23 Nov 2017

Planning a Festive Getaway in Newcastle Gateshead

The twin cities of Newcastle and Gateshead, separated by the river Tyne, are where I spent a large part of my adult life. I don’t visit Newcastle and Gateshead as often as I would like since moving to the North West. Perhaps reminiscing about Christmas past spent in this happy corner of the North East will inspire me to plan a visit this festive season.

Newcastle and Gateshead have always had a lot to offer over the festive period - for shoppers, for families and for those looking to have a good time. Here are highlights of what to expect when visiting Newcastle Gateshead over Christmas and New Year.

Newcastle and Gateshead have always had a lot to offer over the Christmas period - for shoppers, for families and for those looking to have a good time. Here are highlights of what to expect when visiting Newcastle Gateshead over Christmas and New Year. 

Newcastle city centre plays host to Intu Eldon Square with its massive range of high street shops, specialist shops and department stores. The Fenwick’s department store unveils a spectacular window display every year, resplendent with moving characters and fairy lights. Or you can choose to do your Christmas shopping at Intu Metrocentre, Europe’s largest shopping and leisure complex. With 340 shops, 60+ restaurants and free parking, it is a day out for all the family.




Christmas shopping can be tiring work. There is a wide range of pubs, restaurants and bars in Newcastle to help you unwind. Visit the newly opened restaurant development, Grey’s Quarter, which has 20 new restaurants and a rooftop terrace overlooking Grey’s monument. Grey Street, by the way, happened to be voted the best street in the North East a few years ago. With its classical architecture of domes, turrets and spikes, it is easy to see why.


Or stroll further up to reach the Quayside with its modern cocktail bars and a spectacular view of Newcastle’s seven bridges including the modern Millennium Bridge and the historic Tyne Bridge. Why not watch a Christmas performance at the Sage, Gateshead while you are there?


The International Christmas Market at the Grey’s monument is always a big draw at Christmas. This market brings gourmet delights from around Europe. You can get a currywurst from Germany, waffles from Holland, paella from Spain and crêpes from France. That and the ice-skating rink at the Life Science Centre, have always been my festive favourites. The Life Centre also hosts a planetarium and a variety of science and natural history exhibits.



Some places stay with you, no matter what. With so many happy memories, Newcastle and Gateshead will forever hold a special place in my heart. 

Disclosure: Written in collaboration with Newcastle Gateshead 

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