Things you can do if you want to avoid England v Italy tonight

Excitement is building across England as the Three Lions prepare for their Euro 2020 final showdown with Italy – but not everybody is looking forward to tonight’s game.

Those who do not like football have to put up with a month of international games every two (or this year, three) years, and when England do well, it dominates the news agenda.

Tonight’s match is shown on both BBC and ITV, so it may feel difficult to avoid, especially if you live with football fans. Trips to most pubs are probably off-limits unless you want to spend your Sunday evening hearing singing about how football is coming home.

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The match also falls on a Sunday when some lockdown restrictions are still in place, which somewhat limits options for getting out of the house and avoiding the ‘Eng-er-land’ hype.

But there are some things you can do, notably take a trip to the cinema, with multiplexes and independent movie theatres open across the North East, and the likes of Black Widow, F9, Another Round and Cruella all showing.

You could also take advantage of facilities like gyms and swimming pools being very quiet, and the weather should be pleasant enough for a nice long walk.

Fancy a bit of musical theatre?

One way to get those football songs out of your head is to fill your ears with something else catchy, such as a musical theatre number or two.

Tyne Theatre is hosting a live event in its Bistro Bar in Newcastle on Sunday evening.

Kris Hedges, Tom Whalley, Amy Robson, Grace Davison, Tia Dodds and Anna Townsend will be performing live for an evening of musical-themed entertainment.

Tables can be booked in groups of two or four.

Tyne Theatre says: “Come along and enjoy a drink whilst being entertained by local theatre talent. Each week different performers from the North East’s variety of local theatre groups and local talent take to the Bistro Bar’s stage for an evening of musical theatre-themed entertainment.

“Raising money for the Tyne Theatre and to put on a comeback concert like no other showcasing the North East’s local theatre talent!

“Shows will be streamed live on YouTube so you can enjoy at home too (donations encouraged)! Stream here: ”

Tickets cost £20 for a table for two and £40 for a table of four. Order here.

What’s on at the cinema during the England v Italy Euro 2021 final?

Another escape option is a trip to the movies. Cinemas are open across the North East, from multiplexes like Vue in Gateshead, the MetroCentre Odeon and Sunderland Empire Cinema to small independent picture houses like the Forum in Hexham, Whitley Bay’s Jam Jar Cinema and Durham Gala Theatre.

Black Widow, A Quiet Place Part II, The Conjuring, Another Round, and Cruella are among the films on show. Check your cinema’s website for latest listings.

Cineworld, Newcastle

  • Black Widow: 19:30, 19:50, 20:10, 20:30 (4DX), 21:00
  • F9: 19:20, 20:00, 20:40
  • A Quiet Place Part II: 21:10
  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It: 20:05
  • Another Round: 20:20
  • 1921(Nineteen Twenty One): 20:25

Everyman Cinema, Newcastle

  • Black Widow: 19:45
  • Another Round: 20:15
  • In The Heights: 19:15
  • A Quiet Place Part II: 20:45

Vue Cinema, Gateshead

  • Black Widow: 19:30, 20:30, 21:30
  • F9: 20:00, 21:00
  • A Quiet Place Part II: 19:45
  • The Conjuring: 20:45
  • Nobody: 21:45

Odeon, Metro Centre

  • Black Widow: 19:00, 20:00, 20:30 (IMAX), 21:00
  • F9: 19:45, 20:45
  • In the Heights: 19:30
  • A Quiet Place Part II: 21:10
  • Freaky: 21:20

Odeon Luxe, Durham

  • Black Widow: 20:00 and 21:00
  • F9 20:30
  • A Quiet Place Part II: 19.15
  • Freaky: 20:45

Durham Gala Theatre and Cinema

  • A Quiet Place Part II 20:30

Empire Cinema Sunderland

  • Black Widow: 19:00, 19:30, 20:30
  • F9: 19:15, 20:15
  • In the Heights: 19:45
  • A Quiet Place Part II: 19:50
  • Cruella: 19:40
  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It 19:20

Jam Jar, Whitley Bay

  • Fast and the Furious 9: 18:45
  • Marvel Black Widow: 18:30

Will the weather be good enough for a walk?

Yes, this evening is set to be dry, with temperatures of around 18-20C and light winds in Newcastle.

The sun sets at 9.47pm – which is around the time the match will finish unless it goes to extra time.

So you could head out on a walk somewhere remote like a beach, watch the sun go down, return home and miss the match completely. Bear in mind there will be wandering football fans if you are getting public transport.

Get a head start and go to a very empty gym

If you’re a member of a 24-hour gym, like PureGym in Newcastle, then you could spend your Sunday evening working out, with your choice of machines as they should be fairly empty.

It’ll make you feel fresh on Monday morning, while many of your friends, family and colleagues may be struggling to get through the day…

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