Don’t miss the Great Exhibition of the North, 2018

Coastal Retreats Blog 28 December 2017

Newcastle Quayside

Another enticing reason to visit Northumberland and the North East this coming year

Fresh from its fourth consecutive win as runner up in the best UK holiday region category at the British Travel Awards, Northumberland is gearing up for a great year ahead. The City of Newcastle was named by the Rough Guide as the top place to visit in the world in 2018 and the Angel of the North celebrates its 20th anniversary in February. It’s easy to be smitten by this most northerly part of the UK when you have walked its beaches and let yourself dream beneath those never-ending clear skies, but for those who have never visited, the arrival of the Great Exhibition of the North this summer may just be the hook that you need to give you an unforgettable taste of what we believe is the best place to holiday in the UK.

So what is the Great Exhibition of the North?

A showcase of the North from the City of Newcastle’s Quayside and across some of its major venues including the Baltic art gallery, the Sage Gateshead and the Great North Museum. Visitors will be able to enjoy an interactive experience celebrating the story of this part of the UK. There will be visual arts and musical performances, exhibitions, technology and science displays, sport and installations. The full programme is to be revealed in early 2018.

How much is it?

It’s a free, family-friendly event.

When is it?

It starts on June 22 with a big opening ceremony and closes on September 8-9 with a ‘Creating the future’ finale alongside the Great North Run.

What else are we excited about?

A new musical festival at Newcastle’s Quayside in May

The annual Lindisfarne Festival in August

A spectacular garden made out of shipping containers by Chelsea Flower Show star, Diarmuid Gavin, by the Tyne Bridge at Newcastle’s Quayside.

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