Headway Arts Stars Trek Sponsored Lantern Walk

Headway Arts Stars Trek Sponsored Lantern Walk

Join us on our annual sponsored walk on Thursday 17th November at 4pm. The route will be different this year! We will set off from Headway ArtSpace and walk to Blyth beach via Ridley Park, and we’ll be doing this year’s walk as a lantern-lit procession. See some photos below from our previous lantern walks to get an idea of what it will look like.

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Headway ArtSpace Tall Ships Fringe Festival

As part of the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta celebrations we have a weekend of exciting events on offer at Headway ArtSpace, Blyth! Join us from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August for creative arts workshops, live music, a performance by our very own Seven Stars Theatre Co, and more. View or Download our Headway ArtSpace Tall Ships Fringe Festival lineup.

Sagas From The Seven Seas

On Saturday 27th August we’d love to invite you along to take part in the carnival parade which takes place just after the Crew Parade at 3pm. Come along to our free Carnival Club workshops on Tuesdays if you’d like to create something for the parade, from fish hats and jellyfish umbrellas to viking ships and giant puppets, there’s all sorts of creations to made and paraded. Read more about Carnival Club.


Tickets for our daytime events are available from seetickets.com or on the door on the day.

Tickets for Set The Scene Promotions’ evening gigs are available from seetickets.com: Saturday  Sold Out & Sunday. Weekend tickets also available Sold Out. (Evening tickets are selling fast and will not be available on the door.)

Fringe Festival Events

Friday 26th August

11am – 12 noon: Tall As A Ship
Hat making workshop with artist Allie Walton-Robson creating hats to wear in the parade.
Tickets £3, available from seetickets.com or on the door


1pm – 2pm: Yachts & Knots
Yarn bombing workshop with Sheila Biggs.
Tickets £3, available from seetickets.com or on the door


1pm – 3pm: Beside The Seaside with Bill, Reg & Friends
Review with wonderful Blyth singers featuring music on our magnificent Binns Organ, including The Seven Stars Theatre Co’s A Swedish Story told by Friendly Pirates with shadow puppets!
Tickets £3, available from seetickets.com or on the door


4pm – 6pm: Tales From The Four Winds & Tea Party
with storyteller Gary Cordingley, including afternoon stottie & tea
Tickets £3, available from seetickets.com or on the door


6.30pm – 8.30pm: The Cornstalkers
A taste of American Bluegrass on fiddle, banjo and mandolin.
Tickets £3, available from seetickets.com or on the door


Saturday 27th August

11am – 12 noon: Nordic Tales
Magical stories from the lands of our friends across the North Sea with storyteller Gary Cordingley.
Tickets £3, available from seetickets.com or on the door


12.15pm: Bell & Bullock Circus Theatre with ‘Cabin Fever’
Legends in their own lifeboat bring us their marvellous maritime mayhem.
Tickets £3, available from seetickets.com or on the door


3pm: The Crew Parade followed closely by Sagas From The Seven Seas
Join us for the Carnival Parade through Blyth town centre.
No tickets necessary. Get in touch with us if you’d like to be part of the parade!


6pm – 8pm: Shaw Clark Project and Driven Serious
Shaw Clark Project, Blyth’s own eclectic folk rock duo, followed by
Driven Serious, melodic exciting fun folk punk pirates with energetic guitar & vibrant vocals.
Tickets £3, available from seetickets.com or on the door


8.30pm till late: Set the Scene Promotions music event 
All tickets sold out


Sunday 28th August

11am – 12 noon: Silk Banners
Have a wander through Keel Row Shopping Centre to see our maritime-themed silk banners made with local people of all ages and abilities.


12 noon – 1pm: Yachts & Knots
Yarn bombing workshop with Sheila Biggs.
Tickets £3, available from seetickets.com or on the door


1pm – 2pm: Seaside Strummers
From the serious to the ridiculous fun Nautical Ukuleles!
Tickets £3, available from seetickets.com or on the door


4pm – 5pm: Jacqui Jim & Bob
Folk ballads & toe tapping tunes with squeeze box and harmony.
Tickets £3, available from seetickets.com or on the door


6pm – 8pm: Shaw Clark Project and Tony Bengtsson Trio
Shaw Clark Project, our 21st century Sonny & Cher, followed by
Tony Bengtsson Trio, socially conscious modern Americana/country rock with glorious vocal harmonies.
Tickets £3, available from seetickets.com or on the door


8.30pm till late: Set the Scene Promotions music event
Music from blues legend Paul Lamb & The King Snakes with support from awesome local lads Clippah and a cracking act Bad Bob Bates.
Tickets cost £8 and a there’s a small number still available from seetickets.com as of 16th August. Tickets for this event are not available on the door.


Fringe Festival Lineup
Headway ArtSpace Tall Ships Fringe Festival
Carnival Club

Carnival Club

This page is about Old Carnival Club (2016) – find out about NEW Carnival Club (2017)!


Our weekly Carnival Club started on Tuesday 21st June and runs until Tuesday 23rd August 2016 at Headway ArtSpace.

Local people of all ages and experience are invited to come and work alongside us to create and paint decorative sails, and design costumes and giant puppets on the themes of ‘Sagas of the Seven Seas’ for the Carnival procession taking place on Saturday 27th August at 3pm.

Carnival Club is free to attend and runs from 4pm-7.30pm.

Suggested times are 4-5pm for young people (from 11 years old), 5-7.30pm for families and individuals. You can pop in for a little while or stay the whole evening.

The street drumming workshop runs from 6.30pm until about 8pm (depending on the group.)

We’d love to hear from individuals, dance, arts and musical groups who’d like to make a costume or join our community band or participate in a colourful parade: admin@headwayarts.co.uk 


Remaining Dates:


Tuesday 23rd August – Dress Rehearsal, 4.00-7.30pm


Thursday 25th August – Dress Rehearsal, 4.00-7.30pm


Facebook users can invite their friends via our Events.

View/Download the Carnival Club poster.

Download Carnival Club poster

Come on Down 2015



On Tuesday 1st December, we had groups from all over Northumberland and Tyne and Wear come down to us in Blyth to perform, support and share. Groups included Parkhead Centre, Braena, Pottergate Centre, FilmAble from Haltwhistle Film Project, Liberdade, North Star Centre, Tynedale Centre to name a few. With a range of performances, films and the very exciting COME ON DOWN game, it was really a fantastic day had by all.

North Star performing at Come on Down 2015

On Wednesday 2nd December, we had Mind the Gap join us for our workshop day. Mind the Gap are England’s largest learning disabled theatre company and came to us all the way from Bradford. Supported by bait, Mind the Gap’s group of 2 non-disabled artists and 6 disabled artists facilitated two workshops while Headway Arts’ associate artist Tom Burton facilitated the other two. Everyone who attended got to experience at least one workshop. Attendees included The Twisting Ducks, students from Cleaswell Hill School, learning disabled artists from Tynedale Centre in Hexham and The Pottergate Centre in Alnwick, as well as our artists from Headway Arts.

Headway Arts’ workshops explored the Come on Down 2015 theme of adventure with Tom discussing alternative dream holiday destinations and asking artists to put pen to paper.

Mind the Gap’s workshops also played with our theme of adventure through fun games and exercises that were thoroughly enjoyed by all. In the afternoon, the workshop has a specific focus – the legacy of the Magna Carta.



The final day of Come on Down was another performance day for Headway Arts’ Learning Disabled Theatre Company. The Stars presented Comet Tales, their original drama set in a galaxy far, far away powered only by the starlight of their dreams. Supported by an audience including The Dales School, Blyth Riverside Centre, Headway Arts’ family and friends, it was a lovely round off to Come on Down. We are all already looking forward to next year!
CT PicTim & P

Come on Down was generously supported by the Hadrian Trust who paid for creative facilitation and food and by Bait (Woodhorn Museum) who paid for the visit by Mind the Gap. Additional costs were met by the fundraising efforts of members of Seven Stars.