Last of the Summer Fun

The hardier of visitors to NewcastleGateshead should make the most of the popular Vueling Quayside Seaside before it shuts up its beach huts on Sunday 16 October. Perhaps ditch the flip flops and string vest now we’re at the chillier end of the season, but do pack your bucket and spade for your last chance to build sandcastles and recline in a deck. Warm up with top notch, fresh and local seafood from Riley’s Fish Shack (you’ll be pleased to know this will still be here beyond “summer”). After you’ve made the most of being beside the Quayside, wander into the Ouseburn where you’ll find stalls aplenty at The Great Ouseburn Market. An event which happens every first Saturday of the month, visitors can peruse the arts, crafts and food on offer. If you want to travel further afield, explore The Alnwick Garden while the sun is still shining and the more adventurous amongst you can take part in a spot of recreational tree climbing! Swing through the trees of Alnwick Garden’s with Flaming Monkey Tree Climbing every Saturday in October.

If you’re ready to embrace the change of season then pack up your sunglasses and picnic blankets and get excited about spiced lattes and the hunt for conkers. Here are a few suggestions of what to look out for this October:

Oktoberfest

Dust off your Lederhosen – Oktoberfest has arrived! Immerse yourself in the full Oktoberfest experience Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 October in Time Square, Newcastle. Giant tents will overflow with beer, bratwurst, live music and full Oktoberfest decoration. The Cluny, Ouseburn have their own Oktoberfest celebrations until Monday 3 October complete with strudel to soak up the beer (although every day is a beer day in the Ouseburn’s lively pub). Wylam Brewery in the centre of Exhibition Park is open every weekend and serve some of the best beers around. Try their Mandarina Bavaria to get in the Oktoberfest mood. You can even book a tour to find out about the complexities of beer brewing. And if you’re not a fan of beer – there’s always Gateshead Gin Festival on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 October.

Spooktaculars

Set your teeth chattering this October with spooks and scares for all ages. Juice Festival launches in October with an array of events and activities. Don’t miss the gothic, immersive performance The Vampire Rabbit on Tuesday 26 – Thursday 27 October which combines circus, puppetry, storytelling and digital technology to unravel the local mystery that has baffled residents for over 100years. Set in the historic Mining Institute, be prepared to be frightened. Seven Stories – The National Centre for Children’s Books are going Dark inspired by (Roald) Dahl whilst Newcastle Castle have a series of events to set a chill down your spine for all ages including theatrical event Wytch and a rare opportunity to have a Buffet with the Vampires (I’m sure all dietary requirements will be catered for!). If you’re looking for an alternative night out, brace yourself for creepy creatures, horror films and the darkness of the planetarium at Life Science Centre’s Friday Night Life Spooktacular (this event on Friday 28 October is for ages 18+).

Blow the cobwebs away

NewcastleGateshead is surrounded by woodland, forests and fields. With stunning scenery to the north and south of the region, why not get out and about to kick around the falling leaves? Take a walk in Chopwell Woodland Park or visit one of the many National Trust properties in the North East for both indoor and outdoor fun. Venture up to Wallington to take part in their Autumn Adventures (Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 October) where you can try your hand at pumpkin carving, leaf collecting and wild art. Gibside are feeling Gruesome this October with activities galore including a creepy trail through their extensive woodlands (Saturday 22 – Monday 31 October). What could be better than a spot of Kite Flying around some of the North East's most historic and beautiful countryside? Head West to English Heritage's Housesteads Roman Fort during October Half Term (Saturday 22 - Sunday 30 October) to go fly a kite in a Roman Fort!

And if you fancy skipping autumn altogether – don’t forget, Fenwick’s legendary Christmas window which launches mid-October.

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