to the North East and North Cumbria - a beautiful and vibrant part of the world with outstanding healthcare training opportunities.


From world-class NHS facilities and clinicians to stunning landscapes, towns and cities, our region has got it all. Whether you're at the start of your career as a foundation doctor or pharmacist, or planning your next move in specialty training, finding your place with us is a great decision. 



The North East needs no introduction when it comes to nightlife - we are world famous. We all know which city gets the lion's share of the attention, but our love of letting our hair down radiates out well beyond Newcastle, with plenty of great live music venues, bars, clubs and festivals to be found in all parts of the region.

We rock

As a region, we punch well above our weight when it comes to producing top musical acts. Just some of the famous names to emerge from the North East and Cumbria are Sting, Mark Knopfler and Bryan Ferry.  For big gigs, there are our football stadiums and the Metro Radio Arena, but it's our independent venues play an important part in the  region's music scene as they are a vital lifeline to upcoming artists early in their careers. 

Hoochie Cochie - Newcastle
Surf Cafe - Tynemouth
The Georgian Theatre - Stockton
The Cumberland Arms - Newcastle
The Brickyard - Carlisle
The Cluny - Newcastle
The Forum Music Centre - Darlington
Trimmers Arms - South Shields

For a posh cocktail

The Tree House, Alnwick Garden - Probably one of the most enchanting interiors in the world, and if that wasn't enough, their garden inspired drinks are incredible with The Duchess of Northumberland’s own “Deadly Jane” range of cocktails. 


For a crafty pint

Bridge Tavern, Newcastle upon Tyne - Under the stanchions of the Tyne bridge, this smart brewpub feels part gentlemen's club, part New York beer bar. 


For dry January

The Botanist, Newcastle upon Tyne - Their range of non-alcoholic cocktails is just as good as the stronger ones and the views down our iconic Grey Street are spectacular.


For a good red 

Shill's of Cockemouth, Lake District - Two floors of delights! Downstairs the home of artisan cheese, fine wine and handcrafted chocolates. Upstairs serving coffee, tapas and wine.


For something fizzy
Ebony Champagne Bar, Durham - With around a dozen different types of vintage and non vintage bubbly.

For mother's ruin

Tin of Sardines, Durham - Probably the smallest gin bar in the world with 200 gins and 50 mixers.


For a proper brew

Howick Hall Gardens’ Earl Grey Tea House, Northumberland  -  The home of Earl Grey (and Earl Grey tea not surprisingly!)

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Let us entertain you

If you're looking for a night out that's a bit less boisterous, there are plenty of theatres, cinemas and comedy clubs to keep you occupied:

  • The Sands Centre, Carlisle

    Plays host to international orchestras, theatre, opera and ballet companies, international recording artists and comedians, both past and present.

  • Sunderland Empire

    Proudly badging itself 'The West End of the North East', the Sunderland Empire Theatre hosts big name shows and musicals to audiences of up to 2,000 people. 

  • Forum Cinema, Hexham

    Enjoy the latest blockbuster or independent film with a tub of local ice cream at this historic Art Deco cinema, which dates back to 1937.

  • Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

    Housed at the Lakeside in Keswick, this unique stone and slate built theatre is famed for its home produced performances and its amazing views across Derwentwater, Borrowdale and the Western Fells.

  • Middlesborough Town Hall 

    This city centre venue attracts big acts and top performances including our very own comedian Sarah Millican.

  • Alnwick Playhouse

    A great small arts venue that hosts touring drama, music, dance and film.

  • The Stand, Newcastle

    Hosting regular touring comedy from the biggest names on the comedy circuit. On Wednesday nights they host their famous Red Raw beginners' night.

Newcastle is Rough Guide's No 1 city

The Rough Guide 2018 crowned Newcastle Upon Tyne its must-visit destination for 2018. In their review of our region's capital Rough Guide writers said: "Expect also to be bowled over by Geordie geniality (locals are famously friendly) and the city’s nightlife, which is notoriously lively. A burgeoning restaurant scene, fantastic museums and architectural feats like Tyne Bridge add to the appeal of Newcastle, which is also friendly on the wallet."

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