Saturday May 4

4:30 – 6:30 am

Meet by the Information Centre, Millfield House, Jesmond Dene NE7 7BQ

Dawn Chorus Nature Walk: ALL PLACES TAKEN

Come with the Friends of Jesmond Dene to birdwatch and listen to the wonderful early chorus of diverse birds living in the Dene. Bring binoculars if you have them; stout shoes advisable. Yes, this walk starts at 4:30 am, and there will be no toilets available. No charge, but donations to FOJD will be welcome. Places are limited to 12, and all the places on this walk are now taken. For information on other walks and activities organised by the Friends, email .



Saturday May 4

Time to be confirmed when you book

Meeting point to be confirmed when you book

Druridge Bay Walk

Join the Holy Trinity Walking Group in a 7-mile linear walk from Amble to Broomhill, taking in Druridge Bay and Low Hauxley Nature Reserve. Contact Ros Johnson on for more information, or to book.



Saturday May 4

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Armstrong Bridge, off Jesmond Dene Road NE7 7DD

Jesmond Food Market

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


Saturday May 4

11:00 am for 11:30 am start, ends 12:30 pm

The Church of the Holy Name, North Jesmond Avenue NE2 3JX

Celebrity Priest: Robert Hugh Monsignor Benson and the End of the World

The guest lecturer for this public lecture is the renowned religious historian and former President of Magdalene College, Cambridge, Professor Eamon Duffy FSA FBA KSG. Professor Duffy will discuss Fr Benson’s life and work, and that of his father, who was Archbishop of Canterbury. One of Fr Benson’s brothers wrote “Land of Hope and Glory”, while the other wrote the Mapp and Lucia novels. All are welcome when doors open at 11:00 am, for this non-ticketed event.


Saturday May 4

11:40 am – 12:00 noon

St George’s Church, Osborne Road NE2 2TF

Bell Ringing

The St George’s Church Bell Ringers will be ringing to celebrate the start of the 2024 Jesmond Community Festival.


Saturday May 4

12:00 noon – 3:00 pm

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

Spring Fete

Once again the St George’s Spring Fete will be starting Jesmond Community Festival off in style, with music including the Newcastle Allstars Steel Band and the Newcastle Concert Band, Irish Dancers, children’s activities, toys, books, and many other stalls, displays, Pimm’s, Afternoon Tea, food and fun for everyone! The Fete will be opened by the Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Rev’d Dr Helen-Ann Hartley.


Saturday May 4

7:30 – 9:30 pm

Jesmond United Reformed Church, Burdon Terrace NE2 3AE

Spring Orchestral Concert

The Northumberland Orchestral Society’s programme will include the Gaelic Suite by Amy Beach and the Brahms double concerto with soloists Kyra Humphreys, violin, and her son Seth, cello. Kyra is co-leader of the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Seth recently graduated from Clare College, Cambridge, and was principal cello in the Cambridge University Sinfonia and Opera Orchestra, Seth begins a Master’s degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama this September. Refreshments available in the interval, in the Church Hall.


Sunday May 5

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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

Model Steam Train Rides – EVENT CANCELLED

Many apologies – the model train rides will not be operating on 5 May, as Urban Green are organising a food festival in Exhibition Park on that day. But do come along to the “Festival Special” train rides on Sunday 19 May.




Sunday May 5

1:45 for 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Meet at the Bandstand in Exhibition Park NE2 4PZ

Tour de Jesmond 

Space for Jesmond 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. Suitable for all ages from under 8 to over 80. Reservation not required, just turn up. Any queries to




Monday May 6 (Bank Holiday)

2:00 – 3:30 pm 

St Hilda’s Church, Thornleigh Road NE2 3ET (near Starbuck’s)

Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter, or just come in for a Natter and a cup of tea! Wool and knitting needles can be provided, along with help to get you started, if needed. Light refreshments are provided and you will receive a very warm welcome. Free.



Tuesday May 7

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Jesmond Community Orchard, off Tankerville Terrace NE2 3BU

Italian DIY Picnic in the Orchard

Bring your own packed lunch and contribute with a story, a poem, a song or some music, a game, or a memory – in a language of your choice, whether in Italian or something else! Antonella Rea will be in the Orchard with a story to share. This event celebrates Orchard Blossom Day.

Wednesday May 8

10:30 am start

Meeting point to be confirmed when you book

Brandling Village Walk – ALL PLACES NOW BOOKED!

Guided walks through a fascinating corner of Jesmond, led by Jesmond residents and City Guides Julie Jacques and Dee Pass. All the available places on this walk are now fully booked. 

Thursday May 9

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Jesmond Old Cemetery, Sandyford Road NE2 1NL

Heritage Tour

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 will 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 9

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Jesmond Library, St George’s Terrace  NE2 2DL

COVID in Newcastle

Tom Warburton is a keen amateur photographer who was also a senior officer at Newcastle City Council during the COVID pandemic, giving him a unique opportunity to record its impact. This illustrated talk will draw heavily on his book “COVID in Newcastle – a Photographic Record”, published by Tyne Bridge Publishing. £3 per person, please, to help keep our library open.

Friday May 10

10:15 – 11:30 am

Holy Trinity Church, Churchill Gardens NE2 1HB

Teddy Bears Picnic

Join the Trinity Tiny Tots Toddler Group for their Teddy Bears Picnic. For more information email .

Friday May 10

7:00 pm start

Holy Trinity Church, Churchill Gardens NE2 1HB


Teams of 6, £5 per person. Soft drinks and light snacks provided, bring your own alcoholic drinks if you wish. Tickets from the Holy Trinity Office on 0191 281 3399 or office@ht,church .


Friday May 10

7:30 pm start

Jesmond United Reformed Church, Burdon Terrace NE2 3AE

Music for the Pool 2024: An American Concert

American music from the 19th and 20th centuries, performed by Jane Jackson (Soprano), Rita Fallon (Mezzo Soprano), Les Hodgson (Tenor), Kevyn Gill (Bass), John McCauley (Bass) and Len Young (Piano). Tickets (£10) available at Jesmond Pool, Jesmond Library, or at the door, in aid of Jesmond Pool and Gym and St Oswald’s Hospice. Refreshments available.

The crowded programme will include Kevyn singing Ol’ Man River and Some Enchanted Evening, Len playing the Maple Leaf Rag, Rita singing Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Climb Every Mountain, Les singing Younger than Springtime and I Got Rhythm and Jane singing Summertime. An evening packed with memories!


Friday May 10

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

Jesmond Library, St George’s Terrace NE2 2DL

Axum Folk Ensemble, with What Humans Do

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