In Northern England:
- 22nd April, 1986: first preview opening of the Metro Centre shopping complex near Dunston.
- July 1986: production of the Bluebird car begins at the new Nissan factory in Sunderland.
- 8th Sept 1986: official opening of the Nissan car factory by Margaret Thatcher
- November 1986: Durham Cathedral & Castle designated a World Heritage Site
- 1986: Beamish is named British Museum of the Year