This year’s event tells the enchanting story of Ursula Wailes, the eldest daughter of William Wailes and heiress to the Saltwell Towers Estate, who makes a gift of Saltwell Park to the people of Gateshead. After filling the park with incredible inventions, plants from all over the world and wonderful
creatures, she captures the imagination of children and adults alike; many reporting that the park itself feels 'alive'.
Unfortunately, her magical and generous donation is thrown back in her face in a most unfair manner. Legend has it that the young heiress closes the park in response to this betrayal and it has remained closed forever since. Now in 2017, residents report strange noises in the park and those houses nearby, with young people in the family, receive a mysterious invitation. 'To the generation of optimists: You are cordially invited to The Inventors' Ball in Saltwell Park'. It is simply signed, UW.
Tickets will go on sale at 9am on 4 October.