Emirates Durham ICG will host the fifth and final Royal London One-Day International between England and New Zealand on 20 June. That's a Saturday, so a great excuse for a weekend break in NewcastleGateshead, just 10 miles north of the cricket ground. Below are our suggestions for how to make the most of the rest of the weekend.

Book your tickets for England v New Zealand on the Durham County Cricket Club website.

Quayside and bridges

NewcastleGateshead quayside

Enjoy a stroll along the picturesque Quayside and take in views of our seven bridges spanning the River Tyne. The once industrial area has been given a new lease of life thanks to landmark buildings, laidback pubs, trendy bars and stylish restaurants.

Iconic buildings and cultural jewels in the Quayside’s crown, BALTIC’s ever-changing calendar of contemporary art exhibitions and Sage Gateshead’s enviable programme of live music events provide artistic inspiration for all tastes. Entry to BALTIC's exhibitions is free, as is entry to the Sage Gateshead building.

Newcastle United Stadium ToursSt James' Park

Home of The Magpies, St James’ Park’s white cantilever roof, the largest in Europe, is visible across the city. Visit for a stadium tour and see behind the scenes in the changing rooms, stand pitchside and check out the view from the highest point in the ground. Howay the lads!

Newcastle Castle

Newcastle Castle

Standing on the site of the fortress from which the city takes its name, Newcastle Castle has one of the finest surviving medieval castle keeps in Britain and offers breathtaking views of the city, the Tyne and the seven bridges which join Newcastle to Gateshead from its rooftop.

The castle’s Black Gate was the last addition to the medieval castle’s defences (built between 1247 and 1250) and will open up to the public as a heritage centre, telling the story of ‘old Newcastle’, in March 2015.

The Ouseburn

The Cluny

Home to Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books and Ouseburn Farm, the tranquil Ouseburn Valley is a favourite with families during the day. As the clock ticks round, it becomes a mecca for music and real ale lovers with venues including The Cluny and The Tyne Bar offering great live music.

Other events

Game On 2.0

At Game On 2.0 at Life Science Centre, explore the vibrant history, culture and future of gaming entertainment and technology through more than 100 playable games, from Sonic to Samus and Mario to Minecraft. Make sure you see a planetarium show and have a go on the 4D Motion Ride as part of your visit to Life.

If live performance is more your kind of thing then head to Theatre Royal for a powerful new production of Reginald Rose’s gripping courtroom thriller Twelve Angry Men or to Sage Gateshead for Lord of The Dance: Dangerous Games.

Where to stay

Sport-obsessed visitors will feel at home at Sandman Signature - it's right opposite Newcastle United's home ground and has its own sports bar.

If you're catching a train to Chester-le-Street for England v New Zealand and want to be near Newcastle Central Station, Hotel Indigo, Thistle Newcastle and Royal Station Hotel are right on the station's doorstep.

Marriott Metrocentre and Holiday Inn Express Metrocentre are perfect if you're driving to the area and looking for a quieter hotel outside of the city centre. Both have on-site parking and are close to the A1(M).

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Where to eat

No matter your tastes, NewcastleGateshead is scran-tastic! If you're out on the Quayside, you might find our Best Quayside Restaurants blog post a useful read. The Guardian's list of Top 10 budget restaurants and cafes in Newcastle is a very useful resource for foodies who love a bargain.

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