Newcastle’s Looking Bright

As a proud Geordie myself, I’m always keen to get involved in the community and promote the events and attractions that the great city of Newcastle has to offer. So this week I’ve been looking at upcoming events in the region – in particular ones that will appeal to my daughter:

The city’s fantastic pop-up beach is back until September 30th. Known as the “Quayside Seaside”, it has been a big attraction over the last couple of years as well as being the subject of many a Tweet. With a sandy section, deck chairs, and palm trees adorning the riverside, people from far and wide will come to enjoy summer antics in the heart of Newcastle. NE1 will also be running a beach volleyball league for city centre businesses so keep your eyes peeled!

Between the 5th and the 11th August is one of my favourite events – Newcastle’s Restaurant Week. Some of the finest restaurants in the city serve up the chance to savour some delicious bites and experience their culinary skills. Particular favourites of mine that have taken part previously include Fat Buddha and Blackfriars Restaurant.

Back by popular demand, Monument Movies will also be back this Summer. Pull up a deck chair and enjoy some of the greatest movies and family favourites whilst sitting in the heart of the city and watching the world go by. Be sure to grab a seat early every Tuesday and Thursday from 23rd July to 29th August.

The NE1 Zapcat Grand Prix powerboat race on 31st September is a spectacle in itself. Two days of fast powerboat action as the Zapcat powerboats zip up and down the River Tyne, races take place at 10am & 6pm on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September. It’s free for all to watch and well worth a visit.

One of our biggest events has to be the World Cities Week from the 24th-29th September. People from around the globe will congregate around Grey’s Monument to share their cultures, foods, dance and music celebrating Newcastle’s embracing approach to cultural diversity.

If you’re worried about travel around Newcastle, then worry not. Newcastle’s NE1 Scratch Bikes are available to hire all over the city providing an easy (and healthy!) alternative to getting in and around the city and suburbs. If you prefer to drive then the ‘Alive After Five’ scheme means that you can leave your vehicle in one of the city’s many car parks for free after 5pm Monday to Friday and shopping hours are extended until 8pm weekdays and 7pm on Saturdays – so the fun never stops!



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