North East venue gets a new look and new name in refurbishment

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The former site of Federation Brewery has received a £250,000 overhaul, with Ramside Estates opening up the revamped venue, The Fed

One of the North East’s largest venues is set to feature a new name after a £250,000 revamp.

The former Lancastrian Suite at Dunston, Gateshead has received a quarter of a million remodelling and a new name, The Fed.

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Its change of name is a nod to the Federation Brewery which was previously based at the site.

The large venue, which can hold up to 1000 people for a standing event or 700 for sit down dinners is set to attract a hefty amount of bookings for its programme of events.

The Fed was purchased last year by Ramside Estates who also own Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa, Hardwick Hall Hotel, Bowburn Hall Hotel and the award-winning Impeccable Pig at Sedgefield.

Ramside Estates have invested heavily into The Fed’s site, with a state-of-the-art sound and light system featuring alongside video walls and a new floor.

Redecorations for the venue have featured throughout.

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Craig Charles and Bad Manners are set to perform at the venue later this yearCraig Charles and Bad Manners are set to perform at the venue later this year
Craig Charles and Bad Manners are set to perform at the venue later this year | The Fed

John Adamson, owner of Ramside Estates, said the upgrade will ensure The Fed is one of the top spaces in the region.

He said: “The Fed has always been a favourite venue because of the amount of guests it can accommodate.

“But now, with the investment, it will have even more appeal and we are very keen to be able to show it off.

“We have already had a huge amount of interest because there aren’t many standalone venues of this size in the region, so The Fed really is a perfect location for everything from conferences to celebrations to award ceremonies to sporting events.”

The venue is already attracting big names like Craig Charles and Bad Manners, who are both set to headline on August 7 and December 11 respectively.

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