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The Inventors Ball

The Inventors Ball at Saltwell Park is an After-Dark Delight

~ a guest blog by Cheish Merryweather


Last night we were invited to the Inventors Ball at the Enchanted Park personally by Ursula Wailes, heiress to the Saltwell Towers Estate.  The Enchanted Park is a gift to the people of Gateshead and the busy crowds flocked through the gates to enjoy an after-dark adventure.

Ursula has filled the park with incredible inventions, including rare plants, magical singing creatures, and live actors are around to talk you through this immersive experience which lasts around 1.5 hours.

Stand out exhibitions include Lightning Strikes at Enchanted Parks by artist Seb Lee-Delisle, followed by very large inflatable white rabbits, illuminated in stark white light at the Intrude exhibit by Parer Studios, then the big surprise for the finale that is Spirit of the Cyclone by Periplum.

Enchanted Parks is for children and adults like – local, independent food can be sourced from Scream for Pizza and Saltwell Towers Café is also open till late which also has a busy gift market.


Tops Tips


  • Wrap up warm and bring a torch if you have little ones as this is an after dark experience which gets very busy
  • Speak to the live-action actors as they have messages to pass on which is great fun between the exhibits
  • Arrive as close to your ticket time as possible to avoid waiting long at the gates for your time slot



Where: Saltwell Park, Gateshead

When: Tuesday 5 – Sunday 10 December 2017

Gateshead’s popular after-dark arts adventure is making a welcome return this festive season. The annual event, which sees specially commissioned artists transform Gateshead’s Saltwell Park into a magical and mythical wonderland, will run for six nights this winter.

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How to get tickets

Tickets can be purchased from

Tickets are priced at £8 for adults (plus 50p booking fee) and £3 for children under 16 (no booking fee). Children aged 3 and under go free.



~ a guest blog by Cheish Merryweather



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