Wideopen, also occasionally spelled Wide Open, is a village located in the administrative borough of North Tyneside, north of Gosforth and six miles from Newcastle upon Tyne city centre.
Wideopen adjoins the settlements of Seaton Burn, Brunswick Village and Hazlerigg. The Village straddles the historic Great North Road, formerly the A1 trunk road, but is now bypassed by a new alignment of the A1 immediately to the west. The village lies in an area with a strong mining history and had its own colliery. Weetslade Country Park, to the east of the village, is reclaimed from an extensive area of coal mining activity.
In 2012 work commenced on the building of a new housing estate by Bellway homes, to be called Fivemile Park. It is located to the east of the Great North Road, between Lockey Park and Weetslade Country Park.
The village contains one pub (Travellers Rest), two health centres, a library, a garage, a supermarket, a post office, an ambulance station and various local shops. The village has two primary schools, Hazlewood Primary School and Greenfields Community Primary School; students in these schools normally progress to secondary education at Seaton Burn Community College.
Recreation and Leisure:
The village has a local football club - Wideopen Juniors, playing with teams from seniors down to under 8's.The club is based at Lockey Park and has modern changing facilities built in 2008.
Woodlands Hall provides indoor leisure facilities and Wideopen swimming pool (within the grounds of Greenfields Primary School) is used as a school learner pool.
The Reivers Cycle Route runs past the village providing access to a nationally-designated cycle route from the east to west coast of England.The village is directly connected to the local waggonways network (former mineral railways) which provides opportunities for walking and cycling routes throughout North Tyneside.
A driving range, The John Jacobs Golf centre, opened in 1966. This later became Wideopen Golf Club when an 18-hole course was opened in 1984. In 1986 the club changed its name to Parklands Golf Club, but occupies the same area within Gosforth Park.
Lying on the ourtskirts of the village, Wideopen Conservation Area was designated in January 2007 and a character appraisal was adopted in January 2009 by North Tyneside Council. The area includes the Grade II listed Sacred Heart Roman Catholic church.