Must see events for 2019

The North East is preparing for a big 2019, packed with exciting and must see events all over the region. We have done you a favour and listed the top 10 events, in no particular order, that are simply unmissable…


November sees the return of Lumiere to the streets and some less well trodden areas of the historic city of Durham. Attracting thousands to see the dazzling installations, Lumiere is a spellbinding collection of interactive and ingenious light displays.

Kynren – an epic tale of England

The UK’s most spectacular open-air live show, voted one of the top 5 performances to see in the UK by Tripadvisor returns to Durham from Saturday 29 June until Saturday 14 September. This live-action extravaganza will take you on a whistle stop tour of 2,000 years of history, myth and legend.

Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Running between 11-14 July at sites across Tynemouth and Whitley Bay, this sell-out festival features Tyneside's Brit award-winning Sam Fender, 80s idol Rick Astley and the legendary Proclaimers among other leading acts from the British music scene. Non ticket holders can enjoy a free programme of events throughout the weekend including international street entertainment, live jazz music, a children’s pageant and activities at Tynemouth Station.

Kendal Calling

The Kendal Calling festival is a music festival with a difference. Located in Lowther Deer Park, in the beautiful and mountainous Lake District, the setting is perfect for a great mix of genres. The headlining acts this year are Doves, Manic Street Preachers, Nile Rogers & Chic, Orbital and Tom Jones! Yes – it really is that varied.

South Tyneside Festival

South Shields comes alive for the three summer months with a series of unmissable FREE open-air concerts and family friendly events.  Featuring a grand Space Fantasy themed Summer Parade on 6th July followed by a series of live concerts by headline acts over consecutive weekends in Bents Park. This free to enter programme of events also includes live music every Thursday and Saturday evening in June at The Amphitheatre in the town and bandstand concerts throughout August and September.

Sunderland Airshow

As it is one of the biggest annual events in the North East, the Sunderland Airshow is a highly anticipated weekend for everyone. It is the perfect event to spectate aircraft and aviation displays that you would not see anywhere else. The highly regarded PC-7 Team from the Swiss Air Force will be performing for the first time at this year’s airshow, along with the RAF Red Arrows, RAF Typhoon. There is plenty of entertainment on ground level too, including Royal Marines Demonstration Teams, shows and musical performances.

Leonardo Da Vinci: A life in drawing

If you are an avid art enthusiast, or just fancy something out of your norm, then the Leonardo Da Vinci: A life in drawing event in Sunderland should take your interest. 144 of the genius’ greatest drawings in the Royal Collection will be on display for public viewing.

This is Tomorrow Festival

This is Tomorrow festival is the home to all rock/indie alternative live music, with huge acts joining the festival this year, including Foals, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Stereophonics, You Me at Six and many more. The trendy festival is located in Newcastle’s Exhibition Park, making it extremely convenient for getting to and from.

Kielder Star Gazing

Kielder Observatory is one of the most remarkable places to visit under some of the darkest skies in the world. Throughout the year, the Weekend Late Night events provide an opportunity to scour the dark skies, with the monthly Late Night Dark Skies event timed to coincide with the arrival of the new moon when the sky is at its darkest.

European Challenge / Champions Cup

St James Park will be home to two of the biggest Rugby matches of 2019, the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final and the Heineken Champions Cup Final – all on the same weekend. Perfect for any fan of the sport, or anyone looking to take in a great atmosphere in the 52,405 seated stadium.

ICC Cricket World Cup

Durham will be hosting 3 massive fixtures during the ICC Cricket World Cup in The Riverside for the first time in 20 years. These matches include England vs New Zealand, Sri Lanka vs South Africa and Sri Lanka vs Windies.

The Great North Run

Come along to South Shields' cliff top promenade to encourage thousands of intrepid runners across the finish line of one of the world’s biggest half marathons, the Great North Run. With a huge charitable backing behind the race, the 13.1 mile marathon has been completed by many celebrities and around 43,000 people annually, making it easily one of the North East’s most anticipated events.

World Transplant Games 2019

The World Transplant Games 2019 will be hosted in the heart of Newcastle and Gateshead. This highly anticipated event brings athletes, visitors and local communities together, making the World Transplant Games something you don’t want to miss out on.