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    The summer holidays are drawing to a close, but don't worry there is still plenty to enjoy in NewcastleGateshead!

    With any luck, the sun will be shining for the three day weekend, which will welcome back festival favourites and (hopefully) be the perfect time to explore the great outdoors.

    Come rain or shine, we have picked some top things to do this August Bank Holiday weekend.

    Explore the great outdoors

    Step back in time this bank holiday weekend and explore Beamish's , Summer of Fun and enjoy good old-fashioned family fun including traditional transport, football fun, Georgian games and creative crafts. If the sun is shining be sure to pop by 1950s Front Street terrace and try tasty traditional ice cream from John’s Café- a must for all ice cream lovers. More information here.

    Staying in the past, Kynren is putting on a spectacular show over the bank holiday. Watch two thousand years of history, myth and legend rush by in 90 minutes as you join young Arthur on his epic quest. Rebellions, wars, magic, majesty, celebration and heartache are vividly brought to ground-shaking life in a dazzling outdoor-theatre spectacular. Tickets and more information here.

    Travel back to the present day to The Alnwick Garden and experience fun for all the family. Take part in a variety of sports and games free with Garden entry- the perfect way to spend the bank holiday weekend.

    For the risk takers, NE1's Summer in the City has brought back the Zip Line from the Tyne Bridge. Brought to you by Jellylegs, this August bank holiday weekend zip-line off one of NewcastleGateshead's well known pieces architecture, the Tyne Bridge and enjoy a speedy experience landing near Urban Garden on the Quayside. More information and tickets here


    Get on your dancing shoes!

    The bank holiday weekend will welcome back some toon festival favourites.

    The return of Noughty 90's Festival Festival to Exhibition Park is set to be massive. Boasting four huge stages of music, artists and DJ’s from around the world, funfair rides, a 90’s arcade, retro bars, RnB roller disco, gourmet street Food and exclusive VIP area this festival is the ultimate throwback. Join Cascada, Five, Fatman Scoop and many more artists and sing your heart out. More information and tickets here.

    The ever popular Newcastle Mela is returning this August bank holiday weekend. The festival is free, family friendly and everyone is welcome. The event is based around Pakistani, Bengali, Indian and other South Asian cultures and this is your chance to experience the music, food and entertainment associated with these cultures. Over two days you will be entertained by singers and musicians; enjoy a delicious range of hot and cold foods from our many stall holders; buy clothes, gifts and jewellery; try out art, crafts and activities; and see some incredible performances by circus acts, dance artists and local groups. More information here

    Feeling peckish?

    Bank holiday activities are hungry (and thirsty!) work. Explore NewcastleGateshead and discover some culinary delights over the three day weekend. Take a look here at our top pubs with beer gardens and terraces to enjoy a drink or two over the bank holiday weekend.

    Wander along to Wylam Brewery and you will find the Battle Royale. From Battle of the Burger to Slice Wars, Argie Bhaji to Thai Kwondo, Wylam Brewery knows how to pit the best local foodie producers against each other in a cracking event that always has beer flowing and tunes spinning. This bank holiday weekend, it’s time to crown the champion of all champions with the Battle Royale. Crowd favourites and new vendors will battle it out to be crowned culinary champions. Entry is free, with each small plate costing four pounds. For more information click here

    If you fancy a Sunday on the Quayside, Gusto is hosting a fantastic Mediterranean Party on their Aperol Terrace. With live DJ Bride & Groove playing the finest in soul, funk and disco and a delicious food and drink menu, it's a no brainer!

    Over the river in Gateshead, Gateshead Beer Festival will be taking place on the 27th and 28th of August. Bringing summer vibes to Low Fell with their very own cocktail and gin bars and a huge selection of Ciders and Lagers. For more information click here.

    Wylam Brewery
    Wylam Brewery

    Rainy day?

    It wouldn't be a British summer if there wasn't a spot of rain. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, don't worry, there is still plenty happening in NewcastleGateshead to enjoy over the three day weekend.

    Tyneside Cinema's Summer of Cinema event is showcasing some classics including Mama Mia, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, James and The Giant Peach, The Bourne Identity and much more. Tickets are £5 before 5pm, and £7 afterwards, with children’s tickets at £3 every day of the week. For more information, click here.

    As always, museums in NewcastleGateshead have an array of exciting exhibitions for you to enjoy.  Take your pick of great free museums and attractions which will be hosting activities and events as well as giving you the chance to explore their collection of permanent and temporary exhibitions. From Great North Museum to Shipley Art Gallery and the Discovery Museum. For more information click here.

    summer of cinema
    Summer of Cinema

    Need somewhere to stay?

    Planning on staying over the bank holiday weekend? Take a look at our top hotel picks in the city. The perfect way to enjoy all that's going on in NewcastleGateshead over the bank holiday weekend. Click here to read more.

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