Christmas at The Linskill Centre 2015

Christmas Crafts & Carols Christmas Crafts  Carols Linskill

The perfect way to start the festive season!
Whether you are shopping for a special gift, stocking filler, or just want to enjoy an evening of festive food and drink with entertainment from local Choirs, our Christmas Crafts and Carols event will make your Christmas sparkle!

With specialist gifts and crafts stalls selling centre pieces for your table and Christmas wreathes for your door as well as cards, jewellery, fashion, vintage sweets, real ale and lots more, this evening event is a perfect way to start the festive season!

Friday 4th December 2015, 6pm-9pm, Large Hall & Bar


Santa’s Grotto Santas Grotto 2015 Linskill

A visit of festive magic awaits as Santa and his Elves visit the Linskill Centre this December!

Filled with joy and excitement, this year’s Santa’s Grotto is a very merry must!

Entry is £2.00 and includes a gift from Santa!

Saturday 12th December, 10am-2pm


Children’s Christmas Party Christmas Party Linskill 2015

Following the success of our Halloween party after many years of selling out, we have now added a Children’s Christmas Party to our annual events.

Christmas themed party games, prizes and a special visitor to deliver you a Christmas day treat.

Tickets are £5.00 and include food, juice and a present for Christmas Day.

Saturday 12th December, 12pm-2pm.


Christmas at Linskill Bar

We will be opening Linskill Bar for anyone who wishes to join us for a few drinks. All welcome.

Friday 18th December, 4:30pm – 8:30pm (Last Orders 8pm).


Sleeping Beauty Sleeping Beauty Poster Linskill

Following the huge success of last year’s charming pantomime Snow White; this year Linskill Theatre Group brings another spectacular show telling the tale of the beautiful princess who is cursed at her christening by the wicked Fairy Carabosse, meaning she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel on her 18th birthday and die… 

Tickets are £5.00 and available from Linskill Reception or via Ticket Source

Thursday 17th December 7pm
Saturday 19th December 2pm & 6pm
Sunday 20th December 2pm

For more information on any of our events, please ask at Reception, call our Events Team on 0191 270 4241 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sleeping Beauty this Christmas

Following the huge success of last year’s charming pantomime Snow White; this year Linskill Theatre Group brings another spectacular show telling the tale of the beautiful princess who is cursed at her christening by the wicked Fairy Carabosse, meaning she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel on her 18th birthday and die.

However Carbosse is premature and our good fairies offer some hope, changing the spell, so our princess will fall into an enchanted sleep for 100 years only to be awoken by true love’s kiss.

Join us for a dream of a pantomime with something for the whole family and see if true love’s kiss really does prevail this Christmas.

Showing at Linskill Centre, North Shields, NE30 2AY on 17th, 19th and 20th December.

Tickets £5 available at 0191 257 8000 or

Sleeping Beauty Poster Linskill

Live music in Linskill Bar

Daria Kulesh, singer-songwriter from Kings Langley, takes her music on the road – from Hemel to Hebrides and back!

Friday 31 July at the Linskill Centre Bar 

With her striking voice and strong Russian heritage, Daria Kulesh is making a name for herself as a unique and exciting singer/songwriter. Her “phenomenal” (Fatea Magazine) debut solo album Eternal Child was released on 31 January 2015 to much critical acclaim, including Album of the Month (January) on FolkWords.

From 17 July, Daria is off on her first UK tour, a DIY musical adventure in the best sense of the word.
When Folkstock Records recommended Daria to singer-songwriter Paul Thompson, who was looking to fill paid support slots on his Floating to the Fringe UK tour by milkfloat, Daria successfully applied to play on the beautiful Isle of Skye which she had visited once before as a student interpreter on tour with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and has missed ever since.

It was only logical that, having decided to drive all the way, Daria booked some headline dates en route. The support she has had from friends and fans offering venue recommendations, accommodation, help with publicity and a lot more has been overwhelming and Daria can’t wait for the adventure to begin.

Tour dates:
July 17 – Kenilworth
July 18 - Nottingham
July 22, 25, 26, 27 - Isle of Skye (Daria supports Paul Thompson)
July 24 - Isle of Rum (Daria supports Paul Thompson)
July 29 - Inverness
July 31 – Linskill Bar at Linskill Centre, North Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE30 2AY
August 5 - Oxford (double headliner with Kelly Oliver)

For more information or photos please contact Daria Kulesh at:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 07928 116 321

Hemel to Hebrides poster Linskill

Could this be Britain’s biggest charity book fair?

The Linskill Book Fair 2015

North Tyneside will be hosting one of the UK’s biggest charity book sales next month when the annual Linskill Book Fair gets underway on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May.

As many as 40,000 second-hand books will be on sale at the Linskill Centre, North Shields with everything priced at just £1 or 50p. As well as 1000s of novels and biographies for sale at bargain prices, there will be books on every imaginable subject from Art to Zoology and Kids’ books to Keep Fit. Linskill Book Fair 2015 Press Photo

Held each May, the Linskill Centre’s Book Fair is a much anticipated event in the book lovers’ calendar and with so many books on offer the event is thought to be one of the largest of its kind in the UK. The book sale is always a popular event with the north east’s book collectors and with people who still like to read real books. It’s the perfect place to hunt for a rare book, or just pick up a paperback to take on holiday.

As well as browsing through the stacks of books, visitors will also be able to find maps, music and ephemera on sale. They can also try their hand at bookbinding, calligraphy and creative writing with fun and informative workshops and talks taking place throughout the three-day event.

All the books have been generously donated by local people and are being sorted ready for the Book Fair by Linskill Centre book volunteers Kathleen Benson, David Gray and William Edwards, who are working through a mountain of donated books to get ready for the big day.

Kathleen Benson, who has been helping at the Centre for four years, said: “We’re always amazed by the quality of the books that come in for the Book Fair and we’re very grateful to everyone who has donated books for the sale. There’s definitely going to be something for everyone among the books on sale and whether you’re a casual reader or a regular bookworm this is going to be an unmissable event.”

The Linskill Book Fair 2015 takes place from 29-31 May from 9am-5pm at the Linskill Centre, North Shields NE30 2AY.

All proceeds from the Book Fair go towards providing the community activities of the Linskill Centre.

For more information or to make a donation of books, please call 0191 257 8000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are accepting deliveries of books every Tuesday and Wednesday between 11am-4pm

Linskill Theatre Group - RENT

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June 18th, 19th and 20th - Tickets £5.00

Set in New York’s Bohemian Alphabet City RENT is a revolutionary rock musical and imaginative retelling of the classic Puccini opera, La Boheme. Unforgettable and timeless, tells of a year in the life of a group of struggling artists who learn to fall in love despite poverty, illness and the usual hopes and fears of modern day life bringing a universal message of hope for everyone.

RENT opened on Broadway in April 1996 following an earlier run two years previously off Broadway. The musical went on to win every major best musical award, including the Tony Award, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for drama. RENT is the seventh longest running show in Broadway history and grossed over $280 million during its Broadway run. Over the course of its groundbreaking 12-year New York run, RENT transformed the definition of musical theater – and changed Broadway giving songs that rock and a story that really resonates across the world.

RENT has changed Broadway forever and transformed how a generation feels about musical theatre. Now we bring this fantastic show to North Shields and whether it’s your 1st time or your 100th time, you won’t want to miss this mind blowing production of RENT.

Tickets are £5 and available from Linskill Centre | Linskill Terrace | North Shields |Tyne and Wear | NE30 2AY or via phone 0191 257 8000

Renovation Funding

We are pleased to announce that we have secured funding to renovate the Large Hall Foyer and Toilets. The work will begin in mid April 2015 and will be finished by the end of April 2015.

We would like to thank Awards For All, The Barbour Foundation, The Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust and the Rothley Trust for their generous donations.

During the renovation the Foyer and Toilets will be closed to the public, we do apologise for any inconvenience but I am sure you will agree the end result will be worth it.

The Foyer adjoins the recently refurbished Linskill Bar and Large Hall which are very popular with large scale events and party bookings. 

If you would like to hold an event in the Large Hall please call 0191 257 8000. 

New Cafe Hours

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Starting March 2015 Linskill Café will be extending its opening hours on a trial basis.

The new opening hours will be:

Monday 8:00 – 5:00
Tuesday 8:00 – 5:00
Wednesday 8:00 – 5:00
Thursday 8:00 – 5:00
Friday 8:00 – 5:00
Saturday 9:00 – 3:00

To see the Cafe menu please click here.

Become a Director at the Linskill Trust

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We are currently looking for new members to join the Board of Directors at the Linskill Trust. Please see the information below and see if it is something that you would be interested in.

Ten Facts about the Linskill Centre. Did you know?

Is managed by an independent Charity - Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust

Is the largest community asset transfer in the Country and the only transfer in North Tyneside. It receives no direct financial support from the Council

Employs 46 people – all from the local area

Has 24 regular volunteers supporting the centre with 5400 volunteering hours per annum

Had over 120,000 visits in 2014

Is open 82 hours per week over seven days

Has 27 permanent organisations based in the centre, which combined employ 153 people and provides 53 volunteer opportunities

There are also 53 regular community classes per week

The centre has nine rooms available to hire, including our large hall with a capacity of 350 people

The centre costs £800,000 per annum to run.

We need your support!

As you can see from the facts above – the Linskill Trust is a large operation and it has grown considerably since we took over the Centre from the Council in 2006. The Trust is governed by a Board of Directors who volunteer their time to support the management team at the centre.

The Board currently consists of seven Directors with a range of different skills and experience that complement the range of activities that take place at the centre. We are looking to recruit new Directors who will volunteer their time and help the Trust continue to grow and support the team. If you think you have relevant skills and experience and could commit to approx 5 hours per month to volunteer as part of the Board – we would like to hear from you! We are particularly looking for new Directors with experience in any of the following areas:

Data Protection
Bid Writing
Fundraising and Sponsorship
Charity Law
Community / Voluntary Sector

For more information visit or for an informal chat please contact Simeon Ripley, the Trust’s Chief Executive on 0191 257 8000 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Fundraising Target

We have a new fundraising target at the Linskill Centre, its a big one at £96,000 but the car park needs resurfacing to put an end to the dreaded potholes!

For more info please see the display and donation box in Linskill Reception.

Thank You for your continued support

Linskill Carpark

Linskill Centre AGM

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Notice of the Annual General Meeting of:
The Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust

This is notice that the AGM for the members of the above named company will be held at the following address:

Linskill Centre, Linskill Terrace, North Shields, NE30 2AY
In room BL1.

Friday 5th December 2014 at 6.00pm

The date of this notice is 3rd November 2014

This meeting is open to all of our partners, funders, staff and volunteers and to the wider community who are welcome to come along and find out more about the Trust and its achievements in 2013-14.

The formal AGM will be followed by a Christmas Crafts and Carols Night in the Large Hall this takes place from 6.30pm onwards. This is a free event and we have over 20 stall holders with a variety of Christmas gifts for sale and entertainment from choirs and bands singing Christmas carols.

C. Clark