Frate – Recycled Shipping Container Leisure Venue

frate recycled containers venue

New shipping container venue set to open in Newcastle city centre

A new venue full of local street food vendors and cultural pop-up events is set to open its doors in Newcastle next month. Plans for the outdoor venue were approved by Newcastle City Council last year.

About Frate

Built with recycled single use shipping containers it will be one of the most sustainable new developments in the region this year. Its co-developed and the creation of a group of local businessmen; Robert Clarkson and Tom Byron. The pair own north-east businesses; Market Shaker, Pumphreys and The Dog & Parrot.

Frate is set to open on Friday 26th May just in time for the bank holiday weekend. Its an open-air venue in lively central Newcastle. Visitors will enjoy live music, DJ sets, food outlets from local producers and even an outdoor cinema.

It will be fully heated and lit by pendant-style festoon lighting. Murals will feature on surrounding walls created by Mr Penfold and many more leading local and UK street artists.


Hosting pop-up events, vintage clothing markets, fayres, exercise classes and yoga will be a major theme. The open-air cinema will stream live local and international sporting events and more.

Street food stalls and bars will be available over two-storeys offering alfresco dining with BBQ and Mezze-style dishes. Everything from chicken shawarma wraps to vegan-friendly dishes and pizzas by the slice will be available for all to enjoy.

As a destination for amazing local street food, creative drinks, live sports and with space for art and cultural entertainment events, Frate will be the place to visit in Newcastle this year.

Win £100

To celebrate the opening, Frate is giving three people a chance to win a £100 food and drink voucher to use over the Spring Bank Holiday launch weekend. If you want to find out more about how you can win the voucher, then take a look at Frate’s latest Instagram post:


Frate is located behind Newcastle’s infamous Grey Street just off High Bridge.  It will be hidden away in a secluded leafy courtyard space, near one of Newcastle’s busiest streets. Set over two levels and across a courtyard which will enjoy full sunshine throughout the day.

The End of Stack

stack newcastle shipping container venue closed
Stack is now sadly closed to make way for new Government offices, relocating it to nearby Pilgrim Street was blocked by local businesses.

Frate comes almost a year after the container box entertainment venue Stack Newcastle closed to make way for new government offices.

The former venue on Pilgrim Street was dismantled and plans to temporarily revive it behind Central Station were scrapped in November following objections from nearby businesses. It was once one of Newcastle’s most popular destinations for food and drinks.

Frate will hopefully full the void left by the departure of Slack.

What they say

Robert Clarkson says:

When the concept of Frate first came to mind, we wanted to make sure that we were not just bringing another standard outdoor venue to the city, but a fresh experience that will contribute to Newcastle’s thriving hospitality scene. Frate is bringing together the best of our local and independent food, drink, art and music within the city.

We are super excited to be bringing our new concept to life and think those of the North East will agree that Frate is an excellent addition to our region.

Frate will not only add to the vibrancy of Newcastle but also provide a platform for local businesses and artists to showcase their talent, helping them to thrive within the region.

Newcastle City Council says;

Container-style developers had proved ‘extremely popular’ in the city. They add another element to the city’s diverse cultural, leisure and entertainment offer.

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