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DFDS Headline Sponsor of NE1 Newcastle Motor Show

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NE1 Ltd is delighted to announce that DFDS are headline sponsors of this year’s NE1 Newcastle Motor Show which will be taking place on the 8th and 9th July.  The two day event, one of the largest free, city centre, open air motor shows in the UK, will now be delivered in association with DFDS, the world’s leading ferry company.

The North Shields-based company is sponsoring NE1’s Newcastle Motor Show for the first time. The event has grown in stature since its launch in 2015 and now commands the position as one of the largest free open air motorshows in the UK.

DFDS will be exhibiting at the two-day event, occupying a premium exhibition site at the south of Northumberland Street in the heart of the city, promoting its Newcastle-Amsterdam cruise ferry service.

As well as exhibiting at the event, DFDS’ involvement will be celebrated with major promotional discounts on its service to Amsterdam for anyone who visits their exhibition site during the Motor Show.

This year the NE1 Newcastle Motor Show has more than doubled in size with over 150 of the world’s most exclusive, unique and classic cars on display alongside showstoppers from some of the leading car brands including Aston Martin, Bentley, and Dealer Partner, Lloyd BMW Newcastle.

Themed zones will be mapped out across the city centre dedicated to different types of vehicles and motoring, from racing cars to classic VWs as well as hands on motoring themed fun and activities for all the family.

DFDS has a long and successful history in the North East, spanning over two decades.  Ferry travel has grown in popularity especially among holidaymakers with cars and DFDS has recently invested over £5 million refurbishing the ferries that service the Newcastle–Amsterdam route, which carried over 580 thousand passengers last year.


Max Foster, Managing Director of DFDS in Newcastle, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be headline sponsors of the NE1 Newcastle Motor Show 2017, this is the first time DFDS has sponsored a major motoring event.  We share a passion for cars and motoring with the hundreds of thousands of people who are expected to attend the event and for motoring enthusiasts we offer access to miles of European roads, cities and countryside all via our ferry route from North Shields to Holland.

“DFDS plays a key role in the North East business community and it is important that we are able to support such a milestone event in Newcastle’s events calendar.  Although we are not located directly in the city centre, we feel a strong part of the offer and our business and its customers benefit enormously from NE1’s events programme and investments.”


Ben Whitfield, Marketing and Events Manager at NE1 Ltd said:

“We are delighted that DFDS is on board as Headline Sponsor for this year’s event.  Having such a well known and well respected travel brand involved will help put the event on the international map and cement its position as the leading open air free car show in the UK.”

NE1 for some Summertime Fun in Newcastle upon Tyne!

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‘Staycationing’ has never been more popular amongst Brits concerned about the falling pound and political upheaval internationally.  2016 was a record breaking year for inbound tourism to the UK with 37.3 million visits, forecasts predict this will grow to 38.8 million this year with spending by overseas visitors rising to £23.9 billion.*

(*Figures from VisitBritain)

Newcastle and the North East are high on the list of popular destinations for UK residents holidaying at home and for visitors from overseas, attracted by the city’s history, architecture and cultural offer.  This summer, Newcastle is an even more attractive proposition thanks to a summertime events programme drawn up by the city centre’s award winning Business Improvement District company, NE1 Ltd.

Designed to give people more reasons to visit and to stay a little longer, the events and activities will put Newcastle on the map for UK holidaymakers and inbound tourists.

Thomas Cook Airlines Quayside Seaside
Until October

To launch NE1’s Summer in the City programme, NE1 teamed up with Thomas Cook Airlines to bring the newly sponsored, Thomas Cook Airlines Quayside Seaside, earlier than ever.  One of the UK’s most popular urban beaches and an official sign that summer is on its way in Newcastle.

The beach, equipped with 350 tones of white sand, palm trees, deckchairs, and buckets and spades has made its annual return and will remain in place until October providing a free, family friendly vantage point to enjoy the spectacular views of the Quayside and a great spot to watch the events and activities on and around the River.

½ million people were thought to have visited the Quayside Seaside in 2016.  This summer, the pop up beach is expected to attract even more visitors and will have its own programme of free events and activities throughout the summer.

In addition, the beach has the added attraction of Barrio Comida, a restaurant housed within two former shipping containers alongside the sand.  Serving a menu of authentic Mexican food, the restaurant is already winning plaudits from diners and critics alike.


Dacia Magic Weekend
May 20th  and 21st

Rugby League’s Magic Weekend rolls in to town for the 3rd year running thanks to NE1 Ltd and Newcastle City Council who have worked with the RFL to bring the event back to the city and its newly adopted home of St James’ Park Football Ground.

12 teams will compete in six games during the two-day tournament, which enjoys as much action off the pitch as on with Fanzones, events and activities around the ground for fans and families to enjoy during the rugby extravaganza.

Rugby League fans are a loyal bunch and Dacia Magic Weekend is the pinnacle of the league’s seasonal celebrations with supporters from all over the UK congregating in Newcastle to enjoy the fast paced rugby action and the carnival style atmosphere it brings with it.

Buy your tickets from the official website


NE1’s Screen on the Green

July 3rd – September 3rd (TBC)

NE1’s deckchairs will be out in force at Old Eldon Square, a public square and green space in the heart of the city, for the return of the ever popular, Screen on the Green.

A large open air movie screen is positioned in the square for the public to enjoy free, open air film screenings of family favourites, new movies and old classics throughout the school summer holidays.  The movies are always popular with many people coming prepared for the show with blankets, picnics and brollies (occasionally!).

Check out for all the details.


NE1 Newcastle Motor Show
July 8th and 9th

The UK’s biggest, free, open-air Motor Show returns to Newcastle to take over the city centre for a spectacular weekend of motoring themed fun, the largest show of the year in the North. The event provides unrivalled access to some of the world’s rarest classic and vintage cars as well as exhibiting some modern day masterpieces, many have never been shown outside VIP-only international motoring exhibitions.

During the two-day event, the cars are exhibited on the streets with the public able to get up close to the cars, talk to the experts and owners, as well as enjoying the spectacle.  This year Lloyd Newcastle BMW have come on board as Dealer Partner, and are expected to showcase some of BMW’s extensive collection, together with unique showstoppers from BMW’s National headquarters.

To accommodate all the new elements of this year’s event, more areas of the city will be involved with themed zones mapped out for different types of vehicles and activities from supercars, rally and racing cars to showstoppers from some of the UK’s leading car dealerships.  Over 100 private exhibitors are on board to line Newcastle’s majestic Grey Street offering the public rare access to some of the world’s most exclusive classic cars.

The event is designed to entertain the whole family with Fanzones and motoring themed events, fun games and give-aways.  Open air film screenings will return at ‘Screen on the Green’ with other fun activities for children across the weekend.

Over 105k people attended last year’s event and the numbers are expected to rise this year as the event becomes more established.


Northern Pride
July 21st – 23rd

Newcastle Pride returns for its 10th year with an extended event over 3 days, 21st, 22nd & 23rd July at Newcastle’s Town Moor celebrating the city’s LGBT community.

NE1 Ltd is festival sponsor of Newcastle Pride for the 3rd year running.  Alongside the main stage with big name music acts, there will be different activity zones to visit and a Fun Fair.

As well as celebrating diversity in Newcastle, the event also brings tens of thousands of visitors to the city.


NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week
7th  – 13th  August

One of Newcastle’s most popular and well supported events happens twice a year – once in January and again in the summer.  This August, NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week runs from 7 -13 August giving diners the chance to eat out in style for only £10 or £15 per person at some of Newcastle’s finest restaurants.

Modelled on a similar scheme in New York, NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week is extremely popular and continues to grow each time it is held.  January’s event welcomed over 100 restaurants to take part and attracted over 45,000 diners, August’s event is expected to surpass this.



NE1 has a whole host of other exciting projects up its sleeve so to make sure you don’t miss out on these festivities, or anything else happening in Newcastle, register for updates at


Other reasons to visit Newcastle

  • Newcastle’s Quayside was listed among the top 10 best places to live in Britain by the Sunday Times’ ‘Best Places to Live Guide’.
  • Newcastle is the happiest city in the UK and one of Europe’s top 20 according to a European Commission study. Newcastle officially has the happiest people of anywhere in the UK.
  • Newcastle was hailed as the top city in the UK for independent restaurant openings, outpacing London, Manchester & Birmingham with some award winning venues and a Michelin starred restaurant in the mix
  • Newcastle named top city in the UK to raise a family in UK Family Living Index report. The city beat 34 others as it has 28 outstanding schools, more green spaces for kids to play than any other city and the average house costs £161,255.

NE1 Newcastle Motor Show Dates Announced

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The NE1 Newcastle Motor Show, the UK’s largest, free, open-air, city centre motoring event and one of the biggest shows of the year in the North, is returning to the city on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July for a fun packed weekend for all the family.

This year Lloyd Newcastle BMW have come on board as Dealer Partner for the event.  They will have an expanded presence at the Show, showcasing some of BMW’s extensive collection together with unique showstoppers from BMW’s National headquarters.

Dubbed locally as the ‘Goodwood of the North’, the NE1 Newcastle Motor Show will combine its unique formula of motoring exhibits, rare and exclusive vehicles with motoring themed events and activities.  This year, it will increase its footprint by over 200% and take over more than two square miles of the city.

The two-day event gives the public rare and exclusive access to cars and motor vehicles from across the UK and internationally, many have not yet been released for sale, or have previously only been exhibited at VIP-only international motoring exhibitions.  In Newcastle, the cars are exhibited on the streets with the public able to get up close to the vehicles, talk to the experts and owners as well as enjoying the spectacle.

To accommodate all the new elements of this year’s event, more areas of the city will be involved with themed zones mapped out for different types of vehicles and activities, from supercars, rally and racing cars to showstoppers from some of the UK’s leading car dealerships.  Private exhibitors from across the region and beyond are on board to line Newcastle’s majestic Grey Street offering the public rare access to some of the world’s most exclusive cars, in one of the world’s finest streets..

Last year, the NE1 Newcastle Motor Show made a huge impact on a national scale with exhibits, exhibitors and visitors attending from all over the UK.  Over 104,000 people attended across the weekend with exhibits including the Renault Sport Formula 1 racing car and the Aston Martin DB11 drawing huge crowds across the weekend.


Stephen Patterson, Director of Communications at NE1said:

“The NE1 Newcastle Motor Show exploded onto the motoring scene and immediately created a unique addition to the UK’s motor show calendar.  This year, the magnitude of the event is increasing and the whole city will feel part of the activities, a true festival of motoring with something for everyone.”


Michelle Caveney, Head of Business at Lloyd Newcastle BMW said:

“We’re delighted to be named as Dealer Partner for this year’s NE1 Newcastle Motor Show. The event made a huge impact last year and we are keen to play our part in making the show even bigger and better this year.  We’re already lining up some jaw dropping exhibits and we’re looking forward to working with NE1 to put Newcastle and the show on the Motoring map.”


This year’s event will run from 10am – 4pm each day.   More announcements on the exhibits and event line up will be made over the coming months and in the run up to the weekend.

For details of the full schedule, and to register for updates, visit . For all the social media activity surrounding NE1 Newcastle Motor Show follow @ne1motorshow on twitter and use the hashtag #NE1MotorShow.


Highlights from the past 2 years.

  • Over 104,000 people visited in 2016.
  • Over £10 million pounds worth of car were exhibited in Newcastle city centre last year
  • Aston Martin DB9 GT was exhibited in 2015 on only its second outing internationally
  • In 2015 Businesses recorded average sales increases of 43%, with some reporting triple that with business up 200% on the usual weekend trade.

With all the extra space to fill organisers NE1 Ltd are encouraging anyone interested in exhibiting, or being involved in the NE1 Newcastle Motor Show to get in touch with Ben Whitfield, NE1 Marketing and Events Manager on 0191 235 7093 or email