NWG are really excited to be creating this fantastic showcase of innovative thinking and new technology in Newcastle from 10 -14 July 2017.

A truly unique event, taking six problems and applying design thinking techniques to try to solve them in five action packed days. The focus on innovation will be mashed up with the feeling of a summer festival featuring a tented village and fun events every evening to engage various groups in the North East of England. All held in a truly unique venue.

The Audience

The crowd at the festival will include senior managers from Northumbrian Water and CKI group companies including 3, UK Power Network, Northern Gas Network. We will also be inviting other energy and water companies to showcase the innovation of the North East. We have engaged with the local Creative Fuse organisation which brings together the five large universities in the region. They will be using this event as a springboard for the creative and digital businesses in the region. At certain times during the event, we will be opening up the doors to invited groups from schools and universities and other business groups in the region.

The Location

Newcastle Racecourse is a spacious and relaxed environment, only 15 minutes from the centre of Newcastle and easily accessible from the A1 and A19. There are a range of accommodation options onsite and nearby and ample parking at the venue. The festival activity will take place in the racecourse’s marquee village, with a selection of different marquees hosting the programme of events for circa 400 people each day of the festival.

In summary

We hope that you’re inspired to join us!


We are thrilled to be hosting this event in the beautiful natural surroundings of Newcastle Racecourse. Our aim is to inspire the creation of more innovative ideas than any event ever. In order to free our minds, we decided to give the event the feel of a British Summer Festival (think “Bake Off”). The Marquee Village and the first class facilities of the Racecourse are just perfect!

Newcastle Racecourse,
High Gosforth Park,
Newcastle upon Tyne,

T: 0191 236 2020
E: helen.forster@nwl.co.uk

For further information, please visit the NWG Festival of Innovation website.