Local Links – including local attractions and what’s on

 Preston Residents Association is a member of VODA, North Tyneside’s Voluntary Organisation Development Agency based at the Shiremoor Centre, Shiremoor.  VODA is a main conduit for the Voluntary and Community Sectors, working closely with North Tyneside Council and partners involved in delivering a range of advice, help and training. Full information is available through their webpage where, going to the contact page, you can make an application to join as a member or simply see how you might be able to become a valued volunteer.

‘REMAP Tyne’ is the local branch of the National Charity REMAP, dedicated to the design and manufacture of tailor made aids for disabled people which are not available commercially. The organisation is special in that it consists of engineers, hobbyists, enthusiasts etc. dedicated to using their ingenuity and skills to enable people with disabilities to achieve their much desired independence in aspects of their lives or leisure activities not previously available to them.

The work has a distinct engineering flavour, is varied, challenging and demands a variety of skills – woodwork,. metalwork, machining, electronics, upholstery, welding, to name but a few, and incorporates design and sourcing of materials. The reward is self satisfaction and knowing that one’s contribution to charity is one hundred per cent effective.

For persons having such a need, or those interested in helping others please visit for full details and contact information.

What’s on: local events listed on the North Tyneside Council website

Stephenson Railway Museum

The Museum is home to working steam and diesel locomotives which offer a passenger service during the summer season – great fun for all the family.  Trains are pulled by either ‘Jackie Milburn’ our Peckett Steam Locomotive, or our ’08’ and ’03’ diesel locomotives

Train rides are available at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from April to November

Tyne and Wear Heritage Open Days

-for details of open days at buildings/areas of interest, including guided walks around Preston Cemetery


Tynemouth Priory

Tynemouth Beer Festival

-details of an annual CAMRA local beer festival held close to Preston Village.  Next event: 13th-15th September 2012

Blue Reef Aquarium, Tynemouth

Tynemouth markets

– details of the local markets including farmers markets and speciality books and craft events held weekly at Tynemouth Station

Tynemouth Classic VW Rally

The second annual Tynemouth Classic VW Rally will take place on Saturday 27th July 2013

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade