Welcome to NewcastleGateshead
The Games we’re held in NewcastleGateshead from Thursday 30th July to Sunday 2nd August 2015.
Stitched together by seven awe-inspiring bridges, NewcastleGateshead forms a cultural hub home to a host of icons including the Angel of the North and the towering figure of ex-Prime Minister Earl Grey.
The Geordie people are a canny bunch, famous for their friendly personality and are always happy to spend a few minutes getting to know someone new. As host city for the 2015 Westfield Health British Transplant Games, the people of NewcastleGateshead will know doubt roll out the red carpet to welcome competitors to some truly fantastic sporting venues across the destination, from Gateshead International Stadium – home to European Athletics – and Sport Central at Northumbria University – the state-of-the-art home to the Newcastle Eagles Basket Ball team.
Recently named the ‘UK’s favourite City Break destination’ at The Guardian Travel Awards, NewcastleGateshead is a chic destination. The stunning Quayside at its very heart is a bustle of cultural venues (BALTIC, Sage Gateshead) and is packed with award-winning restaurants. To its east the Ouseburn Valley, heralded by the New York Times as one of the most vibrant areas in NewcastleGateshead, was once the cradle of the industrial revolution on Tyneside, now its home to venues (The Cluny, Northern Print), the UK’s National Centre for Children’s Books at Seven Stories, and a city stables!
The destination is also home to many fantastic FREE attractions (Great North Museum, Discovery Museum, Laing Art Gallery, Shipley Gallery), and a varied retail offering, mixing independent boutiques with high-street mainstays. Newcastle city centre boasts one of the UK’s largest city centre malls, Eldon Square and the original Fenwick department store; while Gateshead’s Metrocentre is Europe’s largest shopping centre.