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 “The city that gave us Gazza may well have been raised on Coal, but today is a cosmopolitan out-post of bars, and home to artisan craftsmen and women.” Metro (London), 14/11/2012

"Elegant is not a word many people associate with Newcastle. Urban? Yes. Dynamic? Possibly. But elegant? Hmm. Yet this word keeps springing to mind as I walk from the quayside into the central district of Grainger Town." National Geographic Traveller, 01/09/2012

"NewcastleGateshead looks set to become an even bigger player when it comes to business tourism and hosting large-scale conferences in the future." M&IT, 01/09/2012

“In Newcastle, nine miles west along the Tyne, the talk is of creative hubs and digital start-ups. But I head out to the coast, where Newcastle has traditionally paddled it’s feet and now catches the wave.” The Times, 02/06/2012

“On the Gateshead side of the river… the brick bulk of the BALTIC towers above the quayside – once a flour mill, it’s now a centre for contemporary art exhibitions. Next door, The Sage Gateshead concert hall reflects the river in its curvaceous glass panels and beyond it
stretches the unmistakable panorama of those seven bridges that span half-mile stretch of water. So far, so good.”
The Travel Editor, 13/04/2011

"NewcastleGateshead is unarguably one of the UK's leading lights when it comes to the arts. This year's events programme is second to none, as both sides of the River Tyne play host to numerous events across all art forms." The Guardian, 13/02/2010 

"The North-East is home to some of England's best waves. Swells come out of the maelstroms of the Artic Ocean and rumble down the North Sea. Longsands Beach, Tynemouth has nurtured some of the UK's top surfing talent -such as Sam Lamiroy, Gabe Davies and his brother Jesse, who operates Rise Surf school here. Jesse has travelled the world taking on the best waves, and in Tynemouth he guides beginners through their first steps and helps intermediates with one-on-one coaching." The Independent 20/06/2009 

"Everywhere you look you find relics of the city's colourful past…across the river in Gateshead, the Baltic Centre, the largest modern-art gallery of its kind, stands in a landmark industrial building." The Times, 25/07/2008 

"Its party reputation is still well-deserved, but Newcastle is more than just a night out – it’s a breeding ground for avant-garde art and cutting edge culture too." TNT Magazine, 09/07/2007