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PremierLeague-News.Com - It's Monday Funday as Covid restrictions lift on May 17 and here's what's on in Newcastle and around the North East
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! m 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 although among the big chains the city's Cineworld wont be reopening until Monday. See the list of cinemas' reopening plans here including those of Newcastle's independent Tyneside Cinema and why it, sadly, 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 near Royal Quays North Tyneside in April, is expanding its programme of events while 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 said May 17 is "a huge day for everyone in the industry" and that now is the time to "inject some much-needed indoor socialising back into the calendar". Also from that date, Burn It Up visitors also 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 early 2020 after a huge revamp only to be hit by the first lockdown - is among those relaunching its 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. 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 is all set to welcome reuniting families, friends and students - walk-ins too - when it reopens on Monday with a winning combo of interactive darts and pizza 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. It also boasts a super-safe environment for older people out for morning coffees and breakfast, with Covid safety measures also including a "state-of-the-art" air conditioning system bringing in fresh air. Be the first to eat somewhere new There have been a flurry of new places opening during lockdown and, to do, able only to offer take-oo far I've got Khai Khai (Indian), QuaysideParos, (Greek) Chillingham Road Have a pub lunch Raise a glass indoors The Botanist has added new cocktals to its menu to celebrate spring and summer Recent visitors to Newcastle wIll have noted that the city vibe is back and preparations furiously under way as bars and restaurants gear up for Monday's reopening. 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 while it is keeping the new drinks under wraps for its relaunch day, it says these "showcase the versatility of botany across the globe". The bar will also welcome walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis. Go Roman The rebuilt Gate House at South Shields' Roman Fort, Arbeia (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Having had their outdoor sites open to visitors, the North East's Roman fort's interior areas, galleries and museums will be opening fully 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 customers will have a good time as they invite them along to play a game ot two again 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 after Monday's reopening they can also 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 people who can play games 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 tables to a customer's table or machine and, while contactless payment is encouraged, cash will be accepted too.
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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 welcome back visitors is Laing Art Gallery in the city centre which has a major exhibition on show, Challenging Convention, which celebrates the work of four female artists and brings 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 when our emergence from lockdown sees a wider 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, is bringing a touch of that contintental flair to Newcastle Quayside. It's opening on Monday and one of its attractions is a prime dining area with great views of the Tyne. Among those which have undergone refurbishment is Matfen Hall which has had a multi-million-pound revamp of the 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 - this coming week is all about fun and we all deserve some of that after months of lockdown. But the weirdly-popular Edwardian dentist practice at Beamish Museum in County Durham is reopening its doors 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, where that eye-watering 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 its trams aren't yet back on the road. To book see here. Book a new glamping experience
West Hall Glamping in County Durham is open for bookings
And coming up will be the chance to try out new glamping experience which have been taking shape during lockdown and are now available to book now 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 and which is due to open late May-early June. Spanish City Pub lunch New venues only previously open outdoors - Hard Rock Cafe (Wed); waste cafe (Wed); Simon's additions (Farm - live) attractions Ghetto golf Theatre?
Gateshead's Baltic to reopen with four exhibitions, reduced hours and new role for former cafe
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