Festival FAQs

What is a design sprint?

Find out about the design sprint methodology or what big questions we are looking at this year via the links down below.

What is the dress code for the Innovation Festival?

The dress code for daytime and evening events is relaxed and casual. We have outdoor areas so we recommend you dress for the weather. We have a beach area this year so if the sun continues to shine you’ll want to make the most of it. 

We do have some themed dress codes during the week:

On the evening of Tuesday 10 July - we have an 80’s silent disco planned for 7:00 pm in addition to screening the World Cup Semi Final. So get into the groove and dress to impress with your 80’s neon fashion. There’ll be prizes for the best dressed.

Wednesday 11 July - join us in celebrating World Cup fever by wearing your football shirt. Or go for a Hawaiian shirt/dress throughout the day.

If you want to join our Volley Ball tournament or take part in our numerous fitness or relaxation sessions remember to bring comfortable clothes.

Will there be any Well-being activities at the festival?

To help our creativity and get us feeling innovative we have daily rise and shine activities on offer. Throughout the day you’ll have the opportunity to get involved with a variety of fresh, fun, motivational sessions or take part in a bit of relaxation. 

You can find out more about all our wellbeing activities and challenges and book onto an activity through our Innovation Festival website.

Sign up to our “Innovation Big Walk” and “Festival Wellbeing Challenge” for a chance to win some fantastic prizes. 

We’ll also be supporting our local food banks so we’d really appreciate you bringing along an item of food for our collection. Find out more at the link below.

Will food and drink be available at the Innovation Festival?

Refreshments will be available on-site throughout the day. A buffet lunch will be served at 12:30 pm each day. Specified dietary requirements will be catered for.

The festival is a zero-waste event so please refrain from bringing plastic bottles, packaging or any items non-recyclable or non-reusable. Find out more at the link below.

Guests will receive a refillable water bottle ready to use and refill at one of our numerous water stations to keep you hydrated throughout the event.  

What time does the Innovation Festival open each day?

Our revised registration time for Monday 9 July 2018 is from 8:30 am to 9:15 am for a 9.30am prompt start. Registration on Tuesday to Friday is from 8.00am to 8.45am for a 9.00am start. Please be aware that whilst the event runs from the 9 July – 13 July 2018 not all sprints run for this full-time period. Your registration confirmation from Eventbrite will show you which dates you have registered for.

If you are taking part in our HACKATHONS these run from Tuesday 10 July – Thursday 12 July 2018.

We are delighted to let you know we have some special guests joining us at the Innovation Festival.

Monday 9 July - Alexander Armstrong (TV Presenter) will be opening the Innovation Festival and joining us for the day.

Tuesday 10 July - Neil Mullarkey (Actor, writer and comedian) will be opening day two with an introduction to ‘Improv’ and Neil will also join us on Wednesday.

Wednesday 11 July - Steph McGovern (TV Presenter) will be opening day three of the festival and taking part in the festival throughout the day.

How do I get to the Innovation Festival?

The 2018 NWG Innovation Festival is at Newcastle Racecourse, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 5HP.

By road

From the A1, A19 and main approach roads to Newcastle follow the brown and white tourist board signs bearing a horse and rider for Newcastle Racecourse.

By bus

Bus numbers 43 and 44 leave from Haymarket bus station in Newcastle City Centre every few minutes and arrive at a stop just outside Newcastle Racecourse road entrance.

By rail

Newcastle Central Station is 15 minutes away by taxi Regent Centre Metro Station is situated 2 miles from Newcastle Racecourse.

By air

Newcastle International Airport is six miles from Newcastle Racecourse site.

Will there be any onsite parking permits issued to the sponsors?

There is free on-site parking. Please use the designated parking area when you arrive and enter our Festival Village by the main entrance.

Is there any accommodation available around Newcastle Racecourse?

If you would like to book a hotel you can find a list of the nearest hotels by visiting the accommodation page, linked below.

Will there be Wi-Fi available?

Yes - overall there is 100mgbs Sprint boosters in the Marquee Village and the Chill out zone. Sprint leads will be able to discuss your specific requirements with you.

Are there any events on in the evening?

The Sprints will end at 4:30 pm followed by a daily wrap up evaluation session from 4:30 pm to 5.00pm.

There is time to chill, catch up on emails, take part in a range of well-being activities and unwind from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm and dinner will be at 6:30 pm.

Evening events programme will start at 7:00 pm and finish at 11.00pm.

Find out more on the page below

Where can I find out about the ideas from the Innovation Festival in 2017?

Find out more about last years festival by looking at our highlights page, link below.

Where can I find out more?

It’s not long now until the opening of the festival and you can keep updated with all the latest news by following us on social media. 

On Facebook, you can find us @NorthumbrianWater

On Instagram, we are @northumbrian_water

And on Twitter, it’s @NorthumbrianH2O (that’s the letter O, not the number).

We would love you to help spread the word and celebrate your involvement in the Innovation Festival, using social media.

Please use the hashtags #InnovationFestival2018 and/or #InnovationFestival18 and tag us in on our social channels listed above.