Looking for things to do in Newcastle this weekend? Northern has some great ideas if you’re looking for a fun-filled days out, all easily accessible from the train. Whether you’re into exploring art galleries, 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.
Comedy, Cuisine and Code-Breaking: 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, Newcastle upon Tyne is the place to be. Don’t miss The Stand Comedy Club which hosts a fantastically funny Friday Show each week. The venue invites five comedians, including local rising stars, to come together and put on a brilliant two hour show. Just ten minutes from Manors, it’s a great place to see your favourite household names and up and coming 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.
Perhaps the best introduction to the city, however, is a visit to the city’s bridges! Simply strolling along the iconic Tyne Bridge and the more modern Gateshead Millennium Bridge, will acquaint you with some of the best views in all of Tyne and Wear.
Breweries, Cocktails and Crazy Golf: Saturdays 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.
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.
From a potting shed in the Northumberland village of Wylam, to a multi-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.
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!
A Step Back in Time: 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.
Scenic Sunday Walks & Culture in Newcastle
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 were built to transport coal, then later converted into an air raid shelter during World War II.
There’s no better way to spend a sunny afternoon than away from the crowds of the 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.
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. 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.
Newcastle is one of the north’s main cultural hubs, with no end of attractions to discover on a weekend in Newcastle. Not to be missed are visits to the iconic Sage Gateshead: a thriving culture and live music centre with curving steel roof staging a varied arts programme in state-of-the-art halls.
For educational days out with the family, Great North Museum: Hancock was established in 1884 and is the city’s home of natural history and ancient civilisations. Or Discovery Museum is a science museum and local history museum situated in Blandford Square. For a more modern delve into the city’s culture, look no further than Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Tyne Theatre & Opera House, meanwhile, is where you’ll find the city’s home of theatre and opera. Perfect for a cultural evening in the heart of Newcastle.
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