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“Strum on The Tyne” is a free, fund-raising Ukulele Festival that operates under the umbrella of the Crossing The Tyne Festival.  

  • The “Crossing The Tyne Festival” is a completely voluntary event.
  • All venues, performers and organisers give their performance spaces, equipment, time, talents and energies for free – to entertain, enjoy the community spirit and raise funds for good causes.
  • The Crossing The Tyne Festival has been been recognised by the Great Exhibition of The North 2018 as an Inspirational Event!


Strum on The Tyne 2018

Cash For Kids + metro radio

Many Thanks!

To The Magnesia Bank for welcoming us at very short notice and hosting “Strum on The Tyne” 2018!

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The Magnesia Bank
1 Camden St
North Shields
NE30 1NH

Directions: Google Map


  • There are only “Bar snacks” (crisps, etc.).
  • The pub is just off North Shields High Street, close to cafe’s and shops.
  • 3:05 – 3:30 BREAK for food!

Public Transport

  • 5 minutes walk from North Shields metro and many bus stops
  • 9 minutes walk from North Shields Ferry Terminal.


  • On-street: Camden St and surrounding streets, 50p per hour (no time restrictions) (Camden St is one-way, running down from the High St.)
  • Beacon Centre Multi-Storey: 2 mins walk
    Adjacent to the shopping centre is a multi-storey car park with more than 400 parking bays, 13 disabled bays and 7 parent & toddler bays.
    Parking charges:
    Up to 2 hours £1.20
    2-4 hours £1.50
    4+ hours £2.50
    For Sat Nav purposes the postcode of the Car park is NE29 6QN
    The car park is open from 7am – 7pm
  • North Shields Fish Quay: Free parking
  • North Tyneside – All Parking Info


  • Level access from Camden Street into The Conservatory.
  • Level access from Camden Street to back entrance of main bar. (One step maybe, there were three doors and I was not sure which one was the back entrance!)
  • Several steep steps between The Conservatory and Main Bar
  • Toilets are level access from the Main Bar.
  • NOT fully wheelchair accessible.
    • There is no designated wheelchair-accessible toilet
    • Staff say that customers in wheelchairs do use the toilets.


Stage 1: MAIN BAR

Programme 12:00 – 6:00


  • Uke Festival Opener:
    • 12:00 – 12:30 Stage 1. Rea Browne
      Jazz & Blues Baritone Uke
    • 12:35 – 12:50 Stage 2. Rik Hoskin
    • 12:55 – 13:20 Stage 1. Low Fell Ukes
    • 13:25 – 13:40 Stage 2. OPEN STAGE
    • 13:45 – 14:10 Stage 1. Central Bar Ukulele Players
    • 14:15 – 14:30 Stage 2. Richard Taylor
    • 14:35 – 15:00 Stage 1. Somewhere Beyond C
    • 15:05 – 15:30 BREAK
    • 15:35 – 16:00 Stage 1. Bay Uke
    • 16:05 – 16:20 Stage 2. The Tuesdays
    • 16:25 – 16:50 Stage 1. Dam Jammers
    • 16:55 – 17.20 Stage 2. Patrick Lawrence (Detroit Tourist Board)
  • Top of The Bill:
    • 5:30 – 6:00 Stage 1. Colin Bourdiec
      One of the UK’s Leading George Formby Tribute Acts!

A pretty version of the Running Order for you!

2018 Strum on The Tyne - Running Order

Download PDF file to print 2018 Strum on The Tyne – Running Order


Raffle Donations so far! More are welcome! All proceeds to “Metro Radio Cash for Kids“!

  • Two Tickets to the North Tyneside Ukulele Festival !
    • donated by Bay Uke
  • Makala Waterman Ukulele, Slide Whistle, Stagg XLR Microphone Cable, Aquila Sugar Strings and Aquila Nylgut Strings
    • ALL donated by Darren Gray!
  • Wine, Spirits and BIG Box of Chocolates
    • donated by Co-Op, Spar & Morrison’s – Diane Robson 
  • Boulder Creek Hard-Foam Baritone Ukulele Case
    • donated by Liz Panton

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If you have already contacted Liz Panton to say that you / your band would like to perform at “Strum on The Tyne 2018”, you do not need to get in touch again – you are already on the list!

Contact Liz Panton about “Strum on The Tyne” Ukulele Festival

Archive: Strum on The Tyne – 2017 & 2016

Strum on The Tyne 2017 

  • over 100 people performed on two stages outside the Old Low Light Heritage Centre in North Shields
  • we raised £122 for the “Crossing The Tyne Festival” 2017 Charity, Oxfam.

We were very lucky with the weather – and the year before as well!

We would like to thank the Old Low Light Heritage Centre in North Shields for their hospitality in hosting “Strum on The Tyne” in 2016 and 2017!