The Royal Jubilee Exhibition, 1887
In 1887 Exhibition Park hosted The Royal Jubilee Exhibition. The site originally suggested was Bull Park, where the Great North Museum stands today, but as interest grew Bull Park alone was not going to be big enough so it was extended into the Town Moor. The combination of Bull Park and the Town Moor lead to the creation of Exhibition Park. The Royal Jubilee Exhibition was the first event ever hosted on Exhibition Park and attracted over two million visitors. Today the only remaining structure from this event is the well known bandstand.
The North East Coast Exhibition, 1929
The North East Coast Exhibition was opened by HRH Prince of Wales on 14 May 1929 and ran in Exhibition Park for six months. It was a symbol of pride of the region, its industrial success, and at the same time an advertisement for local industry and commerce. Over four million people attended the event, including King Alfonso of Spain and the Sultan of Zanzibar, with every one-millionth visitor being given a gold watch!
Fast forward a few years, Exhibition Park received a £3 million refurbishment in 2014 with the installation of the new children's play area, outdoor gym, resurfacing of the tennis courts and environmental work to the lake. This laid the foundations for the layout you see today.
In just over two months’ time Exhibition Park will be transformed once again with the arrival of our 12th North East Christmas Fair. We will introduce the largest marquee of its kind in the North, providing free onsite parking for exhibitors and visitors alike. With over 250 handpicked exhibitors along with our chef demonstration kitchen, restaurant and bars it’s the perfect day out. So save the date and become a part of history.
Living North’s North East Christmas Fair will take place at Newcastle’s iconic Exhibition Park from 2-5 November 2017. Advanced tickets are on sale from 1st September.