The Late Shows 2016

13 - 14 May 2016

The Late Shows – supported by Port of Tyne – is a free late-night culture crawl in Newcastle and Gateshead. 2016 sees us host our 10th annual event and across the weekend of 13–14 May, over 70 arts, culture and heritage venues that are normally closed in the evening will open their doors after-hours and welcome you in.

Museums, galleries, studio collectives and landmark historical buildings come together to offer visitors one-off events including hands-on workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, performances and parties. It’s all about encouraging people to do something cultural with their evening in celebration of the international event Museums at Night.

The Late Shows began in 2007 and has now more than quintupled in size. In the first year, 14 venues took part, rising to more than 70 in 2016. Venues at last year’s Late Shows recorded over 31,000 visits across the weekend. The main objective of The Late Shows is to encourage people to visit a cultural venue that they may not have visited before. In particular, our aim is to attract a younger audience and share loyal audiences between venues.


Event Information


13 May 2016

Price range


All Late Shows venues are free to enter during the weekend and the vast majority of events are drop in. Some attractions such as guided tours have limited capacities and need to be booked in advance. You might have to pay for consumable materials if you take part in a workshop. The Laing Art Gallery charges an admission fee for its special exhibition. Many venues will be selling their wares as well as food and drink - your support is hugely appreciated.

Additional Information

The Late Shows takes place on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May 2016. Friday night is for Ouseburn Valley venues only, 7-11pm. Saturday's main event takes place at venues across Ouseburn, central Newcastle and Gateshead, 7-11pm. Venues in Gateshead open from 6pm on Saturday so you can start your evening there and fit even more in. The Late Shows is a culture crawl with over 70 venues taking part across the weekend. Participating venues host special events with a 20-30 minute dwell time. During The Late Shows, volunteer stewards will give out free event programmes and you can also use this website on your phone to see what's on near to where you are. You can also pick up a free glow stick from a steward on the night - you'll see other people wearing glow sticks and know that they are on a Late Shows culture crawl too. Make sure you visit a Gateshead venue on Saturday to grab a special orange glow stick.