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The Word, National Centre for the Written Word


The Word, National Centre for the Written Word is a state-of-the-art cultural venue in South Tyneside which is brimming with exciting experiences, activities and facilities for people of all ages to engage and enjoy! The spectacular building opened in October 2016.

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: COVID-19 Update

After careful consideration, South Tyneside Council have taken the decision to close South Tyneside leisure centres and libraries, including The Word until further notice.

Following this decision, and the Government's advice for those who are within the at-risk categories to limit non-essential contact for social distancing measures, we will be cancelling all programmed events up to and including 14 June. We will make all necessary refunds and ask that you are patient whilst our staff work through this process. We will be contacting all artists and writers.

Library borrowers are advised to keep hold of books until the libraries re-open. No fines will be charged. Libraries users can still access online library services and the Home Readers Library Service will continue to operate as normal. Find out more at libraries.

The Word will reopen when it is deemed safe to do so.


The Word is located within the heart of South Shields Town Centre adjacent to the Market Place. You can park for free for up to 3 hours (you must still get a ticket from the machine) and it is only a short walk from many other local attractions, including the seafront (which boasts Haven Point, The Dunes, Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, North & South Marine Park as well as an award-winning beach), South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, Arbeia Roman Fort and The Customs House.

  • The Word, National Centre for the Written Word
  • The Word
    45 Market Place
    South Shields
    NE33 1DX




The Word is supported by

Arts Council
Gold sponsors
Silver sponsors
Bronze sponsors
Colmans Seafood Temple
JP Morgan
Port of Tyne


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