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The Journal Culture Quiz 2014: A festive brain-teasing hamper full of treats

A bumper crop of prizes is on offer for The Journal Culture Quiz 2014 so get your thinking cap on and read on to find out how to enter and what you could win

PLEASE NOTE: THE CULTURE QUIZ IS NOW CLOSED

So, it’s Christmas Eve – and if you’re anything like me, you’ll have no time at all to be reading this, such will be the panic buying and wrapping that is going on.

Luckily for most people (and the wider world) most people are a lot more organised, and so have an abundance of leisure time on the night before Christmas to sit back with a sherry or two (remember to leave some for Father Christmas) and look back on some of the joys of the past 12 months before the over-eating begins in the morning.

With this is mind, The Journal Culture team have once again compiled a chronological quiz to keep you and your family entertained while the countdown to Santa’s arrival ticks slowly along.

Not only that, but we’ve also repeated the success of previous years and assembled three goody bags full of cultural delights, for three lucky winners who get all the answers correct.

As regular readers will know, the advent of Christmas and New Year prompt the residents of The Journal’s Culture corner to have an early spring clean.

Throughout the year, we get sent a boatload of entertainment treats to review, and for the past seven-or-so years, we have used an end-of-year bumper quiz to give you the chance to win a share of them as we clear out the old to make way for the new.

But that’s not all.

As well as a collection of books, CDs and DVDs, each of the three prize-winner bags also boast an envelope containing an embarrassment of tickets and passes for upcoming shows, exhibitions, concerts, plays and much more besides in the coming year, thanks to the generosity of our friends at venues and attractions throughout the North East.

As always, we have been overwhelmed by their generosity, enabling us once again to offer three readers a fantastic prize, which keeps on giving throughout the year.

Check this lot out...

Culture quiz 2014 prizes

Three pairs of tickets for:

  • Cyrano de Bergerac on April 29, 2015 at Northern Stage, Newcastle (0191 230 5151 or www.northernstage.co.uk );
  • Barnum on February 17 at Newcastle Theatre Royal (08448 11 21 21 or www.theatreroyal.co.uk );
  • The Maker Faire UK on April 25 and 26, 2015 at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle ( www.MakerFaireUK.com );
  • The Comedy Store at the Gala Theatre Durham on February 1 (03000 266 600 or www.galadurham.co.uk )
  • Day of The Flymo by Paddy Campbell at Live Theatre on April 9 at 7.30pm plus tickets to the free pre-show discussion Meet the Writer at 6pm. (0191) 232 1232 or www.live.org.uk )

We also have:

  • Three family tickets to the Life Science Centre in Newcastle (0191 243 8210 or www.life.org.uk )
  • A pair of tickets for the opening night of One Man, Two Guv’nors at Sunderland Empire Theatre on January 19 (0844 871 3022 or www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire )
  • Three £10 gift vouchers for National Glass Centre, Sunderland (0191 515 5555 or www.nationalglasscentre.com )
  • Three family tickets to the ever-wonderful Beamish Museum complete with a guide book (0191 370 4000 or www.beamish.org.uk )
  • Three family tickets to the magnificent Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, County Durham (01833 690606 or www.thebowesmuseum.org .uk)
  • Three family passes (2 adults 3 children) for the Brick Planet exhibition, which runs from February 14 to March 22 and April 1 to May 31 at Woodhorn Museum and Archives in Ashington (01670 624 455 or www.experiencewoodhorn.com )
  • Three pairs of adult tickets (remember kids go free!) at Segendunum Roman Fort in Wallsend, Newcastle (0191 236 9347 or www.twmuseums.org.uk/segedunum-roman-fort )
  • A pair of tickets for each of the following concerts: Classic FM: If music Be the Food of Love... on February 14; Ruby Turner & James Taylor Quartet (part of Gateshead International Jazz Festival) on April 11; and Lord of the Dance on June 19 - all at Sage Gateshead (0191 443 4661 or www.sagegateshead.com)

     

And:

Three Phase of the Moon posters by Atomic Printworks, courtesy of the Baltic giftshop (0191 478 1810 or www.balticmill.com);

Three copies of DVD Big River, Big Songs – The Tyne features the cream of the North East’s talent singing great Tyneside songs on location across the region. Sting, Jimmy Nail, Mark Knopfler, Joe McElderry, Jill Halfpenny, Lindisfarne, Tim Healy, Alun Armstrong, Kevin Whately, Brian Johnson, Billy Mitchell, Denise Welch, Angie Lonsdale and Chelsea Halfpenny are just some of those who signed up to help tell the story of the great river. (www.mawson-wareham.com);

Three copies of DVD Back With The Boys Again: The Auf Wiedersehen Pet 30th anniversary Reunion, which sees Tim Healy, Kevin Whately, Jimmy, Nail, Timothy Spall and Christopher Fairbank plus creator Franc Roddam, director Roger Bamford and award winning script-writers Dick Clement and Ian la Frenais recount how a tale of Geordie Brickies working in Germany took the TV world by storm. (www.mawson-wareham.com);

Three copies of Sunday for Sammy 2013, which saw an all-star Geordie cast (Tim Healy, Denise Welch, Kevin Whately, Jill and Chelsea Halfpenny, Billy Mitchell, Ray Laidlaw, Jason Cook and many more) once again assemble at Newcastle City Hall for an evening of entertainment and fundraising in the name of actor Sammy ‘Ronnie’ Johnson and in aid of the next generation of young performers from the region;

Three copies of DVD Bobby Robson, Another (K)Night to Remember which captured the celebrations at Sage Gateshead for what would have been Sir Bobby’s 80th birthday. The concert took place in February 2013 and saw the likes of Mark Knopfler, Joe McElderry, Russell Watson, Ruby Turner, The Unthanks and Alastair McGowan share the stage with footballing celebrities Andre Villas-Boas, Alan Pardew, Steve Harper, Shola Ameobi and Stuart Pearce. (www.mawson-wareham.com)

We think you’ll agree, this is quite the crop of prizes, so what are you waiting for?

Get your pens, paper and nostalgic knowledge at the ready, as we present...

Merry Christmas!

PLEASE NOTE: THE CULTURE QUIZ IS NOW CLOSED

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