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Coulrophobia by Opposable Thumb, 2019 festival

Your Visit

Your one stop shop for everything you need to know about your visit to Newcastle Puppetry Festival.


Click to download Accessible Shows Pack

Please email Vicky at if you have any specific questions on access facilities at the different festival venues. There is also an Accessible Shows Pack, which can be viewed/downloaded by clicking here. For queries about access at Northern Stage please get in touch with them directly on 0191 230 5151. All festival venues are fully accessible. See 'Tickets' section for information on carer tickets.

A number of the shows at the festival will have live captions included as part of the performances:

Additionally many of the shows are largely visual and/or sensory, without much spoken narration. These have been marked clearly on the What's On page and in the festival brochure, but if you would like more information please contact Vicky at



Key information about booking tickets for Newcastle Puppetry Festival, including concessions and carer tickets.

  • All tickets for events at Northern Stage should be booked directly through their website or box office: | 0191 230 5151 

  • For all other ticketed festival events taking place at Seven Stories, The Cluny and the Great North Museum: Hancock, tickets should be booked through our website 'What's On'.  

  • You do not need tickets for the free outdoor theatre, including Beasts on the Street, City of Kittiwakes Parade, Puppetry on the Green or Puppet Valley at Ouseburn Farm. 


Ticket concessions are for under 18s, asylum seekers, students, refugees, disabled people, over 65s and unwaged people. Accompanying carers go free but please get in touch before booking. 


All children must be supervised by parents/guardians. It is not advisable to bring children under the suggested age range to shows. All children require a ticket aside from babes in arms. 

The organisers reserve the right to change the programme due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of bad weather, please check our website and social media accounts. Latecomers may not be allowed entry to perfomances after the advertised start time. Tickets are non-refundable. 


Public Transport

Newcastle is a well connected city and we recommend using public transport wherever possible to attend our events and activities. 

By Bus

Newcastle has a good local bus network serviced primarily by Stagecoach, Arriva and Go North East, which can be searched through the Nexus website


There are two central bus stations for national services. Newcastle Bus Station is used by National Express  and the bus stops outside Central Library on John Dobson Street are used by Megabus. There are regular services from London, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and elsewhere in the UK.


By Train

Newcastle is lucky to be serviced by Tyne & Wear Metro, which allows residents to hop on a train to the coast, airport, Sunderland, Gateshead and elsewhere around the city with ease. 


For visitors there are very regular trains from around England and Scotland arriving at Central Station. The average journey time from London to Newcastle is 3 hours 37 minutes and from Edinburgh to Newcastle is 1 hour 37 minutes.


By Air

Newcastle International Airport and Teesside International Airport services the North East of England. Newcastle Airport is particularly convenient as it also has a Metro station so you can get a train directly into the city. Local taxis will cost you £15 - £20 to the centre.


There is direct train from Manchester Airport to Newcastle with an average journey time of 2 hours and 54 minutes. All London trains to Newcastle begin from Kings Cross and there are many tube, train and bus connections to London’s airports.


By Ferry

The overnight ferry between Newcastle and Amsterdam (NL) operates 7 days a week and is operated by DFDS . 


The ferry terminal at North Shields in North Tyneside is easy to reach by direct bus transfer us-or by the nearest Metro station Meadow Well and a short walk. 


By Taxi

Newcastle is serviced by a number of local taxi operators such as Blueline Taxis (0191 262 666), Budget Taxis (0191 298 5050) and LA Taxis (0191 287 7777). Uber also operates in the city.


By Car

Newcastle is situated on the A1 so is easily accessible from the rest of England and Scotland. Sunderland and Teesside are a quick journey away via the A184/A19.



Some city centre car parks are now free after 5pm. Visit Get Into Newcastle for further details. See the Newcastle City Council website for more information on car parks around the city.


Northern Stage

Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RH

0191 230 5151

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Great North Museum: Hancock

Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT

0191 208 6765

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The Cluny

36 Lime St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ

0191 230 4474

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Ouseburn Farm

Ouseburn Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PA

0191 232 3698

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Seven Stories

30 Lime Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ

0191 261 0505

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John Marley Centre (Moving Parts Arts HQ)

Muscott Grove, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 6TT

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Northumberland Street

Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7AF

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