Gateshead Garden Festival

The Gateshead Garden Festival was the fourth of the United Kingdom's five National Garden Festivals. Held between May and October 1990, in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, it lasted 157 days, and received over three million visitors. Many of the attractions were educational, and included "Woodlands – Past, Present and Future", "Bodyworld", "Discover the Nature of Change" and "Visit to the Centre of Electricity". Other attractions included public art displays, a ferris wheel, and dance, music, theatre and sporting events. Several modes of transport were provided around the site: a monorail which ran between Norwood and Eslington, a narrow gauge steam railway between Dunston and Redheugh, and a road train which covered the entire site. A ferry across the River Tyne, between Dunston Staiths and Newcastle Quayside, was also provided.

The festival site was created over a two year period, on 200 acres of derelict land, previously the site of a gasworks, a tar works, a coke works and railway sidings. The cost of reclaiming and redeveloping the land was around £37 million. After the festival ended, much of the site was replaced by housing.


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