There will be plenty of magic moments to look forward to during Dacia Magic Weekend when all the Betfred Super League teams converge for an exciting weekend packed full of rugby league. Returning for the fourth year to Newcastle's iconic St James' Park, the Dacia Magic Weekend is going to be buzzing. Newcastle is the place to be whether you’re a super fan or have no idea what it’s all about!

Here's what to expect from Magic Weekend...

Magic Weekend at St James' Park Newcastle

What is Magic Weekend?

For those of you who don’t know what makes this weekend just so magic, Dacia Magic Weekend is the only chance fans have to witness all of First Utility Super League’s biggest derby matches over one weekend at one venue.  It’s the best showcase of Rugby League in the country. 14 teams will play 7 matches over 2 days - that's one epic, sporting weekend!

What time are the matches?

Saturday 19 May

12.45 – Toronto Wolfpack v Toulouse Olympique XIII

15.00 – Widnes Vikings v St Helens

17.15 – Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves

19.30 – Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos

Sunday 20 May

13.00 – Salford Red Devils v Catalans Dragons

15.15 – Wakefield Trinity v Huddersfield Giants

17.30 – Hull KR v Hull FC

Where can I buy tickets for Magic Weekend?

You can still buy tickets for Magic Weekend matches on both days, so if you haven’t got your ticket yet… what are you waiting for?

Entertainment at Magic Weekend St James' Park

Entertainment

There will be a super, carnival atmosphere both off and on the pitch with live music, fantastic entertainment, player interviews and top food vendors packed into the Fan Zone on both days. The Fan Zone will have Dacia cars on display and will be handing out foam fingers for fans so the crowds are more decorated. A rodeo rugby ball will be available for people to have a go on if they dare – alongside a retail unit selling rugby merchandise. The street entertainment will spill out into the heart of Newcastle at Monument and also take place along Strawberry Place throughout the weekend to bring the streets to life for all the family.

Where to eat and drink near St James' Park

It's thirsty work cheering on your favourite team so you will definitely need to refuel, grab a drink or bite to eat without having to stray too far from the stadium. We've come up with some great suggestions of where to go:

  • Tilleys Bar will be full of match day madness and a brilliant place to soak up the atmosphere with a pint or two. Described as having "an Alfred Hitchcock meets Vivienne Westwood inspired decor",
  • Earl of Pitt Street is a quirky pub literally spitting distance from St James' Park.
  • Nudo Noodle House serves up some of the best Chinese dishes in a family-friendly atmosphere.
  • Chilli Padi is a Malaysian restaurant situated right beside St.James’ Park, “Authentic food and huge portions!” is just one of the many good reviews this 4.5 star restaurant has, so what’s not to love?
  • El Coto has a wide range of hot and cold tapas, salads and paellas – so there is something for everyone. It is just a short 4 minute walk from St. James’ Park as well making it a handy for people wanting a quick bite to eat.
  • Bealim House provides everything you need under on roof - a mouth-watering menu and serving up gin from the city’s only working in-house gin still. Bealim House is also uber instagrammable! Bealim House is also open from 9am this weekend especially for you Magic fans!
  • For those who prefer traditional British dishes, Georges Great British Kitchen is the perfect place for them. From bangers and mash to traditional fish and chips, this restaurant and bar is bound to satisfy your needs after a long day at the rugby.
  • Local café Meet & Treat is a chilled out, urban café on the edge of China Town and serves an impressive array of Pan-Asian dishes as well as cakes and hot drinks. It is also open until 9pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday.
  • ZAAP will transport you to the bustling streets of Bangkok and serves food packed with flavour. This is ideal for a quick pitstop during your busy weekend.
  • Turtle Bay is a lively bar and restaurant which captures the chilled out vibes of the Caribbean.
  • You're on the edge of China Town which is home to some cracking all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants such as Chinatown Express and Landmark – what more could you want?!
  • Just beside Monument Metro is the entrance to intu Grey’s Quarter which has something for everyone with over 20 restaurants.

You're literally spoilt for choice in Newcastle and Gateshead for places to eat, drink and be merry so if you do fancy exploring what is offered across Newcastle and Gateshead - then search our Food and Drink listings for plenty more suggestions.

Getting to St James' Park

Rather conveniently, St James' Park has its own metro station - so you can arrive without worrying where to get parked. It is also just a short 10-minute walk from the Central Station so there is no need for taxis and buses. Make sure to allow plenty of time getting around the city as it is guaranteed to be a busy weekend. There are a number of handy maps available to help you navigate Newcastle including the Nexus Metro Map. Newcastle Football Club have plenty of useful access information for disabled fans and for more specific details to help you with your visit to St.James’ Park.

St James' Park Newcastle

We'll leave you with some fun facts about this year's host venue St James' Park:

  • As if you need telling, St James' Park is home to Newcastle United Football Club who were this year promoted to the Premier League - howay lads!
  • Usually associated with football matches and now four-time host to Dacia Magic Weekend, St James' Park has actually played host to rather an eclectic mix of events over the years including the World War II victory parade in 1945, the 1944 sheep dog trials and a Harlem Globetrotters basketball game in 1959!
  • Local LEGO enthusiast and architectural photographer Steve Mayes built a replica of the iconic stadium which is made up of approximately 8,500 pieces.
  • Renovations of St James' Park in 2000 increased the stadium's capacity to over 52,000 - that means the entire population of Inverness could find themselves a seat!

May the best team win!

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