Get in toon with North East culture this spring / summer
Northumberland Plate Festival and four more highlights coming to the North East in May and June
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Enjoying the action from the stands at the Northumberland Plate Festival
You could visit NewcastleGateshead and enjoy a romantic stroll along Newcastle quayside, or spend the evening sipping mojitos on a cool rooftop bar and tucking in at House of Tides – Newcastle-born Kenny Atkinson's Michelin-star restaurant by the River Tyne. And if you do, it'll be a real treat.
But if you're planning a city break there this spring / summer, there's also an abundance of events taking place that'll help you really experience the culture of the place – from a national sporting event that's found its new home in St James' Park to the annual opportunity to access all the major museums, galleries and attractions for an evening of free events and exhibitions. And there's a visiting food festival too.
Rugby League's Magic Weekend is returning to Newcastle United's St James' Park after the host city proved to be a real hit with visitors to the event in 2015 and 2016. The stadium welcomes 12 First Utility Super League teams for an extraordinary round of fixtures with three games each day. The fun doesn't end there, with activities including live music, face painters and a fanzone entertaining fans of all ages for the whole weekend.
Magic Weekend, St James' Park, 20–21 May.
The Late Shows
The Late Shows is an inspiring, after-dark programme of events and exhibitions which animates the cultural venues in NewcastleGateshead that are usually closed in the evening. Museums, galleries and visitor attractions stay up late to encourage people to do something cultural with their evening – in celebration of the international event 'Museums at Night'.
The Late Shows, various venues, 19–20 May.
Presented by the UK's leading music development agency, Generator, Evolution Emerging is the North East's biggest event for new music and annually presents over 40 exciting emerging artists in some of the region's best independent music venues, located in the thriving Ouseburn Valley. The event continues to unearth countless new artists and has previously showcased notable performances from the likes of Lulu James, Hyde and Beast, and Eliza and the Bear. Lulu James will return to headline this year, alongside Coquin Migale, EAT FAST, Cape Cub, and Bryde.
Evolution Emerging, Ouseburn Valley, 27 May.
Foodies Festival Newcastle
Join in the fun as Foodies Festival visits Newcastle for the first time this June. Watch Michelin-star chefs and MasterChef winners cooking their favourite recipes and giving you top tips; taste new flavours at the artisan food market; and enjoy baking with Great British Bake Off winners and top chocolatiers. There'll also be street food from around the world, Champagne, wine, beer and cocktail masterclasses and live music.
Foodies Festival Newcastle, Exhibition Park, 2–4 June.
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 relaxed and informal atmosphere. The biggest day of the festival is the Saturday when the "Pitmen's Derby" takes place – the race was first ran in 1833 and the raceday is as popular today as it was back then.
BetFred Seaton Delaval Raceday, Thu 29 Jun.
BetFred Gosforth Park Cup Night, Fri 30 Jun.
BetFred Northumberland Plate Day, Sat 1 Jul.