In Northern England:
- 22nd February 2006: Newcastle United awarded the UEFA Intertoto Cup.
- 27th August 2006: opening of Northern Stage (formerly Newcastle Playhouse) after a £9.5 million refurbishment.
- 1st September 2006: Central Library closed for demolition and later replaced by Newcastle City Library.
- 22 December 2006: official opening of Darlington College by then-Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
- 2006-7: demolition of the deeply unpopular Westgate House in Newcastle.