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Classes and Courses

Arts Centre Washington is an exciting, multi-disciplinary arts space with plenty of room for you to explore, learn and take part. We have a thriving Learning and Participation programme which we are very proud of.  Some sessions are delivered by ourselves, others with our studio partners or external practitioners.

  • For Children and Young People

    Creative Me
    Tuesdays, 5 – 6.30pm, free
    Free Arts and Wellbeing sessions for young people aged 13 – 18.

    Bright Lights Young Artists Collective
    Tuesdays, 7 – 8.30pm, Free
    A new group for young people ages 13+ who want to develop their artistic skills and knowledge.

    Washington Youth Theatre
    Saturdays 10am – 12pm 8 – 12 years
    12.30 – 2.30pm 13 – 18 years
    Join the Washington Youth Theatre Company and learn about stagecraft and script writing, take part in productions and films as well as making great new friends along the way. £6.00 per session

    Saturday Art Club 
    Saturdays, 12.30pm – 2.30pm
    Join the Saturday Art Club and find out just how much fun art can really be, for children 8+
    £6.00 per session

    Right Track
    Saturdays 10am – 12pm, Free
    A project to develop young, creative and inspiring musicians between the ages of 12-21.
    You don’t have to play an instrument or have any performance experience..  All we require are creative and enthusiastic young musicians looking to develop their music skills.
    Delivered with Loud and Clear in partnership with Sunderland Music Hub
    To register your interest and for more info email [email protected] 

    The Drum Room
    Saturdays, various times.  One to one and group drum kit tuition
    Contact Dan on 07890054216 / [email protected] to book your place!

    The Voice Studio
    Professional singing tuition from Maggie Ballantyne, internationally renowned singer, vocal and performance coach. One to one teaching, call 0191 417 4999 to book

    Trish and Trina’s Performance Academy
    Year round programme of dance classes for children and adults of all ages
    Contact 07761633157
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Facebook: Trish ‘n’ Trina School of Dance | Facebook

    Family Ukulele Lessons
    The perfect introductory instrument for children come along to a family workshop and learn the instrument together.  For more info contact [email protected]

    Little Movers
    Have fun with your little one dancing, singing and playing games.
    Tuesdays during term time
    Baby Movers 0 – crawling Tuesdays 1pm – 1.45pm
    Little Movers walking – 4 years Tuesdays 1.45pm – 2.30pm
    To book e-mail [email protected]  or search Little Movers Washington on Facebook

    Artventurers
    Thursdays, 11.30am, suitable for ages 6 months to 4years
    Come along and join in the fun at Artventurers Sunderland & Washington!
    Colourful, creative (often messy!) art, craft and creative play sessions for babies, toddlers and children
    Sessions are bookable per term ( 5 weeks for £35) or single sessions at £8 each.
    Bookings via: www.artventurers.co.uk/sunderlandwashington
    Sessions must be prebooked.
    For more information contact Cherry [email protected] 07737249745

  • For Adults

    Watercolour Classes
    Wednesdays 9.30am – 12.30pm, £9 per session
    1.30 – 3.30pm, £7 per session
    Unleash your creative potential at the Arts Centre Washington’s Watercolour class.

    One Voice Community Choir
    Tuesday 5.30pm – 7pm
    £4.50 per session
    Join our community choir! No audition necessary.

    Iyengar Yoga
    Tuesdays 5.45pm – 7.15pm
    £7 per session
    Contact [email protected]

    Strictly Salsa, Latin And Ballroom
    Tuesdays 6pm – 7pm
    £5 per session
    Contact Lindsay on 07952 155919 / [email protected]

    Washington Theatre Group
    Amateur Dramatics Group
    Tuesdays 7pm – 9pm
    £5 monthly subscription
    www.washingtontheatregroup.co.uk for more information.

    Ukulele Lessons
    One to one and group Ukulele lessons are available throughout the week via Uke School
    Contact [email protected] for more info

    B#’s Community Choir
    Wednesdays, 10am – 11.30am
    £4.50 per session
    Join our community choir! No audition necessary.

    Hatha Yoga
    Wednesdays 10am – 11.30am
    £5 per session
    Contact Maureen at [email protected]

    Pilates
    Thursdays 10am – 11am
    £65 for 8 weeks
    Contact Carol on 07761421815 for more details.

    The “Nifties”
    Events, activities and films every other
    Wednesday 1.30pm – 3pm
    £3.50 includes refreshments.

    Adult Tap
    Thursday 6.00pm – 7.30pm
    Bring two left feet and a sense of humour
    £5 per session
    Contact 07761633157 / e-mail: [email protected]

    The Guitar Studio – RF Guitars
    Group Guitar Lessons, 1 to 1 lessons, Guitar Repairs, set ups and custom builds
    To book find out more call Ron on 07785 914 241 or email [email protected]

    Scale Model Making Club
    Thursdays 7pm – 9pm
    £3 per session
    Search ’Washington Model Club’ on Facebook to find out more

    Oil Painting
    Fridays, 9.30am – 11.30am
    Ideal for total beginners as well as those more experienced with oil painting.
    £7.00 per session

    Tai Chi
    An independently ran Tai Chi class
    Fridays 9.00am – 10.00am – Beginners
    £5.50 per session
    10.00am – 11.30am – intermediate
    £6 per session
    Contact Dominic on [email protected]

    Creative Age
    Fridays 1pm – 3pm
    Art and craft sessions that are designed for people living with the early stages of dementia, long term health conditions or social isolation.
    To find out more contact Rachel [email protected]

    Gong Bathing
    Various Dates, check website for details
    Open gateways within your body, mind and soul through the sound created by gongs. Bring your yoga mat, blanket and pillows.
    To book call 07469 180 185 / email [email protected] / Sacred Gongs on Facebook

    Drink and Draw
    Various dates, from 7.30pm, £12 included a free drink!
    Fun and informal Life Drawing sessions!

    Twisting Ducks Theatre Company
    Fridays, 10am – 3.30pm
    Theatre Company for people with learning disabilities and autism from Washington and Sunderland
    Contact Dotty on [email protected] or 07925 167775 for more info

  • Our Featured Courses

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    Regular Classes and Courses for Children

    28-Jun-2022 - 23-Jul-2022
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    Regular Classes and Courses for Adults

    28-Jun-2022 - 23-Jul-2022
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    Flesh Reconstructed

    28-Jun-2022 - 01-Jul-2022
    Arts Centre Washington

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    The State of my Heart - KT Heart Art

    28-Jun-2022 - 16-Jul-2022
    Arts Centre Washington

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    FREE Daily Glass Making Demonstrations

    28-Jun-2022 - 30-Jun-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Glass Exchange

    28-Jun-2022 - 11-Sep-2022
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    Bright Lights Remixed

    28-Jun-2022 - 29-Oct-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Sunderland Heritage Fortnight: Pyrex100: A Right Royal Celebration

    28-Jun-2022 - 02-Jul-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Pyrex100: Schools Pattern Design Competition

    28-Jun-2022 - 08-Jul-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Anthony Amoako-Attah: Transition

    28-Jun-2022 - 29-Aug-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Sunderland Heritage Fortnight: Inspired by Grayson: A Tapestry for 2022

    28-Jun-2022 - 02-Jul-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    The Queen Through Time Trail

    28-Jun-2022 - 01-Jul-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Pyrex100: Jobling's 1930s Art Glass

    28-Jun-2022 - 27-Aug-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    University of Sunderland Art and Design Degree Show

    28-Jun-2022 - 31-Aug-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Anthony Amoako-Attah: Transition IV Online Exhibition

    28-Jun-2022 - 29-Aug-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Free Dance Tasters for ages 60+

    28-Jun-2022 - 26-Jul-2022
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    Creative Me - Free Arts and Wellbeing sessions for young people aged 13 – 18.

    28-Jun-2022 - 19-Jul-2022
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    Community Choir – One Voice

    28-Jun-2022 - 19-Jul-2022
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    Bright Lights Young Artists Collective

    28-Jun-2022 - 19-Jul-2022
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    Watercolour Classes - Morning

    29-Jun-2022 - 20-Jul-2022
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    Community Choir – The B#s

    29-Jun-2022 - 20-Jul-2022
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    Watercolour Classes - afternoon

    29-Jun-2022 - 20-Jul-2022
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    Guided Mindfulness Meditation with The Little Company of Calm

    30-Jun-2022
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    Sequence Dancing / Tea Dance

    30-Jun-2022 - 21-Jul-2022
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    Drink and Draw – Life Drawing Social

    30-Jun-2022 - 21-Jul-2022
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    Oil Painting Classes

    01-Jul-2022 - 22-Jul-2022
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    Creative Age

    01-Jul-2022 - 29-Jul-2022
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    Washington Youth Theatre (Ages 8 - 12)

    02-Jul-2022 - 23-Jul-2022
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    Right Track

    02-Jul-2022 - 23-Jul-2022
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    Saturday Art Club

    02-Jul-2022 - 23-Jul-2022
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    Washington Youth Theatre (ages 13+)

    02-Jul-2022 - 23-Jul-2022
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    Stained Glass Leaded Technique, Beginners Level

    03-Jul-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Introducing... Fused Glass

    03-Jul-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Tuesday Museum Club: Beside the Seaside

    05-Jul-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Threads

    05-Jul-2022 - 04-Oct-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Botanical Drawing in the Winter Gardens

    06-Jul-2022 - 07-Sep-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Pyrex100: Love Pyrex Day

    09-Jul-2022 - 24-Sep-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Make Your Own... Flameworked Beads

    09-Jul-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Glass Tableware Club

    09-Jul-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Flameworked Marbles

    10-Jul-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Stained Glass Leaded and Fused Panels

    10-Jul-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Paul Foster – Chasing Shadows

    12-Jul-2022 - 20-Aug-2022
    Arts Centre Washington

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    Summer Craft and Makers Fair

    16-Jul-2022
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    1 Day Introduction to Ceramics - Throwing Technique

    16-Jul-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Sculptural Flameworking - Plant Forms

    23-Jul-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Pyrex100: Pyrex Patterns Trail

    23-Jul-2022 - 21-Oct-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Screen Printing on Glass

    24-Jul-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Rainbow Rockets Glass Fusing

    26-Jul-2022 - 02-Aug-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Ceramic Sandcastles and Sea Sculptures

    27-Jul-2022 - 31-Aug-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Festival of Archaeology: A Journey Through Time

    27-Jul-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    FieldJournal – Kim McDermottroe

    28-Jul-2022 - 27-Aug-2022
    Arts Centre Washington

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    Coastal Animal Glass Painting

    29-Jul-2022 - 26-Aug-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Pyrex100: Patterned Plates

    29-Jul-2022 - 05-Aug-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Glass Tableware Taster Session

    31-Jul-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Marvellous Mobiles Glass Painting

    01-Aug-2022 - 29-Aug-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Planet Pledge Family Fusing

    04-Aug-2022 - 25-Aug-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Cyan Seas Family Photography Day

    09-Aug-2022 - 23-Aug-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Sandcasting: Hedgehog, Car, Fish or Owl

    10-Aug-2022 - 26-Aug-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Discovery Zoo

    10-Aug-2022 - 24-Aug-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Pyrex100: Family Pyrex Fridays: Drawing Drop In

    12-Aug-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Fantasy Fish Glass Fusing

    16-Aug-2022 - 30-Aug-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    The Tortoise and the Hare - A Suitcase Story

    16-Aug-2022
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    Inspector Drake and the Black Widow

    18-Aug-2022 - 20-Aug-2022
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    Pyrex100: Family Pyrex Fridays: Pattern and Print Making

    19-Aug-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Craft Fair

    20-Aug-2022
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    Big Science Bubble Fest

    22-Aug-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Pyrex100: Family Pyrex Fridays: Animal Sculptures

    26-Aug-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Hot Glass Studio Sale

    27-Aug-2022 - 28-Aug-2022
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    Pyrex100: Family Pyres Fridays: The Big Picture

    02-Sep-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Brandy Clark

    06-Sep-2022
    The Fire Station

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    The Shodyssey

    08-Sep-2022
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    The Story of Soul

    15-Sep-2022
    The Fire Station

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    These Hills Are Ours

    15-Sep-2022
    Arts Centre Washington

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    Radio GAGA

    16-Sep-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Dr John Cooper Clarke

    17-Sep-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Chris Difford

    18-Sep-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Shakers: Under New Management

    20-Sep-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Room on the Broom

    21-Sep-2022 - 22-Sep-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Mini Science Club

    23-Sep-2022 - 21-Oct-2022
    Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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    Sweet Caroline - The Ultimate tribute to Neil Diamond

    23-Sep-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Blackmore’s Blood

    24-Sep-2022
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    Ricky Ross

    27-Sep-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Live Wire the AC/DC Show

    30-Sep-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Al Murray, The Pub Landlord - Gig for Victory

    01-Oct-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Public Service Broadcasting

    03-Oct-2022
    The Fire Station

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    The Tiger Who Came to Tea

    04-Oct-2022 - 05-Oct-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Royal Northern Sinfonia

    06-Oct-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Turin Brakes

    07-Oct-2022
    The Fire Station

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    ‘Transatlantic Blondie' the hits of Blondie with the Transatlantic Ensemble

    08-Oct-2022
    The Fire Station

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    A Doll's House

    13-Oct-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Woman to Woman - Judie Tzuke, Beverley Craven, Julia Fordham & Rumer

    21-Oct-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening

    23-Oct-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    26-Oct-2022
    The Fire Station

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    The Rocket Man - A Tribute to Sir Elton John

    28-Oct-2022
    The Fire Station

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    The Pitmen Poets

    29-Oct-2022
    The Fire Station

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    John Smith & Katherine Priddy

    02-Nov-2022
    The Fire Station

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    80s Live

    04-Nov-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Barbara Dickson with Nick Holland

    06-Nov-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Milton Jones: Milton Impossible

    09-Nov-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Northern Live

    12-Nov-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Beth Nielsen Chapman

    13-Nov-2022
    The Fire Station

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    The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

    16-Nov-2022 - 17-Nov-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Elkie Brooks

    18-Nov-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Frazey Ford

    22-Nov-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Fleetwood Mac's Rumours with The Transatlantic Ensemble

    24-Nov-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Christmas Craft Fair

    26-Nov-2022 - 27-Nov-2022
    National Glass Centre

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    Royal Northern Sinfonia: Christmas by Candlelight

    01-Dec-2022
    The Fire Station

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    100% Soul! The Festive Special

    03-Dec-2022
    The Fire Station

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    The Three Bears at Christmas

    06-Dec-2022 - 11-Dec-2022
    Arts Centre Washington

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    GUN plus Special Guests

    06-Dec-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Big Girls Don't Cry

    11-Dec-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Cara Dillon - Upon A Winter's Night

    14-Dec-2022
    The Fire Station

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    The Magic of Motown

    18-Dec-2022
    The Fire Station

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    Hal Cruttenden: It's Best You Heard it From Me

    21-Jan-2023
    The Fire Station

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    The Sharon Shannon Trio

    12-Feb-2023
    The Fire Station

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    Royal Northern Sinfonia: Ibragimova Plays Mozart

    16-Feb-2023
    The Fire Station

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    Justin Moorhouse: Stretch and Think

    18-Feb-2023
    The Fire Station

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    Royal Northern Sinfonia: Wlosczcowska Plays Beethoven

    11-May-2023
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