The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1398 Friday, 26 August 2005
Date: Thursday, 25 Aug 2005 16:23:52 +0100
Subject: 16.1386 BSA in Newcastle
Comment: Re: SHK 16.1386 BSA in Newcastle
I'm replying to this on-list assuming a few others may be going.
I grew up in Newcastle, so here is what I'd recommend:
Pubs (see http://www.pubsnewcastle.co.uk/):
The Crown Posada (The Side, city centre) - very small, traditional,
The Free Trade (St Lawrence Rd, Byker - pleasant walk downriver along
the quayside from the city centre, along the north bank) - best views of
the bridges and river, not plush, but friendly
fans of C19th epic shouldn't miss the John Martins in the Laing Gallery
- and there should be some Bewicks on show too
University Hatton Gallery is worth a visit especially if you like Schwitters
Baltic (Gateshead - go to quayside and cross the millenium bridge) worth
a visit for the building and views alone - there's no permanent collection
at the time of writing there were still tickets available for
Newcastle's next home game vs Manchester United on Sunday
Other than that - walk around the city centre which has some great
streets (Grey Street) and some horrors (Eldon Square), and explore the
Quayside (if it is open, visit Betty Surtees house for a great Tudor
interior). Take the Metro to Tynemouth and walk out on the piers if the
North Sea allows. Have fish and chips at Kristian's on the North
Shields fish quay (metro to North Shields) followed by a pint in The
Magnesia Bank or the Wooden Dolly.
For an experience you won't forget, walk through the Bigg Market and
down to the Quayside around 10.30/11 pm on Friday night. *Very rowdy*
(especially the women), but also usually good-natured.
You lucky people.
Strathclyde University, Glasgow
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