Get ready to put on your best green outfit as you celebrate St Patrick's Day in NewcastleGateshead. Venues across the city will be perfecting their Guinness pours as they get ready to host one of the biggest parties of the year. Read on to find where you can celebrate St Patrick's Day in Newcastle. Sláinte!


Paddyfest has become a regular in the Newcastle event calendar, and this year it will be taking place in a new location. Previously held in Times Square, Paddyfest 2023 will take place in the city centre venue NX.  Highlights are set to be a "stadium-size" Kroud Karaoke singalong and big screen live rugby. The party will be taking place on the 17th and 18th of March and is set to be a sellout.  Among the attractions on March 17, St Patrick's Day itself, will be popular mass singalong Kroud Karaoke in the evening. During the March 18 day-long event fans can watch the final of the live Six Nations England v Ireland rugby action on a huge LED screen. Throughout the festival they also will be able to dance on the benches to a mix of traditional and modern Irish music from live bands plus DJs and enjoy a range of food and drink. Get your tickets here. 

Newcastle Racecourse

Looking for something for all the family? Head to Gosforth Park and enjoy all the thrills and spills of great horse racing, the Guinness Six Nations match viewing and lively entertainment this St Patrick's Day. Enjoy watching a live Irish Band and Irish dancing from the Kelly Hendry dance school throughout the day. On top of this, join in the fun and get your face painted! Get your tickets here. 

Filthy's, Passing Clouds and the Points

Want to party in the city's Irish bars? Newcastle's St Patrick's Day Festival will be taking place in the most well known Irish bars in the toon. The party starts at midday across three venues for the ultimate day of Irish partying. Expect an action packed Paddy’s Day experience with three venues of live Irish bands, DJs, face paint, dancers, confetti showers and much more! Make sure you purchase your tickets as it is set to be a busy weekend.

Full Circle Brewery

Want to have a bit of a different St Patrick's Day? Head to Full Circle Brewery in Hoults Yard for the St Patrick's Day Paint and Sip party. This event is for painters of all levels. Create your own masterpiece in a fun and casual painting class then take your creation home to treasure forever. Throughout the class you will receive plenty of one to one support, along with group hints and tips. A great range of drinks and amazing pizzas are available to purchase to make it a night to remember. Check out more details here.

Tyneside Irish Centre

The Tyneside Irish Centre, located at the entrance to China Town provides a meeting place in Newcastle for the Irish community and welcomes people in Newcastle to venture into the venue. St Patrick's Day will be full of live music, flowing drinks and a great atmosphere inside the well loved venue. The party doesn't stop there, as on the 18th there will be a full day of Irish Rock Covers in the bar. Make sure you purchase a ticket to gain entry on the day.

Northumbria University

If you are a student, head down to Northumbria University Student Union to celebrate Paddy's Day. St. Patrick’s Day at Northumbria’s Students Union is known for being an unreal event. The daytime event has loads to offer: starting with Irish live music and followed by Irish dancing, the NSU hosts a full building takeover which includes face paintings (if you haven’t got a cheeky shamrock yet), bull riding at Domain, street food, games and loads of fun!


Want to learn more about traditional Irish cuisine? For generations potatoes were the main staple of Irish food resulting in many tasty ways to use them. Join the cookery workshop at Blackfriars and learn a variety of traditional dishes just right to soak up the Guinness you will no doubt be drinking on the day. Booking is essential. 

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