Great Exhibition of the North: best days out in the north-east

With the summer-long arts festival kicking off next week, singers, artists and curators share their favourite places in Newcastle and the wider region

Toon and Tyne: Newcastle united … on a city walking tour

From the grandeur of Grey Street and Central station to the bridges over the Tyne, this walk takes in Newcastle’s fine Victorian architecture and industrial heritage

The alternative city guide to Newcastle

A stubborn desire to make things happen in this great northern city has led to vibrant arts, food and drink scenes. Whether dining, drinking or dancing, the experience will come with real Geordie camaraderie

Take the kids to … Seven Stories, Newcastle upon Tyne

Families can delve deep into the storytelling tradition at this centre for children’s books where words – and illustrations – are celebrated

Byker Wall: Newcastle’s noble failure of an estate – a history of cities in 50 buildings

Ralph Erskine’s Grade II-listed council estate, built to replace the old Byker neighbourhood, is an examplar of design and public participation – and proof that it is rarely in the interests of people to demolish their original homes

The UK’s cheapest and most expensive city-break destinations

Compare the costs of a break in different UK cities, including the price of a hotel, dinner for two and a round of cocktails

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/aug/19/uk-cheapest-and-most-expensive-city-break