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The Word

For more information on the latest events and exhibitions, opening times and directions, please visit The Word website. The Word is also available to follow on Facebook and Twitter.

The Word, 45 Market Place, South Shields, NE33 1JF

The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, South Shields

The Word, National Centre for the Written Word is the new state-of-the-art cultural venue and is the jewel in the crown of the £100 million regeneration of South Shields town centre.

This new cultural attraction has attracted visitors from the Borough and beyond.

The three-storey building on the town's Market Place celebrates the Borough's literary heritage, and is the home for North East writing talent.

Facilities @ The Word

  • The Word Library which boasts over 70,000 books, an improved local studies offer, more events and activities for all to enjoy as well as plenty of computers as part of the People's Network.
  • OpenZone supports schools in creative digital learning and encourages students and teachers to develop a variety of cross curricular projects from film-making and podcasting to animation and coding.
  • FabLab provides a space for anyone with an interest in design to have the opportunity to access 3D printers, vinyl and laser cutters as part of a programme of workshops.
  • StoryWorld incorporates stunning backdrop projections and sound effects in order to create a magical world of fun, fantasy and adventure for children and families.
  • Viewing terrace is located on the rooftop and provides you with optimum views of the River Tyne.
  • Visitor Information Centre sells a great selection of arts, crafts, stationery, jewellery, birthday cards, prints and books.
  • Hire rooms provide an iconic and unique venue for meetings, corporate events, training sessions, workshops and conferences. There are a number of flexible spaces that can be adapted to meet your needs.

To find out about all of the facilities on offer at The Word and the latest events, exhibitions and activities, visit The Word, National Centre for the Written Word

New events space - The Round

The Round artist impression

The rooftop level of award-winning cultural venue, The Word has been transformed into a new events space - The Round.

The Round features a full programme of events and can host up to 150 people.

Read more: The Word: The Round

The Word is supported by: 

Arts Council England

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Port of Tyne - Gold corporate sponsor

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BT - Silver corporate sponsor

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