Newcastle

Set against the sweeping steel arc of the Millennium Bridge, the vibrant city of Newcastle means business. Art, nightlife and shopping combine with a range of historic and modern venues in this revitalised city, writes Emma Allen

Newcastle

WOW FACTOR
Name: The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Address:Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE8 3BA
Tel: 0191 440 4949
Web: balticmill.com

This vast converted mill is one of the region’s most recognisable buildings. Its minimalist interior offers a blank canvas and there is a cinema, a host of meeting rooms, a rooftop restaurant for 200 standing, and private dining for up to 25. • Room hire from £160 (+VAT).

QUIRKY VENUE
Name:The Biscuit Factory
Address:Bermondsey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1AP
Tel: 0191 261 0015
Web: www.biscuitfactoryevents.com

The UK’s biggest commercial gallery is based in the city’s up-and-coming creative quarter of Ouseburn. Housed in a former Victorian warehouse, it offers a range of contemporary areas split over two floors. The newest event space, the Biscuit Room, has space for up to 250 seated guests with a dance floor, stage and bar. • Half-day DDR from £15 (+VAT).

ON A SHOESTRING
Name: Life Science Centre
Address: Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle
Tel: 0191 243 8216
Web: www.lifeconferencing.org.uk

Part of Newcastle's pioneering science village, the Life Science Centre offers eight conference suites and rooms for hire, with its flexible space able to host up to 1,200 delegates. Funky extras include a ride on the 4D Motion Ride or a science cocktail workshop. • The DDR is from £29.95.

SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name: Tyneside Cinema
Address: 10-12 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 6QG
Tel: 0191 227 5521
Web: http://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk

This independent and fully restored Art Deco Tyneside Cinema in historic Grainger Town provides an unusual setting for presentations, workshops, conferences or parties. It has six meeting rooms, the largest of which seats 263, and there is a cocktail bar and two cafes. Free guided tours can be organised for groups. • DDR from £20 (+VAT).

WIRED UP
Name: Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Address: Hawthorn Square, Forth Street, Newcastle
Tel: 0191 462 3333
Web: www.ihg.com

The sleek 251-bed Crowne Plaza opened last year in Newcastle’s emerging business district and, with the largest conference and banqueting space in the city centre, is already gaining rave reviews. Nine hightech meeting rooms are available including a ground floor space for up to 1,000. The hotel also offers a smart gin bar, spa and restaurant. • The DDR is from £40.

OUT OF TOWN
Name: Slaley Hall
Address: Hexham, NE47 0BX
Tel: 01434 673350
Web: www.qhotels.co.uk

The magnificent 1,000-acre Slaley Hall estate is just 24 miles from Newcastle city centre, but being in the heart of the countryside offers groups the chance to get active. Activities including 4x4 off-roading, clay pigeon shooting, paint balling and golf, and there are 11 meeting and event rooms for up to 350 people. Other facilities include 141 guestrooms, a health club, spa and three restaurants. • Overnight rates from £139.

Getting there
Rail operators to Newcastle include Virgin Trains East Coast and First Transpennine Express, with trains from London taking just under three hours. The journey from both Edinburgh and Leeds to Newcastle takes around 90 minutes by train. Newcastle Central station is in the heart of the city centre. By air, Newcastle International Airport is served by direct daily flights from over 80 destinations including London, Aberdeen, Isle of Man, Cardiff, Bristol, Newquay, Exeter, Southampton, Belfast, Dublin, Cork and Jersey.

Furter information
Contact the Newcastle Gateshead Convention Bureau: Tel: 0191 440 5757; Email: conventionbureau@ngi.org.uk; See: newcastlegateshead.com/conferences