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Practical information: East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Frequently Asked Questions: New Year's Eve East of the Sun, West of the Moon

What is East of the Sun, West of the Moon?

East of the Sun, West of the Moon takes inspiration from Norse mythology and local folklore. A bonfire uncannily resembling a giant beast’s lair will form the centrepiece to the evening’s theatrics before culminating in a firework finale.

This family-friendly early evening celebration will also feature a range of fun fair entertainment, music from Heart FM and food and drink concessions to keep everyone entertained prior to the main event.

When is the event?

The main event, East of the Sun, West of the Moon takes place from 4pm to 6pm on Sunday 31 December 2017 on the Town Moor. Please note that there will be concessions and fun fair entertainment in Exhibition Park from 12 noon until approx. 9pm (fun fair rides will stop during the performance 5-6pm).

Do I need to be onsite at a particular time?

Concessions and entertainment including the fun fair (Jamie Clark Amusements) will be open from 12noon in Exhibition Park. Please note no rides will be in operation during the show (5-6pm). The funfair and concessions will re-open at 6pm and the site and fun fair will close at 9pm.

The gate to the event space on the Town Moor opens at 4pm.

The show starts at 5pm. Please ensure you are on site by 4.45pm to guarantee entry.

Approximate end time of East of the Sun, West of the Moon show 6pm.

Where is the Event?

East of the Sun, West of the Moon takes place on Newcastle’s Town Moor. Entrance to the event will be via Exhibition Park which can be accessed via the entrances on Claremont Road (NE2 4PZ) and Brandling Avenue. Concessions and fun fair entertainment will be in Exhibition Park.

How do I get a ticket?

Tickets were allocated using a ballot system and this has now closed. Tickets will not be available on the gate and no further tickets are available.

Can I buy tickets on the gate?

No. All tickets for East of the Sun, West of the Moon have been allocated through the ballot system in advance of the event. There will be no onsite box office at the gate.

Additional Needs and Accessibility

We are committed to ensuring that visitors with disabilities and additional needs are not prevented from enjoying our events because of access needs. The event takes place on a grassed area and there will be a designated accessible viewing area with ground protection to provide easier access. Please advise a member of staff on the gate when you arrive and they will direct you to this area.

There is no parking on site. The closest accessible parking bays are in the Claremont Road Car Park. Please note there is a steep slope leading into the park from the underpass from Claremont Road.

View accessibility information on Exhibition Park.

Is the event suitable for children?

Yes, however, an adult must accompany children and young adults under the age of 16. Please note that bikes or scooters will not be allowed into East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

Can I bring my dog?

NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED IN TO THIS EVENT. There are flame and light effects and large numbers of people which make it unsuitable for even the best-behaved dog. Assistance dogs will be accommodated, but please be aware that the event includes fireworks. 

What should I wear?

East of the Sun, West of the Moon is an outdoor event, so please dress accordingly – we suggest lots of layers, scarves and gloves! Although the Town Moor and Exhibition Park will be lit the ground may be uneven and muddy under foot so sturdy footwear is also advisable.

How long does the event last?

Exhibition Park will be open from 12noon with fun fair entertainment and concessions.

Ticket holders for East of the Sun, West of the Moon will be able to enter the event space on the Town Moor from 4pm. East of the Sun, West of the Moon gets underway at 5pm and will finish by 6pm.   There will be entertainment from Heart FM’s Tom Campbell and the Heart Angels.

What public facilities will be available on the Town Moor for the event?

There will be public toilets in Exhibition Park and on the Town Moor with provision for disabled audience members and baby change facilities. There will be a selection of food and drink concessions in Exhibition Park including a bar.

Can I use my camera or video equipment?

Yes, although recording of images and filming for commercial reasons is strictly prohibited without prior consent from the event organisers, please email nye@ngi.org.uk for more information. Please also be aware that the event organisers will be documenting the event using film and photography.

Will I be able to view the event from outside the events space on the Town Moor?

In contrast to previous New Year’s Eve events, East of the Sun, West of the Moon is a theatrical bonfire with pyrotechnic animation. Due to the event design and nature of the site itself, the event and the majority of the fireworks will only be visible to ticket holders who are in the Town Moor event site and will not be visible from surrounding areas.

What if it is raining, windy or cold?

The event is designed to go ahead in all reasonable weather. We recommend that ticket-holders dress appropriately with warm clothing and suitable footwear.

If we do have to cancel the event, ticket holders will be contacted via the email address supplied at point of booking and, announcements will be made via www.NewcastleGateshead.com and www.newcastle.gov.uk, via Facebook and Twitter as well as in local press subject to publication deadlines.

If you have any concerns about the weather on the afternoon please check the website in the first instance.

Travel Information

Entry to East of the Sun, West of the Moon is via the main Claremont Road entrance to Exhibition Park and via the underpass from brandling Park.

Public Transport

We would like to encourage East of the Sun, West of the Moon visitors to use public transport to get to the event. Buses and Metros are scheduled to be in operation on New Year’s Eve. The nearest bus stops are located on Claremont Road. The nearest metro station is Haymarket.

For further public transport advice go to www.nexus.org.uk/christmas2017 or call Traveline on 0871 200 2233.

Tyne and Wear Metro will be operating Metros with a normal Sunday Service until 10pm, then services every 30 mins until 11pm. There will be extra services between 5.30pm and 8pm. Full information is found the Nexus website

Buses: There will be normal Sunday timetables until 6pm then reduced services until 7.30pm when most bus services finish:

Arriva bus services

Go North East bus information

Stagecoach bus information

How do I get to the event by car?

The Exhibition Park entrance is at NE2 4PZ. Please note there is no car parking on site. There is a metered public car park close to the park entrance on Claremont Road as well as a number of City Centre car parks.  Please be considerate of local residents when parking.

Contact Us

For more information about the event please email nye@ngi.org.uk or call 0191 440 5747. Please note the telephone line is only open during office hours Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm. Due to the Christmas holidays the office will be closed 25 – 31 December but the team will have occasional access to e-mails and social media accounts remotely from 28 – 31 December.

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