Raising a glass for International Women’s Day at the Cumberland Arms

When it comes to International Women’s Day, The Cumberland Arms in the Ouseburn Valley knows how to put the flags out. Sam Wonfor offers a quick rundown of what they’ve still got going on for IWD 2020.

The Cumberland Arms is raising a pint – or three – to all the women for International Women’s Day this weekend

As the smashingness of International Women’s Day approaches (March 8th, if you didn’t know already), we’d like to take a moment to point you in the direction of the equally smashing Cumberland Arms – presided over by top notch woman, Jo Hodson – which is extending the celebrations in the days running up to the main event.

Following Thursday night’s Film Hub North Event, which saw a selection of short films made by female filmmakers being screened,  and last night’s Dykie Disco hooplah, the celebrations continue all the way through to Sunday.

DJ Lady Koo will be bringing the tunes on Saturday at the Cumberland Arms in the Ouseburn for International Women's Day

DJ Lady Koo will be bringing the tunes on Saturday. Photo credit: Kit Haigh

Today [Saturday], DJ Lady Koo will be on hand – and on decks – from 2pm to 7pm, bringing top tunes to the back bar.

The Suggestibles have put together a special IWD line up for the gig in Newcastle

The Suggestibles have put together a special IWD line up for the occasion

Then, later in the day, an all-female line up of Newcastle’s favourite improvising wonders, The Suggestibles will be taking to the stage for a two-hour comedy feast.

The Suggestibles exchange is simple: You bring the ideas and they’ll give you a bucketload of belly laughs in return.

For this special IWD gathering, audiences will be treated to the talents of The Suggestibles’ Bev Fox and Rachel Glover with special guests Paula Penman, Neve Francis, Jenny Lingham and ‘musical mistress’ Jenni Winter. Book your tickets here.

On Sunday – International Women’s Day proper – proceedings will kick off in harmonious fashion at 1pm, thanks to the efforts of the fabulata She Choir.

Then at 2pm, you can segue straight into Afternoon Tea while watching woman wonder, Marilyn Monroe in nailed on classic, Some Like It Hot. I mean, come on. Who doesn’t think that sounds like a bloody perfect Sunday afternoon activity? Tickets are £8 and all profits will go to charity.

Some Like It Hot with Afternoon Tea at the Cumberland Arms for International Women's Day 2020

Some Like It Hot – but everyone likes it with Afternoon Tea

Once the credits role and the bread rolls are all scoffed, there is another tuneful treat in store,.

Thanks to those lovely folk at Ouseburn Folk, we can look forward to a top drawer evening of performances by fantastic female musicians including Rachel Hamer from The Rachel Hamer Band, Kari Macleod, Amy Leach and Maisie May. Tickets are – a very specific – £5.34 each and you can book them here.

All of the IWD Weekend activity at The Cumberland Arms will be supporting Black and Blue Charity and West End Women & Girls Centre.


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