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 best images for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition are on display at the Centre for Life until 19 April (Times Square, NE1 4EP).
Established in 1882, Fenwick is Newcastle's most famous department store. The shop's annual animatronic Christmas window display attracts crowds from throughout the country (39 Northumberland Street, fenwick.co.uk).
Top comedian Jimmy Carr brings his stand-up show Funny Business to the Sunderland Empire on 11 July. atgtickets.com.
Take That are playing three dates at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on 18-19 May and 26 June. With special guest Ella Henderson. metroradioarena.co.uk
Disney's award-winning musical The Lion King is running at Sunderland Empire Theatre until 1 November (4-5 High Street West, Sunderland, SR1 3EX, atgtickets.com).
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
Take a spin (or a wobble) around Newcastle's only open-air ice rink. The city's Life Centre is hosting the rink and offering skaters a deal to upgrade to a combo ticket and enjoy a Night at the Toy Store, the centre's new Christmas 4D Motion Ride (Times Square, NE1 4EP, life.org.uk).
Now in its 29th year, the Tyneside Irish Festival brings together a feast of music, art and literature in Newcastle over 11 days, on 16-26 October. tynesideirish.com
Dunstanburgh Castle is a 14th-century fortification on the spectacular coast of Northumberland, located between the picture-postcard villages of Embleton and Craster, home of the famous Craster kippers. nationaltrust.org.uk
Alnwick is a beautiful village and home to Alnwick Castle and Gardens, one of the world's most extraordinary contemporary gardens. From poisonous plants and treetop walkways to glorious roses and towering delphiniums, the Duchess of Northumberland's vision for a forgotten plot is a beauty to behold. alnwickcastle.com