North East leisure experts gear up for festive 'Winterland' launch

Posted on the 19 November 2020

North East leisure experts gear up for festive 'Winterland' launch

A North Tyneside bowling alley has announced plans to bring a first-of-its-kind seasonal outdoor entertainment experience to its site this winter.

Gutterball, which opened its doors at the Royal Quays last year, will be home to a range of family friendly outdoor attractions, tipi-style bars and themed party nights. It has even announced plans to host a Christmas pantomime in a 200-seater covered arena called the MegaDome.

Lost in Wintertown is the brainchild of Gutterball and Lane7 boutique bowling alley owner Tim Wilks and fellow North East entrepreneur and leisure specialist, Nigel Holliday. 

Wilks said: “With all kinds of family-oriented fun, pantomimes and work Christmas parties being cancelled this year due to Covid, we want to inject some much needed festivity back into the calendar. Crucially, this will be done in a safe and secure way in the lead up to Christmas and beyond.

“We all need something to look forward to right now!”

Lost In Wintertown will be home to an array of fairground rides, popular North East street food vendors, firepits, a tipi-style bar area, giant yurt and a 200-seater MegaDome covered arena. This will host a range of performances, including the pantomime Aladdin, performed by i-Stage theatre company, Disney-themed singalong events by Let It Snow Productions and nighttime party nights featuring Queen, ABBA and Beyonce tribute acts plus live singers, DJs and comedians.

Nigel Holliday added: “Lost in Wintertown brings together a range of key attractions from all of those things people are going to miss most this winter, not least in the run up to Christmas. As two operators with a long history in leisure, and recent experiences of operating leisure businesses during the pandemic, we will be strict on maintaining all appropriate safety measures.” 

Lost In Wintertown is proud to support Cash for Kids with a contribution from the ticket sales going to the charity.

Dependent on appropriate Covid restrictions, Lost in Wintertown will be open daily from Friday 4th December through into 2021. Gutterball, which has indoor bowling, arcades, mini golf and other attractions will also be open throughout. 

Wilks added: “We have everything crossed that the current lockdown will have worked sufficiently to allow us all to emerge with positivity on December 2nd, in a way that will enable us all to celebrate Christmas with a few more of the traditional things we love about the season.”

Tickets for shows and details on full attractions can be found by heading to or by following @LostInWintertown on Instagram and by searching ‘Lost In Wintertown’ on Facebook.