@sctv, thanks for posting the list of events.
I see there's a Dorkbot (Newcastle)
meeting this Wednesday 20/1 at the Centre for Life in the Lifelab Welcome Room from 7.30 to 9pm.
We haven't even started on a hackerspaces... but like the idea.
I would sign up to hackerspace in Newcastle if one was started, it reminds me of the old computer meet ups from the early 80's at Newcastle's Science Museum 8-). In fact I'm pretty sure the Maker Faire takes place in the same room.