Six things to do this summer at The Great Exhibition of the North

NewcastleGateshead Water Sculpture

Take a trip to NewcastleGateshead for a host of free summer events taking place from 22 June to 9 September. Here’s our guide to some of the best things to do in Newcastle whilst the festival is on. 

See the UK's largest water sculpture

Exploring the city’s Quayside is always a good bet but there’s even more reason to visit when the UK’s largest water sculpture pops up for the duration of the festival. There will be hourly performances every day between 10am and 11pm, alongside specially commissioned soundtracks from Maximo Park and Darkstar.

Get down at the Summertyne Americana Festival

SummerTyne Americana Festival

Housed in the Sage Gateshead, the Summertyne Americana Festival brings three days of the finest American roots music, featuring legendary artists and rising stars of the scene from 20 to 22 July.

Follow the Get North Design Trail

Winged Tales of the North

Walk in the footsteps of design gurus and writing greats on this unique trail through the city. Download the app and hit the streets to see sights like David Almond's 'Winged Angels of the North' (pictured above), and experience NewcastleGateshead from a whole new perspective.

Unleash your creative side with design | innovate | craft

Discover a variety of innovative arts and crafts from across the North of England in the design | innovate | craft exhibition at Newcastle's Biscuit Factory. Running from 3 June to 31 August, this unique collection is sure to amaze and inspire you in equal measures.

Browse fascinating items at Which Way North

Damien Hirst Heaven

Head to the Great North Museum between 22 June and 9 September for this unique collection of items, artworks and props. Among the collection is Damien Hirst’s ‘Heaven’ (a tiger shark suspended in formaldehyde) and the last piano played by John Lennon.

Listen to Lauren Laverne's Great Northern Soundtrack

Lauren Laverne

Sunderland-born radio DJ Lauren Laverne will host a series of live performances, DJ sets and talks from 22 June to 1 July, celebrating music from across the North of England. Be sure to get tickets in advance!

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