Newcastle is a vibrant city that hosts everything from major international events to music concerts, top sporting action and small community festivals.

We are extremely proud to have welcomed London 2012 Olympic Games' football matches, the Rugby World Cup in 2015, Magic Weekend in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and the Heineken Cup Champions Final in 2019. 

We are also delighted that Newcastle/Gateshead was  chosen to host and deliver the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018 and to have been a part of the World Transplant Games across Tyne and Wear in 2019.

Future events

Christmas and New Year 2021

It promises to be a Christmas and New Year's Eve to remember in Newcastle in 2021.

There’s something for everyone from Santa’s grotto, to markets, shopping, laser lights and a spectacular fireworks display to round off the year.

Find out more on our Christmas information page.

Rugby League World Cup 2022

The Rugby League World Cup has now been postponed until 2022.

Council leader, Councillor Nick Forbes, said: “We are really disappointed that the Rugby League World Cup will not kick off in Newcastle this year but remain absolutely committed to hosting matches in the tournament in 2022.

“We will continue to work with tournament organisers as they plan the biggest and best rugby league competition ever in 2022. This extra year of planning and exposure means when the first match does kick off it will hold extra significance and be an even bigger celebration than the one planned for 2021.

“We know that many businesses, especially in the regions hospitality sector, will be disappointed with the outcome of this announcement and we will continue to support them throughout the recovery from the pandemic. Culture and events will play a huge part in Newcastle’s recovery and whilst this postponement is a blow, many more events and opportunities are being planned.

“Newcastle knows how to put on a show; we have a global reputation as a city that embraces showcase events and an unrivalled passion for sport. I am looking forward to welcoming visitors from across the globe to experience this as part of the Rugby League World Cup in 2022.”

Attending events

Think Covid

Covid-19 is still transmitting in our communities. You can see the current case rates on our Coronavirus information page.

Keep yourself and others safe, as well as our local businesses.

Prior to the event, take regular Lateral Flow Device testing. If you have a positive result, access a PCR test.

Please do not attend events if you have a positive result or if you have symptoms.

Consider the use of face masks in crowded areas.

Organising events

Please see our page for step-by-step guidance on organising an event. 

Use of council land

As a landowner we do not allow a number of activities to take place on council-owned land.

This includes:

  • The supply of tobacco products

  • The release of sky lanterns or helium balloons

We would particularly encourage anyone considering a lantern or balloon release to consider alternative options. Advice and guidance can be found on our sky lanterns and helium balloons page.


You may also need a specific licence for your event. For more information on the licences that may be applicable, please contact us. Phone (0191) 2777130. Email: 

Health and Safety Executive advice

Further details about running safe events can also be found on the Health and Safety Executive website.

Crowded Places Guidance 2017

To access the latest guidance published by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office go to Crowded Places Guidance 2017

Safer Events Policy

A copy of the Safer Events Policy as developed on behalf of the Northumbria Local Resilience Forum is available on request.

Policing and Crime Act 2017

On the 3 April 2017, it became an offence under section 134 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017  for a person other than an organiser or with their consent; to be in possession of a pyrotechnic article at a place where a qualifying musical event  is being held.   

Local Government (Review of Decisions) Act 2015

The Local Government (Review of Decisions) Act 2015 came into force on the 26 May 2015. The Act makes provision about the procedure for conducting investigations under Part 3 of the Local Government Act 1974; and makes provision for cases where the City Council, as a local authority, makes a decision that affects the holding of an event for a reason relating to health and safety.  

Marketing in Newcastle City Centre

NE1 as the Business Improvement District Company provides high profile, on street spaces for marketing campaigns. They can accommodate events of all shapes and sizes; from roaming sampling to larger-scale promotions involving branded vehicles, gazebos and structures.     

The information on this page provides advice to those wishing to organise an event on Newcastle City Council Land. However, the information contained on this website can also be used for all events whether they take place on Newcastle City Council Land or on private land. Our advice is intended as a simple step by step guide to running an event but it is not a definitive guide to event safety or management. It is offered without regard to the specific circumstances of individual events and/or the knowledge or experience of the individuals running those events. Event organisers should always seek advice from experienced health and safety and event management professions before proceeding.

Play Streets

To access information on play streets 

Contact us

To contact our Events team please:

  • Write to: Events team, Directorate of Operations and Regulatory Services, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.
  • Call: 0191 2116582
  • Email:  

Did you know?

Typically the Events team deal with some 80 events held every year across the city from fun runs to international sporting events.

During the weekend of the Heineken Champions Cup Final in May 2019 some 100,000 people visited Newcastle over the weekend. Early indications suggest it boosted the city centre's economy by £35m, with hotel occupancy in Newcastle standing at 97% on Friday and Saturday.

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