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Cultural Programme

Visit Alnwick Castle and Gardens

Alnwick Castle and gardens is set in the heart of the Northumberland countryside, approximately 1 hour by coach/car from the university. It is also 10 minutes drive from the coast north east coast.

This excursion will be on Saturday 9 June leaving the university turning circle at 9am. We will take you by coach to Alnwick Castle where you can be as active or relaxed as your like; spending most of the day exploring the castle, unique gardens and/or the nearby market town of Alnwick. We plan to leave Alnwick at 3pm, returning at 4pm. There are cafes and restaurants at Alnwick Castle and in Alnwick.

To book your place on this excursion please click here.

Local Area

In addition to the cultural programme, delegates and their families may wish to explore, by themselves, our beautifully compact city-centre packed with world-famous historical and contemporary icons and rich cultural offerings.  

Newcastle and Gateshead boast a cultural infrastructure that few cities can match, including the iconic sculpture the Angel of the North, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, the elegant Grade I listed Theatre Royal, and the last surviving news-reel cinema in the UK, The Tyneside. In addition, opportunities to enjoy live performance abound. The Sage Gateshead has been hailed as one of the leading venues for music performance and participation in the world. If delegates prefer theatre, they’ll be spoilt for choice with Northern Stage, Live Theatre, and Theatre Royal offering cutting-edge new writing as well as major touring shows. 


For delegates looking for somewhere to get away from it all before or after the conference, the area surrounding Newcastle offers some of the finest countryside and coastal settings in England. For more information about Newcastle and the region click here. 


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