1. Sage Gateshead
Situated on the banks of the River Tyne, Sage Gateshead is encased in glazing maximising the views across the river and the city. Sage One, the main hall, seats 1,640 delegates. For a more informal environment Sage Two is a 10-sided auditorium with seating for up to 330. The Barbour Room and Northern Rock Foundation Hall are versatile spaces for banquets and a variety of functions. The venue can also host awards ceremonies and product launches on the concourse level. The venue has over 35 smaller breakout rooms.
2. Crowne Plaza Newcastle –
The city’s newest 4-star luxury hotel has 251 bedrooms and nine conference and meeting spaces; the largest, the Stephenson Suite, can host 400 delegates and has acoustic sound panels taken from the design of the Royal Albert Hall. A further eight meeting rooms have capacities from 12 to 160 delegates.
3. St James’ Park
The football stadium, or ‘third cathedral’ as it’s known locally, is an icon in the heart of the city. With capacity to accommodate 1,000 delegates for dinner, the Bamburgh Suite is one of the largest dining spaces in town and is complemented by a range of flexible meeting areas. You can host your event in themed rooms celebrating the life and achievements of some of the club’s greatest players and managers. The Sir Bobby Robson Suite and Centenary Suite both cater for up to 100. Tours and roof walks of the stadium are also on offer as fun delegate experiences.
4. Hilton NewcastleGateshead
The Hilton NewcastleGateshead hotel provides a stunning view over the Tyne.
The Gateshead Suite can accommodate 500 delegates and divides into three sections. The large adjoining foyer is flooded with natural daylight and is popular for exhibitions, catering and pre-dinner drinks. Ten smaller meeting rooms complete the picture. The hotel has 254 bedrooms.
5. Life Conferencing and Banqueting
Part of the International Centre for Life, Life Conferencing and Banqueting is located in the heart of Newcastle. Life offers a range of spaces including a purpose built conference centre, a Science Centre and Times Square (a versatile outdoor space).
The main suite accommodates 380 delegates and is complemented by breakout spaces, boardrooms and a mezzanine balcony overlooking the Science Centre.
Life adds another dimension to delegates experiences with extras such as a 4D motion ride, planetarium, access to exhibitions as well as science demos and workshops.
6. Metro Radio Arena
Metro Radio Arena Newcastle is the biggest conference and exhibition venue in the North East and can host conferences from 250 up to 10,000. The arena is playing host to Manufacturing and Engineering North East for the second year running in 2016.
7. The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
The BALTIC is housed in a former flour mill on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead. It offers a range of spaces for hire, including the River Terrace with views across the Tyne. It can host up to 400 delegates across its eight meeting and conferencing spaces.
8. Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle is where Harry Potter’s first broomstick lesson was filmed. Guided tours of the grounds and state rooms, as well as archery and broomstick lessons, can be built into the delegate experience. The Guest Hall and Hulne Abbey can hold 40–750 delegates.
9. The Boiler Shop
Constructed in the 1820s, The Boiler Shop is Grade II* listed. Set behind Central Station, the venue can hold 800 delegates.
10. Newcastle Racecourse and Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park
Set in 12 acres of parkland, the hotel’s conference suites can host 800 delegates. For groups of up to 180, the Racecourse Suite offers woodland views, a dance floor and can be subdivided into four smaller rooms.
Next door Newcastle Racecourse & Conference Centre has 800 acres of land, 33 suites and a maximum capacity of 600 delegates. Many of their indoor events are held in the Brandling House, a Grade II listed building at the heart of the Park. As an added extra delegates can enjoy a day at the races.