Newbiggin Hall Creates

Newbiggin Hall Creates is a programme of creative writing and cultural activity in the Newbiggin Hall Estate. We have been working local residents and partner organisations since 2022 to develop and deliver co-creative activity with and for this community. The project is funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and includes a variety of creative activities, events and opportunities for people of all ages living in the Outer West of Newcastle.

Discover our current programmes in Newbiggin below, and keep an eye out for more opportunities coming soon!

If you are interested in any of these groups or want to get in touch about our work in Newbiggin, please email Philippa Crossman (Newbiggin Hall Producer, NWN) email: [email protected]

Newbiggin Hall Young Performers

Are you interested in meeting new people, playing drama games and learning new performance skills? Then come along to Young Performers, a weekly drama group where we play games, act, perform, and try some creative writing.

Open to anyone from Year 6 up to age 16. No experience or skills required, no need to book, just turn up!

Time and date: 4-5.30pm, Wednesdays during term time

Venue: St Wilfrid’s Church, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 4BP

Price: Free

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Newbiggin Hall Creates (50+)

Spend some time chatting, taking part in creative activities and trying something new. Activities will include crafts, writing, drama games, sharing stories, gentle movement exercises. Come and meet new people, share a cuppa have a chat and get creative together.

Time and date: 10am-12pm, Thursdays

Venue: St Wilfrid’s Church, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 4BP

Price: Free

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Newbiggin Hall Creative Writing Group

This is a free group for adults living in and around Newbiggin Hall who want to have a go at creative writing and socialise in their local community. It is delivered by New Writing North, Chain Reaction and Mental Health Concern. If you would like to join this group you can just turn up. You will be asked to provide contact details at your first session. Suitable for people aged 18+.

Time and date: 12-2pm, Thursdays

Venue: St Wilfrid’s Church, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 4BP

Price: Free

If you need more information before attending, please contact [email protected]

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Meet the producer

Philippa Crossman is working as a Creative Producer in Newbiggin Hall. She is getting to know people living in the area, meeting organisations and making partnerships with the aim of creating creative projects, activities and opportunities for the community.   

Philippa has been working in creative roles for over 15 years. Before working in Newbiggin Hall, Philippa worked at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester as Community Producer. Working on a programme called Local Exchange, which saw the theatre take up residency in different areas across Greater Manchester. Working in depth over a number of years to develop relationships, projects and a pop-up community theatre festival.  

Philippa has also worked for Northern Stage and Sage Gateshead on engagement and community programmes. Before returning to the North East Philippa worked in London for many years at the National Theatre, and the Royal Court. Philippa’s passionate about creating equal opportunities to creativity, and strongly believes in the benefits it can have to connect people and support wellbeing.