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Created on 30 October 2012

by  Samantha Robinson

Some of the most unique and spectacular attractions and arts events in North East England


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  • 1 Newcastle's Northern Stage - 2011 Season 22 Jun 2010 - 23 Dec 2013 in Northern Stage Arts

    The North-East's biggest producing theatre, Northern Stage is proud of its Northern heritage and focuses on both promoting local talent and establishing national and international partnerships. Cornwall's Kneehigh Theatre and the RSC are regular visitors.

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  • 2 The Hyena All year round Arts

    Have a laugh in the North East's premier live comedy venue, the Hyena Cafe. Or as they say in Newcastle, "Haway doon and crack your face marra". Check out comedy every weekend throughout the year with a bill of three different comedians each night.

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  • 3 The Turner Prize Exhibition Oct 2012 - Jan 2013 (annual) in BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Richard Wright, Untitled (detail), 2005. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, London/New York, The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow, and BQ, Berlin Arts

    Always provocative, the eagerly awaited Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the preceding year. See the entries and winner at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.

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  • 4 Angel of the North All year round Angel of the North; photo courtesy of Newcastle Gateshead Initiative Festivals & Heritage

    Looming above the A1 in Gateshead is the controversial Angel of the North. Love it or loathe it, British sculptor Antony Gormley's steel statue is one of the most important landmarks in north-east England.

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  • 5 Beamish 3 Apr - 4 Nov 2012 (various dates) in Beamish Discover life in the early 1800s at Pockerley Manor, Beamish. Courtesy of Beamish Festivals & Heritage

    History comes to life at the Beamish open-air museum, devoted to the re-enactment of Northern English life from 1800 to the 20th century. Visitors explore traditional houses, farms and shops, all painstakingly restored and brought to life by actors in period costume.

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