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Flash the Falcon enjoys a Scrum-ptious Afternoon Tea at Hotel Indigo

15th March 2013

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An exclusive range of discounts have been launched in time for English Tourism Week, which takes place from tomorrow, Saturday 16 - Sunday 24 March.

Newcastle Falcons’ friendly mascot Flash today tucked into afternoon tea at Hotel Indigo, one of 17 businesses providing exclusive Discover Deals throughout next week, which also includes an exclusive deal for the Falcons’ upcoming match against Jersey RFC.

Part of NewcastleGateshead Initiative’s Discover Deals campaign, the offers are designed to help visitors make the most of the fantastic attractions, restaurants and visitor experiences on offer across NewcastleGateshead and the wider region.

Whether visitors are sports fans, foodies, film junkies or have a family to entertain, the wide range of offers means that there’s a deal to suit everyone, and provides the perfect excuse for visitors to venture out and discover something new from within the destination’s exciting tourism offer.

Sarah Stewart, chief executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “Tourism is an incredibly important part of NewcastleGateshead’s economy, worth an estimated £1.26bn annually and employing more than 18,000 people. I am delighted that so many of our partners wanted to be involved in celebrating the destination’s fantastic tourism offer, by providing an exclusive Discover Deal for English Tourism Week.

“The selection of deals available really showcases the exciting variety of visitor experiences on offer here in NewcastleGateshead, and wider North East England, throughout the year. We would encourage visitors to make the most of these fantastic deals by discovering the many attractions and experiences right here on their doorstep. Discover Deals and English Tourism Week provides the perfect opportunity to do just that.”

English Tourism Week is a national week-long celebration of the many fantastic visitor experiences on offer throughout the country, driven by the nation’s vibrant and valuable tourism industry and is organised by VisitEngland.

The visitor economy is worth an estimated £1.26bn to NewcastleGateshead and Discover Deals is the destination’s free online service offering discounts and special deals redeemable at over 120 attractions, cultural venues, bars, restaurants and retail outlets across the city and wider North East region. Since launching in March 2012 18,000 deals have been downloaded by visitors and residents.

NewcastleGateshead Initiative is encouraging people to share their Discover Deal experiences by tweeting to @altweet_pet using the hash tag #discoverNG, as well as posting comments and photographs via Facebook at

The full range of deals is available to download now from, for redemption during English Tourism Week.

Deals include:
• Newcastle United - £10.00 for 2 Course Sunday Lunch and Stadium Tour
• Hotel Indigo - Buy One Get One Free on Afternoon Tea
• Seven Stories - One Free Child Entry with Full Paying Adult
• Tyneside Cinema - Two for One Cinema Tickets (in Classic Circle Screen)
• The Sage Gateshead - Two for One Tickets for “Serious Cabaret: Leaving Berlin” (Sunday 24 Feb Only)
• The Cycle Hub - Free Coffee and Cake with Cycle Hire
• Newcastle Falcons – Discounted tickets for Newcastle Falcons vs. Jersey RFC Match on Friday 29th March
• Rockliffe Hall - Overnight stay in superior room, breakfast in the Orangery and use of the Spa from check in until check out for two people - £175.00 total price
• Fat Buddha – Two Courses for £15.00 plus Free Junior Chopsticks for Children between 5 -7pm Sunday – Friday
• Ocean Beach - Half Price Ride Tickets
• Ocean Beach – Two for One Urban Wave Tickets
• Quasar South Shields - Half Price on 60 Minute Game and Free Group Photo
• Garden Kitchen - 30% off Breakfast
• Blue Reef Aquarium – One free Child Entry with Full Paying Adult
• Newcastle Racing & Events – Two for One Tickets for Race Day on 20 March
• Hotel du Vin - Two Course Meal or One Course Meal and Glass of Wine for £15.50
• Tanfield Railway - Two for One Railway Tickets
• River Escapes – Two for One Cruises


For further information, interview requests, images etc, please contact:

Rebecca Stephenson
Marketing and Communications Intern for NewcastleGateshead Initiative
E: T: 0191 440 5771


• NewcastleGateshead Initiative is a destination management and marketing agency; a public-private partnership supported by Gateshead and Newcastle City Councils, working with around 170 private sector member organisations across NewcastleGateshead and the wider region.

Our activity aims to promote and position NewcastleGateshead as a world-class vibrant tourism destination, through targeted marketing and PR campaigns nationally and internationally and through the work of our cultural programming team and convention bureau.

NewcastleGateshead Initiative is supported by a board offering expertise from a range of sectors and professions. We also work with a wide range of partners, stakeholders and businesses, who share our ambition to promote NewcastleGateshead as a world-class place in which to live, learn, work, visit, and invest.

NewcastleGateshead Initiative Inward Investment team can help businesses locate, expand and flourish here. We provide a range of services to make it easy for business to realise their ambitions for growth. For further information visit:

• United by seven bridges across a spectacular riverscape, Newcastle (a city on the north bank of the River Tyne) and Gateshead (a town on the south bank) form a single, diverse and extremely vibrant visitor destination.

World-class culture, vibrant nightlife, award-winning dining, inspiring heritage, fantastic shopping and acclaimed architecture are combined here like nowhere else, by the famous Geordie spirit which is symbolised by Antony Gormley’s iconic Angel of the North as it welcomes travelers to the area.

Imagery / Photography opportunities:
• - NewcastleGateshead’s Initiative’s extensive royalty free image library

Useful links:
• - NewcastleGateshead Initiative’s media website
• - destination website for NewcastleGateshead
•  - NewcastleGateshead’s visitor offers section

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