Looking for things to do in Newcastle this weekend? Northern has some great ideas if you’re looking for a fun filled day out, all easily accessible from the train. Whether you’re into the arts, fancy a stroll along the Quayside or hoping to try the best places to eat in Newcastle, why not hop on a Northern train and experience what the city has to offer.
Friday night in Newcastle
Friday night in Newcastle doesn’t have to be all about pubs and bars. Newcastle has plenty of cool and quirky events, gigs and alternative things to do to help kick start your weekend.
If you’re looking for things to do on a Friday night Newcastle is the place to be, why not try something different this weekend and head to a comedy club. A place not to be missed is The Stand Comedy Club which hosts a fantastically funny ‘Friday Show’ each week. The venue invites five comedians, including local rising stars, who come together to put on a brilliant two hour show. Just ten minutes’ walk from Manors station, it’s a great place to see your favourite household names and some new and upcoming talent.
Lane 7 in Newcastle takes a Friday night bowling session to the next level. Not only can you enjoy a few rounds on the lanes, but you can also book in for pool, ping pong, and karaoke – and don’t forget to order one of their delicious sourdough pizzas.
Fancy yourself to be a master code-breaker? Escape Newcastle is a great place to test your skills with friends on a Friday night. Open until late, the venue has a choice of themed rooms that you and your group have just 60 minutes to escape from. The company has also partnered with the local Pizza Express to offer a great food and escape game deal so you can celebrate breaking free with dough balls galore.
A Saturday in Newcastle
After an indulgent Saturday morning breakfast, there’s nothing better than stretching your legs with a scenic walk around the city. But, if you’re looking for something a little more relaxing, we would recommend walking off your breakfast in the beautiful surroundings of Newcastle’s Exhibition Park, only a short walk from the city centre. With original features dating back to 1887, the park now has a range of facilities perfect for a family day out, including a croquet lawn, kids playgrounds, a boating lake, skate park and crazy golf. There’s even a café if you can still manage a sneaky cake or coffee.
In need of some adult refreshments after your lunch? Take a 30 minute walk through Newcastle from the station up to Exhibition Park, you’ll find Wylam Brewery. Now situated in the Palace of Arts, a building that in the 1920’s saw millions of people pass through its doors to see art from around the world, it’s now home to Wylam Brewery.
From a potting shed in the Northumberland village of Wylam, to a 30 barrel microbrewery in the centre of Newcastle, Wylam Brewery is a great hidden gem to visit if you’re a fan of craft beer. Visit on a Saturday and join one of the brewery’s tours which run every Saturday at 11am and give you the chance to learn all about the history of the brewery, the brewing process and try a selection of the keg, cask and bottled beers it lovingly brews. It’s also worth taking a look at the fantastic range of music events and gigs the brewery will be hosting throughout the year.
If you’re planning things to do with kids in Newcastle this weekend, then Seven Stories is a great day out. Just a 15 minute walk from Newcastle’s Manors Station, the national centre of children’s books, celebrates everything about children’s literature. Set up to preserve the heritage of the stories that have changed the lives of millions of children who have read them, you won’t find anything like this unique museum anywhere else in the UK. Kids will love taking a look at the original artwork, manuscripts and exhibitions, as well as getting involved with in the lively events and activities which bring the books to life. Definitely a must visit for book lovers.
Cocktails in Newcastle
After dinner, a nightcap in Newcastle is essential and bars are not in short supply, so selecting one to enjoy a relaxing drink can be a challenge. If you fancy something a little more sophisticated why not try Pleased To Meet You in High Bridge. Just a few minutes’ walk from the station (perfect if you’re in your highest heels), this Grade II listed bar is located in one of Newcastle’s most historic buildings and offers an impressive range of 50 specialist gins, craft beer, wine and cocktails all served with a theatrical presentation. Give this gin palace a try for yourself!
Sundays in Newcastle
Afternoon tea and a movie
Fancy stepping back into the 1930’s for a day at the pictures? Why not take a trip to the Tyneside Cinema, the North East’s leading independent specialist cinema and digital arts venue? As the UK’s last remaining newsreel cinema, the Grade II listed building, which has been restored to encompass its art deco design, offers a great Sunday out thanks to its Afternoon Tea at the Movies Club.
Whether you’re a film buff or just want a relaxing Sunday afternoon out, their Afternoon at the Movies Club runs one Sunday a month from 3pm where you can sit back and enjoy a classic movie with traditional afternoon tea. Just a 10 minute walk from Newcastle’s Manors Station, why not book a table to secure the best seat in the house, where you can enjoy a movie and delicious afternoon tea including freshly made sandwiches and cakes delivered to your seat.
Fancy trying one of the more unusual walks in Northumberland? Newcastle’s Victoria Tunnel will take you back in time as you explore the preserved 19th Century wagonway hidden under the city. Covering 2.25 miles from the north of the city down to the River Tyne at Ouseburn, the tunnels which were built to transport coal, then later converted into an air raid shelter during World War 2, are now a must when visiting the city. Just a 15-minute walk from Newcastle’s Manor Station, make sure you pre-book your tickets to experience this hidden treasure.
There’s no better way to spend a sunny afternoon than away from the crowds of Newcastle city centre at the glorious Bradley Gardens. If you’re looking for relaxed walks in Northumberland, this hidden gem is located just nine miles outside the city and is easily accessible on the Northern line from Wylam Station. The tranquil 18th Century walled gardens, which have recently been returned to their former glory, offer a great family day out. Bradley Gardens is also home to a handcrafted furniture outlet, gift shop, nursery and the Glasshouse Café. Why not see it flourish for yourself?
Once used to grow an array of exotic fruits such as pineapples, figs and grapes, Bradley’s Glasshouse Café is a great spot to stop, relax and enjoy your surroundings. So if you’ve worked up an appetite in the gardens or just fancy a hot drink and cake, there are options for everyone from large plates including risotto, steak and their homemade salmon fish cakes, to hot and cold sandwiches and cakes. We recommend you try their ‘Delice au cassis’ – a classic blackcurrant mousse cake layered with vanilla sponge or a selection of their homemade sea salt dark chocolate truffles.