Entertainment in Newcastle
Entertainment in Newcastle is plenty, with the city playing host to dozens of museums, galleries, theatres, bars and live music venues. Whatever your ideal way to spend a Saturday, you’re sure to find it all in this buzzing Northern hub.
Film & Theatre
Film and theatre is one thing that’s made a priority in Newcastle, and the city provides many options for arts buffs including the Theatre Royal and the Newcastle Playhouse – a great place to catch the latest indie movies.
The beautiful grade II-listed Tyneside Theatre, meanwhile, can deliver your fix of arthouse cinema and cult classics and is largely adored for its 1937 art deco design. If a mainstream movie is more your thing, however, the multi-screen cinema complex at The Gate will enable you to catch the latest releases.
Shopping for treats is a favourite pastime in Newcastle. Head along to Northumberland Street to explore its 50 shops, pubs and cafes, and carry on into Eldon Square, Newcastle’s main shopping centre.
Don’t forget to stop by Intu MetroCentre, one of the largest shopping centres in the EU! And in the evening, you can take a walk along the Quayside, home to many bars, restaurants and shops and a perfect view of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Art & Culture
For a taste of Newcastle’s cultural side, The Baltic is a must-see. Once converted from an old mill, this international centre for contemporary art runs regular exhibition showcasing the best of modern artists, as well as a café, shop and rooftop restaurant. Its top floor also provides the most excellent view of Newcastle’s wonderful skyline.
Meanwhile, the Great North Museum is your go-to place if you love a bit of natural history and sculpture. And for a truly great day out, Hadrian’s Wall stretches right through Newcastle Upon Tyne itself and is a breathtaking view for every visitor.
Be sure to check out Newcastle’s EAT! Festival – the bustling, sizzling, mouthwatering food festival that takes place during the months of June, August and February. With the combination of delicious dishes and local food industry talent, the festival aims to show how good food can enhance our lives. If this doesn’t get your culinary creative juices flowing, we don’t know what will.
And for a foodie’s paradise, try Chinatown, a bright bustling and vibrant part of the city where you can sample authentic Asian and fusion foods including Japanese, Korean and Malay.
Newcastle is a prime spot for live music of all kinds, no matter what your tastes. The beautifully traditional Newcastle City Hall makes way for all kinds of music concerts, productions and comedy shows, and is situated conveniently across from the Northumbria City Campus. Although it draws in some of the biggest names in showbiz, the theatre is pleasantly sized, giving you the best of views.
The O2 Academy and Metro Radio Arena, meanwhile, will make sure you never miss out on your favourite bands coming to town, and hotly tipped nightclub Digital plays host to some of the biggest DJs around the world every Friday night.
The slightly newer Sage Gateshead is a eclectic venue where every taste is catered for; from jazz, classical, world music and opera, to electronic, dance, country and folk. It is currently home to the Northern Sinfonia and is becoming one of the top classical venues in the UK.
Whether you’re a sport fanatic or prefer to watch from the sidelines, you’ll be made to feel right at home. Northumbria’s Sport Central is a huge sporting hub supporting several activities; from swimming, climbing and track running, to pretty much any ball sport you can imagine.
Its 3000-capacity arena is also home to British Basketball League team Newcastle Eagles, as well as netball Superleague side Team Northumbria.