Cheap flights to Newcastle
As famous for football as it is for its world-renowned brown ale, Newcastle is located in the north east of England. Known as the UK’s party city, it boasts a staggering number of bars and clubs packed tightly into its city centre. But scratch a little beneath the surface and you’ll find a modern city that doesn’t just cater to hen nights, but also to the discerning art critic and culture buff alike.
And it seems you guys like it; after all it was voted the nation’s favourite city break in The Guardian/Observer Travel Awards from 2002 to 2005! This could have something to do with the locals, or Geordies as they are known, and whilst you may not understand everything that they are saying – to say their accent is a little on the strong side would be an understatement – they are perhaps the UK’s friendliest people, known for their warmth and hospitality.
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Put a spring in your step at Infinite Air (Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1GG, +44 191 397 3066), a purpose-built extreme trampoline park which features 16,000 square feet of trampolines, making it the biggest in the UK. For the less energetic there's a cafe and viewing area to watch the jumpers, well, jump.
Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour 2016 hot foots it to the Metro Radio Arena on February 3 and 4. The Wanted's Jay McGuiness and EastEnders actor Jake Wood are among the performers. For tickets visit www.metroradioarena.co.uk.
All-girl popsters Little Mix, boasting two local lasses (Jade and Perrie are from South Shields), play the city's Metro Radio Arena on 16 April. (Tickets tel. 0844 493 6666)
The Centre For Life in the city's Times Square plays host to the Game On 2.0 exhibition featuring the world's biggest collection of playable computer games from the past 60 years. This major international exhibition will appeal to families, school groups and people of all ages. For more information go to life.org.uk.
Top comedian Jimmy Carr brings his stand-up show Funny Business to the Sunderland Empire on 11 July. atgtickets.com.
Michael McIntyre returns to Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena (metroradioarena.co.uk) with his hotly anticipated new stand up show Happy & Glorious on 27 and 28 November.
Pop stars Belinda Carlisle and B*Witched headline the three-day Northern Pride LGBT festival, which features numerous events throughout the city including a carnival parade. northern-pride.com
The Alnwick Garden, with its amazing poison garden, fountains and famous The Treehouse restaurant, complete with wobbly rope bridges and walkways in the sky, reopens on 1 February, just a few miles up the North East coast in Northumberland. For details visit www.alnwickgarden.com.