As famous for football as it is for its world-renowned brown ale, Newcastle is located in the north east of England. Known as the UK’s party city, it boasts a staggering number of bars and clubs packed tightly into its city centre. But scratch a little beneath the surface and you’ll find a modern city that doesn’t just cater to hen nights, but also to the discerning art critic and culture buff alike.
And it seems you guys like it; after all it was voted the nation’s favourite city break in The Guardian/Observer Travel Awards from 2002 to 2005! This could have something to do with the locals, or Geordies as they are known, and whilst you may not understand everything that they are saying – to say their accent is a little on the strong side would be an understatement – they are perhaps the UK’s friendliest people, known for their warmth and hospitality.
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The Great North Snowdogs is a giant public art trail featuring 60 huge sculpted
model dogs based on the Raymond Briggs story The Snowman and The Snowdog. The biggest public art display of its kind ever seen in the North East, each 'snowdog' has been designed by professional artists and celebrities. (http://www.greatnorthsnowdogs.co.uk)
See the history of the world as you've never seen it before ... in brick! The Life Science Centre plays host to an exhibition of artworks featuring key moments in history all recreated in Lego bricks, from the Big Bang to the first moon landing. Brick History opens Jan 14. (www.life.org.uk)
Just a half hour metro ride from the city lies the picturesque coastal town of South Shields, boasting a lively market, fairground, play parks and a new family-friendly attraction The Word, National Centre for the Written Word (www.theworduk.org). The centre is currently hosting an exhibition celebrating the work of film director, and Shields lad, Sir Ridley Scott.
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