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This month we welcome a host of youthful contributors who will offer a fresh perspective on the region and its many cultural attractions.
As the annual Juice festival for children and young people approaches – it aims to keep kids and their families occupied during half term – a preview section has been put together by its special team of young writers.
They have been out and about gathering information to help you get the best out of one of the region’s most popular and successful festivals.
As thousands of students pour into the North East – many of them no doubt visiting for the first time since their interview – we have also tailored this edition to appeal to them.
What to do in Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland or Middlesbrough if you are a newcomer? Where to go and where to avoid?
We asked students already studying at the region’s universities to offer some advice to those coming along behind – and even if your days in full-time education lie further in the past than you’d care to admit, we reckon you will still enjoy reading what they have to say.
Especially for the newcomers, we have also compiled a list of some of the great attractions of the North East (this taken from The Journal’s popular feature, 100 Reasons Why It’s Great Up North).
But what is the value of a university to those who don’t work or study there?
Apart from the boost to the regional economy, there are cultural benefits. We have put together a list of some of the great visitor attractions to be found on campus or under university control. You might be surprised at how much these institutions contribute to a great day out.
We look ahead to Durham Book Festival and the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival – and we also have Paolo Nutini. For many of you ladies – including, I suspect, my colleague Sam Wonfor, who interviewed him – he alone might be enough.