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Spring into a citybreak in NewcastleGateshead

9th March 2015

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From video games and rugby league to museums at night and all things Latino, spring in NewcastleGateshead is an eclectic mix of festivals and events for all ages and tastes.
Voted the UK’s best city by Guardian readers in 2014, there’s no better time to experience NewcastleGateshead as festival season gets into full swing.

Gateshead International Jazz Festival
Sage Gateshead
10-12 April 2015
This year’s programme is packed with something for jazz fans of all kinds – from the casual listener to the hard-core jazz devotee. Headliners include; American saxophonist David Sanborn, guitar legend John Scofield, vocalist/pianist Jon Cleary, jazz funk lynchpins the James Taylor Quartet, UK soul, gospel and R&B diva Ruby Turner, legendary British big band Loose Tubes, American saxophonist Joshua Redman, rising star Jarrod Lawson and a unique performance of Stan Tracey’s Under Milk Wood.

Maker Faire UK
Life Science Centre
Maker Faire UK is the greatest show (and tell) on Earth! It’s a two day family friendly festival of invention and creativity, bringing together over 300 hackers, crafters, coders, DIYers and garden shed inventors from across the globe – people who love to make stuff and who want to share their passion with the public. At Maker Faire UK, you can explore and create with the Makers and enjoy playful installations, drop-in workshops and fascinating speakers. So whether you want to unleash your inner inventor, find out how science, technology, engineering and maths shape the world around you – or if you just fancy a great, hands-on day out, don’t miss Maker Faire UK.

The Late Shows
Various venues across NewcastleGateshead
14-16 May 2015
The Late Shows is an inspiring, after dark programme of events and exhibitions centering on the cultural venues in NewcastleGateshead that are usually closed in the evening. Museums, galleries and visitor attractions stay up late to encourage people to do something cultural with their evening – in celebration of the international event ‘Museums at Night’.

Game On 2.0
Life Science Centre
25 May 2015 – 1 November 2015
What does Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong and Pac-Man all have in common? They’ll all be at Centre for Life from 25 May 2015 for a major international exhibition celebrating the history, culture and future of videogames. Showcasing the finest arcade machines, consoles and hand held games ever produced, the exhibition also features the newest advancements in game design and technology.
Learn about early gaming from Penny Arcades, Pinball, Pachinko, Space Wars, Computer Space and Pong and demo 3D technology as well as exploring the latest development in virtual reality. With over 150 playable games, the exhibition includes a dedicated arcade games section with titles such as Pac-Man, Defender and Donkey Kong. Test your skills on playable consoles ranging from back in the day through to the latest must-haves.

Magic Weekend
St James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
30-31 May 2015 
If all that gaming leaves you craving some live action, look no further than Rugby League’s Magic Weekend ( at St James’ Park on 30-31 May 2015. 12 First Utility Super League teams will bring the noise to Newcastle United’s home ground for two days of world-class rugby league action. With three games on each day as well as a fantastic package of fun activities to keep the family entertained, join thousands of fans at St James’ Park for Rugby League’s unique six-match extravaganza.

¡VAMOS! Festival
Various locations across NewcastleGateshead
04-14 June 2015 Celebrating its tenth year in 2015, NewcastleGateshead’s ¡VAMOS! Festival ( brings some Latin flavour to the destination from 4-14 June 2015. Celebrating Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures, expect cuisine, art, film, theatre, dance, music, literature, fashion, sport and more. 2014’s festival saw special events including work by Brazilian artist Flavio Morais, a Festa Junina Picnic and a day of colourful and crazy Mexican wrestling.

Where to eat?

Electric East
Waterloo Square, St James' Boulevard, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4DN
0191 221 1000
Electric East offers a range of innovative dishes from Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand - all designed to give diners a superb experience. The menu changes frequently, but regular dishes include scallops with pork and peanut caramel, and the delicious Vietnamese Shaking Beef.

Where to stay?

Hampton by Hilton Newcastle
Baron House Neville Street, Newcastle, NE1 5EN
0191 500 5001
Hampton by Hilton is the latest hotel brand to come to NewcastleGateshead. The 160-room hotel opened its doors on 03 March opposite Newcastle’s grand Central Station which has recently undergone an £8.6million redevelopment. The hotel offers complimentary hot breakfast and Wi-Fi, available throughout the property. Guests can also enjoy 24-hour facilities such as the fitness centres, snack area and bar. All rooms are equipped with HDTV and in-room coffee and tea maker.

To plan your visit to NewcastleGateshead this spring, go to

For media enquiries contact:

Shelley Armstrong
Media & PR Manager
T. +44 (0)191 440 5739
M. +44 (0)7717 631 109

Notes to editors:
• 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 travellers to the area.

• 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 inspire people to visit and to live, learn, work and invest in NewcastleGateshead.

o Our marketing & communications team works to promote and position NewcastleGateshead as a vibrant tourism destination, through targeted campaigns nationally and internationally. Our visitor information team helps ensure visitors have the best possible experience when they’re here, providing information and support.

o Our cultural programming team work with partners across the destination to bring together NewcastleGateshead’s cultural offer and deliver some of our most popular festival & events, including EAT! NewcastleGateshead, Juice Festival and the NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival.

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

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

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