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PremierLeague-News.Com - It's Monday Funday as Covid restrictions lift and - to celebrate May 17 - here are 17 ideas of what you will be able to enjoy once more in Newcastle and around the North East
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! It's the moment we've all been waiting for. For the first time in months the hospitality and leisure industries - and their many customers - can breath a sign of relief as lockdown restrictions finally ease. However the final stages of the Government's road map will play out, we at least can be sure that, come Monday, we can once again step inside a pub, dine in a restaurant and remind ourselves of what we love about our local attractions. While much of the wining and dining scene is all set to to welcome back customers from day one, with strict Covid safety measures in place, other venues are planning reopenings throughout the week. Baltic art gallery in Gateshead, for instance, will be reopening its doors on Wednesday while Tyne and Wear museums and galleries are spreading out their first days. Burn It Up and Gutterball in North Tyneside are all set for the big day on May 17 Similarly, the National Trust is due to start reopening some of its properties - main houses and halls - from May 17, with Wallington and Cragside among those advertising opening hours on that day, followed, for instance, by Seaton Delaval Hall on May 19 and Washington Old Hall on May 21. It all amounts to plenty to celebrate this week for anybody who can't wait to shake off the lockdown dust and get out and about again enjoying life they way they want to. So in celebration of May 17, the day that gets the leisure ball rolling, here are 17 ideas of what we will be able to do once more, and where we can go, from Monday. Go to the cinema The Everyman cinema complex in Grey Street (Image: newcastle chronicle) Remember snuggling up in a cinema with a drink and snacks for a two-hour escape into the world of imaginaton? It seems so long ago that we watched a film anywhere other that our TV that we've almost forgotten what big screen action is like. Well, from Monday cinemas are back, including Newcastle's boutique cinema Everyman - which will be showing the likes of Oscar-winner Nomadland and Godzilla vs Kong - although among the big chains the city's Cineworld won't be reopening until Wednesday. See the list of cinemas' reopening plans here including those of Newcastle's independent Tyneside Cinema and the reason why it, sadly, it won't be able to reopen until later summer. Have a ball Burn It Up and Gutterball are launching a programme of events on Monday The 1,000-capacity outdoor venue Burn It Up, which opened for al fresco drinking and dining in Royal Quays, North Tyneside, in April, is expanding its programme of events and its nearby sister site Gutterball - a boutique bowling venue which also offers ping pong and mini golf - is reopening for indoor fun on Monday. Owner Tim Wilks called May 17 is "a huge day for everyone in the industry" and said now is the time to "inject some much-needed indoor socialising back into the calendar". Also from that date, Burn It Up visitors can look forward to lots of free events such as comedy - including an appearance from Britain’s Got Talent winner Lost Voice Guy - alongside DJ sets, game shows, children's entertainment (with morning opening at weekends offered to families), film screenings, summer sports, Lego masterclasses, karaoke and drag queen nights. Guests must pre-book tables, with groups of up to 30 allowed outdoors and six indoors for Gutterball. See here. Book a yoga class The upper fitness studio at The City Baths in Newcastle (Image: Cool Blue PR) Fancy getting back into the Lotus Pose? Or more keen to practise pilates or suss out spinning? The City Baths in Newcastle - which reopened in early 2020 after a huge revamp only to be hit by the first lockdown - is among the venues relaunching indoor group exercise classes from May 17. And while its "join now and enjoy the rest of May free" offer ends this May 15, it is set to have no problem encouraging people back, thanks to its range of options - which also include the inviting-sounding Body Pump - and state-of-the-art exercise rooms. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Those who sign up are assured their own assigned space in class and their own equipment. For more information about what's on offer and how social distancing will work see here. Enjoy a country pub lunch The Black Horse at Beamish (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) One of life's simple pleasures pre-Covid was being able to pop into a pub for lunch when you'd been on a country walk. Of course, all our local boozers are now set to welome us back inside but there's something extra enjoyable about that cosy contrast of a countryside pub to all that fresh air and exercise. We've plenty of them across the region and among them is The Causey Arch Inn near Beamish which is handy for anyone out exploring the world's oldest surviving single arch railway bridge and wildlife site. It advises people to book as inside tables are limited due to social distancing. The nearby Black Horse, meanwhile, is celebrating the return of indoor dining with a new restaurant menu. And The Ravensworth Lodge at Lamesley, Gateshead, is also encouraging people to make up for a "year of lost moments". See here. Board a ship HMS Trincomalee moored at Hartlepool Historic Quay Those who yearn to set sail for sunnier climes could capture the mood - if not the weather - by setting foot on board the oldest fighting ship aloat where they will be given a taste of life on the high seas, at least how it was back in the day. The HMS Trincomalee, the last of Nelson’s frigates, is a star attraction at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool and it will be open to visitors again from May 17. Find out more about the attraction here. Combine darts and pizza Interactive darts at WonderBar pictured before the pandemic (Image: newcastle chronicle) WonderBar in The Gate, which had opened just a few months before the pandemic hit, says it is now a "shining example of how to do socially distancing entertaining" and it's all set to welcome reuniting families, friends and students - walk-ins too - when it reopens on Monday offering a winning combo of interactive darts and food under one roof. The darts, live sports and student nights all will be back on the menu and live music is due to follow suit. The venue also boasts a super-safe environment for older people wanting morning coffees and breakfast, with its Covid safety measures also including a "state-of-the-art" air conditioning system bringing in fresh air. Eat somewhere new So what's it like inside? Khai Khai in Newcastle will be catering for dine-in customers for the first time There have been a flurry of new places opening during lockdown and which, to date, have been able only to offer take-outs during lockdown. Finally, from Monday, customers can be the first to see their hidden interiors. Among those opening their doors to dine-in customers for the first time will be Indian restaurant Khai Khai on Newcastle Quayside; Greek eatery Paros in Chillingham Road and Zucchini in Gateshead Metrocentre. At the Three Mile site, where the new Great North Hotel is based, the new Pizza Dough Co. restaurant will be adding New York-style sourdough pizzas to the mix - see here - while satisfying those with a sweet tooth will be bakery treats at the Jesmond branch of Kenny & Rhind which launched during lockdown and will this week finally welcome customers indoors. Read more about it here. There are other restaurants which had only a brief moment in the sun between lockdowns so it's worth exploring the food scene - and even a range of established favourites can have surprises in store, such as Jesmond Dene House which has a new-look Fern restaurant where diners can sample a menu created by Danny Parker, and Gosforth Civic Theatre which boasts a new bar and restaurant. Plot your escape Lumley Castle is reopening its Escape Room (Image: PR) It might not be everybody's cup of tea, especially if they feel lockdown has been a prison, but the Escape Room adventure is making a welcome comeback next week. Lily of Lumley, the atmospheric escape room at Lumley Castle in County Durham will reopen on May 20. Read about it here. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now The Gate in Newcastle also has an escape room, with alien and cowboy theme options, among the many attractions - ranging from restaurants and bars to a video gaming lounge and new selfie attraction - which it announced would be reopening on Monday: see here.
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. The Botanist at the Momunent is one of many which has added to its menu to attract bookings and, while it assures reglars that it has not touched the popular hanging kebabs, it says it has given its food offering a 'spring clean' and branched out with summer dishes, such as fresh pea houmous, heritage tomato salad and a new Botanist Board with goodies including Cumberland Scotch egg and baked Camembert. It has also added some botanical twists to its cocktail menu and although it is keeping the new drinks under wraps for its relaunch day, it says they "showcase the versatility of botany across the globe". The bar will also welcome walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis. See inside Alnwick Castle
Alnwick is once again "open all areas" it says
The Northumberland attraction is looking forward to being "open all areas" from Monday, saying the easing of restrictions is "like a siege has been lifted". Although it was recently able to reopen its grounds, it now can invite people back into its lavish State Rooms to view paintings and period furniture which have been off-limits for most of 2020. And an exhibition, Lions of the North, which was due to have opened last year can be seen at last with its collection of unique artefacts never seen before. All indoor and outdoor activities will be available too, as will its café and the gift shop. See here. Go Roman
The rebuilt Gate House at South Shields' Roman Fort, Arbeia
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Having also had their outdoor sites open to visitors, the North East's Roman fort's interior areas, galleries and museums will be opening fully for people to explore on Monday so that families will be able to once again enjoy a full day out there. Find out more about what's on offer at Segedunum in Wallsend here and for Arbeia at South Shields - which will be showing an exhibition about excavated animal bones - see here. Visit the casino
Grosvenor Casinos is opening all 52 of its venues, including Newcastle's, on May 17
Staff at Grosvenor Casinos in Newcastle are betting that customers will have a good time as they invite them along to play a game or two for the first time in more than four months. They are promising a warm welcome and whatever your favourite - blackjack, poker or roulette - the tables are waiting and, following Monday's reopening, guests also can look forward to the screening of live sport, including of course those all-important Euros. Covid-safety is high on the agenda, with restrictions on the number of players at any one time, and, for those that want it, there are screens available to use on gaming tables and electronic machines Food and drink can be ordered by app or the valet services to a customer's table or machine and, while contactless payment is encouraged, cash will be accepted too. General manager Wayne Sheekey said all the hard work is now in place to "deliver a fun yet safe experience". Find out more here. See some art
A Dark Pool, 1918, by Laura Knight who is one of four female artists celebrated in an exhibition at Laing Art Gallery: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums © Reproduced with permission of The Estate of Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2020. All Rights Reserved / Bridgeman Images
Galleries and museums around Tyne and Wear are reopening their doors from Monday and to fill the lockdown culture gap they have been planning a huge range of welcome-back treats. Openings are staggered - see here - but among those taking advantage of the first possible opportunity to receive visitors is Laing Art Gallery in the city centre which has a major exhibition on show, Challenging Convention, celebrating the work of four female artists and bringing together more than 60 artworks on loan from over 30 collections across the UK. Read all about it here. Another treat to look out for is the display of Anthony Gormley's angel model at Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead from May 18. Enjoy a hotel stay
New Emerald Restaurant at Matfen Hall in Northumberland
Missing your trip abroad? Staycations are increasingly tempting with our emergence from lockdown bringing a wider than ever pick of hotels that are either new or have undergone impressive revamps during their lenghty closures. Among the newbies is INNSiDE which, being a Spanish company, brings a touch of that contintental flair to Newcastle Quayside. It's opening on Monday and a newly-announced attraction - in addition to a prime dining area with great views of the Tyne - is a Gino D’Acampo restaurant and bar. Among the hotels which have undergone refurbishment is Matfen Hall which has had a multi-million-pound revamp of its entire hotel, leisure and golf facilities including, it says, restoration of the 19th Century grade II-listed building’s Great Hall to its former glory. Visit the dentist!
Beamish Museum is reopening many of its interior attractions
Not your regular dentist of course - after all this coming week is about fun and we all deserve some of that after months of lockdown. This is the weirdly-popular Edwardian dentist practice at Beamish Museum in County Durham which is reopening its doors again alongside other interior attractions in its 1900s Town. After previously being able only to visit its grounds, families from Monday will be able to go inside the houses in the terrace street, where that gruesome dentist's equipment is among the items on show, as well as the Co-op, chemist and bank. Down in the pit village the school is open too. The museum says it is opening as much as it can at the moment, and that includes its buses which are taking on passengers again - but it's not yet everything and trams aren't yet back on the road. To book see here. Tee off at Ghetto Golf
Ghetto Golf in Newcastle
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The 18-hole "seriously twisted" indoor crazy golf in Newcastle will be reopen from Monday and it also is extending its opening times so that people can book from noon every weekday. Opening hours will be noon to 1am on Monday to Friday then from 11am until 1am at weekends. As part of its reopening celebrations, it has been offering discounts for students and "hero" key workers. It says of its upcoming opening: "The response has been amazing but still plenty of time to get booked in." Read all about the attraction here.
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Book a new glamping experience
West Hall Glamping in County Durham is open for bookings
Soon to come will be the chance to try out new glamping experiences which have been taking shape during lockdown and are now available to book ahead of their opening around the the end of May. West Hall Glamping, which is currently awaiting delivery of its hot tubs, is a new site at Witton Gilbert in County Durham, 10 minutes' drive from the city. It's dog-friendly too so presumably you'll have to keep an eye on your pet as, set in 2.5 acres of land, its wooded surroundings teem with wildlife including pheasant, rabbit, hare, squirrel and deer. It's due to open on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend: see here. Another brand new glamping site ready to make its post-lockdown debut is Cheviot Glamping in Northumberland, whose on-site attractions include a brewery and resident alpacas. It is planning an opening date of late May to early June.
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