#DaysOut – Visiting the Great Exhibition of the North

By 9th July 2018#Daysout
#DaysOut – Visiting the Great Exhibition of the North

As you might have heard already, the Great Exhibition of the North 2018 is hosted by Newcastle and it’s set to be one of the most popular UK events of the year.

The event is basically a display of the North and consists of a three-month celebration with many events across the North East. The Great Exhibition of the North started on Friday 22 June and finishes Sunday the 9th of September 2018.

Here, we take a look at the top events and activities in store and we will give you some tips so you don’t get lost in the process (no joke!).

Timing & Location

Our very first tip is to make sure you know the right timing. Times may vary at selected venues, but all events are open daily from 10am. You can start your journey at one of three iconic buildings: the Great North Museum, the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art or Sage Gateshead. There are trails you can follow for art, design and innovation.

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

The Baltic is open from 10am to 8pm all summer and is hosting many interesting exhibitions that all ages will appreciate. The exhibitions are all put on as part of the Great Exhibition of the North and if you are spending your Sunday on the Quayside we would suggest visiting the Baltic.

The Idea of North is a group exhibition that is worth exploring. It’s a series of constructions and displaying work, including a photography exhibition documenting women in the North. The exhibition celebrates the North by combining architecture, photography, history and culture.

When visiting the Baltic don’t forget to get the elevator all the way up to the viewing terrace for a stunning view of the Quayside from high up and to take some great pictures.

Our trip to the Baltic Centre on Sunday the 15th of July will give you the chance to view some of these exhibitions and have a stroll across the Gateshead Millennium Bridge to the Quayside Sunday Market.


Another stunning project is the Get North Water Sculpture, the UK’s largest water sculpture! It performs on the hour from 10am to 11pm every day at the Quayside. The water sculpture has been designed to synchronize with certain tracks. We would recommend setting up a Spotify account if you don’t already have one. Get the playlist here.

The sculpture warns you ahead of time with shoots of water before it starts so you can listen to the songs on your device on time. It’s an amazing experience so make sure to take headphones with you on our day trip to Newcastle.

Find the exact timings for every song here.


If you are visiting Newcastle this summer to view the Great Northern Exhibition, but prefer not to walk a long distance, don’t worry. There are many things you can see in the city centre!

One of them is the Worker’s Maypole. Grey’s monument has been turned into a colourful maypole in celebration of the Great Exhibition of the North that looks amazing when taking pictures.  Visit the official Great Exhibition of the North website to view all the city centre events running this summer.


Don’t miss the chance to have a taste of the Great Exhibition of the North with our day excursion July 15th. Call us to book a seat today on 01325 286924.

If you can’t make our day trip, coach hire is also available from Enterprise Travel.  Gather some of your family and friends and plan a visit to Newcastle this summer. Get a quick quote today!