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Metro off Wallsend – Tynemouth Sat 24th August

Saturday, 24 August 2019 – No trains Wallsend – Tynemouth

Nexus info correct at time of posting:

“All day on Saturday 24 August no trains will run between Wallsend and Tynemouth to allow for overhead line renewal work.  During the work a replacement bus service, number 900 will be calling at or close to all stations in the affected area. Replacement bus stop locations and bus timetable are available below.  Your journey will take longer so please leave extra time for travel.”

For help planning your journey call 0191 20 20 747 (open Monday – Friday 8.00am – 6.00pm) or use the Live Travel Map.

Nexus Page for further updates:

https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/updates

Ferry

Travelling from South Shields, you can park for free near the Customs House, then get the ferry from South Shields to North Shields.

Map and Directions. How to get to South Shields Ferry landing.The ferry landing is about a 5 minute walk from South Shields Metro station. Most local buses serve Market Place and Keppel Street.

Travelling from North Shields, there is also a multi-storey carpark at The Beacon Shopping Centre North Shields town centre.

Map and Directions. How to get to North Shields Ferry landing.The ferry landing is about a 10 minute walk from North Shields Metro station. The route is quite steep, however bus Service 333 provides a free shuttle service to passengers with a valid ferry ticket. This service also goes to North Shields Fish Quay. Bus Service 19 connects North Shields ferry landing with Royal Quays, Silverlink Shopping Park, Cobalt Business Park and the Metro system.

Bus, Ferry,  Metro and Rail

https://crossingthetynefestival.uk/maps-travel-and-transport/

Tyne Tunnels – TT2

Tyne Tunnel Approach

Helping you prepare for your first visit to the Tyne Tunnels

North Tyneside Parking

https://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/698/parking

Beacon Centre

The Beacon Shopping Centre
Bedford Street
North Shields
NE29 6QF

For Sat Nav purposes the postcode of the Car park is NE29 6QN

By car

From the South head up the A19, through the newly improved Tyne Tunnel (toll fee due) and follow the signs for North Shields town centre.

From the North head down the A19 turning off when you see the signs for Wallsend, Royal Quays. Follow signs for North Shields town centre.

When you arrive by car, there are over 400 spaces in The Beacon car park, adjacent to the shopping centre.

By metro

North Shields metro station is immediately opposite the shopping centre, with trains stopping every 10-15 minutes.

By bus

Various buses regularly stop outside the shopping centre. These include services #1, 1A, 17, 17A, 53, 57, 80, and 333, giving you a chance to travel from as far as Newcastle and Cramlington.

Specific details about these services can be found at the following links:

www.nexus.org.uk/bus/timetables
www.nexus.org.uk/metro/timetables-stations/north-shields
www.nexus.org.uk/ferry
www.tt2.co.uk

Parking at The Beacon Centre

Adjacent to the shopping centre is a multi-storey car park with more than 400 parking bays, 13 disabled bays and 7 parent & toddler bays.

Parking charges are as follows:

Up to 2 hours £1.20
2-4 hours £1.50
4+ hours £2.50
Sundays – FREE

For Sat Nav purposes the postcode of the Car park is NE29 6QN

Special Offer

Our overnight parking is just £5 per night. T&C’s apply. To find our more contact the Centre on 0191 2583909

Car Park Opening Times:

The car park is open from 7am – 7pm Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm Sundays.

South Tyneside Parking

https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/38102/Parking

Crossing The Tyne Festival 2019 – RNLI Lifeboats

The Festival Programme for Saturday 24 August will be getting filled in on the website very soon!

We are delighted to be fundraising this year for RNLI Lifeboats

RNLI Fundraising

There are going to be some special new treats on the river this year! And even more venues than last year! And a Festival Beer! And . . . and . . . just wait and see!

Thank you to all the performers and venues for continuing to support the biggest free festival in the UK – possibly the biggest free festival in the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy!

And a big welcome to the boat owners and brewers who are joining in with us for the first time!

 

Steve Willis
Crossing The Tyne Festival Organiser
https://crossingthetynefestival.uk

 

Thank you – from Metro Radio Cash for Kids – and from Steve Willis, Festival Organiser!

 

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Dan Moylan (Metro Radio), Steve Willis (Organiser, Crossing The Tyne Festival), Liz Panton (Festival Team Member)

https://www.cashforkidsgive.co.uk/campaign/metro-radio-general-fundraising/fundraisers/crossing-the-tyne-festival-2018/

Thank you – from Metro Radio Cash for Kids Charity!

5th September 2018

THANK YOU!

I wanted to write to you to say thank you for your recent donation of £1,044.50 to Cash for Kids from fundraising at the Crossing the Tyne Festival. The money will help make a difference to the lives of local disabled and disadvantaged children here in the North East.

1 in 4 children across the North East are living in poverty, in a home that is cold, damp or both and regularly go without hot meals. It is our mission each year to respond to the needs of children in our communities and give the most disadvantaged a better and brighter future. We aspire to enable all children to live life to the full and achieve their individual potential.

Cash for Kids guarantee that all the money raised in the North East stays here and at least 90p in every £1 donated goes to support the children direct.

Once again, thank you to you and all of the venues involved for your support – it is only through donations like yours that we can continue our work of alleviating child poverty, supporting disability and improving quality of life.

“Together we can make a difference”

Kind Regards,
Dan Slee
Charity Manager
Metro Radio’s Cash for Kids

5th September 2018 Dear Steve, Liz and everyone at the Crossing the Tyne Festival THANK YOU! I wanted to write to you to say thank you for your recent donation of £1,044.50 to Cash for Kids from fundraising at the Crossing the Tyne Festival. The money will help make a difference to the lives of local disabled and disadvantaged children here in the North East. 1 in 4 children across the North East are living in poverty, in a home that is cold, damp or both and regularly go without hot meals. It is our mission each year to respond to the needs of children in our communities and give the most disadvantaged a better and brighter future. We aspire to enable all children to live life to the full and achieve their individual potential. Cash for Kids guarantee that all the money raised in the North East stays here and at least 90p in every £1 donated goes to support the children direct. Once again, thank you to you and all of the venues involved for your support – it is only through donations like yours that we can continue our work of alleviating child poverty, supporting disability and improving quality of life. “Together we can make a difference” Kind Regards, Dan Slee Dan Slee Charity Manager Metro Radio’s Cash for Kids


Thank you – everyone!

On behalf of the Festival Team, I would like to thank everyone who donated to Metro Radio Cash for Kids at the Crossing The Tyne Festival 2018 on Saturday 25th August.

We aimed high in setting a fundraising target of £1,000 and you did us proud! We raised over £1,044!

Every penny donated at the Festival went direct to the Charity. There are no “Admin Costs” – the Festival is entirely voluntary and unfunded.

We could not have done this without the support of the 19 venues in North Shields, South Shields and on the Nexus Shields Ferry, who hosted the bands, singer songwriters, poets and choirs who all gave their time and talents for free in a good cause.

Thank you to all the venues who helped us to raise over £1,044 for Metro Radio Cash for Kinds:

1. Nexus Shields Ferry
2. Ferry Landing (South Side)
3. Alum Ale House (South Shields)
4. The Exchange (North Shields)
5. Magnesia Bank (North Shields)
6. Old Low Light Heritage Centre (North Shields)
7. Holborn Rose & Crown (South Shields)
8. Lovaine Community Garden (North Shields)
9. Cluny 2 (Newcastle)
10. The Word (South Shields)
11. Low Lights Tavern (North Shields)
12. St Hildas Pithead (South Shields)
13. Bell & Bucket (North Shields)
14. Pub & Kitchen (North Shields)
15. Oddfellows (North Shields)
16. Pie & Bottle Shop (North Shields)
17. Steamboat (South Shields)
18. Queen Vic (South Shields)
19. Juke Shed Bar (North Shields)

Thank you . . .

  • to the “hosts” and volunteers at each venue who organised the performances, provided sound gear and technical support, kept things running smoothly on the day, collected donations, organised raffles, etc. etc.
  • to all the photographers and video makers, who have created a stunningly vivid record of a wonderfully vibrant Festival.
  • to the musicians, poets and choirs who contributed more than 140 performances during the Festival!

All the Performers and Venue “Hosts” are listed on the Festival website and we will be adding photos and videos soon.

Special mentions to the following Festival Team Members:

  • Lesley Tan: for being everywhere on multiple social media platforms, providing information and promoting the Festival, plus contacting individual performers and bands to check that they knew where and when they were booked to play.
  • Liz Panton: Festival “web monkey” for collating and publishing Festival information, with an interactive map to help everyone to navigate on the day, plus hosting the second biggest venue, the “Strum on The Tyne” ukulele festival at The Magnesia Bank, with two stages and 12 acts that raised over £200 on the day
  • Ray Rowley: for hosting on the Shields Ferry – the busiest, most challenging venue with Performances on 24 crossings and the one that raised the most funds on the day – over £400 for Metro Radio Cash for Kids!

We have already started planning the next Crossing The Tyne Festival – we will keep you posted.  See you then!  And thank you all again!

Steve Willis
Crossing The Tyne Festival Organiser
https://crossingthetynefestival.uk

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Over £1,000 raised for Metro Radio “Cash for Kids” Charity!

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CROSSING THE TYNE FESTIVAL 2018

  • 19 Venues in North Shields, South Shields and on the Nexus Shields Ferry
  • Over 140 Performances by musicians, singers, choirs and poets
  • Over £1,000 raised for Metro Radio Cash for Kids!

Last year the Festival raised over £700 for Oxfam, in partnership with Oxjam Newcastle.

This year we went it alone and set ourselves a fund-raising target of £1,000 for Metro Radio Cash for Kids.

You cannot imagine how pleased and proud I am that the Festival raised over £1,000 !

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO TOOK PART, RAISING FUNDS AND GIVING MONEY TO THIS GOOD CAUSE!

Steve Willis
Festival Organiser


£1,034.50 added today to the “off-line donations” on the Metro Radio Cash for Kids Festival Fundraising Page 

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I guess this will stop showing “pending” Office Hours tomorrow because the cash has already been delivered!

Fantastic Fourth Free Festival yesterday! Thank you EVERYONE! ♫❤️♬

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Phew! We all did it again – and no one fell in the river!

It is obvious from all the photos and videos posted on Social Media that everyone had a great time yesterday! We sort of had a hunch that you might!

Festival Organiser, Steve Willis, and his Admin Elves will be collecting and counting all the donations to the Festival Charity, Metro Radio Cash for Kids.  We will let you know how well we have done this year as soon as possible!

THANK YOU AGAIN EVERYONE! – YOU ROCK!!

£712.43 raised for Oxfam by Crossing the Tyne Festival 2017!

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Thank you!

Crossing The Tyne Festival 2017 was a great success! Many thanks to EVERYONE who contributed – on both sides of The Tyne and on The Tyne. In North and South Shields, in Gateshead and Newcastle and on the Nexus Ferry!

Many thanks to the Performers, Festival Admin, the Venues, the Event Organisers and Hosts – to everyone who came along and made this such wonderful day and helped to raise funds for a good cause! The sun shone down and smiled on us too!

  • Great events!
  • Great performances!
  • Great community participation!
  • Best of all – over £700 raised for Oxfam with Oxjam Newcastle!

Many thanks also to everyone who has shared their photos and videos so that we can share them with you!

We will be posting highlights from 2017 but in the meantime you can see photos and videos on our Facebook Festival Page, Group and Facebook Events – and on the “Top Tourist” blog here! Crossing The Tyne Festival 2017

Next Crossing The Tyne Festival – 25 August 2018!

We have already started planning for next year!

Our new charity for 2018 will be “Cash for Kids ” as supported by Metro Radio

Come along, join in, have a great time and help raise funds for another very good cause!

Steve Willis
Festival Organiser

Festival Links:

Facebook: Festival Page

Facebook: Festival Group

Facebook: Festival Events Links

Twitter: @crossingthetyne

 

 

Crossing The Tyne Festival website launch!

Making connections!

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Crossing The Tyne Festival website, in time for the Third Crossing The Tyne Festival, on August 26th 2017!

We know that not everyone is on Facebook or Twitter and we need to connect with that wider audience.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will that, as well as Twitter and Facebook,  you can sign up for email updates,  follow from your own WordPress.com blog or grab our RSS feeds.

There are other ways you can get in touch with us too, just check out our Contact Page

Crossing The Tyne Festival 2017

Our third Festival is this weekend, Saturday 26th August 2017. There are events on both sides of The Tyne – and on The Tyne!

We hope you can make it along to enjoy some good music, poetry and companionship, to meet old friends and make new ones.

We are fundraising for Oxfam this year and with the help of Newcastle Oxjam, this year’s Festival is bigger than ever!

You can find this year’s Festival Programme here:

Then, Now and Next!

Many thanks to everyone who has supported us for the last three years!  So many people have given their time, energy, talents and performance spaces for free, to entertain and help raise funds for charitable causes!

Past Festivals might be gone but they are not forgotten!  We will be featuring stories, photos and videos from all the Festivals on the website in future.

We will be developing our website to support and promote The Crossing The Tyne Festival in 2018 and beyond!

We are sure that everyone will enjoy the 2017 Festival and we have some even bigger plans for our next Festival in 2018!

Thank you again to everyone who has made this possible.

Steve Willis
Organiser, Crossing The Tyne Festival