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Smash Space: Newcastle’s First ‘Rage Room’



Smash Space opened to the public in July 2021 bringing the first rage room to Newcastle.

After seeing ‘rage rooms’ all over the UK, Andy Reynolds launched Smash Space, ‘a safe environment where people can let out their stresses of day to day life.’

A rage room, also referred to as a smash room, is a safe space where groups and individuals are free to vent their anger by destroying their surroundings.

Rooms contain items such as plates, televisions and glass bottles that customers can smash using the tools also supplied. In addition, Smash Space also offer a smash lane, art launch and plan to launch an escape room.

In a statement they said: “We wanted to diversify the concept of Rage Rooms by including Smash Lanes and Art Launches so that there is something different for everyone to have a go at. Our premises is set up to optimise the experience for everyone. It provides an opportunity to participate in a new and fun activity into the ever-growing leisure market. The company is a small business with few employees which allows us to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction and allows us to maintain our core values at all times. All of our staff are trained in personal safety and first aid to create a safe environment where people can relieve stress and anger.”

According to Vice, the first rage room was opened in Japan and have since spread rapidly across the globe.

Smash Space is open to the public between 4pm and 8pm Wednesday to Friday and 2pm to 8pm Saturday and Sunday.

Sessions cost £26.50 and last 15 minutes. Groups up to four people are welcomed.

To get your rage room experience for just £22.50, click here!

For more information visit their website here.

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Exploring Newcastle upon Tyne: A Vibrant City Full of Rich Experiences



Exploring Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle upon Tyne, often simply called Newcastle, is a city bursting with history, culture, and a vibrant atmosphere. Situated in the northeast of England, this city on the River Tyne offers an array of activities and attractions that cater to every taste and interest. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a foodie, or a nature lover, Newcastle has something special for you.

Discover Historic Landmarks

Newcastle boasts a rich history showcased through its iconic landmarks. The Newcastle Castle stands tall with its medieval architecture, offering stunning views of the city. Delve into the city’s past and learn about its intriguing history within the castle walls.

For art enthusiasts, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is a must-visit. This striking gallery hosts innovative exhibitions and showcases modern art, offering a unique perspective on creativity.

Enjoy the Urban Vibes

Explore the bustling Quayside, a vibrant hub brimming with restaurants, bars, and stunning views of the River Tyne. Take a leisurely stroll along the Millennium Bridge, an architectural marvel that illuminates the night sky, providing a picturesque backdrop for evening walks.

Indulge in Culinary Delights

Newcastle’s culinary scene is diverse and exciting. From traditional pubs serving hearty meals to chic restaurants offering global cuisines, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Don’t miss the chance to try the famous Newcastle Brown Ale or indulge in a traditional Geordie stottie for an authentic local experience.

Embrace Nature’s Beauty

Escape the city buzz and explore the tranquility of Jesmond Dene Park. This picturesque park offers serene walks, beautiful landscapes, and a chance to connect with nature without leaving the city.

Dive into Cultural Experiences

Immerse yourself in the city’s cultural offerings at the Theatre Royal. Catch a captivating performance, from classic plays to modern productions, showcasing the best of the performing arts.

Shopping and Nightlife Extravaganza

For those seeking retail therapy, Eldon Square and intu Metrocentre are shopper’s paradises, hosting a wide range of stores and boutiques. As night falls, Newcastle comes alive with its vibrant nightlife. The city is known for its energetic bars, clubs, and live music venues, ensuring an unforgettable evening.

Final Thoughts

Newcastle upon Tyne encapsulates a unique blend of history, modernity, and cultural diversity. Whether you’re exploring its historic landmarks, indulging in culinary delights, or embracing the city’s vibrant nightlife, Newcastle promises an enriching experience for every visitor.

Come and discover the charm of Newcastle upon Tyne, a city that never fails to captivate its visitors with its warmth, history, and boundless energy.

Plan your visit and embark on an unforgettable journey through this dynamic city!


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Newcastle City Council announces new cashless payment system across city



Newcastle City Council has confirmed payments using cash will be gradually phased out from all council-owned car parks and on-street parking locations as ticket machines are upgraded to accept cards and the PayByPhone service is expanded to cover all locations.

The council carried out consultation on proposals for cashless parking earlier this year, including seeking feedback from Newcastle Disability Forum and the Elders’ Council, to understand and respond to any concerns.

The changes are part of proposals to make the council’s parking service more efficient and cost-effective while better meeting the needs of customers.

Cllr Jane Byrne, cabinet member for a connected, clean city at Newcastle City Council, said: “The majority of our car park users already prefer cashless payments so we are keen to make this available at all of our parking locations.

“However, while cash payments will not be available, people will still have a choice in how to pay for their parking, either using a card, by telephone or by using a smart phone app.
“We will be offering support, including video tutorials or one-to-one assistance, to anyone who needs it.

Data shows that the majority of people already prefer to use cashless payments, with PayByPhone transactions increasing from 1.5m in 2018/19 to 2.9m in 2022/23 and card machine transactions increasing from 200,000 to 332,000 during the same period.

As part of the changes, the PayByPhone service will be expanded to cover all locations. This service enables people to add extra time to their parking if needed without having to go back to the ticket machine.

The option to pay by card will also be made available at all car parks and on-street bays, giving people a choice of payment methods at all locations.

At on-street parking areas, people will be able to use a card to pre-pay for parking when they arrive.

This pre-payment option will also be provided in every council-run car park – including those with no maximum stay restrictions, which is a slight change to the original proposals following the consultation.

A further card payment option – known as check in check out, which allows people to pay for the exact amount of time used when they leave – will also be available at car parks where there are no maximum stay restrictions.

People who don’t have bank cards, can use pre-paid cards which are widely available and can be topped up via a range of outlets.

Blue badge holders will still park for free in the on-street car parking bays.

Work will get underway in the coming months to begin upgrading ticket machines and rolling out the PayByPhone service to cover all locations.

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Where to watch the Coronation across the North East



Alnwick Castle - Northumberland

The Coronation of King Charles III on May 6 – and the Coronation Concert on May 7 – will be shown for free on big screens in Newcastle, Northumberland, Durham, and Sunderland.

Preparations are under way to erect big outdoor screens so that people can come together to watch the ceremony, as the country gets ready to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III.

The big day is Saturday, May 6 when His Majesty the King will be crowned in Westminster Abbey, alongside Camilla as Her Majesty The Queen Consort in a service set to attract a worldwide TV audience. And the grand event will be screened live at various locations across the region for those keen to get out of the house and mingle with others to feel part of the historic occasion.

The Government has made money available to install big screens in public places so that as many people as possible can come together at official sites to watch the coronation events live and for free. Below is our guide to where people in the North East can go to join in.

Newcastle, Northumberland, Sunderland, and Durham all have locations in which you can watch the special occasion.


Alnwick Castle – Northumberland

In collaboration with Northumberland County Council, the castle will be screening Saturday’s coronation as well as Sunday’s concert for free although spaces must be booked.

The event, with gates opening at 10am, is free but those tickets, which will be limited, must be pre-booked. Guests can take along a blanket or chair for the lawn and there will be a variety of food trucks on-site selling treats and drinks.

Northumberland County Council says up to 1,500 people are expected to attend on both days and, on the coronation day, it has invited 500 ‘community heroes’ – volunteers who have made a difference locally – to be among them.


Times Square – Newcastle

A screen in the city centre square will be broadcasting the day’s action for free on Saturday from 9.30am until 4pm, with the service itself due to start at 11am following the arrival of the royal procession from Buckingham Palace.

City and Fenham Libraries – Newcastle

Newcastle City Library has a royal link too, having been opened by the late Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in 2009. Newcastle City Council says street parties and community events will be taking place across the city to mark the historic occasion and residents will receive ‘sweet treats’ as part of its Meals at Home service.


Keel Square in the city centre will be showing the event.

Hylton Castle in Castletown.

Rectory Park in Houghton.

Barnes Park.

Town Moor, East End.

The Galleries Shopping Centre, Washington.


Durham University – Durham

People are invited to come together to watch the coronation on a big screen being set up by the university in its marquee right next to Durham City Rugby Football Club. Arrival will be from 10am, with plans to have everyone seated in the marquee by 11am for the start of the service.

The event, running until 4pm, will also include family entertainment and, while no alcohol will be allowed, people can take along picnics and soft drinks. The screening will be free, but tickets are required. Note this event is now booked up.

Market Square – Darlington

In another of the free, public events, the town centre has been picked as one of the official screening sites and it will be live broadcasting the coronation ceremony.


The coronation also will be broadcast live from Westminster Abbey – where the late Queen was herself crowned 70 years ago – on BBC1 and iPlayer.


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