The 9th annual Breastfeeding Festival was held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 2018 in the CRB Education Centre at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4LP. Click here to see an aerial view of the hospital site with the CRB Education Centre entrance marked. You can also access the CRB Education Centre via Peacock Hall, the entrance of which is also shown on the aerial view.
Getting to the hospital
The Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) is situated in the heart of Newcastle’s city centre. It is a 10 to 15 minute easy walk from Newcastle railway station, on the East Coast Main Line.
Access is easy with high speed rail links directly to Newcastle’s Central Station from many destinations in England and Scotland. Newcastle is less than an hour and a half away from both Leeds and Edinburgh, and you can get there directly from London Kings Cross, Peterborough, Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester and Glasgow in just 3 hours or less. Find out more information on times and fares at the East Coast and Virgin Trains websites.
The nearest bus station is Haymarket. On foot from Haymarket, either walk through the university campus, or up St Thomas Street, until you reach Queen Victoria Road. For further information about public transport visit nexus.org.uk or phone Traveline 0871 200 2233. There is also a shuttle bus that links the RVI to the Campus for Ageing and Vitality, the Haymarket bus station, and Gosforth (Newcastle Great Park). You can find the details of the 46 bus service on the the Arriva website .
By car, enter the hospital site on Queen Victoria Road, and go left into the car park. The Education Centre is on the edge of the car park on the opposite side to Queen Victoria Road. If you have a sat nav system, the postcode for the RVI is NE1 4LP. You can get information about car parking at the RVI. Newcastle is easily accessible if you are driving or prefer to travel by coach with major road routes straight to the centre from both the north (A1) and south (A1M) and from the west (A69). This means you can get there from Carlisle in under an hour and a half, from Leeds, York and Sheffield in less than 2 hours and from Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow in 3 hours or less.
As a city centre hospital, there a limited number of parking spaces, which can fill up quickly, so please consider using other ways to get to the hospital, such as the Park and Ride facilities. There is a ‘pay on foot’ multi-storey car park at the RVI which is easily accessible from Queen Victoria Road. Pay and display parking is also available on the RVI site outside the main New Victoria Wing, Emergency Department and Dental Hospital. There are a number of council-managed pay and display parking spaces along Queen Victoria Road, Richardson Road and the surrounding area.
To get to the Education Centre on foot, the easiest way is to enter the hospital site from Richardson Road/Queen Victoria Road, and then head north parallel with Queen Victoria Road, along the edge of one of the main car parks. The Education Centre is on the left hand side.