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New Years' Eve Fun and fireworks

New Years' Eve Fun and fireworks

Along with London and Edinburgh, NewcastleGateshead provides one of the best backdrops for New Year's Eve fireworks in the UK. Newcastle was also voted the Guardian and Observer Travel Awards' favourite UK city. Don’t just read about how good a visit would be, come and see for yourself and welcome in 2017 the Geordie way. Read on for our recommendations on how to have a fun-filled New Year's Eve break in NewcastleGateshead.

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Christmas shopping heaven

Christmas shopping heaven

Shopping is a great excuse for a city break any time of the year but when Christmas approaches, it brings a whole list of reasons to get on a train and make a weekend of it. Write your Christmas shopping list, gather together your friends or pack your partner's suitcase and head to NewcastleGateshead. These are our recommendations for where to shop, where to stay, where to eat and where to drink.

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Winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

Christmas can be a romantic time but it's also a time with a lot of distractions. Christmas cards to send, work nights out to survive, Home Alone and Elf to watch... These are our recommendations for how to get away from all of that festive busy-ness for one weekend so you can enjoy the pre-Christmas build up with the one person you most want to enjoy it with.

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Beat Black Friday with our Christmas Gift Alternatives

Black Friday is looming and the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping is definitely hotting up. Fear not, we’ve found you some brilliant, alternative Christmas gift ideas that don’t involve elbowing your way to the checkout or queuing from the crack of dawn. Surprise your friends, family and other halves with something a bit different this Christmas time and explore what NewcastleGateshead has to offer in 2017 at the same time!

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Where to find Father Christmas this year

*Updated* Halloween. Tick. Bonfire Night. Tick. Embrace it... Christmas is next on the list and it's never too early to book a date in the diary with Santa - he's a busy man after all! He'll be popping up at many a fair, market and event across NewcastleGateshead so make sure you're on your best behaviour! Take a look at where you can find Father Christmas this festive season.

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Remember Remember... Fireworks Night Spectaculars.

Remember, remember the 5th of November… well how could you forget? Bonfire Night has nearly arrived so practice your ooohs and ahhhhs and dig out your mittens, you’re spoilt for choice across NewcastleGateshead. Whether you are looking for fireworks against the backdrop of the stunning North East coastline or really want to find somewhere with an ACTUAL bonfire, here are some suggestions for firework displays that will blow your thermal socks off. For the real Firework Night fanatic, you could even go on a four-evening extravaganza!

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Five Fun Days: Making October Half Term count.

The arrival of October Half Term can both be a relief and a stress in equal measure. With an extra five days to fill to keep boredom at bay, it can be a daunting prospect to keep everyone occupied without having to remortgage the house to cover the cost of all this extra fun. We have come up with a five-day plan of free and “treat” activities happening across NewcastleGateshead which will give you a head start.

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Top Ten Bars in NewcastleGateshead

It is a well-known fact that NewcastleGateshead has a lively and vibrant nightlife. Whatever your taste, there is a bar to suit you. With new and exciting hotspots popping up all the time, you are never short of a new place to sip your cocktail, nurse a cold craft beer or pop open a bottle of prosecco (if you’re feeling flashy).

Whittling the bevvy of bars down to a pithy top ten is a challenge – but here goes…

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Top Ten Pubs in NewcastleGateshead

Pub, inn, tavern of saloon – it’s easy to become attached to your local. Whatever the season, the humble British pub is a much-loved gathering point; there’s nothing quite like a busy beer garden when the sunshine decides to show its face during summer or huddling around a pint when the nights draw in.  You’re spoilt for choice in NewcastleGateshead when it comes to finding a great pub. Whether you’re after somewhere to cosy up with your favourite tipple, watch the match with your friends or enjoy a good Sunday Lunch – NewcastleGateshead has it covered.

Hard as it was to choose from the great selection on offer - we’ve come up with a Top Ten list to help you out…

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