The Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park. -
The Palace is the last remaining building from the 1929 North East Exhibition, a hugely extravagant world fair held to celebrate and encourage the skills and industry of the region, as well as act as a diverting antidote to the post-war economic downturn. -
Surprisingly, spending an extortionate amount of money on a park full of temporary, asbestos art-deco buildings, a 20,000-capacity stadium, and some reinforced concrete palaces, did not save the North-East from the effects of what became the Great Depression; but almost 100 years later, and after a 1.6 mil refurb, Wylam Brewery moved in, and now it’s a pretty awesome venue with lots of events going on, and it produces great beer, so all’s well that ends well. So, if you’re ever in town, look up @wylam_brewery and, like the 5 million attendees of the 1929 exhibition, forget about any financial problems, and have a weekend wander around the palace and the park (it’s free entry after all).