Newcastle Summer Entertainments Get All Shook Up


The final weekend of the Newcastle Summer Season promises to end a summer of fantastic entertainment on a high, with The Elvis Spectacular on Friday 24 August at 8pm and Tim McGarry’s Irish History Lesson on  Saturday 25 August at 8pm.

On Friday 24 August, The King will return to Newcastle.  Ireland’s Premier Elvis show, now in its 15th year, was originally formed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Elvis’s death. The show has gone from strength to strength and now features the absolutely superb CC HOULIHAN as Elvis. Houlihan was crowned European Champion in January 2012, topping off a long list of wins for his performance as The King.  He looks like him, he sounds like him, he moves like him, even his costumes were created by Elvis’s own designers!

Elvis tribute king CC Houlihan to show in Newcastle on 24 August

This is a fully live, fully costumed show played by fans, for fans.  The original line-up is back together, augmented by some new additions, including The sweet Sensations on backing vocals.

On Saturday 25 August at 8pm, local comedian and star of Give My Head Peace, Dry Your Eyes, The Blame Game and Hearts and Minds, Tim McGarry, turns his satirical eye on History for his solo stand up show.  Join Tim as he takes a hilarious romp through 5000 years of Irish History.

Invasion, War, Famine and Conflict – Our past has always been a rich source of comedy.  Tim will cover everything from the English invasion to Irisgate and everyone from Saint Patrick to Catriona Ruane – and he’s guaranteed to make you laugh.  Free A-Level with every ticket.

Don’t forget the FREE Summer Season events on the promenade – On Saturday 25 August at 1pm and 2.30pm The Great Mefiesto will baffle the crowds with tricks of balance, entertain with feats of equilibristic manipulation and make you marvel at his daring attempt at physical dexterity.

If you fancy trying your hand at playing the West African Djembe drum why not join our weekly drop-in Drumming Circle with tutor Aidan Milligan which takes place on the promenade every Wednesday from 2pm – 4pm, just opposite the Strand Bakery.

On Thursdays from 10am – 12 noon local artist, Martin McParland introduces the art of Outdoor Sketching.  Meet Martin in the reception area of the Newcastle Centre before moving to the promenade to sketch the breathtaking sights of Newcastle.  In the event of rain, both Drumming Circle and Sketching will take place in the Newcastle Centre.

To purchase tickets (£15 / £12) and for further information please contact Down Arts Centre box office on 028 4461 0747 or visit the Newcastle Tourist Information Centre, Central Promenade, Newcastle.

The complete Newcastle Summer Season programme is available at



Enjoy Tim McGarry’s riotous romp through Irish History at the Newcastle Centre