Where is it?

We will once again be located in the wonderful Star and Shadow Cinema in the east end of the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Star and Shadow Cinema are a volunteer run community project providing a space for Shieldfield and beyond. Anything from a community kitchen, radical library, meeting space and of course a working cinema space.

They don't just provide a great venue space but have all sorts of events on throughout the year, check them out here: https://starandshadow.org.uk/

The entrance to the Star and Shadow Cinema
The 'Venue Space' where the majority of stalls will be


Induction Loop

Portable hearing loops will be available on the day of the bookfair.

Wheelchair/Step-Free Access

The Star and Shadow Cinema is a wheelchair accesible venue offering step-free access around the bookfair as well as accessible toilets.

Toilets/Changing Places

Star and Shadow Cinema has a disabled toilet fitted out to Changing Places standard. With a ceiling track hoist, height adjustable changing bench, height adjustable hand basin, shower and toilet.

More info available here: https://www.starandshadow.org.uk/access/changing-places-toilet/

Medical Requirements

If anyone has any medical requirements they need to take care of there will be places to do that. There will also be food and drink available. If you have any questions please ask at the welcome desk at reception.

Dogs Welcome

The venue is animal friendly and offers a large green space across the road.

How to Get There

By Rail

Newcastle (https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/newcastle/) is accessible by rail nationwide, with regular services between London and Edinburgh as well as services from Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds. The station is a 30 minute walk from the Star and Shadow Cinema so below transport may be useful.

Manors (https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/manors/) also has a railway station not far from the Metro station, it is operated by Northern however service is scarce between Newcastle and Morpeth/Chathill.

Please note Manors railway station is not step-free.

Newcastle Central station
Manors railway station

By Metro

Newcastle is served by the Tyne & Wear Metro which operate throughout the area, offering a service every 10-15 minutes. Step-free access is usually available at all Metro stations, you can check the departure boards at stations which will advise if any lifts are out of order.

Manors is on the Yellow Line of the Metro which operates between South Shields, Gateshead and Newcastle city centre and loops around the coast.It is advised if you are travelling from the south of the River Tyne to change trains at Monument to avoid the loop around the coast, Manors is a 15 minute walk from the venue.

Haymarket and Monument in the city centre are on both the Green and Yellow Lines so unlike Manors station if you are travelling from the Airport or Sunderland you won't need to switch trains., a 23 minute walk away.

Jesmond metro station
Manors metro station

By Bus

Stagecoach operate the 1 (https://bustimes.org/services/1-slatyford-or-buddle-road-coach-lane-campus-2) service from Clayton Street (near Central Station) to right outside the Star and Shadow Cinema at Warwick Street.

The 32/32A (https://bustimes.org/services/32a-walkergate-scrogg-road-west-farm-road-kenton-b) also stops right outside at Warwick Street, accesible from the city centre at Market Street

Note: Public buses are £2.00 single no matter the journey.

The bus stop for buses toward the city centre
The bus stop for buses from the city centre, toward Byker

By Bike

Star and Shadow Cinema is located in the east-end of Newcastle, a short cycle off Cycle Route 72 and 725.

There are places to safely store and lock your bike inside of the venue building.

The cycle network of Newcastle, with the Star and Shadow marked
The entrance bicycle storage

By Car/Taxi

The venue address for Sat-Nav is:

Star & Shadow Cinema, Warwick St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1BB

Parking is at a premium at the venue and will be mostly taken up by stall holders. There's payable parking at Stepney Road and Ouseburn Arches around the corner from the venue.

There is a licensed taxi rank right outside of the railway station. Newcastle also has Uber.

Note: Newcastle has a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in place in the city centre, find out more here: https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/our-city/transport-improvements/transport-and-air-quality/newcastle-and-gateshead-clean-air-zone

The taxi rank outside Central station
The limited on-street parking outside the venue


Getting Around the Bookfair


The majority of stalls will be in the large 'Venue Space' with some more situated in the 'Cinema' alongside comfy seating and Ewan's films on the large screen.


This year workshops will have their own area, taking place in the 'Meeting Room' away from the noise of the stalls.


Food and seating can be found in the cafe area at the entrance of the building.


After the stall and workshop portion of the day is over the 'Venue Space' will host live music.

Kids Area

The return of the popular Kids Area with sofas, games and activities.


There will be a Wellbeing Crew on hand to help out where they can and making sure everyone is okay. You will be able to find them around the venue wearing yellow armbands.


As is the nature of the bookfair it is important to respect people's privacy and not to take photos of anyone's faces unless with their consent.