City Spotlight: Newcastle

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City Spotlight: Newcastle

Newcastle is one of our hub cities this year, and that means there are loads of exciting events to choose from! We’ve got everything from museums to theatres to coffee shops taking part, so whatever you’re into there’s bound to be something for you.

If you’re wanting to get out there are try something new on Disabled Access Day, but aren’t sure yet which events to check out, take a look at this itinerary we’ve created to give you some suggestions.

Photograph of stained glass window

10am: Get arty at Laing Art Gallery

Some of Leonardo Da Vinci’s finest drawings are going on display at Laing Art Gallery, so Disabled Access Day is the perfect day to visit! There are 20 free tickets available for people taking part in the day! Make sure you don’t miss out on yours – see their event page to find out how to book a place.

Photograph of a ship in the Discovery Museum

11am or 1pm: Join a guided tour at the Discovery Museum

The Discovery Museum is around a 17 minute walk from Laing Art Gallery, or you can catch the number 1 bus from Monument Pilgrim Street to right outside the museum.

If you want to learn about your city’s history, the museum are offering guided tours for visually impaired people, their friends and families. The ‘Newcastle Story’ tour at 11am will teach you about Newcastle’s history from Roman times all the way through to the Victorian age. If you're going a bit later on in the day you can join a tour and find out all about the history of the Tyne and the ship building industry.

There will also be an exciting and interactive audio/visual exhibition produced by people with learning disabilities. Everyone is welcome to interact with the piece, create and learn.

Photograph of a cup of coffee in Caffè Nero with a Disabled Access Day arrow

1pm: Take a break at Caffè Nero, Eldon Square

Ready for a break after a busy morning? Luckily, Caffé Nero is nearby on Eldon Square.  People signed up to our mailing list can have a complementary handcrafted coffee on 12th March – so take a break and relax!

Photograph of the front of Newcastle Theatre

2.30pm: Head to the theatre

After a refreshing break it’s time to head on to the next event. Theatre Royal is only a two minute walk away, and will be staging a captioned performance of ‘Lord of the Flies’.

Adapted from William Golding’s classic novel, the play follows a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island as they struggle for survival in a sinister world. The production promises to be gripping from start to finish, so get ready to be on the edge of your seat!

For more information and to find out how to book visit the event page.


These are just some of the events going on in Newcastle. If you want to see everything that’s happening, take a look at our website for the full listings, and whatever you decide to do, be sure to let us know about it!