5 fantastic things to do in Newcastle and Gateshead this summer

5 best things to do in Newcastle and Gateshead this summer

From seaside by the quayside to American roots music and stunning tall ships, an exciting summer in the North East awaits

As spring heats up and summer approaches, it’s time to get planning and fill your calendar with weekend adventures and activities. If you live in the North East of England, or are thinking of a visit to the region, Newcastle and Gateshead have another season of fantastic events lined up for 2016. Whether you’re a foodie looking for the seaside experience in the city; or a music-lover ready to jive-step to American country, rock and soul; or a seafarer ready to soak up the atmosphere of the magnificent North Sea Tall Ships Regatta, we’ve picked out five summer highlights in and around Newcastle and Gateshead.

NE1’s Quayside Seaside
One of Newcastle and Gateshead’s most iconic spaces is transformed into a seaside paradise complete with deckchairs, palm trees, beach huts, volleyball net, golden sand and a kids' climbing wall – all you have to do is kick back, relax and while away a summer’s day in this city centre oasis. Riley's Fish Shack will be serving visitors to the pop-up beach from a pop-up restaurant, offering the Tynemouth-based restaurant's popular takeaway menu of grilled seafood wraps, stone-fired flat breads and barbecued lobster – an ever-changing menu depending on the catch of the day.
Sat 14 May–Sun 2 Oct

Animal Inside Out
See some of the world’s most spectacular creatures like never before in Animal Inside Out at Life Science Centre in Newcastle. From goats to giraffes, elephants to eels and octopuses to ostriches – embark on an anatomical safari exploring more than 100 real animal specimens. Marvel at the muscles supporting the neck of the 5m tall giraffe, stand face to face with an adult gorilla and discover the dense network of blood vessels in a shark.
Sat 28 May–Tue 3 Jan

Northumberland Plate Festival
The Northumberland Plate Festival is a three-day festival of racing attracting a diverse crowd of regular and one-off racegoers. It's an excuse to get dressed up and enjoy the North East's version of Royal Ascot, but with a more informal atmosphere. The Northumberland Plate, previously known as the ‘Pitmen's Derby’, dates way back to 1833; this will be the first one to be run on the racecourse’s new all-weather Tapeta track.
Thu 23–Sat 25 Jun

SummerTyne Americana Festival
SummerTyne Americana Festival is a jam-packed weekend of the finest American roots music, from both sides of the Atlantic. This year's lineup promises a strong seam of southern soul, blues and gospel alongside a sensational cast of country, rock and Americana stars. The festival kicks off an exciting transatlantic double bill of two of the hottest young acts to break on to the scene in the past two years, with an exclusive appearance by Nashville’s Striking Matches and the UK’s Ward Thomas. Saturday night is party night with a headline performance by vintage and rockabilly queen Imelda May plus two of the Americana scene's most influential and award-winning singer songwriters, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Gretchen Peters.
Fri 22–Sun 24 Jul

North Sea Tall Ships Regatta
The Port of Blyth (just up the road from Newcastle) will come alive when it hosts the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta from Friday 26–Monday 29 August. Up to 30 of the largest and most spectacular Tall Ships in the world will sail into Blyth for a fantastic four-day festival. There will be lots to see and do with one and half miles of entertainment, food and drink and the stunning Tall Ships along the port. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to enjoy the specular event, which also includes nightly fireworks, live music and grand parades. This maritime celebration takes place during the 60th anniversary of The Tall Ships Races, and the Blyth event will end with a race from the Northumberland coast to Gothenburg, Sweden.
Fri 26–Mon 29 Aug

Visit www.NewcastleGateshead.com to find out more about things to do and where to stay in Newcastle and Gateshead, and enter a competition to win a first-class city break for four.

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