Tour the BBC Studios in Newcastle

Going live in 3… 2… 1! Step inside the exciting world of broadcasting with a behind the scenes tour of the TV and radio studios at BBC Newcastle! Get unique insight into how BBC programmes, past and present, are made. Including Byker GroveOur Friends in the NorthGeorge Gently and award winning children’s drama The Dumping Ground. It’s a working building, so no two tours are the same! Find out some fun facts and quirks about your favourite BBC shows and presenters. Follow your knowledgeable guides for an informative, interesting and award-winning tour.

What should I know about security?

Arrive 15 minutes before your tour starts. Unfortunately large bags, rucksacks and shopping bags are not allowed inside, so don't bring them with you. Adults must bring a valid photo ID with them. Wear your assigned pass at all times.

Fancy getting involved? Well why not have a go at creating a show and broadcasting yourself? Learn the tricks of the trade and explore a whole host of interactive elements in their specially designed studio. Have a go at being a news, radio or weather presenter. This is a unique opportunity, especially for children and who knows, maybe it will inspire a new generation of TV and radio makers!

Tours run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. They run at 10:30am or 1:30pm and last approximately an hour and a half. It’s recommended that you book as early in advance as possible; three to four months for large groups or 2 to 4 weeks for small groups.

  • Adults – £11.00
  • Children – £8.00
  • Family of 4 – £29.00
  • Concessions – £9.50
  • Students – £8.50

Children under 16 can go for free if they have a valid Blue Peter badge!

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8 - 21 August, 2022
Vasseur's career spanned more than thirty years, encompassing photography and experimental film, important curatorial initiatives at festivals in Glasgow, Gateshead and Edinburgh, and through her London agency, Art Office, she commissioned public art projects throughout the UK. Vasseur served on the Board of Trustees for BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (2004-08) and lectured on the influential Curating Contemporary Art MA at the Royal College of Art (1993–2003). Fernando García-Dory Fernando García-Dory´s work engages with the relationship between culture and nature, as manifested in multiple contexts, from landscape and the rural, to desires and expectations in relation to identity, crisis, utopia and the potential for social change. Interested in the harmonic complexity of biological forms and processes, his work addresses connections and cooperation, microorganisms, social systems, traditional art languages and collaborative agro-ecological projects and actions. Since 2009, García-Dory has developed INLAND, a collaborative platform and para-institution dedicated to agricultural, social and cultural production. García-Dory studied Fine Arts and Rural Sociology, and is now preparing his PhD in Agro-ecology. His work has been shown at Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Reina Sofia, Madrid; SFMOMA, San Francisco; amongst others. He has participated in biennials in Athens, Lisbon, Gwangju, Jeju, and in Documenta 13. He is a fellow of Council of Forms in Paris and a board member of the World Alliance of Nomadic Pastoralists. He was awarded the Creative Time’s Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change. Laleh Khorramian Laleh Khorramian’s work spans animation, drawing, monotypes, collage, paintings, sculpture and clothing. Her practice combines the cosmological thinking of ancient cultures, their complex mythologies and spiritual vocabularies within her own imagined worlds, synthesising them into histories that are both futuristic and ancient. By removing cultural or historical specificity from her narratives, she uses the ordinary to portray the epic, the universal and the transient, in a search for worlds beyond our own. Born in Tehran, Iran, Khorramian lives in Upstate New York. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and received her undergraduate degree from The Art Institute of Chicago, and her MFA from Columbia University, New York. She has exhibited in the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, US; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Art Basel, Switzerland; Ballroom Marfa, Texas; Istanbul Museum of Art, Istanbul; the Sundance Film festival; Midnight Moment, Times Square, New York and Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Australia. Ima-Abasi Okon Ima-Abasi Okon works with sculpture, sound and video to produce installations that explore the historical and political charge of materials. She employs exhibition-making as an exercise in syntax, adopting linguistic and grammatical structures as a way of complicating the construction of knowledge. In her recent works, Okon has repurposed industrial and handmade objects, removing their use-value or function in order to explore the formation of taste, subjectivity, productivity and excess. Okon lives between London and Amsterdam. She has exhibited at Turf Projects, London and Void, Derry-Londonderry; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Kingsgate Project Space, London; 13th Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal and The Showroom, London. In 2018, she was awarded the Nigel Greenwood Research Prize and the Summer Residency at Hospitalfield, Scotland. She participated in the residency programme at Rijksakademie voor beeldende kunsten (Academy for Fine Arts), Amsterdam. Supported by a bequest from Isabel Vasseur

Mounira Al Solh - A day is as long as a year

8 - 21 August, 2022
Moving, intimate, and sometimes humorous, they consider the continued impact of war and oppression on people living in the Middle East and the importance of oral history as a record of lived experience. The artist’s solo exhibition at BALTIC will include a selection of new and recent work. Al Solh lives between Lebanon and the Netherlands. She has had solo exhibitions at Musée national Pablo Picasso, Vallauris, France (2020); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2020); Art Institute Chicago (2018); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2014). Recent group exhibitions include: Risquons–Tout, WIELS, Brussels (2020); Our world is burning, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2020); Positions #5, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (2019); Gohyang: Home, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (2019); Close: Drawn Portraits, The Drawing Room, London, UK (2018); Strange Days: Memories of the Future, The Store X, London (2018). Al Solh participated in Documenta 14, Athens & Kassel (2017) and All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale (2015).

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8 - 21 August, 2022
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8 - 21 August, 2022
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Summer Holiday Pottery Painting

9 - 21 August, 2022
Join us for pottery painting fun this summer! Suitable for the whole family, enjoy a relaxing pottery painting experience while creating ceramic keepsakes. There’s lots to choose from including mugs, plates, bowls, figurines and teapots. Your reactions are glazed and fired on-site in our studio then ready to collect 7-10 days later (alternatively items can be posted for an additional charge).

Minions: The Rise of Gru

8 - 11 August, 2022
Sequel to the Despicable Me spin-off.

DC League of Super-Pets

8 - 11 August, 2022
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