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
On the lookout for the best breakfast in Newcastle? Hidden below the Tyne Bridge, away from the hustle and bustle of the famous Quayside you’ll find Quay Ingredient, an independently run coffee house offering a choice of mouth-watering locally- sourced breakfasts that will fuel you for a day in the city. Whether you fancy a traditional breakfast sandwich or pastry, or something a bit more adventurous like their grilled kippers or truffle oil scrambled eggs on brioche, there is something for all tastes. Experience the cosy buzz of Quay Ingredient for yourself.
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.
Looking for vegetarian restaurants in Newcastle for a bite to eat at lunchtime? If you’re passionate about food, music and art, The Bohemian vegan and vegetarian restaurant is the perfect choice, as it not only offers delicious freshly prepared food, but also doubles up as a vinyl record shop. Whether you’re in the market for a mix of vegan tapas or a more indulgent portion of BBQ pulled jackfruit nachos heaped with guacamole or just fancy browsing the vinyl music with a punchy cocktail, this is definitely the place to visit. Just a couple of minutes’ walk from Newcastle Central Station why not take a look for yourself at what’s on offer.
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. To book your tour here: www.wylambrewery.co.uk
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.
After the finest craft beers Newcastle has to offer or a trip to the national centre of children’s books, you’ll definitely be after a bite to eat. There are an abundance of great restaurants in Newcastle and if you’re on the lookout for some Asian cuisine we would recommend River Beat. Just a stone’s throw away from the famous Newcastle Quayside, you will find the authentic taste of River Beat.
With a modern, yet welcoming air this Asian fusion restaurant offers something different with its Thai tapas style dishes, giving you the opportunity to share and taste a variety of delicious flavours. We recommend you request a table by the window to take advantage of the stunning views across the Tyne. Check out the tempting menu for yourself.
Looking for something a little more family friendly for a quick bite to eat after a day in the city? Zapatista Burrito Bar is just the spot. With a menu bursting with fresh and delicious Mexican inspired treats it’s sure to get your taste buds tingling. Its menu has something for everyone thanks to its four simple menu steps – pick a dish, whether it’s a burrito, taco, nachos or healthier salad option, pick your protein from a range including chargrilled chicken, spicy shredded beef or butternut squash and halloumi then choose your salsa and extras – if you can handle extra jalapenos. Get their early though as the queues grow quickly on a weekend.
For special occasions, we would highly recommend House of Tides. Nestled in a beautiful 16th century former merchant's house on the city’s iconic Quayside, this Michelin Star restaurant has really made a name for itself since opening in 2014. With seasonally changing tasting menus, wine pairing and signature cocktails, House of Tides offers fine dining in a casual, informal setting. Tables get booked pretty fast so make sure you make a reservation in advance.
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
Brunch and a film
Fancy stepping back into the 1930’s for a day at the pictures? Why not visit the Tyneside Cinema, one of the best places to visit in Newcastle. As the UK’s last remaining newsreel cinemas, the Grade II listed building, which has been restored to encompass its art deco design, offers a great Sunday out thanks to its Sunday Brunch Club.
Whether you’re a film lover or just wanting a relaxing Sunday morning out, the free Brunch Club runs every Sunday morning from 10.30am with monthly themes from Steven Spielberg to ‘Out of this World’. 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, delicious brunch including steak benedict and chorizo frittata and even get your morning paper delivered to your table. What’s more there are also toys and games for the kids, so you can sit back and get your Sunday off to the best possible start.
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 waggonway hidden under the city. Running 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 have 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 heritage.
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 transformed 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 this spring?
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. Whether 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.
A farewell drink
After a day spent enjoying a leisurely brunch or exploring everything Northumberland has to offer on foot, we would recommend stopping for a pint at The Centurion pub before you hop on your train. Voted 'Newcastle's most impressive watering hole', this former first class lounge which is located in Central Station has been restored to its former 19th century grandeur. Even if you just pop in to see its breath-taking Victorian wall tiles that are today worth nearly £4 million, it’s well worth a visit.