10 September ‘17

Planning your visit to Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2017

Excited by our programme but left booking travel and accommodation to the last minute? Good news there are still possibilities!

We encourage visitors to stay in Berwick for the full Festival week or weekend. Staying longer definitely helps get the most out of all the screenings, seminars, exhibitions and performances, as well as giving a little more room to enjoy beautiful North Northumberland. Your Festival visit isn't complete until you've glimpsed a seal or a porpoise!

National and International Visitors

Budget airlines fly to both Edinburgh and Newcastle airports which are only a short distance away from Berwick-upon-Tweed with bus and train connections.

Finding Accommodation 

Although many Bed & Breakfasts are now full, the Festival still has low budget accommodation available at the brilliant and sparkling new Berwick Youth Hostel (see below). With prices staring at £70 for three nights including a Festival pass, this really is a steal. There's further info here.

There's also some great reasonably priced self-catering options available, five or ten minutes walk from the main Festival venues via Airbnb and Home Away.

Rooms are still available at Berwick's Travelodge and in Spittal at Roxborough Guest House. Both are thirty minutes walk away from the Maltings Theatre at the Festival and it's worth bearing in mind that there are regular local buses and taxis are also very reasonable should you prefer not to walk.

Day Tripping Travel Advice for Saturday 23rd September

For day-trippers it's worth taking note that on Saturday 23rd of September there will be a bus replacement service for the full length of the railway line between Edinburgh and Newcastle. This will make your journey a little longer but as it's one of the Festival's busiest days, you'll not regret making the trip. 

Especially for visitors from Newcastle, Northern Film + Media have laid on a free for Festival ticket holders, leaving at 11am from BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and returning to Newcastle at 11pm. For more information and to register your bus place please email roxy@northernmedia.org by the 15th September. 

If you're travelling from Edinburgh, asides from train travel with Virgin East Coast and CrossCountry it's also worth noting that there's a National Express and Borders Buses bus service to Berwick. There's also a full range of Arriva buses operating from town throughout Northumberland. 

If you're travelling by car it's definitely worth pooling that ride with some friends. And although Berwickers might disagree, there is  always plenty of free car parking in the town centre.

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