Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or gin lover, you’ll find a huge number of exciting events and creative celebrations throughout the year in Newcastle. Take a look at our guide to see what you could be doing on your visit.
Every September over 50,000 amateur runners and world class athletes descend on Newcastle for the Great North Run. Whether you’re running, spectating or supporting, you’ll be sure to find a great atmosphere, roaring crowds and some eye catching, money raising outfits.
Head to Newcastle’s Chinatown in February to join the party welcoming the new year. The streets are filled with beautiful displays of Chinese costume, arts and crafts, as well as plenty of food stalls. Arrive early so you don’t miss the traditional dragon and lion dances.
With breweries from all over the world serving more than 150 cask and keg beers, ciders and perries, you’ll find the perfect pint at Newcastle’s Beer Festival. While you drink you’ll be kept entertained by live music, traditional games and plenty of bar snacks.
Old classics, new brands and cocktails mix things up at Newcastle’s Gin Festival. While you’re choosing from the selection of more than 100 gins, you’ll be entertained by live music, talks from experts, lots of delicious food and chat with your fellow gin lovers.
The world's biggest travelling funfair arrives on Newcastle’s Town Moor every June. With over 300 rides and attractions, including the classic ghost train and helter skelter, the Hoppings will keep the whole family entertained for hours.
From exciting new local art to internationally significant work, the AV Festival is one of the highlights of Newcastle’s cultural calendar. Across various sites in the city you’ll find contemporary art, film and music all tied together with the year’s festival theme.
Expect the unexpected if you head down to the Ouseburn Valley in July. Every summer the area is packed with weird and wonderful goings-on for the Ouseburn Festival. With a parade, street performers, live music and lots for kids to get involved in, this is a fun event for all the family.
Taking place every June, this 5.6 mile race goes from Newcastle to Blaydon. Although it’s only been run since 1981, it’s steeped in local tradition with all the race instructions written in Geordie. Will you join the Lads and Lasses for the race this year?
Every August Bank Holiday, Newcastle’s Exhibition Park is transformed for the Mela. This free event celebrates everything Pakistani, Bengali and Indian with the hottest Asian music, dance and food. Welcoming all ages, the Mela makes a great day out for all the family.
We have a huge range of hotels in the North East for the business and leisure traveller. If you're on business, check into our airport hotels. We also have a range of hotels ideally located for a weekend break away. There are hotels near Newcastle University plus a collection of budget hotels for the price conscious Whichever part of Newcastle you’re planning to visit, you’ll find comfortable Premier Inn hotels nearby.