With the biggest and brightest entertainment in the North East, there’s no better way to start a night out in Newcastle than with a show. Whether you fancy a pop concert, a play or even a day at the races, the city has some fantastic venues - and booking into one of our Newcastle hotels puts you in pole position for them all. Looking for great music, theatre, comedy or events? Read on for the lowdown on the best venues in town.
Entertainment in Newcastle
From massive stadiums to more intimate stages, in Newcastle you could watch a gig every night of the week. Every musical scene is catered for - you just need to know where to look.
The purpose-built concert and exhibition venue Metro Radio Arena attracts some of the biggest names in entertainment with pop legends Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Katy Perry all taking to the stage here in the past. Holding over 11,000, this flexible space can be moved around so it looks different depending on the artist performing. And if you’re heading for an event here, our Newcastle Quayside hotel is nearby.
Since opening its doors in 1927, Newcastle City Hall has hosted major orchestras and classical stars, as well as pop, rock and comedy acts. Everyone from Elton John to Motörhead has taken centre stage in this ornate concert hall.
Formerly known as the Carling Academy, the O2 Academy is actually two venues in one. Big acts, including Arctic Monkeys, Adele and Blondie, have filled the main room; while the upstairs room hosts the up-and-coming stars of tomorrow.
With old-fashioned theatres as well as some incredibly cool and quirky independent cinemas, Newcastle certainly knows how to put on a show.
Located in the heart of the city, the grand Theatre Royal opened its doors in 1837. Since then great names of stage and screen, including Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles and Judy Dench, have trodden its famous boards.
The 1930s art deco Tyneside Cinema shows a range of Hollywood and arthouse films across its three screens. As well as offering themed events and tours, its two cafes and airy bar make it a great place to hang out, have a drink or a quick bite to eat.
If you’re looking for exciting, contemporary theatre, then the Northern Stage is your venue. Located in the centre of Newcastle University’s campus, this ambitious theatre company produces everything from bold drama to sunny family shows.
You may not immediately think of a night at the opera when Newcastle comes to mind, but the city is full of highlights for those who like their music classical.
Nestled on the side of the River Tyne, the dramatic architecture of Sage Gateshead is hard to miss. Step inside and you’ll find a buzzing venue which hosts classical and opera performances, pop and rock artists, as well as educational events.
Opened in 1867, the Tyne Theatre & Opera House has a long history of crowd-pleasing. Previously known as the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, it now hosts a variety of performances from opera and classical ballet to modern musicals and comedy.
The North East has a proud sporting heritage and Newcastle itself has a list of championship cups and tournament titles as long as your arm. Whether you’re a football fan or prefer rugby, you’ll find your match in one of the city’s excellent sports venues.
From strong men to darts champions, wrestling titans to basketball giants, the Metro Radio Arena welcomes a range of sporting stars and events each year.
Located at the heart of Newcastle’s leafy High Gosforth Park, Newcastle Racecourse is one of the most popular flat tracks in the UK. With 30 horse racing fixtures throughout the year, you can enjoy a day at the races whatever time of year you visit.
Home to Newcastle United, or as they’re better known the Magpies, St James' Park sits in the city centre, where a football ground has stood since 1880. If you’re not visiting on match day, take a tour. You’ll see everything from the trophy room to the players' dressing room.
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.
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 find a great atmosphere, roaring crowds and some eye catching, money raising outfits.
The Hoppings (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.
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. Or try the Newcastle Gin Festival to discover old classics, new brands and cocktails.
Not surprisingly for a region that’s produced stand-up legends like Ross Noble and Sarah Millican, Newcastle is full of places to watch comedy.
The Metro Radio Arena and City Hall are well known for hosting huge comedy legends, such as Russell Howard and Lee Evans.
For more intimate performances by up-and-coming funny people, try The Stand or the the Hyena comedy clubs, both offering great food along with an evening of laughs. Or see what’s on at the People's Theatre. Here, shows are produced entirely by members of the community – on stage, backstage and front of house. With musicals, comedies, dramas and concerts on offer, why not let the people entertain you?