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The Great British Beer Festival …

… at your local. We’ll have beer and pies. And live music.

In collaboration with Northern Alchemy’s THE LAB, we’re holding a beer, pie and music festival, starting Friday 30th July. Between the two bars, we’ll have 10 cask ales and hand crafted pies from Pitman’s, voted the UK’s number 1. We’ll also have a selection of vegan pies from Magpye.

Live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

12th Annual Schooner Bike Ride

The 12th annual Schooner bike ride will take place on Sunday 8th August.

This year, the Ride With Robbo event, will celebrate the life of Robbo, a favourite team member, resident and customer of the Schooner. This isn’t just a bike ride, it’s a social event with Schooner regulars, friends and family of Robbo, and anyone else who’d like to join in.

This is very much a fun bike ride, so all sorts of bikes are welcome. Fancy dress is encouraged. It’s not a race, so don’t worry about keeping up with the peloton. As usual, Wylam’s the destination and there’ll be opportunities to stop for refreshment.

Meeting at the Schooner at 10:00, the ride will set off at 11:00, arriving back around 4:30.

There’ll be bacon/sausage sandwiches and tea/coffee on arrival, and chilli on return. For anyone who’d like to stay for live music, we’ll have a great acoustic set from Jack Mylchreast around 6:30.

If you’d like to take part, the bike ride’s great value at just £10, £5 of which will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

To register, just come alone to the Schooner, or call the pub on 01914777404.

19 July 2021

We’re making some changes that’ll affect your experience at the Schooner, in line with the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions from 19 July.

So, if you’d like to order drinks, and food, at the bar, that’s fine. You can drink while standing too.

If you feel uncomfortable with that, just let us know and we’ll serve you at your table.

If you’d rather not wear a face covering inside the pub, you don’t need to. But please continue to wear one if that’ll make you feel safer.

If you’re uncertain about the change in regulations, about what is and isn’t allowed, ask us; we’ll do our best to help.

Live music’s back

We’re proud to be able to say that live music is returning to the Schooner.

We’ve some limitations due to the current situation; gigs will be socially distanced, indoors and not exactly loud, but they’re back!

To get things moving, next week looks something like this:

Tuesday 8th – Dean and Paul’s really good music quiz, 7:30. Let us know if you’d like to book a table.

Wednesday 9th – the World famous Schooner quiz, 7:00. Hosted by Chris McGeary. We always try to keep a free table or two, but we’d advise booking one.

Thursday 10th – Buskers at the Schooner, 8:00. No need to book; just turn up if you’d like to play or listen to some good music. Hosted by the incredible Mr Tom Atkinson.

Friday 11th – Russ Tippins, 8:00. You’ll probably already know that Russ is a seriously talented guy. An intimate indoor gig with seating for around 50.

Saturday 12th – CMS Presents

Sunday 13th – Rhys Breen, 6:00; Wallsend’s finest. Expect the best covers and a great night. Oh, and some fantastic original material too. We were chuffed to have had him booked for December 2020, but the second national lockdown messed that up.

This week-ish

While we’ve still important rules to follow to keep everyone safe, some things are happening in the Schooner this week.

Wednesday 26th @7 – the world famous Schooner quiz. Hosted by the fabulous Chris McGeary, this quiz has a reputation for fun. Chris doesn’t use a book or web page to pull together his questions; he does his own research. His spare room wallpaper is well known after his online lockdown quiz; we’ve been trying to buy some.

To book a table for the quiz, either for a team or just yourself, call 01914777404, email, or contact us via social media.

Thursday 26th @8 – the return of the Schooner Buskers’ night. Now hosted by the exceptional Mr Tom Atkinson. Come along if you’d like to take part, or just want to listen to some talented people.

Sunday 30th @6 – DJ Dean Paul Walton. It really is possible to enjoy some great music while seated and socially distanced. And, if you know Dean, you’ll know how good an end to a Bank Holiday Sunday this will be.

Bank Holiday Monday @5 – A chilled acoustic set from Acoustic Outlaw Ian Cockburn. Expect a huge range of great covers – Ian plays pretty much every song you’ll know.


The famous Schooner buskers’ night will return this Thursday at eight, hosted by the incredible Tom Atkinson.

Naturally, we’ll be observing social distancing, so we can accommodate around 50 people in the bar, with some space in the conservatory if we’re busy. We’re also thinking about how we can get this onto our outdoor speakers too.

So, if you’re lucky enough to have some talent, or would just like to listen to some good, live music, just come along.

17th May

In line the Government’s plans, we’ll extend our reopening to indoor service from Monday 17th May.

There are still some rules we need to follow: There’ll be no service at the bar, just at tables. Face coverings must be worn inside the pub, unless you’re seated. And social distancing must be observed, with no groups larger than six indoors.

We don’t like to make things complicated, so we’re still not taking table bookings. Well, unless: 1. You want to take part in our Wednesday night quiz. 2. You’re celebrating a special occasion.

We’ll run this until 21st June, when we’ll potentially be fully running as a pub again.