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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The Great North Snowdogs is a giant public art trail featuring 60 huge sculpted
model dogs based on the Raymond Briggs story The Snowman and The Snowdog. The biggest public art display of its kind ever seen in the North East, each 'snowdog' has been designed by professional artists and celebrities. (http://www.greatnorthsnowdogs.co.uk)
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.
See the history of the world as you've never seen it before ... in brick! The Life Science Centre plays host to an exhibition of artworks featuring key moments in history all recreated in Lego bricks, from the Big Bang to the first moon landing. Brick History opens Jan 14. (www.life.org.uk)
Newcastle's Christmas Market is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach and offers something different from the usual high street fair. It takes place December 14-19 under Grey's Monument (and thousands of twinkling Christmas lights) with dozens of stalls offering local specialist beers, home-made jams and special gifts such as scarves, hand-thrown pottery and woolly hats.
The Centre For Life science museum plays host to Animal Inside Out, exploring the intricate biology, zoology and physiology of the world's most spectacular creatures, preserved by anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens using his technique of Plastination. For tickets go to life.org.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)
Just a half hour metro ride from the city lies the picturesque coastal town of South Shields, boasting a lively market, fairground, play parks and a new family-friendly attraction The Word, National Centre for the Written Word (www.theworduk.org). The centre is currently hosting an exhibition celebrating the work of film director, and Shields lad, Sir Ridley Scott.
Blyth is a bustling coastal town with lively port which plays host to the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta from Friday 26 to Monday 29 August when some of the most spectacular Tall Ships in the world will sail into Blyth providing a fantastic maritime celebration for the region.
The four-day event is expected to attract thousands of visitors who will be able to access the ships, enjoy live music and experience a spectacular Crew Parade, Eve of Sail celebration and Parade of Sail.