Saturday May 18

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 the Community Stall.

Saturday May 18

10:30 am – 3:30 pm 

Jesmond Library, St George’s Terrace NE2 2DL

Big Spring Book Sale

An extra festival event, announced after the printed programmes had been published, Jesmond Library’s sale of ex-library books and donations. Arrive early to get the best choice of books!

Saturday May 18

11:30 am – 3:00 pm 

Newcastle High School for Girls Junior School, Sandyford Park NE2 1TA

Family Festival

Picnic in the beautiful grounds of NHSG Junior School and relax while your children take part in a wide range of fun activities. All families in the area are welcome to join in, whether your child attends the school or not. This is a free event but booking is required. Please contact marketing@ncl.gdst.net for details.

Saturday May 18

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Jesmond Village Green, Rosebery Crescent NE2 1HL

​A Bit Crack

Family storytelling and music with Chris Bostock, the Storyteller, and the Little Big Blue Ceilidh Band. Visit the Food Market, bring a picnic to the Green (opposite Holy Trinity Church) and join in for an hour of delicious stories, sumptuous music and even a dance.

Saturday May 18

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Jesmond Community Orchard, off Tankerville Terrace NE2 3BU

Orchard ​Open Day

A warm welcome to the Orchard Open Day. Children’s crafts and games, for punters of all ages, or simply relax and socialise under the canopy of fruit trees. Enjoy the beauty of this peaceful spot, located in the North West corner of St Andrew’s Cemetery. No need to book, but for further information see www.jesmondcommunityorchard.co.uk .

Saturday May 18

6:30 pm start

Jesmond Methodist Church, St George’s Terrace NE2 2DL

Quiz Night

Join us for an epic quiz night in the church, where our very own “The Chase” contestant Jason hosts a quiz for us all! With a live music round and a “Build your Burger Bar” – there is something for everyone this Saturday night!

Saturday May 18

7:00 – 9:00 pm 

The Holy Name Parish Hall, Towers Avenue NE2 3JX

Jazz Night

Young or old, and whatever your taste in food, drink and music, you are welcome at Holy Name Jazz Night, with music by Sharp Collective. Tickets are £15 each and will go on sale at the end of April. Check this website for further information, nearer the time. Bring your own snacks. Drinks will be available from the “Donations” bar. All proceeds to the Kabuyanda Charity, which aims to improve health care in a rural area in Uganda.

Saturday May 18

7:30 pm start

Jesmond United Reformed Church, Burdon Terrace NE2 3AE

​Music for the Pool: Close Harmony in May

“Dark Sky Voices”, a spectacular close harmony group directed by Fiona Lander, supported by Bonnie Brinn (Soprano), Les Hodgson (Tenor) and Len Young (Piano). Tickets (£10) at Jesmond Pool, Jesmond Library, or at the door, in aid of Jesmond Pool and Gym and St Oswald’s Hospice. Refreshments available.

Sunday May 19

11:00 am start

Holy Trinity Church, Churchill Gardens NE2 1HB

Cafe Style Service

Informal service with Bishop Mark Wroe preaching. Tea and coffee served.

Sunday May 19

11:00 am – 1:00 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’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 friendsofjoc@gmail.com.

Sunday May 19

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Exhibition Park, off Brandling Park or Claremont Road NE2 4PZ

“Festival Special” Steam Train Rides 

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 19

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Exhibition Park, of Brandling Park or Claremont Road NE2 4PZ

Try Croquet 

Tyneside Croquet Club invites you to come along and try out croquet, for free, including all equipment and tuition. Suitable for men and women, including teenagers, croquet is a game of skill and strategy, and a great way of making new friends. Soft shoes are required on the lawns and surrounds. Children (over 6) could play with an adjacent toy set, but must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs on the lawn. The Croquet Club is situated near Wylam Brewery and the lake.

Sunday May 19

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Cestria House, 45 Sanderson Road NE2 2DR

Semitones 

An informal concert by Jesmond’s very own small orchestra. Principally for residents and staff. If you wish to join them, leave extra time to check with staff in advance, as space is very limited.

Sunday May 19

6:00 pm

St George’s Church, Osborne Road NE2 2TF

Choral Evensong for Pentecost

The music will feature Antonio Lotti’s “Credo in F” sung by the Choir of St George’s and the Royal Grammar School Community Choir, with the Andrelli Quartet. The event is supported by Patrons of Music. A worship service, admission free. Refreshments available.

Monday May 20

7:30 – 9:15 pm

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

Jesmond Women’s Institute Open Meeting: Ailish Henderson

Jesmond WI hosts a presentation by fine art textile artist Ailish Henderson. Ailish is most famous for her fine art stitched collage works, which have been exhibited both in the UK and overseas. Admission is free and booking is not required. Everyone is welcome. For more information about Jesmond WI email hello@jesmondwi.org.uk .

Wednesday May 22

9:30 – 11:45 am

Jesmond Library, St George’s Terrace NE2 2DL

West Jesmond School Festival of Music

Attend part or all of the morning, as you wish. All welcome, until the library is full up! Refreshments available, during the intervals. Come and enjoy these marvellous performances by the talented choirs and musicians of our local school. Watch out for details of the programme for the morning’s performances.

Wednesday May 22

10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Holy Trinity Church, Churchill Gardens NE2 1HB

Pop Up Cafe

All welcome to pop in for a drink and a look round our Grade 2* Listed Church.

Wednesday May 22

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Meet at the main gates of Heaton Park, near the junction of Warwick Street, Heaton Park View and Heaton Park Road NE6 5BF

“The Royal Route” Guided Walk

Join the Friends of Jesmond Dene as they follow the route taken by the Prince and Princess of Wales when they officially opened the park on 20 August 1884 (also a Wednesday). The walk starts in Heaton Park and ends in Jesmond Dene. Stout shoes advisable. No charge, although donations to the Friends of Jesmond Dene will be welcome. Please book via friends.of.jesmond,dene@gmail.com .

Wednesday May 22

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Jesmond Library, St George’s Terrace NE2 2DL

Glorious Gardens 

Presentation to the winners of the 2024 Glorious Gardens Awards. All welcome! Come and pick up some tips for your own garden.

Thursday May 23

10:30 am start

Meeting point to be confirmed when you book

Brandling Village Walk ALL PLACES FULLY BOOKED

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

Thursday May 23

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Jesmond United Reformed Church, Burdon Terrace NE2 3AE

Big Questions Cafe

All welcome at the Big Questions Cafe! It’s a friendly, fun gathering where we first share a meal and get to know others around our table. Then, just after we get pudding, we hear a 15-20 minute presentation addressing one of the big questions facing us at the present time, with the overall theme of “Power and Money”. For further information email sirmons.urc@outlook.com .

Friday May 24

1:00 – 1:45 pm

St George’s Church, Osborne Road NE2 2TF

Lunchtime Music Recital

A lunchtime music recital, featuring Alexandra Lee (soprano) and James Hall, playing the magnificent St George’s organ. Free admission, with a retiring collection in aid of the Organ Restoration Fund.

 

 

Friday May 24

7:00 – 9:30 pm

St George’s Church, Osborne Road NE2 2TF

A Summer Night with Elvis

All welcome to this entertaining evening with one of the UK’s leading Elvis tribute acts: the charismatic Gary Jay. Gary’s performances, lauded for his vocal accuracy and Elvis-esque charisma, are a trip down memory lane. With authentic replica costumes and a line-up of timeless hits, Gary is sure to revive the magic that made Elvis a legend. In aid of the St George’s Community Hub.

 

 

Friday May 24

7:30 pm start

Holy Trinity Church, Churchill Gardens NE2 1HB

Ceilidh at Holy Trinity

£7.50 with £5 concessions for under 12’s. Soft drinks and puddings included. Tickets from Holy Trinity Office on 0191 281 3399 or Office@ht.church .