads or cycle paths. There will also be a special stop on Stoneyhurst Bridge for ice cream, on the way back. Suitable for all ages from under 8 to over 80. Reservation not required, just turn up. Any queries to




Monday May 8 (Bank Holiday)

2:00 pm start

St George’s Church Green, Osborne Road NE2 2TF

Big Friendly Coronation Gathering (Social, Fun for all the Family)

Morris dancers, Irish dancers, local children and young people dancing, and a children’s choir from a local primary school. Children’s activities, cream teas and Pimm’s. Community stalls and opportunities to volunteer. The Big Friendly Coronation Gathering will be an occasion for the whole community of Jesmond to come together in joyous celebration!



Tuesday May 9

11:00 am start

Meeting point to be notified when you book

Tyneside Flats to Tankerville (This walk is now fully booked)

John North and Dee Pass, City Guides, will lead you on an exploration of the growth and development of West Jesmond. Places on this walk must be pre-booked by emailing John on . Please do not turn up if you have not reserved a place. Free, but donations towards next year’s festival welcome.

Wednesday May 10

10:30 am – 2:00 pm

Jesmond Community Orchard, off Tankerville Terrace NE2 3BU

Italian Picnic in the Orchard (Social)

Raccontiamo le nostre radici – Newcastle has a rich Italian heritage, let’s share our stories in Italian or English!  Bring photos, letters, music, poems, memories, or simply come to listen. Please let us know that you are coming, and book a place, contact .

The Italian Picnic in Jesmond Community Orchard on Wednesday 10 May will start at 10:30 am instead of 11:30 am, in the hope of benefitting from better weather!

Thursday May 11

10:30 am

This walk is now fully booked

Temperance, Titty Bottles and Trains (This walk is now fully booked!)

City Guide Julie Jacques will lead you on an exploration of High West Jesmond. Pre-booking is essential for this walk, as places are strictly limited – email .


Thursday May 11

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Jesmond Old Cemetery, Sandyford Road NE2 1NL

Heritage Tour (All places on this tour are now taken!)

Come and join the Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery on one of their informative tours. There are over 25,000 burials within the walls of this beautiful Victorian garden cemetery; we’ll tell you the stories of some of the North East’s famous, and not so famous, ladies and gentlemen. To book a place email .

Thursday May 11

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Jesmond Library, St George’s Terrace NE2 2DL

A History of Ouseburn in 10 Objects (Local History)

A Thursday evening talk by John Emslie, Heritage Volunteer with the Ouseburn Trust. You can find out more about the work of the Ouseburn Trust at .

Friday May 12

1:00 – 1:45 pm

St George’s Church, Osborne Road NE2 2TF

Organ Recital (Music)

A lunchtime organ recital with guest organist Daniel Cook, from Durham Cathedral. Free admission, but retiring collection in aid of the Organ Restoration Fund. All welcome! Enjoy wonderful music in beautiful surroundings.

Friday May 12

7:00 pm start

Holy Name Church Hall, Towers Avenue NE2 3JX

Film Night (General Interest, Social)

“The Picture of Dorian Gray”: the classic film, released in 1945, directed by Albert Lewin and starring Hurd Hatfield, George Sanders and Angela Lansbury. For further information contact ..


Friday May 12

Doors open 7:30 pm – event ends 10:00 pm

Jesmond Library, St George’s Terrace NE2 2DL

Axum Folk Ensemble, with The Elderly Brothers (Music)

No Jesmond Festival would be complete without a performance by folk band Axum in Jesmond Library! Traditional tunes in beautiful arrangements. Supported by vocal harmony group The Elderly Brothers. Donations please, of at least £8 per head, to support the library and festival. Refreshments will be available.