A leisure venue which occupies one of Newcastle’s most iconic buildings is extending its hours to include Sundays only four months after opening, on the back of the huge success of the venue.
Wylam Brewery opened in the Palace of Arts, in Exhibition Park, in May, following extensive £2m restoration works. The venue, which is the new home for Wylam Brewery following its relocation from Heddon-on- the-Wall in Northumberland, houses a brewery, a 30-barrel brew house, tap room with food offering and events space. It has also created several new jobs within the business, taking the workforce to around 50.
In the short time it has been open, the new Wylam Brewery has become one of the most talked-about leisure locations in the North East. Initially opening on Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday from midday to 11pm, as well as for private hires throughout the week, the venue has now been granted a license for Sunday opening from midday to 11pm.
Wylam Brewery – which has been credited with safeguarding the Grade II-listed Palace of Arts, the last remaining building from the North East Exhibition of 1929 – has now added Sunday lunches to its offering, which is set to help it achieve even greater levels of popularity on the city’s social scene.
Sarah Smith, Partner and Head of Licensing at Sintons, has handled the licensing of Wylam Brewery’s move to the Palace of Arts.
Rob Cameron, director of Wylam Brewery, said: “We have taken great pride and care in restoring the Palace of Arts and are very pleased to call it the new home for Wylam Brewery.
The positive reaction we have had since opening has been phenomenal and it is great news that we can add Sunday opening to our portfolio so soon after moving in here.
“I have worked with Sarah Smith for a number of years on a variety of projects, and I am grateful for her expertise and support with our opening of our new home.”
She is the long-term licensing advisor to Rob Cameron and his leisure businesses.
“In just a few months after opening its doors, Wylam Brewery has quite rightly become known as one of the city’s must-visit leisure venues,” she said.
“Its spectacular, historic setting and superb offering makes it unique, even in a destination like Newcastle, which has one of the most diverse and vibrant leisure economies in the UK.
“We are delighted to have been involved in the opening of Wylam Brewery, the latest of Rob’s very successful leisure projects, and most recently to have helped secure Sunday opening for the venue. It is a great asset to the City and adds vibrancy to a beautiful park space.”