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Enchanted Parks

The House of Lost and Found

Tuesday 4 - Sunday 9 December 2018
Tickets now on sale

The service we offer is simple.
We reunite lost things with their owners.
Many things can be lost.
An object, a precious possession, a voice, a song, a friend, a love, your marbles.
We’ve travelled far to be here. Further than you could imagine. We’ve sought and collected your lost things.
We invite you to come and find them and celebrate with us the feeling that comes when two things that have been separate, come together once more. 

Enchanted Parks is NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council’s popular after-dark arts adventure in the atmospheric setting of Saltwell Park. The annual event, which sees specially commissioned artists transform Gateshead’s Saltwell Park into a magical and mythical wonderland, will run for six nights this winter.

NEW FOR 2018

By the River Brew Co.'s HWKRMRKT will be bringing its own array of tasty smells and treats for you to enjoy as well as a bumper Craft Market and the return of BALTIC Shop.

○ Tickets cost £9 per adult (plus 50p booking fee) and £4.50 per child under 16. Children aged 3 and under go FREE but still require a ticket.

○ A limited number of tickets for all event days (entry time 5.45pm) will also be available to purchase in person from Gateshead Library Reception from Tuesday 2 October (9am-7pm).

○ Take time to read our Frequently Asked Questions in full before booking your tickets to find out more about parking, ticket details and access.

○ A very limited number of Early Entry tickets are available every day at 4.15pm to help visitors with particular sensory needs to acclimatize and enjoy the event. Check out our Accessibility information in full and how to book your Early Entry tickets (please note the Relaxed Dusk Entry tickets on Saturday 8 December are now fully booked).

This is the story of a travelling fair, but not a fair of fast, over-priced rides and candy apples. A fair that has been travelling in one guise or another for centuries. The earliest sightings of the fair were reported in 18th Century Europe, later in the 19th century across the Atlantic and again in the heady days of London in the 1920s.  

At the helm is Peter Chevalier, an illusionist and philanthropist who has gathered around him an extended ‘family’ of people who are in some way lost. This weird and wonderful ‘family’ have attracted attention, suspicion and awe wherever they turn up and turn up they do. Overnight they appear, stay for a few days and then disappear. Each fair is different, taking on the quirks and foibles of whatever place they end up, but the story is always the same: what have you lost and how can we help you find it?

But surely it’s not possible for this to be the same Peter Chevalier who began this work hundreds of years ago? How can one man travel across centuries? Can you trust an illusionist? What brings him to Saltwell Park? What lost things does he claim to be returning? What is it that he is searching for? And will he find it?

Key information about Enchanted Parks


○ Enchanted Parks is NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council’s popular after-dark arts adventure in the atmospheric setting of Saltwell Park. The annual event, which sees specially commissioned artists transform Gateshead’s Saltwell Park into a magical and mythical wonderland, will run for six nights this winter.

○ Enchanted Parks is a ticketed event. Tickets are available to purchase online. No tickets will be available on the entrance to the event.

○ We strongly recommend the use of public transport to get to Enchanted Parks. There are excellent links from Gateshead town centre and Newcastle city centre. Visit our FAQ’s page for more information about travel.

○ There is limited parking onsite at the Joicey Road car park (£5 per car). Priority will be given to Blue Badge holders.

○ Enchanted Parks is an outdoor evening event, so please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Due to the nature of the event and the time of year, some paths may be uneven and there may be darker areas of the park.

○ With the exception of assistance dogs, animals will not be admitted.

○ Enchanted Parks is suitable for all ages and is wheelchair accessible.

○ Enchanted Parks will go ahead in all weathers, but if you are concerned please check our Facebook and @Twitter pages in the first instance.

○ Visit the FAQ’s page for more information.

Like our Facebook page facebook.com/NGWinterFestival or follow @WinterFestNG on Twitter.

Take a look at some of the highlights of Enchanted Parks throughout the years, see full sized images and more highlights on our Flickr account.

Enchanted Parks 2015

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