Crossing The Tyne Festival 2021

Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th and Monday 30th August!

Check out everything we have in store for North and South of The Tyne in 2021 in the Festival Programme !

  • Fantastic local musicians – spot the Saturday Main Stage secret theme!
  • Visiting performers from as far afield as Texas
  • A wonderful Choir from Co Durham
  • “Uke on The Tyne” showcasing top groups and solo acts from Tyne & Wear
  • The Stanza poets strutting their stuff
  • The young musicians of “Own Your Stage”
  • “Into The Spotlight” at the Customs House Amphitheatre

We are enormously grateful to everyone who has given freely of their time and talent to make this the most exciting Crossing The Tyne Festival yet!

All performers for good causes, tireless venue hosts, patient sound and stage managers and enthusiastic volunteer helpers!


The big venue this year is outdoors with a Main Stage and an Acoustic Stage in Northumberland Square, North Shields NE30 1QD

Indoors, there will be a more intimate Acoustic Stage in the bar at The Exchange, Howard St, North Shields NE30 1SE

On Saturday only, an innovative outdoor stage at the Customs House Amphitheatre, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES


Festival Lager and Ciders, Shipyard IPA, Stella Artois and soft drinks will be available at the pop-up bar in Northumberland Square.

Festival Charities

Covid-19 put paid to a full Festival in 2020 and we only had a small event at the Amphitheatre outside the Customs House, South Shields with no fundraising.

In 2019, our last proper Festival, we raised over £4,000 for RNLI Lifeboat Tynemouth.

This year we are supporting three local charities:

Saturday: North East Homeless

Sunday: RNLI Lifeboat Tynemouth

Monday: Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade

Find out about the important work these charities do by visiting their stalls in Northumberland Square – and please give generously at all Festival venues!

Partnership with North Tyneside Council

We are delighted that North Tyneside Council has recognised the cultural contribution of the Festival. Without its generous support, practical and financial, we could not have managed to put on such an ambitious event in Northumberland Square. Particular thanks to Tom Wilson, Senior Events Officer, for his advice and patience.

Official Sponsors

Many thanks to RayTel Security Systems for financial support and to NY Timber North Shields for valuable donations of timber to build the Acoustic Stage and Bar in Northumberland Square.

Kind Supporters

A special thank you to Stephenson Steam Railway for the loan of portable barriers and to The Beacon Centre for providing a rehearsal space for Darlington SING Community Choir.

Most of all – come along, bring the family and enjoy the fun!

Steve Willis
Festival Organiser

Bank Holiday Monday Festival Stage @Old_LowLight

26th August 2019 – Bank Holiday Monday

Third Day of the Crossing The Tyne Festival Stage at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre coming up!

Venue 6c [N] Old Low Light Heritage Centre


12.00 – Veneer
13.00 – Riverbeat
13.30 – Kitchy Retro
14.00 – A Whisper of Moths
14.45 – 16.00 Open Mic

For updates to the running order,  please see:

Festival Programme 2019 Bank Holiday Monday

Facebook Event:

Crossing The Tyne Festival 2019

FREE festival

Fundraising for RNLI Lifeboats

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:


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

Tyne Tunnels – TT2

Tyne Tunnel Approach

Helping you prepare for your first visit to the Tyne Tunnels

North Tyneside 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:

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

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

2018 Crossing The Tyne Festival Google Map screenshot 800x436 + NOTES

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!


£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