Our 1st Birthday Celebrations

What a fantastic 1st Birthday Weekend we have had here at The Word!

It was great to see so many people come down and help us celebrate the special occasion.

We had a jam-packed programme for the whole family which included a fabulous performance by our Writer in Residence, Celia Bryce. Celia ended her residency with a performance in the atrium alongisde her band – The Celia Bryce Band – as well as giving readings from the work she produced during her time at The Word. She also performed alongside The Word Choir and Ukuleles Group to a song she had written during her residency.

Pat ‘the hat’ Speight brought traditional Irish tales to The Word as part of Tyneside Irish Festival and children were taken on an adventure with stories about kings, warriors, witches and more.

We were also in for a treat when Arbuthnot & Puddles from this year’s Customs House panto – The Lambton Worm – came to celebrate (and cause mischief). They provided entertainment for everyone and gave a sneak peek of what to expect from this year’s panto!

Our special one-off FabLab drop-in session was very popular also and offered a chance for the whole family to get involved and experience the state-of-the-art facilities on offer at the facility all for free.

And we also welcomed the fabulous Chloe Daykin, who held 2 sell-out workshops for children to make their own pop-up pirate books.

It definitely was a weekend to remember and we would like to thank everyone who came along to help us celebrate.

Here’s to another great year!


A snapshot of our weekend

Gemma Grist, Marketing & Communications