Adopted Geordie




As all of NE1’s other summertime pocket parks are packed away for the winter– NE1’s newest addition, the first Geordie Jackpot Funded project, the new Grey Street Gathering enjoyed a grand unveiling and official launch this week exactly a year since the first Geordie Jackpot tickets went on sale.


The new Grey Street Gathering, paid for by the generosity of players of the NE1 Geordie Jackpot will remain in place until the end of October providing an oasis of calm on Newcastle’s Grey Street.  To celebrate the launch an official ceremony was held with one of the very first subscribers, Julie Alderson from Whitley Bay, putting the finishing touches to the park’s planters while invited guests enjoyed drinks and canapés from nearby Carluccios.

Grey Street Gathering is the first city centre project paid for by the Geordie Jackpot, which was launched by NE1 Ltd in 2017.    50% of ticket sales fund new local projects, with a proportion being donated to charity through Cash for Kids. The latest recipient Building Futures East were on hand to help NE1 celebrate the official launch and to offer thanks for the support they have received from local lottery players. 

To kick-start activities at the Grey Street Gathering early morning Tai Chi and Yoga sessions were held this week, led by Active Newcastle and Yoga Therapies respectively and these will continue until the end of October.

From 17th September on Tuesday mornings free Yoga sessions will be held at 8am and then every Wednesday at 5.30pm with early morning Tai Chi at 8am on Thursdays.

At weekends, there will be a fitness session on Saturday morning and Mindfulness and Meditation will be offered at 3pm on Sunday afternoons, in preparation for the start of another busy week.  Other events and activities are planned for the park including history and heritage talks, creative arts sessions and tutorials and sports and fitness for all ages.

The park equipped with bench seating, planters and artificial grass will remain in place until the end of October.

The park elements will be recyclable and will return every summer.

The people of Newcastle have a long and illustrious history of paying for major civic works, one of the most prominent examples of this is Earl Grey

Monument in the heart of the city centre.  This was delivered and paid for by subscription by the people of Newcastle in 1832

The Geordie Jackpot is a weekly local lottery, which has recently been amended so there are now even more chances to win cash prizes with the overall prize of £25,000 up for grabs each week.

Commenting on the new Grey Street Gathering, Pam Carefull, Project Manager at NE1 Ltd said:

“The Grey Street Gathering provides a welcome green space in the heart of Newcastle’s Grey Street, on what was voted ‘the most beautiful street in the UK’.  The idea for the park came from Geordie Jackpot players and supporters who were asked how they would like the money spent.  Overwhelmingly they asked for more green spaces in the heart of the city.  We have answered their calls with the first lottery funded initiative – the Grey Street Gathering.

“The park offers a calm space for people to enjoy their surroundings and to take advantage of a whole host of free events and activities over the next few months including exercise and mindfulness to arts sessions and historic lectures.

To play Geordie Jackpot buy tickets at

A timetable of the free activities at Grey Street Gathering will be published on


‘Free fitness classes for people to take advantage of Grey Street Gathering, Newcastle City Centre’.

Saturday 15th September 10am Fitness (45 minutes)

Sunday 16th September 3pm Mindful Meditation (45 minutes)

Tuesday 18th September 8am Yoga (30 minutes)

Wednesday 19th September 5:30pm Yoga (45 minutes)

Thursday 20th September 8am Tai Chi (30 minutes)

Saturday 22nd September 10am Fitness (45 minutes)

Sunday 23rd September 3pm Mindful Meditation (45 minutes)

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