Escape from the everyday

Whether you’re on the hunt for a new favourite spot of our beautiful region, searching for a special moment or simply trying your hand at something new, here are our top suggestions for you…

The Glasshouse International Centre for Music ·


Staging an eclectic year-round programme of performances from the world’s leading musicians, composers and entertainers, this world-renowned music venue is best known for its imaginative curved architecture and intricately designed concert halls. And when there’s no performance to enjoy? Simply enjoy a great social space with unrivalled views across the Tyne.

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National Glass Centre ·


Watch in awe as artisan glassblowers fashion exclusive pieces of artwork from molten glass at Sunderland’s National Glass Centre on the city’s pleasant Wear riverside. Try your hand at crafting your own masterpiece to combine a truly unique day of learning with an expression of your own creativity.

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The Word ·

South Shields

Crammed with irresistible page-turners, write your own story at The Word, National Centre for the Written Word. This state-of-the-art cultural venue in the heart of South Shields is home to exhibitions, events and over 70,000 titles, from literary greats to classic poetry and celebrates the written word in all its forms.

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Segedunum & Arbeia Roman Forts ·

Tynemouth, South Shields

Experience Roman rule at Segedunum Roman Fort, the first protective fort along the 80 Roman miles of Hadrian’s Wall with its reconstructed bathhouse in Wallsend. Across the Tyne in South Shields is Arbeia Roman Fort, where you can discover some of the most significant objects ever found from Roman Britain and explore the finest Roman reconstructions in the country.

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