Explore the stunning cityscape of NewcastleGateshead and discover the dynamic story of the North of England - how its innovators, businesses, artists and designers shaped our present and are inspiring our future.

Visitors can begin their journey at one of two iconic hubs – Gateshead Quays (at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Sage Gateshead) or Great North Museum – which are connected by three trails exploring the North's Art and Culture, Design and Innovation. NewcastleGateshead's world-class venues and unique outdoor spaces will showcase exciting ideas from across the North.

Early Great Exhibition of the North programme announcements include the return of Stephenson's Rocket to its birthplace of Newcastle upon Tyne. One of Britain's most iconic feats of engineering, The Rocket will be on display at the Discovery Museum during Great Exhibition of the North 2018. 

A landmark display at Great North Museum celebrating iconic objects from across the North will include the space suit worn by Briton's first astronaut, Sheffield-born Helen Sharman, and John Lennon's famous Record Plant Piano, which featured on Double Fantasy, the last album he released before his death in 1980. More iconic items will be announced in 2018.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art will present the best in Northern contemporary art during Great Exhibition of the North, including a new solo show from Turner Prize nominee Michael Dean. New artist commissions will take to the streets with artworks on display in and around the NewcastleGateshead quayside.

The full 80-day Great Exhibition of the North programme will be unveiled in early 2018.

Plans for an ambitious urban garden on the banks of the River Tyne during Great Exhibition of the North have also been announced. The brainchild of Chelsea Flower Show gold medalist and TV garden designer Diarmuid Gavin, the temporary installation aims to be the largest container garden in the world.

This once in a lifetime, must-see event is free and family friendly. Opening with the spectacular 'Get North' weekend on Friday 22nd June, it finishes in style with the world-famous Great North Run and the powerful 'Creating the Future' closing weekend on the 8th and 9th September.