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Great Exhibition of the North (GEotN): Family Expo - Call out for content. DEADLINE EXTENDED

GEotN are seeking diverse content for the Get North Family Expo weekend. A range of activities that will engage and excite families to take part and get involved.

Great Exhibition of the North is a free, summer-long celebration of the North of England’s pioneering spirit.


The country’s biggest event in 2018, it will pack a programme of amazing exhibits, live performances, displays of innovation, new artworks and unforgettable experiences into 80 days.

We Need YOU!

Family Expo - Call out for content

We are seeking diverse content from the North for the Get North Family Expo weekend (4th and 5th August) – a range of activities that will engage and excite families to take part and get involved.

Make, Do, Explore

The Family Expo is a chance for children and young people to begin to explore the part they might play in the North of tomorrow. To experience our themes of innovation, design and art in a new way – a way that relates directly to their lives and future opportunities.

We want families to get stuck in to lots of hands-on activities, explore exciting future careers, develop impressive skills, get active in our sports sessions and learn endless new things (without even trying!).

We need artists, designers, scientists, makers and other experts to come together to share the secrets of how you work in an immersive and dynamic exhibition packed with hands-on activities, make and takes and spectacle with demonstrations, mini workshops, music and performance.


We would like each exhibitor to offer a FREE activity that young people and their families can try their hand at across a broad range of skills – from science (think robots, coding, 3D printing, simulators, interactive models, a gadget factory, sports) to arts and crafts (think make and takes, design, upcycling, creating).

As an exhibitor, as long as there is at least one FREE activity provided we are happy for there to be an opportunity for you to sell your work/ have a small chargeable activity alongside – although we ask that you talk to us about this when you sign up.


All exhibitors for the Get North Family Expo will get the following benefits

  • FREE Lunch and refreshments on Saturday and Sunday and chill out area to use for breaks
  • 2 Newcastle United football match tickets for the pre-season friendly match (the match kicks off at 3pm on Saturday 4th August – you can either gift these tickets to friends or family or you can join the match once the expo has closed at 4pm as the tickets are for the terrace leading from the Expo area)
  • Great Exhibition of the North Welcome Pack including amongst other goodies your Exhibitor T Shirts
  • Access to our volunteer team where needed, to help support you at busy times across the weekend
  • Access to a diverse range of families attending the Expo (we expect over 6,000 per day to visit)
  • Opportunity to apply for a travel bursary (if attending from outside of the region) and/or early career bursary to support you attending the event
  • Mention within marketing materials produced for the event and on the Great Exhibition of the North website (with click through to your own organisation / project)
  • A chance to be a key part of the highly profiled Great Exhibition of the North, the biggest event happening in England in 2018 – this is a once in a lifetime opportunity!


The spaces available at the Get North Family Expo are limited and we’d like to ensure we get a diverse mix of exhibitors from the north and activity types so we are asking everyone who is interested in taking part to fill in this initial quick form to tell us a bit about yourself and what you would propose sharing at the Expo and we’ll then follow up with you to confirm attendance.

Deadline for proposals is 9am Monday 29th June