Newcastle is a buzzing city with so many things to see and do, it’s the perfect place for a good time, that’s for sure!
With a few bank holidays coming up, as a student living and studying in this city you’re probably wondering what to do on a bank holiday in Newcastle?
We ensure that our cosy accommodation is close to all the action, so you never have to travel too far to have some fun!
So, if you’re wondering how to entertain yourself during the next bank holiday, we’ve come up with a few cool ideas to entertain you and your mates.
Some of these may not be applicable if government restrictions are still in place, but we’ll try and keep this blog updated as much as possible.
1. Picnic At Quay Seaside
Fingers crossed it won’t be as chilly anymore as spring emerges, that way you might be able to treat yourself to a picnic!
We don’t know if we’ll be able to go abroad anytime soon, so why not visit Newcastle’s very own city centre beach.
Quayside Seaside is in a prime location overlooking the Tyne giving you some fab Insta-worthy views – what more could you want?
There’s free deckchairs and buckets, and it’s a really fab place to tuck into a picnic lunch and a nice cool beverage.
Keep your eye out for events on their calendar that will slowly evolve throughout 2021 taking COVID-19 in consideration.
It’s just a 7-minute drive from Leazes Parade, so you can enjoy your picnic at Quayside Seaside and be back in your cosy accommodation in no time.
2. Visit Angel Of The North
Just a 12-minute drive from your accommodation, The Angel Of The North is a landmark deffo worth seeing on a bank holiday in Newcastle!
You can get there by bus from Newcastle Eldon Square and Gateshead Interchange up to every seven minutes.
This contemporary sculpture was designed by Antony Gormley and is one of the most famous UK pieces of art!
It’s in a prime location on a panoramic hilltop by the A1 and was installed in February 1998.
It’s something you definitely need to see when living and studying in the city, perfect for an Insta pic with your mates.
3. Shopping At The Metrocentre
There’s nothing like a spot of shopping and what better time to do it than on a bank holiday in Newcastle!
You may even be lucky enough to catch a bank holiday sale in one of the many shops at the Metrocentre, Europe’s largest shopping centre.
With big brand stores like Next, Moss Bros, Office, and Primark, it’s the perfect shopping and entertainment complex in Gateshead!
There’s over 340 stores which is pretty much a shopaholic’s paradise – right?
4. Pop To A Historic Pub
Of course, this is all dependent on COVID-19 restrictions so keep your eye for any updates here.
The Centurion Bar in at the train station is brimming with history, a beautiful place to grab a drink with your friends.
It’s also worth visiting Old George Inn on Old George Yard and Crown Posada on 31 Side for a glimpse into Newcastle’s history with a cheeky beverage.
You can also grab lunch and a drink on Monday – Friday from 12-4pm, all the more reason to visit and grab a tasty cheap lunch.
5. Cycle Around The City
This bank holiday in Newcastle, why not pop to The Cycle Hub and explore the city with your mates on two wheels?
There’s a quaint café where you can enjoy a fresh sandwich (they specialise in bacon butties at the weekend) for pre-cycle fuel.
With plenty of cycle routes online, you’ll definitely be thankful for the sandwich because you’re going to be working hard!
Newcastle is a beautiful city in itself, and to explore it by bike just adds to the fun, and it’s also a great workout too.
You can book your bike online, pick your dates and times, and then you’re pretty much ready to go!
6. Visit The Theatre
COVID-19 permitting, The Theatre Royal is a must-see for a bank holiday in Newcastle – it’s just stunning.
If you don’t feel like catching a show, you could always have a tour of the theatre!
For around £20 per person, you can have a guided tour, a talk on the history of the theatre and light refreshments – lasting around 3 hours.
With pantos, musicals, comedy shows, music performances and even ballet, The Theatre Royal is great for a sophisticated evening with your mates #boujee.
7. The Biscuit Factory
This contemporary art gallery is a great choice for a day out on a bank holiday in Newcastle and a chance to explore your cultural side!
Opening in 2002, it’s labelled the largest commercial art, craft & design gallery in the UK – all the more reason to visit.
They host four exhibitions a year as well as collaborative showcases, cultural events and many more.
The best part? Most admission for their exhibits is totally free, so you don’t have to worry about burning a hole in your wallet when visiting!
If you’re feeling peckish during your day, visit The Factory Kitchen and enjoy a cheeky brunch with a view, or a nice, sweet treat and a cuppa.
You can even beat the queue and order online – ideal for all the hangry peeps out there!
8. Newcastle Castle
Fancy learning some history this bank holiday in Newcastle? Then you need to visit Newcastle Castle (COVID permitting, of course.)
Soak up some amazing views of the city’s quayside and overlook the River Tyne at the Castle keep!
Admission costs £8.75 for adults and it takes around 1.5 hours to have a mooch around the Castle.
The Castle itself is a pretty grim reminder of a place where criminals were imprisoned and executed, making it generally quite creepy.
If you want to find out some history about the city you’re studying in though, we’d highly recommend you come here.
And there you have it! Some fun ideas bound to keep you occupied on a bank holiday in Newcastle, which one was your fave? Of course, it’s important to note that not all of these may be applicable due to COVI-19, but we’ll try our best to keep you updated. After a cheeky Chinese takeaway? Check out the best places in Newcastle in our latest blog here!