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2020 a year of anniversaries: Who is celebrating in the North East?

2020 is a year packed with anniversaries and birthdays at major venues and attractions right across the North East - from the 20th anniversary of Life Science Centre to Grainger Market's 185th birthday. More details will be revealed from the venues as the year unfolds but we wanted to start the new year by celebrating these amazing NewcastleGateshead attractions and North East businesses - and wish them a very happy anniversary!    

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Six Places in NewcastleGateshead for a Winter Walk

Whatever the season, it’s so good to get out into the fresh air and soak up nature! Despite being a city, Newcastle and neighbouring Gateshead are blooming with parks and gardens that make it easy to breathe in the fresh, restorative air without travelling far. Whether it’s a fresh autumnal walk to enjoy the changing colours of the trees and leaves; a frosty winter walk or a summer picnic and an evening stroll – there are many open spaces in Newcastle and Gateshead to discover.

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What Can I Do Between Christmas and New Year in NewcastleGateshead?

The time between Christmas and New Year can sometimes feel a little quiet and strange while you bounce from one celebration to the next. Surrounded by piles of presents, no doubt covered in chocolate wrappers and racking your brains for the different ways to serve leftover turkey – it might be time to get the family out of the house. We hope you all had a very merry Christmas and whether you’re enjoying a well-earned rest with your feet up re-watching the Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special or have decided to hit the sales in Newcastle… here are some great ways to entertain visiting relatives, restless children and avoid cabin fever between Christmas and New Year in Newcastle, Gateshead and the North East.

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48hrs in Newcastle and Gateshead at Christmas Tyne

48hrs in Newcastle and Gateshead at Christmas Tyne

Newcastle and Gateshead are a hop skip and a jump from London and Edinburgh if you arrive by train. If you’re planning a festive city break or a weekend away in the UK to get started on your Christmas shopping then let us be the first to throw a North East staycation into the mix. To make it even easier for you – we’ve created a packed festive itinerary of things to do in Newcastle and Gateshead at Christmas and top tips on where to stay and where to eat while you’re here.

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Beat Black Friday with our Christmas Gift Alternatives

Black Friday is a shopping frenzy that is known to send people berserk the world over. The hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping is definitely hotting up but instead of surfing the web, why not enjoy a day out in Newcastle and Gateshead with a spot of retail therapy? If the thought of the Black Friday sale kills your Christmas shopping buzz, then we’ve found you some alternative and unique 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 and at the same time, support local shops and explore more of what's on offer in Newcastle and Gateshead in 2020.

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What is the theme for this year’s Fenwick Christmas Window?

What is the theme for this year’s Fenwick Christmas Window?

Christmas in Newcastle would not be the same without a visit to Fenwick’s Christmas Window and is part of Geordie Christmas tradition. The queue to wander past Fenwick’s Christmas display always snakes with great anticipation along Northumberland Street. Each year, in November, the Fenwick Christmas Window is revealed and each year, thousands of festive shoppers and families on a day out in Newcastle clamour to see what the new Christmas Window theme will be.

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Where To Find Father Christmas In Newcastle, Gateshead And The North East

Where To Find Father Christmas In Newcastle, Gateshead And The North East

Santa Claus is coming to Toon... and he’s a very busy man making appearances right across the North East. Get your diaries out and start booking your appointment as visitors wishing to take their children to meet Father Christmas this year in Newcastle and Gateshead will find he is in high demand (Santa has already sold out at The Alnwick Garden and Fenwick Newcastle!). However, Old St Nick will be making appearances at Santa’s Grottos, theatres, shopping centres, stadiums and attractions all across the North East. Father Christmas is already dusting off his suit, practicing his ‘ho ho ho’s!’ and packing up his sleigh, ready to meet all the boys and girls on his nice list in the North East!

Tell your kids to get their Christmas lists at the ready and be on their best behaviour to meet the jolly fella himself!

Discover where you can meet Father Christmas in Newcastle, Gateshead and the North East this winter with our useful guide below…

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Win a Family Ticket to Marvel Universe LIVE! Tour at Newcastle's Utilita Arena

Win a Family Ticket to Marvel Universe LIVE! Tour at Newcastle's Utilita Arena

We have TWO sets of family tickets to giveaway in our Marvel Universe LIVE! Tour competition.

This November, Marvel fans are called to assemble for an action packed, live arena stunt show! Following a successful first UK tour, Marvel Universe LIVE! is back with an all new storyline and never before seen characters in one epic battle of good versus evil - this is the first time the superheroes and villans have toured in Newcastle too!

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