The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1398  Friday, 26 August 2005

From: 		Jonathan Hope <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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, 
ornate ceiling

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

Sport (www.nufc.com):

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.

Jonathan Hope
Strathclyde University, Glasgow

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