- 6th May 2017: Trinity United Reformed Church in Whitley Bay, destroyed by fire.
- 9th July 2017: The Lake District became a UNSECO World Heritage Site.
- 29th July 2017: opening of The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre in Once Brewed, Northumberland.
- 13th Nov 2017: a statue of Martin Luther King unveiled in King's Quad at Newcastle University.
- November 2017: opening of the Fire Station, Sunderland, as an arts and music hub.