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Newcastle is welcoming, compact, friendly and there are so many things to do. You will be able to understand the accent! It is not grim up North.

Amy
Local Engagement Specialist

Newcastle is known for its nightlife. There are many pubs, bars and clubs, is a popular hen/stag destination, as well as having ‘studenty’ areas and the famous Bigg Market.

Newcastle itself has some wonderful theatres – Theatre Royal, Northern Stage, Live Theatre, as well as some smaller ones like Tyne Theatre, People’s Theatre, Alphabetti Theatre and venues where performance , poetry and events take place regularly.

Newcastle is a small but mighty city.

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Local Knowledge

Amy
Newcastle local engagement specialist
Personal insight from our local engagement specialist in Newcastle, Amy
What do you love about where you live?

The history, the sense of belonging and of being Northern (hard to define), the culture, the coast, the rivers, the bridges.

There is a thriving small and independent arts scene, building on a history of poetry, theatre and art in the region. Newcastle itself has some wonderful theatres – Theatre Royal, Northern Stage, Live Theatre, as well as some smaller ones like Tyne Theatre, People’s Theatre, Alphabetti Theatre and venues where performance , poetry and events take place regularly.

The Georgian architecture around Grey Street, the Miner’s Institute, the beautiful Literary and Philosophical private library. The quayside area was rejuvenated from an industrial/shipping area and now has the Sage Gateshead music venue and BALTIC contemporary art gallery, both on the Gateshead side of the river.

Newcastle is a small but mighty city.

In your opinion, what is the most useful piece of information that someone who is coming to your town should know?

Newcastle and Gateshead are separate areas/town/cities run by different local authorities and consider themselves both partners and friendly rivals. They are separated by the River Tyne and numerous bridges.

It is likely that the areas will not necessarily be on the same tour, and they have different venues, schools, communities, despite being so close. They have worked together in the arts for many years, but artists performing at the Sage have been booed for saying ‘Hello Newcastle!’ as it is actually in Gateshead!

There is a great sense of identity in the North East region with quite distinct and different areas, for example the great rivalry between Newcastle and Sunderland football teams, and many of the areas have their own vocabulary/accent – with Geordies being from Newcastle.

What are people in town talking about at the moment?

Last week (Oct 17) Freedom City closed down the Tyne Bridge for a spectacular public performance, march and story-telling event. There are so many festivals, events, political protests and more going on in Newcastle every day – we are never without something to look forward to or talk about.

What’s the story that is not featured in the papers this week, but that someone who is visiting should know about?

The development of old buildings, some of which housed grass roots, small but vital and vibrant arts organisations – generally to provide exclusive student housing. Sadly there is also a growing number of homeless people in Newcastle, and although visible this doesn’t get talked about enough, nor are solutions easy to come by. I’m always heartened by the kindness of local people, we are a friendly bunch up here, and there is usually help there if you need it and ask.

What is the architecture of the buildings like?

The area around Grey Street is beautiful with Georgian architecture, and there are all of the bridges too, from the High Level Bridge’s  industrial style to the famous Tyne Bridge, and pedestrian bridges like the ‘winking eye’ that links the Newcastle and Gateshead quayside areas.

Northumberland Street is the shopping area and has all the high street shops, as well as Eldon Square which was built in the 1970’s, although it has been updated so you wouldn’t be able to tell.

There are some Brutalist structures – although the ‘Get Carter’ car-park in Gateshead was demolished a couple of years ago which was perhaps the most famous – and there are 1960’s concrete structures to be seen as well as some fabulous redevelopments – like the shiny Sage building (looks like a mirrored snail) and BALTIC built from an old flour mill.

What are the residents of your town most proud of?

The football team (sometimes,) the great night-life, the culture, being Northern/Geordies and being friendly and approachable.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your place?

Newcastle is welcoming, compact, friendly and there are so many things to do. You will be able to understand the accent! It is not grim up North.

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