CAROL BELL

Carol Bell is the Executive Director of the Great Exhibition of the North, a summer-long exhibition and events programme celebrating the pioneering talent of the North of England.
Carol Bell

Luxe people >>

My Partner Savitri and boys Isaac and Noah who are all amazing and put up with me not being around much at the moment!

Luxe places >>

For a weekend > A lovely place I found to stay on Lindisfarne, is amazing when the tide is in and you can walk right round the island and experience the amazing beaches

A long holiday > Last year me and the family explored Greece we went to Athens and then got the ferry to Crete and travelled round the island. I loved the opportunity to have lots of different experiences in one go; beaches/culture/city/exploring – it was brilliant.

A treat > A luxury break in the Lakes or if I really wanted to push the boat out a weekend in NYC possibly after Great Exhibition of the North!

Luxe relax >>

Best food > A homemade south Indian curry made from scratch by my own fair hands.

Best wine > I love wine (especially red) but I am no expert,  have just joined a wine club called Naked Wines – everything they have sent so far has been great, in particular their South African Pinotage, that’s my favourite at the moment.

Favourite restaurant > At the moment the Broad Chare. The boys like going somewhere for a good burger so Dat Bar is always fun.

Perfect weekend > At home,  nice weather, dog walking, family film and my allotment.

Downtime means > Spending time at my allotment.

Best telly > The Handmaids Tale

Best book > Any by Margaret Atwood.

Best sounds > Pink Martini, Bowie, Queen.

Luxe shop >>

Best shopping city > Newcastle, of course.

Favourite shop > Probably between John Lewis and Fenwick.

Luxe retail treat > Going into MMM on Grainger Street and buying lots of nice local food.

Best buy > Our VW camper van, Patsy – the only form of transport I sold for more than I paid for her!

Luxe party >>

A memorable night out > Seeing great music or theatre.

Perfect party > Good food, wine and company.

Best dress > I don’t do dresses

Dinner date > My other half, of course.

Your luxe things in life >>

Family, supportive friends and work colleagues, Martha and River (my dogs). Hoping the things I help make happen everyone else enjoys!


The Great Exhibiton of the North is a free, summer-long celebration of the North of England’s pioneering spirit. With inspiring exhibitions, live performance and culture trails, this is the country’s biggest event in 2018. It kicks off in Newcastle on 22 June 2018, until 9 September 2018. More info at: getnorth2018.com

Related Stories

  • Tyne Bank Brewery

    LUXE LIFE: JULIA AUSTIN

    LUXE PEOPLE >> My husband John, daughter Josie and son Alex. LUXE PLACES >> For a weekend > London – I love the vibe.  It’s non-stop, totally busy and only...
  • Larah Hunt

    LUXE LIFE: LARAH HUNT

    LUXE PEOPLE >> My friends, family and little Yorkshire Terrier, Teddy. LUXE PLACES >> For a weekend > San Francisco. I first visited here a few years ago and...
  • Kate

    LUXE LIFE: KATE FEARNLEY

    In 2009 she was awarded the Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year award by Cosmopolitan magazine. Her designs have been worn by many celebrities, including Girls Aloud, The Saturdays, Alexandra...
  • Kate Wickham

    LUXE LIFE: KATE WICKHAM

    As MD, Kate, who has been with the company since 2005, heads up a team of 44, supplying decals and vehicle livery worldwide to Bobcat, Volvo, Komatsu and JCB....