Events in the North East

The North East is full of exciting sporting events, unique art and culture exhibitions and the coolest music festivals..

The Great North Run ·

Starting life as a local fun run, now over 40,000 travel to the North East to take part in the Great North Run – recognised as one of the largest running events in the world. Participants start the run from the iconic Tyne Bridge, and scramble 13.1 miles to the coastline of South Shields each September. Though it is a gruelling challenge, the Great North Run is definitely something that everyone who lives in the North East should do at least once before they die. Weary racers are often given a boost by generous natives – who open up their roads, businesses and even gardens for water stops, toilet breaks and general team spirit. Whether you are running it, or simply watching on, it is impossible to not feel a lump in your throat when you hear the roars and cheers of the crowds during the atmospheric run.

Sunderland Air Show ·


Each year, around one million visitors pour onto Roker Seafront to watch as a number of daring aircraft demonstrations are performed by display teams from all over the world, in Europe’s biggest free airshow. Specialist aircraft take to the skies from Newcastle International Airport and head south to perform brave stunts, such as twists, turns, loops and drops for the scores of crowds below. Although they are the main attraction, it is not all about the aircraft during the weekend spectacular – as musical stars perform sets on the ground, fun fairground rides are in full operation and there are scores of different food and drink vans to choose from.

NE1 Restaurant Week ·


Local foodies spend their year in anticipation for the two weeks a year that over 100 restaurants in Newcastle open their doors to NE1 Restaurant Week. With tempting deals, and drool-worthy dishes on offer, this is the perfect opportunity to try some of Newcastle’s best eateries. NE1 Restaurant Week is becoming increasingly popular each year, especially among students from both Newcastle and Northumbria universities – who can visit some of the city’s more high-end restaurants whilst remaining on a budget. It also means that adventurous students can spend the week trying food from all over the globe, such as Spanish Tapas, Brazillian, Korean and Indian - without even having to leave the confines of the city.

The Best Festivals ·


Forget Reading and Leeds – the North East is definitely the place to be during festival season, with different events taking place all over the region. Probably the most newly-devised of the local events is Newcastle’s annual ‘This Is Tomorrow Festival’ – which burst onto the music scene in 2018. Held in Exhibition Park, just across the road Newcastle University’s Armstrong Building, the popular festival has hosted some impressive names for its age – including Noel Gallager’s High Flying Birds, Lewis Capaldi and Johnny Marr. Travelling South down the region is Hardwick Live Festival – which takes place in Sedgefield, County Durham. Past line-ups have included massive names such as The Jacksons, Kaiser Chiefs, Happy Mondays, Madness and Ziggy Marley – son of reggae legend Bob Marley. During its own festival, the Northumberland island of Lindisfarne is completely brought to life. The small isle, which is usually known for its peace and serenity, is transformed into a lively community as over 200 acts take over the weekend of the Lindisfarne Festival.

Kynren ·


Be transported back through the ages and become part of England’s 2,000-year story as you watch the inspiring show of Kynren come to life before your eyes. Grab a seat in the outdoor arena and look on in awe as the large cast of both actors and animals re-enact epic tales of Vikings, Victorians and Romans in front of an audience of 8,000 strong. It is easy for you to forget that you are in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, when the high-value production carries you away to lands of old – where you can witness first-hand the ground-shaking life the story of invasions, royal splendour, wars, heroic sacrifice, daily life and seismic change. This is the perfect experience for people of all ages – but History students in the region will find Kynren a particularly touching experience.