About The Word

The Word, National Centre for the Written Word is South Tyneside Council’s new state-of-the-art cultural venue which forms the centrepiece of the £100 million regeneration of South Shields Town Centre. The building is brimming with exciting new experiences, activities and facilities for people of all ages to engage and enjoy, from a digital media wall and FabLab to an immersive storytelling experience and interactive touch-tables. The building will also be home to 70,000 books and OpenZone which provides digital learning and ICT to schools.

At its core The Word will celebrate the written word in all its forms through a rolling programme of events, exhibitions and workshops.

The Word is located within the heart of South Shields Town Centre adjacent to the Market Place. It sits on the site of the former 3-storey South Tyneside Council Wouldhave House offices which were demolished to make way for this development and the wider regeneration masterplan.