NE1 Get into Newcastle - Winter 2022

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WINTER SEASON 2022-23

YOUR FREE FESTIVE GUIDE TO WHAT'S ON IN NE1

TIME TO GET FESTIVE IN THE CITY

WINTER WARMERS ACROSS NE1

THE BEST OF NEWCASTLE IN 2022

The NE1 team have got you covered when it comes to getting the best of Christmas in the city this year. From Santa trails to Laser Lights, there's plenty to keep you busy this winter!

We're bringing you up to speed with the best places to cosy up and eat out in the city this winter, whether you're looking for Sunday roasts, festive tipples or dog-friendly pubs.

What a year it has been in the city! From heaps of amazing NE1 events, to sporting spectacles and dazzling developments, there's plenty to raise a glass to as we see out 2022 in style.


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FRESH FROM THE PRESS

Welcome to the inaugural edition of our new seasonal NE1 magazine, arriving just in time to guide you through the city’s lead-in to Christmas and New Year, with even more pages, and even more content. It’s our one-stop shop to bring you up to date on everything the city has to offer over the coming months. From Laser Lights making our iconic Quayside even more beautiful over New Year, to our glorious Grainger Market looking resplendent and hosting choirs, bands, and a chance to meet Santa, it’s all happening in the Best City in the World (trademark pending). If you’re not quite ready for full-on Christmas planning just yet, we’ve got a rundown on winter warmers where you can enjoy a decadent Sunday Dinner amongst other things, and cosy spots to hunker down in as the nights get crisp. There are cultural highlights, gigs, and comedy, plus ideas for the whole family to enjoy while there’s a nip in the air, it’s such an evocative time of year. Read on, and enjoy. We’re thrilled to be back, and we wish you a wonderful winter in the city! STEPHEN PATTERSON CHIEF EXECUTIVE, NE1

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AROUND THE CITY

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Newcastle's Christmas Markets are back - and they're bigger and better than ever before! Transforming the city centre into a winter wonderland of festive food, indie gifts and more, there's no better way to celebrate merry season! newcastleschristmas.com

The Great Market Caper 3 & 17 December If you don’t already know, get to know! The Great Market Caper sees the Grainger Market transformed into a buzzy venue with everything from line dancing and vegan tacos, to live comedians and cocktails! thecaper.co.uk

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Central Park’s Fanzone is back for the World Cup, kitted out for the winter season! Think huge screens, a heated arena tent, bars, street food stalls and live entertainment. fanzonenewcastle.co.uk

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Get ready for a sensational night of compelling tunes with the one and only Blossoms. Their night in the Toon promises to be one to remember. Don’t miss it! academymusicgroup.com

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THE COLD NIGHTS ARE DRAWING IN BUT IT’S HOTTING UP IN THE CITY WITH HEAPS OF UNMISSABLE EVENTS ARRIVING IN NEWCASTLE THIS WINTER. WARM UP WITH OUR TOP HIGHLIGHTS!

GREY'S MONUMENT & BEYOND

FENWICK

29 November - 15 January ‘Tis the season for panto and this year, you’re invited to the most spectacular ball of them all! Danny Adams leads the Theatre Royal cast in a brand-new production of Cinderella. A theatre must this winter! theatreroyal.co.uk

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Throughout December Popcorn at the ready! This season, head over to Tyneside Cinema for festive flicks aplenty. With tons of Chrimbo classics playing on the big screen throughout December as well as festive afternoon tea and wreath making specials, it’s the place to be. tynesidecinema.co.uk

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Disney On Ice presents

DREAM BIG 7 - 11 December

This year’s ice spectacular will transport little ones and grown ups alike to exciting worlds where heroes of every kind seek to fulfil their dreams at a live experience families will never forget! utilitaarena.co.uk

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BOILER SHOP

Made.UpNorth Winter Market 11 December A winter market you won't want to miss, bringing together 60 of the best northern makers, artists, creatives and food vendors. Enjoy a drink from Boiler Shop’s bar and explore the incredible work of local potters, artists, jewellers and more! boilershop.net

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ACROSS THE CITY

QUAYSIDE

NE1’s 24 doors of Christmas

30 December - 1 January

1 - 24 December Our 24 Doors of Christmas is back this December, opening up 24 unique and iconic venues in the city for you to explore, all for free in the run up to Christmas! newcastleschristmas.com

Laser Light City The Toon is once again being transformed into a spectacular Laser Light City over New Year! The epic light show is free to attend and is back for three sparkling nights as the Quayside sky and our glorious bridges are illuminated with amazing high-powered laser beams and stunning displays. Visitors will get the chance to control the lasers themselves between amazing professional displays every hour on the hour. Prepare to be blown away by sound and light as the lasers illuminate the Quayside and ring in the new year! laserlight.city/newcastle

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OUT & ABOUT

OUT & ABOUT

Arty evenings >>

WE'RE SO EXCITED THAT OUR BEAUTIFUL CITY IS COMING ALIVE WITH WINTER WONDERS, FROM COSY CINEMA OUTINGS AND PINTS BY THE FIRE, TO FABULOUS FESTIVE CRAFTS AND CREATIVE WORKSHOPS. TIME TO GET OUT AND EXPLORE THE BEST SEASONAL DELIGHTS NEWCASTLE HAS TO OFFER THIS YEAR…

Winter in the city GREAT NORTH MUSEUM: HANCOCK

HEAD OF STEAM QUAYSIDE

This super welcoming pub is the perfect place to hunker down after a magical winter walk down the Quayside. Stocked with an array of tasty beers and ales, as well as a menu filled with modern pub grub, Head of Steam is everything you want and more on a cold winter’s night. theheadofsteam.co.uk

THE FRENCH QUARTER

GRAINGER MARKET

Newcastle’s historic Grainger Market provides quintessential Geordie warmth and nostalgia all year round, but it really comes into its own during the winter months! This year the Grainger Market will play centre stage in the city’s festivities, with a huge Christmassy overhaul including Santa’s Grotto, live music from bands and choirs, and additional opening days! The market will open its doors on Sundays throughout December, on the 4th, 11th and 18th! On these cosy market Sundays you can enjoy perusing all sorts of amazing gifts from independent traders, everything from action figure stocking fillers at Fantastic Toys, to super-cool vintage garms at The Yesterday Society. There’s so much to discover at the Grainger Market this winter! ourgraingermarket.co.uk

If you’re looking for something a little lighter but still just as likely to rosy up your cheeks in delight, then duck into The French Quarter for some exquisite wine and authentic French flavours. A warming glass of red alongside some mouthwatering French cuisine? Yes please! frenchquarternewcastle.co.uk

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As if the usual winter shenanigans aren't enough, this year we've got the winter World Cup to look forward to, meaning there's even more to do in the city!

NX NEWCASTLE FANZONE

All of England’s 2022 World Cup games on huge screens in Newcastle’s newest live events venue? Sign us up! Hosted by Sky Sports’ Keith Downie, NX are pulling out all the stops to showcase this extra special winter World Cup. Taking over the old O2 Academy site with a £2.75m refurbishment earlier this year, this is quickly becoming one of Newcastle’s most popular live entertainment venues. It all kicks off on 21 November, grab your tickets before they go! nxnewcastle.com

CENTRAL PARK WORLD CUP FANZONE

We all remember how much fun we had at Euro 2020 down at Central Park’s epic sun-trap of a Fanzone and now they’re bringing it back again for World Cup 2022! Of course, they’re all decked out for the winter season, with the customary huge screens, a fully heated arena tent with 30 metres of bars, street food stalls, epic DJs and live music performances. Get your tickets now for England’s first game on 21st November! fanzonenewcastle.co.uk

THE OLD GEORGE INN

One of the cosiest traditional pubs in Newcastle, The Old George Inn has been serving up hearty dishes and refreshing real ales since 1582! If you’re looking for a home away from home to escape the chill and dig into some soul-nourishing food then The Old George Inn is a must-visit on your winter excursion to the city. We’ve got to recommend their mouthwatering fish and chips; hand battered cod and chunky chips are a crowd pleaser all year round! facebook.com/theoldgeorgeinn

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DINE ON THE TYNE

The Dining Society are bringing their unique outdoor dining pods back to The Urban Garden on Newcastle’s Quayside from 17th November - woo-hoo! The dining pods offer customers a cosy escape where they can enjoy food from award-winning restaurant Fusion at Ramside Hall Hotel with views of the city's famous bridges. Book in fast because these are sure to sell out! thediningsociety.co.uk

NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY

Join the extraordinary New Tyneside Orchestra for a magnificent night of music as they take to Kings Hall at Newcastle University on Saturday 26 November! For one night only, witness the skill of these musical maestros taking you on a sonic rollercoaster of emotions. Featuring the extremely talented Nick Byrne playing Dvorak's fabulous Cello Concerto, this is a winter concert not to be missed! ncl.ac.uk

TYNESIDE CINEMA

Cosy nights at the cinema >>

Warm up and wind down >>

Warm yourself up this winter with the return of Great North Nights’ Christmas Ceilidh at Great North Museum: Hancock on 16 December. For the uninitiated, a Celildh is a traditional Scottish evening of dancing, music, joy and merriment! The Hancock’s exhibition hall will host this one-of-a-kind event, stocked up with some festive refreshments so you can boogie all night long! greatnorthmuseum.org.uk

NEWCASTLE ARTS CENTRE

Back by popular demand this season, Newcastle Arts Centre is hosting a new series of miniature winter sculpting courses on 23 & 30 November and 7 & 14 December. These crafty sessions see you make your own cute winter dioramas that you can take home and treasure forever! newcastle-arts-centre.co.uk

Winter wouldn’t be the same without sitting down to enjoy the films that give you those tingly festive feels! This year, Tyneside Cinema have gone all out for Crimbo, screening virtually every cult classic Christmas film you can think of throughout December! Take your pick from the likes of Home Alone, Elf, The Nightmare Before Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life and many, many more. Basically, if you want to see your favourite festive flick on the big screen, Tyneside Cinema has you covered. Don't miss out! tynesidecinema.co.uk

EVERYMAN CINEMA

Treat yourself to a luxury cinema experience this festive season at Everyman Cinema! This classically styled cinema has everything you need for a lush winter evening in front of the silver screen, from those uber-comfy velvet seats and warm specialty popcorn to glasses of bubbly and fresh pizza! Everyone needs to visit Everyman Cinema this Christmas! everymancinema.com

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FESTIVE FUN

NE1’s Christmas Spectacular >> LASER LIGHT CITY 30 December - 1 January

Bright lights in the big city! NE1 and Newcastle City Council’s groundbreaking interactive laser installation is coming back with a bang! After ushering in 2022 with an eye-widening New Year’s Eve celebration that filled the night sky with incredible laser beams, Laser Light City will be taking things to the next level this time around. The iconic laser show will be back with even more lasers on Newcastle's iconic Quayside, a fantastic musical accompaniment and a light show performed by BAFTA-winning artist Seb-Lee Delisle on the hour, every hour during operating hours of 5pm and 1am. What a treat! We know what you’re thinking, will I get a chance to control the lasers? The answer is of course, YES! 29,000 people took control of the lasers last year, so be sure to jump online throughout the event and dance the light beams across the sky. It's set to be three nights of amazing celebrations with the Quayside buzzing with thousands of visitors, accompanied by tasty tipple concessions and street food stalls, allowing you to enjoy the show with your loved ones! It's set to be one of the biggest NYE celebrations in the country - let’s show them that Geordies do it better, Laser Light City style!

The countdown is on! Our very own city-centre advent calendar is back and ready to guide you through some of Newcastle’s hidden treasures this winter! Here’s the gist... each day throughout December, our beloved citywide advent calendar will showcase the Toon’s finest gems, local landmarks and cool spaces by granting you unprecedented access to explore behind the scenes for one day only, all for free and in the spirit of Christmas! Book your tickets in advance to ensure entry to magical venues including the Common Room, the Lit & Phil, Tyne Theatre & Opera House and many more. Stay tuned on our website and social channels for all of your advent updates!

NEWCASTLE'S CHRISTMAS MARKETS Throughout December

Ho-ho-hooray - Newcastle's Christmas Markets are back, bigger and better than ever before! NE1 and Newcastle City Council have teamed up to create an extra-special incarnation of our famed Christmas Market this year, bringing back the beloved Grey’s Monument and Grainger Market locations and expanding into Old Eldon Square. Expect the city centre to be transformed into a winter wonderland of delicious festive food, super unique independent gift stalls and mulled wine on tap! When it comes to getting into the festive spirit, there’s nothing quite like the warm atmosphere of the Christmas Market. This year the expanded winter village will be open from 19th November all the way up to Christmas Eve, meaning your last minute gifts can be bought in style! With a focus on local traders and celebrating our region’s fantastic independent businesses, Newcastle’s Christmas Market is the perfect place to go and grab a truly special gift this year. So get wrapped up warm, grab yourself a hot cup of mulled wine - maybe even a little sweet treat - and immerse yourself in the quintessential Newcastle Chrimbo experience!

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SUN 4 – FRI 23 DEC 2022

A LIVE THEATRE & SQUIGGLE PRODUCTION WRITTEN BY BENJAMIN STOREY

A LIVE THEATRE PRODUCTION SCRIPT BY RORY MULLARKEY

SEARCH FOR SANTA 26 November

Santa - we know him! So well in fact, he’s decided to play a little game of hide-and-seek across the city and we need your little ones to help us find St. Nick! NE1’s Search for Santa is back. After the phenomenal success of the last couple of years, our free, seasonal wander through the city looking for the man in red will see the trail begin with courageous yuletide explorers kitted out with a map, Santa hat and other festive goodies before embarking on an adventure through the city. Answer Christmas questions and visit arts and crafts stations dotted across NE1 before reaching Newcastle Cathedral, where Santa will be waiting with his elves to meet the intrepid explorers! Tickets for this one always fly out so watch our social channels and Christmas website to make sure you bag yours.

Hurrah! Our fabulously festive Christmas window displays are back. Team NE1 will sprinkle fairy dust across the city once again with awe-inspiring artwork from seriously talented local creatives, schools and competition winners. Enjoy some arty festive cheer as you meander through the Toon and experience Newcastle’s wondrous Christmas offering. Keep an eye out for these super installations popping up in vacant windows across the city.

A LIVE THEATRE PRODUCTION WORLD PREMIERE THU 2 - SAT 25 MARCH 2023

A new play celebrating Northumbrian identity, folk music and family tradition

wishes on the wind

A dazzling and delightful wintry treat for kids combining the words of a playwright with the wild minds of children

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CHRISTMAS WINDOWS Throughout December

24 DOORS OF CHRISTMAS Throughout December

THU 8 – SUN 18 DEC 2022

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#WishesOnTheWind

#WintryTales

Three Acts ofLove

Welcome to the Northvale Social Club. A place of sanctuary, spilled drinks, and song. A place where three extraordinary characters each have a story to tell you about love. WRITTEN BY LAURA LINDOW, NAOMI OBENG & VICI WREFORD-SINNOTT DIRECTED BY JACK MCNAMARA #THREEACTSOFLOVE TICKETS £14 - £28, CONCS FROM £12

Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Quayside, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 3DQ 0191 232 1232 www.live.org.uk

HERE AT KINGSTON PARK WE OFFER FIRST-CLASS HOSPITALITY AT ALL OUR FALCONS HOME GAMES. HOSTED BY OUR WELCOMING AND FRIENDLY TEAM WE PROVIDE GREAT RUGBY AND SO MUCH MORE.

NEWCASTLE'S CHRISTMAS WEBSITE

We've got Christmas wrapped up with our exhaustive Christmas website, listing everything that's going on across the city this winter! newcastleschristmas.com

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FOODIE FINDS

FOODIE FINDS

Winter warmers

Add a bit of 'wow' to your working week...

THE MUDDLER

There’s nothing like small plates of fabulous delicacies for lunch. With a variety of delicious Pan-Asian cuisine up for grabs here, you can’t go wrong with opting for their exquisite selection of small plates to fill your lunchtime needs. Think crispy chilli squid, teriyaki chicken, gyoza, bao buns and some of the best sushi you’ll ever taste. This eatery is hugely popular, so make sure you book in advance. themuddlernewcastle.co.uk

FEELING THE CHILL? WINTER HAS ARRIVED IN NE1 AND WE’RE WRAPPING UP WARM WITH A BITE TO EAT AND TOASTY TIPPLES AT OUR FAVOURITE VENUES ACROSS THE CITY.

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Sunday lunch spots

ZAPATISTA

Sundays are for over-indulging. Add these to your list...

MANTRA THAI

Who can resist the mouthwatering array of dishes on offer at Mantra Thai? The beautiful Forth Banks restaurant is the perfect place to escape the winter snap. Enjoy a classic Pad Thai or push the boat out with a tantalising red curry. With dedicated veggie and vegan menus, Mantra Thai has something for everyone this winter. Be sure to stop in and experience some of the most authentic tastes of Thailand in the city! mantra-thai.co.uk

OLIVE & BEAN

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Wake up and smell the coffee...

FLAT CAPS COFFEE

Baby, it’s cold outside! If you didn’t just sing that, go back and read it again. But seriously, there’s nothing quite like warming up with a toasty flat white from Flat Caps Coffee. This Carliol Square spot is renowned for serving up specialty coffee and delicious treats, and has everything you need to get your morning off to a cracking start. Be sure to try their warm homemade crumpets - simply delicious! flatcapscoffee.com

CAMBER COFFEE

Escape the cold and warm up inside this bright, airy cafe with a cup of the good stuff. Best known across the city for its cool coffeeinspired artwork and a variety of delicious wake-up-and-feel-good dishes, Camber Coffee is the perfect cosy spot when it comes to chilling with a seasonal spiced latte or one of their delicious orange hot chocolates topped with oodles of whipped cream. instagram.com/camber_coffee

PINK LANE COFFEE

Whether a cappuccino is your go-to or you’re a gingerbread latte kind of guy or gal, it doesn’t matter, Pink Lane Coffee is

a must-try! Trust us, any coffee aficionado can vouch for this place. When it comes to fueling up for the day ahead, make sure you add this café to your winter agenda. As well as tasting incredible, they’re sustainable too - buying seasonal speciality green coffees from small producers and valuing transparency from seed to cup. What's not to love? pinklanecoffee.co.uk

GREAT BRITISH CUPCAKERY

A warm cosy atmosphere, floral decor and the aroma of sweet treats filling the air we could only be talking about the Great British Cupcakery. There’s something about this time of year that brings that warm, fuzzy feeling when it comes to hunkering down inside a coffee shop and watching the rain roll down the windows. This Quayside hotspot is loved for its Instagram-worthy cakes, brownies and delicious drinks. If you do anything this winter, it has to be trying their incredible white hot chocolate packed with fluffy marshmallows and topped with white chocolate shavings! gbcupcakery.co.uk

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Gather the gang and tuck into The Botanist’s amazing Sunday lunch offering. Foodies can cosy up inside this impressive, city centre venue and feast upon one of the best roasts the Toon has to offer. Take your pick from roast sirloin of beef, pot roast lamb shoulder, roast chicken, slow roast honey-glazed pork belly or celeriac, mushroom and pearl barley wellington. There’s also a delicious range of sides, starters and desserts to choose from. What are you waiting for? Book a table and tuck in! thebotanist.uk.com

world. Choose from a succulent featherblade of beef, juicy roast belly pork, tender confit shoulder of lamb, classic roast chicken breast or the delicious nut roast. All signature dishes are served with seasonal vegetables, roasties, mash and a giant Yorkshire pudding. Trust us, you can’t beat it! earlofpittstreet.co.uk

A firm favourite in NE1 when it comes to fuelling up on the good stuff. When hunger strikes, be sure to head for this Clayton Street eatery. Nothing beats the winter chill quite like a piping hot latte and toasty panini from Olive & Bean. For those of you with a sweet tooth, make sure to pick up one of their delicious cakes too. Trust us, you won’t regret it. oliveandbean.co.uk

Party bites

THE EARL OF PITT STREET

Brisk Sunday afternoons in the middle of winter call for cosy pub lunches. We can vouch that the roasts here are out of this

Zapatista is the place to go when it comes to a lunch break or mid-shopping trip lunch. Make sure you swing by one of these burrito bars (located on Grainger Street and Ridley Place) and fuel up on the likes of fiery fajitas, flavour-packed burritos, crispy nachos or a big heartwarming bowl of chilli and rice. The perfect amount of food to leave your belly satisfied, while still having the ability to continue shopping or working. It's a win-win! zapatistaburrito.com

MASON + RYE

Whether you’re working, shopping or taking part in festive goings-on inside Fenwick this winter, make sure you pencil in a lunch date at Mason + Rye. Here you’ll find an impressive selection of freshly-made cakes, nourishing salads, artisan sandwiches and zesty juices - all of which are made with fresh, seasonal, high quality, locally sourced ingredients. Devour the goods on-the-go or choose to eat in for a lunchtime pick-me-up, the choice is yours. fenwick.co.uk

Picky bits and good vibes…

THE WONDERBAR

Step inside The WonderBar for good vibes all round. Hit the dance floor and sing along to live music, rally the troops and get competitive over a game of darts, and tuck into perfect party food including the likes of chicken wings, halloumi fries and jalapeño poppers. Or for the ultimate picky feast, try one of their sharing plates - the Wonderboard is always a winner for us! wonderbar-newcastle.co.uk

THE BRIDGE TAVERN

A hearty Sunday dinner, finished with a stroll along the Quayside, you just can’t beat it. If you’re after tradition, feast upon the likes of rump of rare breed beef, Gloucester Old Spot pork, Ingram Valley lamb or butternut squash, leek and Lincolnshire poacher cobbler; all of which are served with seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and gravy. If you’re after something a little different, why not try the ground short rib burger, the beer battered haddock or the cauliflower steak? Whatever it is you’re looking for, you're guaranteed to leave satisfied. An all-rounder for Sunday feasting! thebridgetavern.com

Terry’s turkey tips!

Lunch break pick-me-ups

THE BROAD CHARE

Sunday lunch at The Broad Chare is a staple in Newcastle, and you must experience it this winter! Loved for their proper pub grub, it’s a winner when it comes to finding a traditional roast. Tuck into their delicious topside of beef served with one of the best Yorkshire puds you’ll ever taste, go for the roast Old Spot pork belly with a delicious helping of apple sauce or for a real treat, choose the slowcooked shoulder of lamb. Yum! thebroadchare.co.uk

LANE7

Nowhere does a good night out quite like Lane7. Tuck into nacho fries, buffalo wings and stonebaked pizzas while getting competitive over a game on the lanes, as well as the chance to challenge your chums to darts, ping pong or belting out the tunes on karaoke. This activity-based foodie hangout is the place to be when it comes to the season of big celebrations! lane7.co.uk

REVOLUCIÓN DE CUBA

The vibrant tunes, fiery flavours and tropical decor inside Revolución de Cuba is enough to warm you up this winter! Whether you’re out with family, friends or work pals, there’s something for everyone. From festive brunch to tapas feasting, this easy-going spot is perfect for fuelling up for the night ahead. revoluciondecuba.com

MARKET SHAKER

Pizza, beers and cocktails… what more could you want? This independent, all-day bar in the heart of the Toon is a must-visit this winter. Whether it’s after work drinks, festive weekends in the city with friends or an ‘out out’ occasion, Market Shaker does it all. Add it to your foodie to-do list! instagram.com/marketshakernewcastle

One of Newcastle’s most respected chef-restaurateurs, Terry Laybourne, takes us through his top tips for the perfect festive turkey! - First of all... it seems that, certainly in our house, no one wants to eat the dark leg meat. Ask your butcher for a turkey crown (a double breast on the bone) rather than a whole turkey. - Perhaps the single biggest thing would be to immerse the turkey in a brine overnight; this will result in a tastier and much more succulent breast. - Use a digital probe! Dryness is often a problem in roast turkey, particularly in the breast meat. Use a digital probe to monitor the internal temperature and remember that there will always be around 3 to 5 degrees heat gain as the bird rests. - Consider the gravy. If you don’t have any turkey giblets, scatter a good handful of chicken wings in the roasting tray under your turkey; these will provide you with a good base for the gravy. - Don’t be tempted to roast at too high a temperature, which can also lead to dryness. 160°C is perfect. - Rest the bird for at least 20 minutes before attempting to carve. The resting time allows the meat to relax, rendering it more succulent and actually easier to carve. - Try a boxing day fry-up. Cut any leftover cooked turkey into bite size chunks. Sauté a chopped onion and some diced smoked bacon in a large frying pan until they begin to soften. Add a handful of sliced cooked potatoes; continue cooking until the potatoes begin to brown. Throw in the leftover turkey and a teaspoon of caraway seeds, a tbsp of chopped parsley and a little sage toss together. Season well and add a tiny splash of good quality white wine vinegar. Divide between warm plates and top each with a fried egg. Serve with a green salad. Enjoy - and a very Merry Christmas!

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FOODIE FINDS

CHRISTMAS CRACKERS

NE1's festive trail

Vegan delights Delicious vegan eateries to enjoy this winter season...

ALL BAR ONE

Discover tasty, guilt-free and nutritious vegan small plates, breakfast, mains and desserts at All Bar One this winter. From vegan dirty nachos, plant-based burgers, lasagne and quesadillas, there’s plenty of variety to choose from here. Make sure you check out their festive menu too. Think delectable vegan dishes, indulgent desserts and Christmas-inspired sips. allbarone.co.uk

Where to celebrate the party season…

SUPER NATURAL CAFÉ

LEILA LILY’S

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If you’re looking for attention to detail, it doesn’t get better than Côte! This beautifully cosy, French-inspired brassiere in the heart of Newcastle is ideal for lunching with pals this season. With an abundance of vegan-friendly options and a Christmas menu to choose from, you’re in good hands here! Think Jerusalem artichoke risotto, squash taboulé, vegan Côte burger and chocolate salted caramel tart just to name a few. Count us in! cote.co.uk

This modern, minimalist restaurant is ideal for all foodie occasions, day or night. Whether it’s a hearty breakfast to start the day, a coffee and a slice of cake as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, or a delicious three-course evening meal, Vegano has you covered! Looking for inspo? The double cheeze burger made with two smashed patties, melted cheeze, sweet white onion, gherkins and house-made burger sauce is always a winner for us! vegano.uk.com

Best places for pints with the pooch…

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BREWDOG

One of the most notable names for craft beer nationally, BrewDog is a must-visit if you fancy a pint or two with your furry best pal by your side. Sitting proudly on Dean Street, this craft beer sensation is one of the Toon's most popular social hubs all year round. Head here to sample over 22 different beers, catch up with mates and play some board games. Sounds like a decent day out if you ask us. brewdog.com

It’s back! Glide over to the Life Science Centre for a bit of thrilling festive fun this winter. A visit to the fabulous, open-air rink has become a Christmas tradition for so many people in the city and we're delighted that it's back in action. Head here for laugh-out-loud moments, twinkly views and festive tunes before heading into the city for a hot choc. life.org.uk

THE ORIGINAL ‘GRINCH’ COCKTAIL Ingredients 50ml Midori 25ml Lime Juice 12.5ml Gomme Sugar Cane Sugar

Method Take a Martini glass and coat the rim of the glass in sugar. In a cocktail shaker, combine the Midori, lime juice and gomme syrup. Shake well and then strain into the sugar-coated Martini glass. Hang the sugar cane on the side of the glass Serve, sip and enjoy. Give it a go or head to The Hudson and try it out for yourself. Their new festive drinks menu is more spectacular than ever this year! hudsonnewcastle.co.uk

One of the biggest Christmas traditions in Newcastle is bundling up warm, grabbing a hot chocolate and embracing the magic of Fenwick’s Christmas Window. Every year, thousands flock to Northumberland Street to enjoy the spectacle - and inside is just as magical with a whole floor dedicated to Christmas, the magical Santa's Rooftop experience and much more! fenwick.co.uk

Market mooch

Nab the best viewing spot and settle in as the Toon is transformed into a spectacular Laser Light City for three days from 30 December 2022 to 1 January 2023! This enchanting light show is shining its way back into NE1 and we can’t wait. Keep your eyes peeled as the Quayside is illuminated with high-power lasers and spectacular displays. laserlight.city/newcastle

He’s green, mean and not very clean. Yep you guessed it, it’s the Grinch and he’s heading to NE1! Throughout December the County Hotel is inviting little guests and their families to join them for a breakfast buffet in the Mozart Suite with a special visit from the one and only Grinch and his sidekick, Cindy Lou. Bag your tickets now to the funniest breakfast date in Toon. countyhotel.co.uk

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a mooch around Newcastle’s Christmas Market. From 19 November to 24 December, make sure you layer up in your winter knits, indulge in a hot choc or mulled wine (whatever your festive tipple of choice is) and explore the stalls filled with independent gifts, sumptuous food and festive memorabilia. newcastleschristmas.com

Soak up the Grainger Market Christmas vibes this winter! Nothing beats a wander around the stalls, embracing the festive atmosphere and shopping all things independent. Pick up a selection of tasty treats for festive nights in, stock up on the essentials and tick off your list with gorgeous gifts from local people. Open Sundays throughout the season! facebook.com/graingermarketnewcastle

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Winter wonders

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Festive flicks

Christmas means watching your favourite festive flick on repeat and never getting bored! As always, our pals over at Tyneside Cinema have got your Christmas movie night covered with an impressive lineup of all the classics! We’re talking Home Alone, Elf, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Holiday and more! And if we haven’t listed your favourite, fear not, it’s more than likely on this epic list. Popcorn at the ready, it’s time to get festive! tynesidecinema.co.uk

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Nothing gets you feeling festive quite like singing a Christmas carol or two. This December, the Vermont Hotel is inviting yuletide fanatics for a festive afternoon tea with, wait for it… carol singers! Indulge in a selection of Christmas-inspired sandwiches, freshlybaked scones, festive treats and chocolate delights. All served with a piping hot tea or coffee and in the company of a group of fantastic carol singers who will be belting out some of the bestloved Christmas tunes. vermont-hotel.com

Celebrating Christmas Steeped in history and tradition, Newcastle Cathedral is the place to be when it comes to celebrating the most wonderful time of the year. With oodles of events taking place in the run-up to and on Christmas Day, you can enjoy the likes of; Festival of Nine Lessons and Candlelit Carols, Candlelit Midnight Mass, Festival Eucharist for Christmas Day, Christmas by Candlelight and more. newcastlecathedral.org.uk

Get crafty

I A CHRISTMAS CREATIV F T E RNOO N T E A TRE ATS

REDHOUSE

To the ice!

Cool, quirky and intimate, Mother Mercy is one of the city's newest cocktail bars hidden amongst the hustle and bustle of Newcastle’s Cloth Market. This award-winning basement bar is what cocktail dreams are made of. You’ll find us here sipping on an Amaretto Sour! mothermercy.co.uk

‘Tis the season for winter-inspired cocktails. Our pals over at The Hudson have provided all the deets you need to knock up their signature sip, The Original ‘Grinch’

Time to park up at the pub! There’s nothing quite like a pint in a characterful pub, is there? Forget your errands, today is about you and man’s best friend. Head for Northumberland Road and bask in a world of cosy pub vibes at City Tavern! Serving everything from wintry-themed cocktails to craft beers, plus some quality bar bait. It’s the perfect place for humans and hounds alike to call home for the afternoon. citytavern.co.uk

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Be Inspired: Seasonal Sips

CITY TAVERN

Pints, pies and pooches, what more could you want? Swing by Redhouse this winter for cosy afternoons in a traditional pub, sipping on real ales and tucking into some seriously good homemade grub. The best part? Your four-legged pal can join you. With exposed beams, dark wood and cosy interiors, it's the perfect place to wind down, drink and dine, and take in the glory of the Quayside location. facebook.com/redhousencl

ALVINOS

Serving up some of the Toon’s best cocktails and mocktails, Pilgrim Street’s Alvinos is a friendly spot for all to enjoy. For those who don’t fancy cocktails or spirits, our pals at Alvinos also have a wide selection of craft beers, draught beers, lagers and soft drinks. With a warm, friendly and chilled-out atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to cosy up after a long winter's day. alvinosbar.com

FESTIVE TRADITIONS

TE H DA A GRINC

Dog friendly, dazzling decor, Insta-worthy drinks and awardwinning food… sounds like the place to be this winter. Gather the troops and their furry companions and pencil in a date at this Market Street sensation. Picture this... it’s a cold wintry afternoon, you’re layered up in your chunky knitwear and boots, you’re sinking into the pink velvet seats with a seasonal cocktail in hand and a juicy burger is on its way. It doesn't get better than that! lolajeans.co.uk

Christmas glam at the ready, it’s time to hit the Toon! This award-winning bar and restaurant situated on the iconic Grey Street is renowned for its Insta-worthy cocktails. Swing by the beautiful botanical haven for a seasonal sip or two this winter! leilalilys.co.uk

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Dog-friendly hangouts

Raise a glass

SHOP 'TIL YOU DRO P!

Located on Grainger Street, Super Natural Café offers foodies a menu packed with the tastiest of plant-based dishes. Boasting charming decor, beautiful views, delicious food and exceptional service, it’s hard not to fall head over heels for this place! instagram.com/super_natural_cafe_

CHRISTMAS IS CALLING! CHECK OUT OUR SEASONAL MUSTS IN THE CITY THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER & DECEMBER…

Roll up your sleeves, it’s time to get creative! Whether you’re in the mood to knock up a botanical masterpiece with a wreath making workshop or cook up a storm in the kitchen to impress dinner guests with a Christmas cookery lesson, Blackfriars has it all. Go ahead, try your hand at something new this festive season with a selection of classes and dates throughout November and December. blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk

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CITY HAPPENINGS

CITY HAPPENINGS

What’s on in NE1? DIVE HEAD FIRST INTO A WORLD OF ARTS AND CULTURE THIS WINTER SEASON! THE CITY IS JAM-PACKED WITH UNMISSABLE SHOWS, PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS THAT’LL HAVE YOU OUT OF YOUR LIVING ROOM AND INTO NE1 EVERY NIGHT! AN INSPECTOR CALLS

8 - 12 November Stephen Daldry’s multi awardwinning National Theatre production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller returns to Theatre Royal for five haunting nights this November. Hailed as the theatrical event of its generation, winning more awards than any other production in history, An Inspector Calls has already shaken more than five million people worldwide. Take the chance to see this epic production unfold in front of your very eyes! theatreroyal.co.uk

MODERN PICTURES: THE HATTON GALLERY

Until 28 January 2023 Get your cultural kick this festive season with a trip to Hatton Gallery to see a specially curated exhibition of over fifty works from the gallery’s permanent collection. Selected from a collection of over 3,700 paints, prints, drawings and sculptures, these fifty pieces spotlight twentieth century art. Highlights include important paintings by Francis Bacon, Prunella Clough, Patrick Heron and Keith Vaughan, as well as a painting by the celebrated twentieth century Australian artist Brett Whiteley - one of only three canvases by Whiteley in a UK public collection. You’ve got until the end of January to check out this awe-inspiring collection, but we recommend getting in early on a cosy festive day out in the city! hattongallery.org.uk

Christmas with Captain Will

CRAFT YOUR CHRISTMAS WITH SARA DAVIES

2 December Sara Davies, Queen of Crafting, Dragon's Den guru and Strictly star is taking to the road to give you tips and tricks to help make Christmas magical this year. Craft Your Christmas is the perfect warm-up for the festive break, with plenty of practical demonstrations and creative ideas. Taking you from gifts to garlands, cards to crackers via a peek into the Den and a sprinkling of Strictly sparkle, you will be up close with Sara as she helps you create your own unique handmade Christmas. Full of fun and inspiration, what better way to start the Christmas season! tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk

MORE BLACKS, MORE DOGS, MORE IRISH

CHRISTMAS AT THE CATHEDRAL

15 November - 3 December In the not-too-distant future, in an unknown land, worlds collide when two people are forced to share a space. Losing their freedom, hope, and dog, they must find a way to be civil or lose all sanity! This captivating and challenging play explores themes of racism and identity politics with high drama and physical theatre that’ll leave your pulse racing! Get your tickets now for this must-see production at Alphabetti Theatre. alphabettitheatre.co.uk

15 December Cathedral, carols, Christmas… need we say any more? Newcastle Cathedral’s annual festive extravaganza is back again! A huge night in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, you can expect a spectacular gala concert from the Cathedral choir and an opportunity to sing along to some classic Crimbo tunes. Imagine belting out your favourite Christmas carol in the breathtaking halls of Newcastle Cathedral… in fact, you don’t have to imagine, book your ticket now! newcastlecathedral.org.uk

SARAH MILLICAN: BOBBY DAZZLER

24 November Northern comedy icon Sarah Millican is homeward bound this November, heading to Tyne Theatre and Opera House for her effortlessly funny new stand-up show Bobby Dazzler! You’ll learn about what happens when your mouth seals shut, how to throw poo over a wall, trying to lose weight but only losing the tip of your finger, and how truly awful a floatation tank can actually be. You know what Sarah’s like, she’s not afraid to embarrass herself for the sake of making you double over in laughter! tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk

OPERA NORTH

1 - 5 November Sing it from the rooftops! The incredibly talented folks at Opera North are bringing three iconic operatic works to Theatre Royal this November, kicking off with La traviata from 1-3 November, Orfeo ed Euridice on 4 November and Orpheus on 5 November. All the shows on this entrancing triple bill are must sees whilst they’re in town. Don’t miss out! theatreroyal.co.uk

7 December Straight from London’s West End via the legendary Sydney Opera House, the international sensation that is Faulty Towers: The Original Dining Experience is coming to the Boiler Shop this Christmas and we’re in for a festive treat! Simply unmissable and outrageously funny, it’s a tour de force of gags and shambolic service as Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve a 70s style three-course meal, together with a good dollop of mayhem and madness. Experience what it’s like to be a diner in the ‘Faulty Towers’ restaurant if you’re a fan of the show, then you’ll know that pretty much anything can happen! boilershop.net

SONG OF THE GOBLINS

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW

15 - 19 November Let’s do the Time Warp again! That’s right, everyone’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll musical, The Rocky Horror Show, is rolling through Newcastle’s Theatre Royal this November as part of its huge sold out tour. Don’t worry though, there’s still time to book tickets for the Newcastle dates and join Dr.Frank-n-Furter for one freaky fun night at the theatre! Bag yours now! theatreroyal.co.uk

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13 - 31 December Strap in for a fantastical family adventure featuring live music, from Alphabetti Theatre’s award-winning artistic director! Who lives in those little green metal boxes at the end of the street? That’s the question this weird and wonderful production seeks to answer. Apparently, if you sit next to these boxes for long enough you can hear voices and sometimes singing! Song of The Goblins has been co-created by an award-winning professional creative team and pupils from Hotspur Primary School. The pupils have co-written the script, co-composed the music, co-designed and co-built the set, and much more. Expect family friendly festive fun in spades! alphabettitheatre.co.uk

THE SUGGESTIBLES' IMPRO PANTSO 2022

15 - 16 December No Script. No Score. No Kids! Newcastle’s infamous improv comedy troupe is back with their hilariously epic misadventure into the unknown! Taking audience suggestions, the devilishly talented team will spin your ideas and weave them into new imaginings of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. The result? A magical musical tale of good versus evil. The only thing guaranteed with a Suggestibles’ show is a hilariously good time! northernstage.co.uk

Three words that sum up Christmas for you? Family, food and fun. How do you spend Christmas Day? Last year we all had Covid, so it's probably best forgotten! In a normal year it depends on whether or not Newcastle Falcons have got a game because we sometimes play on Boxing Day, but generally speaking it's all about seeing family. We have two young boys now, which obviously changes Christmas a lot. Max and Rex are 1 and 2 now so they're just starting to get to grips with it. I don't roped into doing any of the cooking, I just sit and eat! Do you have any interesting festive traditions? I don't, actually. We don't get up to anything unusual, just make sure we enjoy it!

FAULTY TOWERS: THE ORIGINAL DINING EXPERIENCE

CULT CHRISTMAS CRACKERS: A TYNESIDE XMAS ALL-NIGHTER

Falcons' captain Will Welch became the club's youngest ever skipper in 2012 when he took the lead at the age of 22. He joined the club at academy level and has been a familiar face around the place since. Find out how the captain of the mighty Newcastle Falcons spends his Christmas…

Your favourite places to visit in Newcastle at Christmas time? The Christmas Market is always nice, or walks down by the Quayside when the lights are up, and of course it's great to see Fenwick's Christmas Window. Kingston Park for the Boxing Day rugby is also good, but I'm normally busy playing in the game!

10 December Unwrap a mystery line-up of festive treats, as Tyneside Cinema gifts its very own Secret Santa selection of genre-hopping goodies! From 10pm on Saturday 10th December through to the early hours of Sunday 11th, escape to the North Pole of the North East, with an unmissable quadruple bill of alternative cult Xmas favourites. They’ve made a list, and checked it twice; from the festive cheer of a top-secret comedy staple to the chilling silent night of a surprise Nightmare before Christmas, this inaugural Christmas All-Nighter, held in the plush surroundings of their classic screen (you would even say it glows), is the perfect way to settle into the festive spirit! tynesidecinema.co.uk

How has 2022 been for you? It's been good for me and my family. We hadn't been abroad on holiday for years with everything that's been going on, but we managed to get away to southern Spain, which was nice and hot. What are you looking forward to in 2023? One of my wife's pet hates is the fact I never plan for anything, so I don't really have anything specific other than hoping that everyone has a happy and peaceful year. Obviously I'd love Newcastle Falcons and the region's other sporting teams to do well, too!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

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THERE’S NO CITY THAT DOES NEW YEAR’S EVE LIKE NEWCASTLE! IF YOU’RE IN ANY DOUBT JUST LET THESE AMAZING EVENTS AND SPECTACULAR VENUES CHANGE YOUR MIND…

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WORLD HQ

NYE Special Groove-masters should head to World HQ for a sensational New Year’s party! One of the Toon’s premier spots when it comes to spectacular shindigs, settle in for nine hours of uninterrupted music across two floors as these groove icons bring you the very best funk, soul, boogie and disco. Once the clock strikes midnight, The Lively Up crew will take over the decks to treat us to their signature drum & bass bops in what’s set to be a truly wicked party! welovewhq.com

ABOVE

Take your New Year’s Eve celebrations to new heights with a decadent soirée at one of Newcastle’s classy party destinations. A place packed full of VIP atmosphere, substance and style, head here and see in the New Year with your nearest and dearest to enjoy a number of unique cocktail creations. Burn away the winter chill and feel the heat with the Flaming Tempest - a devilishly-good mixture of El Dorado tequila, rum and a flaming passionfruit - wow! abovenewcastle.com

TUP TUP PALACE

LASER LIGHT CITY

30 December - 1 January I know we keep mentioning it but we can’t get over how huge this one is going to be! 2022’s Laser Light City celebration is set to paint the city skyscape with with stunning patterns for a spectacular celebration over NYE. With a focus on Newcastle’s Quayside which will be alive all night with warming food stalls, drink pop-ups and, of course, an incredible light show from 5pm until 1am! See in the bells like never before with this mesmerising celebration that’ll be one of the biggest the city has ever seen. newcastleschristmas.com

TIGER HORNSBY

'Crafting Spirituous Cheer' is what the experts at Tiger Hornsby do best, and it's a must-visit for cocktail lovers as we toast to 2022 and see in the new year with a bang! Go to this Quayside favourite for all of your favourite concoctions, served up in style by some of the best mixologists in the city. There's a menu brimming with delicious drinks, but whatever tipple it is you fancy, the team will do what they can to create something unique. We'll cheers to that! tigerhornsby.co.uk

THE TOWN WALL

If cocktails and decadence aren’t quite your style and you’d rather a more chilled out NYE tipple, then hunker down at The Town Wall for some quality pints and pub grub! See in the New Year in this super cosy, super welcoming gastro-pub that’s decked out with the best ales and tastiest spirits in town. Belt out Auld Lang Syne with your loved ones and party like it’s 2023 in one of Newcastle’s most charming pubs. thetownwall.com

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HORTICULTURE

Get your NYE celebrations off to a flying start with a mooch over to Horticulture on Market Lane and sample their delightful cocktail range as a groovy soundtrack plays out. An uber-stylish venue that’s best known for their incredible food, extensive cocktail menu (they have over 50 different espresso martinis you know!) and enchanting roof terrace, head here, take your tastebuds to a different planet with one of their signature percolators and live your best life as 2023 rolls in! horticultureuk.co.uk

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SKATING AT LIFE

12 November - 9 January Skating at Life is back again - and what better place for some wholesome, family fun this New Year's Eve? Glide into 2023 with a seasonal skate at Life Science Centre’s very own ice rink. Round up the troops and get ready to show off your moves on the ice, all backed by the latest bangers as you celebrate in unique style! Truly a family friendly affair, all skill levels (even no skill at all!) are welcome on this super fun rink. Don’t wait around, get your skates on and book your spot before it's too late! life.org.uk

BLACKFRIARS

New Year Medieval Banquet Turn back time and do NYE medieval style this year! Our history-loving pals over at Blackfriars will be hosting an authentic medieval banquet served by friars and town wenches! They’re welcoming all you honourable dignitaries and townsfolk of Newcastle to take a step back in time for a sumptuous feast in their ornate Banquet Hall, established back in 1239. The candlelit hall which houses long convivial oak tables and chairs will be draped with wall hangings and tapestries, decorated with candles and fruit. Dress up in your best medieval kit to feast on pottage and pies, roasts, cheese and pudding whilst enjoying some old-timey entertainment. Flagons of ale and fine wine will be available to purchase, to wash it all down. To finish, there will be medieval mulled wine to go! What a treat at £75pp, for a delicious banquet including an ale or glass of claret on arrival. blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk

NYE 2023 There’s no one in Newcastle that does NYE quite like Tup Tup Palace! One of Newcastle’s most renowned nightclubs, Tup Tup Palace is buzzing virtually every night of the week with incredible club nights and wicked tunes. Their annual NYE spectacular is always one of the biggest club blowouts of the year and this one will no doubt be another banger of a night. Get yourself down for topclass cocktails, music from some of the best DJs in town and an all-out NYE blast into 2023. tuptuppalace.com

BOILER SHOP

Bongo’s Bingo: NYE Special Our chums down at the Boiler Shop are back doing what they do best this NYE! They're back with a one-off special from the Bongo's Bingo crew! There’s no experience quite like the thrill and madness of a Bongo’s Bingo night in the Toon. So, don your bobby dazzlers, get involved in daft dance-offs, showcase your inner MC with ridiculous rave rounds and enjoy a raft of incredible and not-so incredible prizes along with the usual madness and mayhem this bingo extravaganza brings with it as you party into 2023! Eyes down, pens ready, let’s play bingo folks… boilershop.net

WYLAM BREWERY

The Whole Hogmanay V - A New Year's Eve Celebration Head to Wylam Brewery this NYE for the ultimate celebration. With craft keg beers and pop-up bars from some of the UK's best breweries, as well as a delicious street food village, midnight fireworks, hog roast, gin palace, party music and more, it's a fantastic way to say hello to 2023! wylambrewery.co.uk

HIBOU BLANC

All these NYE celebrations are hungry work! Prepare for the biggest party night in town with a delicious dinner and cocktails at Hibou Blanc. Enjoy a marmalade negroni, throw in some soothing jazz tunes for that feelgood atmosphere and dive into a delicious three-course meal. Choose from breaded English brie, dry-aged ribeye steak au poivre, roast fillet of hake or a gorgeous foraged mushroom tart. Round it off with a Valrhona chocolate mousse sundae and get another round ordered. hiboublanc.co.uk

GREYS CLUB

MY DELHI

The tastiest curries in town, crisp pints and delicious cocktails with your mates - what more could you ask for on NYE? My Delhi has quickly become one of the go-to restaurants in town for taste bud tantalising dishes inspired by India’s vibrant street food culture. What’s more, Gaurav Dayal, the Executive Chef at My Delhi, recently took home the National Chef of the Year Award at the ARTA Awards! So, you’re literally eating the best curries in the country! mydelhistreetfood.com

RISE: NYE Special Newcastle’s biggest alternative club night, RISE is the go-to club night for those looking to get down to some classic rock, pop-punk, metal and everything in between this NYE! Kicking off at Greys Club, RISE has three floors of hard hitting music blasting into the early hours of 2023. Their huge terrace plays the best in old-school anthemic rock, the main room comes alive with the very best in alternative music and the top room gets down to a wild combination of hip-hop and blast beats. So, get your favourite band t-shirt on and see 2022 out with a bang! facebook.com/risenewcastle

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PARTY WITH A TWIST

Alternative night out ideas THERE ARE PLENTY OF REASONS TO GET THE GANG TOGETHER AND HEAD OUT INTO THE CITY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. WHETHER IT’S A BIRTHDAY BASH, A FESTIVE GET-TOGETHER OR A WORKS PARTY, WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED WITH SOME ALTERNATIVE, ACTIVITY-BASED WAYS TO CELEBRATE. THE STAND COMEDY CLUB

The Stand Comedy Club’s calendar is packed with side-splitting shows to help you belly laugh into the festive season. Whether you’re looking for a reason to round up the troops, or you’re heading up the Christmas party committee at work, make sure you check out the club’s cracking comedy listings for November and December. thestand.co.uk

LANE7

The world is your oyster when it comes to a night out at Lane7. Bring your A-game and challenge your chums to a ping pong or beer pong tournament, strut your stuff on the lanes, play American pool, or show ‘em how it’s done in the karaoke booths. All of that, plus beers, cocktails, wines and a tasty menu brimming with snacks, pizzas, burgers and more! lane7.co.uk

LIVELLO

NQ64

As the dark nights draw in and we switch off for Christmas, there’s nothing like unwinding in the city with a cocktail or two. Why not add to that experience this winter by booking a creative Cocktail Class at Livello? Book a date with the expert mixologists at this glitzy venue and catch up with your chums in style. Tipple-tastic fun indeed! barlivello.co.uk

Calling all 80s and 90s kids! NQ64 is the place to be for a nostalgic night of gaming in good company! The funky neon lights and cheery tunes set the scene perfectly as you throw it back to the good old days with retro arcade games such as Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Tetris, Tekken 5 and Donkey Kong. Toast to the good times with cocktails and craft beers as you play. nq64.co.uk

MEEPLE PERK

Did you know our city is home to its very own dedicated board games cafe? It’s the perfect spot to help you switch off from the digital world and enjoy the company of your friends, family or colleagues over a board game or two. Go here for great coffee and a games collection to rival anybody’s back bedroom cupboard! meepleperk.co.uk

Acropolis is a multi-award winning company built from the ground up by brothers Filip, Yusuf and Viktor!

POINT BLANK SHOOTING

Celebrate Christmas with a bang! Nestled over on Newgate Street, the Point Blank team are locked and loaded, ready to give you and your gang an exceptional shooting experience using cutting edge technology. Complete with a great range of bespoke cocktails, crisp beers and a wide selection of snacks, Point Blank is sure to hit the target for your night out! pointblankshooting.co.uk

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Established in 2016, with the thought; to bring the Greek street food to the North East.

Acropolis has now expanded to a large team that serves food throughout the North East of England.

HATCHET HARRY’S

For something really different, why not book a session at Hatchet Harry’s urban axe throwing facility? Catering for groups of 2 to 66, it’s a fantastic and unique team bonding exercise, inspired by the folks over the pond in Canada. It’s a great opportunity to try something new and go up against your pals - plus, you might just surprise yourself with your newfound skills! newcastle.hatchetharrys.co.uk

We serve delicious Greek food true to our roots!

JUNKYARD GOLF CLUB

It’s tee time! It may be a bit chilly to spend the day on the outdoor courses, but there’s no need to miss out this winter. Head to Junkyard Golf Club on Newgate Street and make your way round one of the three mashed-up crazy golf courses. Complete with disco balls, UV parties, fairground favourites and pirate speedboats, this place is totally nuts but good times are guaranteed! junkyardgolfclub.co.uk

You can find us at 32 Acorn Road, Jesmond, Grainger Market, Hoults Yard, Stack Seaburn, By The River Brew Co and you will regularly see our stalls at Newcastle Quayside Sunday Market, Tynemouth Market, Jesmond Food Market, Hebburn Market, South Shields Market, Low Fell Market and many more!!!

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Marvellous nights of music!

DJ MAG x APE-X PRESENTS OVERMONO, DANIELLE & LUKE SCOTT

18 November What a belter this one is! DJ Mag cover stars Overmono are heading to World Headquarters, armed with their arsenal of mesmerizingly mammoth tunes, alongside fellow highly-rated DJ pals Danielle and Luke Scott. So, that’s three of the most exciting DJ acts in the country right now, in one of Newcastle most beloved venues? Sign us up! Secure your tickets now and we’ll see you down the front! welovewhq.com

SUPERSTAR RAPPERS, POP GIANTS AND SOME OF THE BEST DJS IN THE COUNTRY ARE ALL COMING TO NEWCASTLE THIS WINTER! CHECK OUT OUR LIVE MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS AND MUST-HAVE TICKETS…

FLEETWOOD MAC’S RUMOURS WITH THE TRANSATLANTIC ENSEMBLE

23 December The supremely talented Transatlantic Ensemble are returning to Wylam Brewery to blast through Fleetwood Mac’s iconic Rumours album this winter. Tickets are usually gone in a flash for this one, as internationally renowned musicians and groove gods, The Transatlantic Ensemble put on one of the biggest and best events around. Expect a funky rendition of The Chain, a groovy version of Go Your Own Way and a euphoric performance of Don’t Stop from this outstanding bunch! wylambrewery.co.uk

CHASE & STATUS

KENDRICK LAMAR

4 November Big Steppers, Butterfly Pimpers, and Good Kids from our M.A.A.D City, stop what you’re doing and grab your tickets to see one of the most influential artists of our generation. The one and only Kendrick Lamar is embarking on a rare UK tour, stopping off at the Utilita Arena for one night only! Expect modern hip-hop classics like Swimming Pools (Drank), King Kunta, HUMBLE. and so many more, as well as new bangers like N95, Die Hard and Rich Spirit from his latest album Mr.Morale & The Big Steppers. It’s no exaggeration to say that Kendrick is one of the biggest rappers in the world, a once-ina-generation talent. Take this opportunity to see him do his thing live in person! utilitaarena.co.uk

4 November The drum and bass legends are back! Chase & Status will be taking on Digital in Newcastle this November! The duo are hot off the back of their 6th studio album What Came Before; a project packed full of dancefloor destroying bangers and mega features from the likes of BackRoad Gee and Unknown T. This pair have an unparalleled back catalogue of hard hitting tunes, you can expect a high-octane night of endorphin-inducing bangers when they touch down in the Toon! yourfutureisdigital.com

WESTLIFE

25 - 26 November Shane, Nicky, Mark and Kian are back on the road, bringing their much-loved tunes to the Utilita Arena stage for two huge nights of hits! Whether it’s Swear It Again, Flying Without Wings, Mandy or You Raise Me Up, we all love a bit of Westlife! The best-selling album group of the 21st century are bringing those hits back to life on their The Wild Dreams Tour. Don’t miss the boys live in NE1, with special guest Lyra! utilitaarena.co.uk

BLUE

20 December The Blue boys are back in Toon! Antony, Duncan, Lee and Simon are set to give us a December to remember with their brand-new studio album Heart & Soul as well as a fantastic night of classic pop hits and new anthems at Newcastle’s Utilita Arena. It’s time to All Rise if we’ve Made U Wanna buy your tickets, then you can Breathe Easy knowing you’re going to see the boys this December. Did we try too hard with the Blue songs there? We’d apologise, but Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word… utilitaarena.co.uk

APE-X PRESENTS MELLA DEE & ELKKA

9 December Legendary house and techno producer/ DJ Mella Dee is set for a triumphant return to World Headquarters this December! Throughout his career Mella Dee has blazed a scintillatingly exciting path through electronic music, curating a dynamic back catalogue that’ll have you letting loose on the dance floor all night long. Mella Dee will also be joined by one of the most exciting up-andcoming DJs out of London, Elkka, as she makes her World Headquarters debut! What a night this one will be, get your tickets now! welovewhq.com

CODEC PRESENTS PENDULUM DJ SET

3 December Aussie electronic rock titans Pendulum are making their way back to NE1 this December, stepping behind the wheels of steel to rock the party at one of Newcastle’s newest club nights. CODEC at NX promises to be Newcastle’s new ‘number 1 Saturday night destination’, boasting two stages filled with house, drum and bass, techno, R&B, grime, bashment and hip-hop. With the likes of Pendulum set to grace the stage, we can’t help but think CODEC will most certainly live up to the hype! nxnewcastle.com depends how much food we’ve eaten! Do you have any interesting festive traditions? My brother-in-law invented ‘Cheesemas Eve’ where we all turn up on Christmas Eve with different cheese and have a picky tea!

KAISER CHIEFS

DERMOT KENNEDY SONDER ALBUM LAUNCH

8 November This one’s going to be special! With more than 1 billion international streams and a 2020 Brit Award nomination under his belt, Dermot Kennedy has announced his second studio album, Sonder. To celebrate, he’ll be performing a special album launch show at Newcastle’s Boiler Shop to give fans an exciting live performance of the new project. Tickets are selling fast for this extra special show, so be sure to get yours booked ASAP! boilershop.net

7 November One of Britain’s most treasured bands, the multi-award-winning Kaiser Chiefs are heading out on tour with live favourites The Fratellis and The Sherlocks! There’s nothing quite like singing along to the Kaiser Chiefs' epic indie anthems live. The boys are set to lift the roof off the O2 City Hall Newcastle with their infectious back catalogue that features classics like Ruby, Everyday I Love You Less and Less, Oh My God and I Predict A Riot. You know, songs that virtually everyone knows and loves! We can’t wait to see the lads from Leeds do their thing in the Toon this November! academymusicgroup.com

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Your favourite places to visit in Newcastle at Christmas time? I have been to Fenwick Window every year for as long as I can remember and I absolutely love it! That’s always top of the list.

My NE1 Christmas N-DUBZ

7 November, 3 December Na na naiiii! The trio that terrorised the charts in the noughties are back! Dappy, Tulisa and Fazer have FINALLY got back together and they’re hitting the road for a larger-than-life arena tour that’ll see them perform all the songs that used to fill your MP3 player back in the day, like I Need You and Playing With Fire when they hit the Utilita Arena! These guys have so many unforgettable tracks that these shows are certain to be filled with back-to-back showstoppers. Get your lungs ready because you’ll be singing along all night long! Tickets are zooming out for these two Newcastle shows quicker than you can say ‘where’s my old Dappy hat?’, so be sure to get them booked now whilst you can! utilitaarena.co.uk

SHY FX

25 November Calling all original nuttahs out there! The legendary Shy FX has his sights set on Digital, Newcastle with a wicked set ready to blow the dance floor away! This veteran jungle and D’n’B DJ knows what it takes to rock a show, he’s been doing it since the early 90’s and he’s not taken his foot off the accelerator since. Having had a hand in making countless hit records over the years whilst still maintaining his underground credibility, Shy FX is a one of a kind artist that you’ve just got to witness do his thing live to fully appreciate the energy he brings to a club! Get your tickets ASAP! yourfutureisdigital.com

Get an insight into how the new BBC Newcastle Breakfast Show host Matt Bailey spends his Christmas… Three words that sum up Christmas for you? Family, tree, Bublé. How do you spend Christmas Day? At home with our family. Sometimes we’ll venture out for a Christmas walk, but it

How has 2022 been for you? Absolutely brilliant. Our son Alby was born, and being a dad has just been the most incredible experience. On top of that I have just got the job as the new BBC Newcastle Breakfast presenter, something I have dreamed of my whole life. What are you looking forward to in 2023? Watching our son grow up, he changes weekly and it’s all so exciting!

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CHRISTMAS CRACKERS

HO HO HO

Winter shows, pantos & screenings

JOHN LEWIS

Mooch on over to John Lewis this Christmas for a tea party with Santa and his crew. Your little ones will love nothing more than pulling up a chair beside Santa and his favourite elf during their well-earned break. Following a busy day of building toys and checking the naughty or nice list, these North Pole pals of ours will be welcoming little ones to join them with a heart-warming cup of cocoa, a tasty festive biscuit and a ton of fun Christmas-inspired activities. As well as warm, fuzzy memories, you’ll also be taking away a LEGO® or LEGO DUPLO® gift. Result! Tickets are £15 per child and £5 per adult. Make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment - you won’t want to miss out on this one! johnlewis.com

THERE’S NO BETTER TIME TO ROUND UP THE TROOPS AND HEAD TO OUR CITY’S THEATRES, CINEMAS AND MUSIC VENUES FOR A WHOLE HOST OF HEARTWARMING WINTER HAPPENINGS - FROM PANTOS AND CHRISTMAS SHOWS, TO FESTIVE SCREENINGS AND MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZAS!

Finding Santa

THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE

RNS: THE SNOWMAN IN CONCERT

22 - 24 December We’re walking in the air this Christmas as the Royal Northern Sinfonia return to Sage Gateshead for a seasonal screening of The Snowman. He’s whisked us away on enchanting, snowy adventures a hundred times over, but there’s no better way to enjoy this festive favourite than with the backing of the Royal Northern Sinfonia. A Christmas must! sagegateshead.com

3 December 2022 - 7 January 2023 The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is set to cast its Christmas magic at Northern Stage this winter, with a fascinating spin on the classic tale. The whole family will love this spellbinding production telling the tale of Young Hatty Rabbit - a normal Geordie lass - as she embarks on a magical adventure through the streets of Newcastle (but not as you know them!) on her quest to become The Sorcerer’s Apprentice! northernstage.co.uk

BEAUTY & THE BEAST

9 December 2022 - 8 January 2023 Settle in for a tale as old as time at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House this winter as Beauty & the Beast brings panto season to life! Starring the hilarious North East panto comic Charlie Richmond, as well as Karen The Mam’s Lewis Denny, you can expect side-splitting fun from start to finish at this festive family show! tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk

LOOKING TO FIND THE BIG MAN IN RED? WE’VE PICKED OUT SOME OF THE BEST SPOTS IN THE TOON TO MEET SANTA CLAUS THIS CHRISTMAS

As we all know, Santa loves picking up the latest copy of the NE1 magazine and getting the lowdown on the best places to visit during his busy season in the Toon, which is why he’s let us in on a little secret. Yes, that’s right, he’s told us all about the stops he’ll be making in the lead-up to Christmas so little ones can visit him and some of his North Pole pals. Hurrah!

GRAINGER MARKET

Like everyone else in the city, Santa simply can’t keep himself away from the warm allure of the Grainger Market this festive season. He’ll be setting up his grotto and meeting all you wonderful lot from 15 November to 24 December, noting down all the requests for the latest copy of FIFA and the new iPhone before comparing it to his nice list. Which, if you’re reading this magazine, you're most definitely on. Don’t worry, we’ll put a word in for you! ourgraingermarket.co.uk

THE POLAR EXPRESS FAMILY EVENT

CINDERELLA

WINTRY TALES

4 - 23 December Let the magic of Christmas come to life with a ticket to Live Theatre’s enchanting new show, Wintry Tales. This dazzling and delightful story follows two hilarious and hapless characters as they go on a mission to unearth a series of bizarre and brilliant lost tales buried in the snow. Don’t miss this glorious festive treat for the whole family! live.org.uk

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29 November 2022 - 15 January 2023 This season, the classic family favourite Cinderella - takes to the Theatre Royal stage, with a sparkling panto twist. It’s the most magical ball of them all as the larger-than-life cast come together for sparkles, silliness and the ultimate fairytale story. Don’t miss the chance to join panto favourites Danny, Clive and Chris as they bring Christmas to life with the triumphant return of Joe McElderry as The Fairy Godfather! theatreroyal.co.uk

10, 18 & 24 December Looking for the ultimate festive flick to get the whole family excited for Christmas? Don’t miss out on Tyneside Cinema’s special family event featuring a screening of The Polar Express. Enjoy a tasty hot chocolate on arrival before being whisked away to watch the film, plus the chance to meet Father Christmas himself! All aboard The Polar Express… tynesidecinema.co.uk

FENWICK

Ho, ho, ho! Santa is back! There’s no place like Fenwick at Christmas. This year, families can once again meet the big man himself on the Fenwick rooftop from 7 November until 24 December. Now a staple in the region’s Yuletide calendar, the enchanting Santa on the Roof experience begins with a ride in Santa’s Express Elevator to the top of the incredibly festive store we all love and adore here in the Toon. From there, guests will be greeted by Santa’s singing reindeer, before jumping inside a safely parked elf-mobile, ready to explore Santa’s magical Cabin and meet Father Christmas. There will also be a chance to help the mischievous elves with a spot of crafting – decorating a bespoke ceramic plate to take home, ready to top with Christmas Eve treats – with the festive fun concluding with a stop off at Café Claus for winter warming drinks and sweet treats as well as one last ‘Elfie’ inside Santa’s sleigh. The season’s celebrations don’t stop there, with Fenwick’s deliciously entertaining experiences continuing in Arthur’s Restaurant located on the first floor of the Newcastle store. This year, families can also bag tickets to Santa’s Breakfast Club and Santa’s Supper Club, as well as the brand-new Afternoon Tea with Santa. A sprinkling of cinematic magic will also take place at Fenwick’s exclusive Santa’s Cinema, located on the fifth floor screening festive family favourites. What’s not to love? Like we said, there’s truly no place like Fenwick at Christmas. Due to popular demand, we suggest you bag your tickets as early as possible. fenwick.co.uk

STAGECOACH SANTA GROTTO BUS

ST. JAMES’ PARK

Santa Claus is coming to Toon! That’s right, Santa will be landing at St. James’ Park this December for a very special breakfast visit. Bag your tickets to this joyous event and indulge in a traditional buffet breakfast or treat yourself to some pastries. Delicious food aside, children on the nice list will have the opportunity to meet Father Christmas himself and swoop up a gift ahead of the 25th. nufc.co.uk

Did you know Santa enjoys a good ride on the bus? This year he’ll be taking one of his grottos on the road with the help of the lovely folks at Stagecoach and The Chronicle Sunshine Fund! Santa’s bus grotto is free to visit and can be found at the top of Northumberland Street (Haymarket end) from December 12 to 18. The bus is completely accessible and is welcome to anyone who wants to meet ol’ St. Nick this festive season. stagecoachbus.com

THE MALDRON HOTEL

Santa is making time in his busy schedule for two special Sunday lunches at the Maldron Hotel. Enjoy a delicious two-course Christmas lunch accompanied by children’s entertainment and a fabulous face painter. After lunch, children will visit Santa Claus in his grotto and take home a special gift. Ohso festive! maldronhotelnewcastle.com

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FESTIVE FAVOURITES

FESTIVE FAVOURITES

‘Tis the season to shop

For her >>

Office Office Studio Madrid Ruched White Leather Mules £89, office.co.uk

TIME TO TICK OFF YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFT LIST WITH EASE THANKS TO OUR CITY’S FAB FESTIVE OFFERING…

For them >>

River Island Gold Croc Embossed Drop Earrings £14, riverisland.com

TKMaxx Rocking Horse £39.99, tkmaxx.com

GORGEOUS GIFTS FOR LITTLE PEOPLE…

L'occitane Immortelle Divine Skincare Gift Set £95, uk.loccitane.com

John Lewis & Partners Lego Santa’s Visit £79.99, johnlewis.com

Accessorize Girls Fluffy Cat Scarf £14, accessorize.com

John Lewis & Partners Amazfit Gtr 3 Fitness Smart Watch £149, johnlewis.com

COOL BUYS FOR THE GUYS…

TK Maxx White headphones £39.99, tkmaxx.com

Nike Varsity Boyfriend Crew £70, jdsports.co.uk

Moss Bros Camel Double Face Epsom Overcoat £249, moss.co.uk

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Polo Ralph Lauren Half Zip Sweat £155, fenwick.co.uk

Tom Ford Black Orchid Parfum, 100ml £165, fenwick.co.uk

M&S Cotton Blend Check Overshirt £45, marksandspencer.com

CHRISTMAS CRAZY

For that special someone in your life who is Christmas mad, make sure you stock up early on all festive must-haves including the likes of seasonal scented candles from Next, Christmas character pyjamas from Primark and festive mugs from Typo. A trip to Fenwick’s Christmas shop and John Lewis’ Christmas Emporium is a must for any Christmas fanatic. From dazzling decorations and gift ideas aplenty, a festive wonderland awaits at these city centre stores.

MARKET MOOCH

While you’re out and about shopping in the city this winter, be sure to soak up the seasonal vibes and pick up a gift or two with a mooch around one of the city’s fabulously festive winter markets. Shop independent gifts at the Christmas Markets, stock up on the essentials at Grainger Market, indulge in a bite to eat at the Quayside Market and check out local craft creations from the Made.UpNorth Winter Market!

Hobbs Matilda Scarf in Pale Blue £45, hobbs.com

ELDON SQUARE EXTENDED OPENING HOURS!

Menkind Fizzics DraftPour Home Beer Tap £129, menkind.co.uk

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Schuh Dr Martens Black & Silver 1460 Cosmic Glitter Junior Boots £69, schuh.co.uk

Hotel Chocolat Christmas Jolly Penguin £8.50, hotelchocolat.com

For him >>

STILL LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT GIFT FOR YOUR LOVED ONES? WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED…

New Look Black Mark Making High Neck Long Puff Sleeve Split Hem Midi Dress £29.99, newlook.com

M&S Neon Dino Light £19.50, marksandspencer.com

Boots Mad Beauty Disney Mandalorian The Child Body Puff £5, boots.com

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PERFECT PICKS FOR THE LADY IN YOUR LIFE…

Don’t forget, when it really gets to shopping season in the lead-up to Christmas, Eldon Square extend their hours to give you even more opportunity to grab those gifts after work and at the weekend. Watch out for their Christmas hours and head in to make the most of the extra time. Why not pick yourself up something nice while you’re at it! eldonsquare.co.uk

BLACK FRIDAY BONANZAS!

Don’t miss out on the mega Black Friday deals throughout the city on 25 November! Expect huge sales from some of the biggest retailers in NE1. Big hitters like John Lewis will be sure to come through with amazing lifestyle and electrical deals and Fenwick will be joining in on the action with everything from high-end beauty products to must-have stocking fillers. Sports Direct, Next, H&M, New Look and JD Sports will provide you with a chance to kit yourself out with a new winter wardrobe when they open their doors for Black Friday too! Wherever you end up hunting for deals, make sure you get yourself into town early to beat the rush. Good luck fellow Black Friday bargain hunters!

HARD-TO-BUY-FOR-PEOPLE

Struggling to find a gift for the person who has everything? Head to Menkind for quirky gadgets and cool kits guaranteed to put a smile on any tech guru’s face. For heart-warming, hilarious and just downright daft stocking fillers, Geordie Gifts is the place to go! Fashion-forward shoppers should make Urban Outfitters part of their festive gift-grabbing plans, go there for Christmas clothing, home accessories, gifts and gadgets galore. For the musicians amongst you, be sure to swing by JG Windows to pick up a musical treat or two and for those who like a pamper, you can’t go wrong with a bundle of the good stuff from Lush.

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BEST OF 2022

BEST OF 2022

What a year in the city!

GET YOUR DIARIES OUT! IT’S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AHEAD AT SOME OF THE BIGGEST EVENTS COMING TO NE1 IN THE COMING MONTHS!

On the horizon...

FROM WORLD-CLASS SPORTING EVENTS AND MONUMENTAL STADIUM SHOWS, TO GREAT NEW BUSINESS OPENINGS AND SPECTACULAR CITY-WIDE HAPPENINGS, IT’S ALL BEEN GOING ON IN NE1. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE CITY’S BIGGEST MOMENTS SO FAR IN 2022!

NORTHERN PRIDE HOSTED UK PRIDE IN STYLE!

Northern Pride returned with a bang after two years away, finally having the opportunity to host UK Pride in our city, and what a stunning job they did of it! A whole weekend of amazing events and celebrations, with big stars on the Pride stage including Drag Race icon Bimini, and their biggest ever march through the heart of the city. They lit up the Town Moor in July, and we can’t wait to see what 2023’s event brings!

LOOSEFEST ROCKED THE CITY

LooseFest brought their biggest festival to-date to the Town Moor this summer! Thousands of music fans flocked to the city to see some of the world’s biggest artists bring the party to NE1. The Black Eyed Peas, Clean Bandit, Mabel, AJ Tracey, Patrick Topping and more blew party-goers away, making memories that’ll last a lifetime. Tickets are now on sale for 2023. Don't miss out!

BIG OFFICE MOVES

Following on from our updates on the wider Pilgrim Street Development, Bank House - the first building set to be complete in April 2023 – is beginning to fill up, with two major businesses confirming plans to move into the building as soon as it’s complete! One of these, Lycetts, confirmed in October that they will be heading to Bank House after 60 years on Dean Street. The leading independent insurance broker has recently exchanged contracts on 10,000 sq ft of sparkling new office space, occupying the entire sixth floor of the 14-storey building, and international law firm DAC Beachcroft have taken 15,000 sq ft, the entire first floor and half of the second! This high-profile development is changing the face of the city already, watch this space for even more tenants coming soon!

ST. JAMES’ PARK HOSTED THE OPENING RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP CLASH!

After a year of waiting, we finally got to enjoy the Rugby League World Cup! The opening game was hosted at Newcastle’s very own St. James’ Park this October, as England took on Samoa in a free scoring clash of Rugby League heavyweights. Rugby fans turned out in their thousands to show the teams what playing at St James’ Park is all about!

THE GREAT NORTH RUN MADE A TRIUMPHANT RETURN!

Talk about a comeback! The Great North Run returned with a bang as its famous city-to-coast route returned for the first time since 2019! Over 60,000 runners took to the streets to compete in the biggest half-marathon in the world with thousands of spectators lining the streets to cheer them on. The GNR once again raised millions of pounds for charity and cemented its place as one of the most famous running events in the world. Not bad for something originally created as a fun run!

LINDISFARNE GOSPELS

The Laing Art Gallery had a number of incredible exhibitions this year, but this one is a monumental moment for the city and an absolute must see! The Lindisfarne Gospels have made their way-back to the North East for the first time in 22 years. A vision in red and gold, this incredible Anglo-Saxon manuscript is well over a thousand years old, having been created on Lindisfarne’s Holy Island sometime around 700AD. The exhibition (available until 3 December) highlights themes of personal, regional, and national identity. As a city, we are incredibly proud to bring home this fascinating piece of heritage!

SUMMER IN THE CITY WILL BRING THE SUNSHINE AGAIN NEXT YEAR!

Summer in the City is coming back in 2023! This year, NE1’s seasonal extravaganza transformed Newcastle’s Quayside into a sun-kissed wonderland with over 110 incredible pop-up activities from amazing garden games and outdoor art installations, to yoga in front of the Millennium Bridge and salsa classes by the Tyne. We can’t wait to see this amazing experience brought back next year. Stay tuned on the Get into Newcastle website for all of the exciting updates and what to expect in 2023! getintonewcastle.co.uk

SAM FENDER SELLS OUT BACK-TO-BACK NIGHTS AT ST. JAMES PARK!

Incoming Hypersonic Missiles! Local hero and all-round legend, Sam Fender will rock back-to-back dates at St. James’ Park next June, having sold out the stadium in no time flat, with everyone clambering to bag the coveted tickets. It's guaranteed to be be one of the biggest musical events of the year, and one of the biggest parties in St. James' Park history! (Even bigger than Philippe Albert's chip!)

NE1’S RESTAURANT WEEK RETURNS IN JANUARY!

A record-breaking 52,000 hungry Geordies got stuck into Restaurant Week this August, where more than 100 city centre restaurants offered mouthwatering deals and special menus. If you missed out, don’t fret, NE1 has you covered in January with another tasty week in store, and the event keeps growing and growing! Keep your eyes peeled on our website and socials for updates and all the information you’ll need to get stuck into NE1's Restaurant Week January 2023! getintonewcastle.co.uk

CITY’S EUROS BID COULD PROVIDE A £150 MILLION BOOST!

Image courtesy of Ryder Architecture

PILGRIM STREET CHANGES SHAPE

It can’t have escaped your notice, big things have been happening on Pilgrim Street this year, as this generational transformation of a key street in the city picks up pace. Three huge city blocks are in various stages of development, with the 14-storey Bank House shooting out of the ground at the south end of the street, and works progressing at pace at the north end, just off Northumberland Street, stunningly changing the cityscape. In April Newcastle City Council approved plans for HMRC to move their North East base into the city, and bring more than 9,000 jobs onto Pilgrim Street in a move which will benefit businesses across the city enormously. It’s a tremendously exciting time, we can’t wait to see what next year brings!

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MAGIC WEEKEND BROUGHT THOUSANDS OF RUGBY FANS TO NE1!

Try-mendous! St. James’ Park hosted two incredible days of rugby action this summer, as some of the best Rugby League teams in the country went head-to-head on our hallowed grounds. Over 60,000 rugby fans from up and down the nation made the pilgrimage to NE1 to see their favourite teams battle it out in six incredible clashes. We're thrilled Magic Weekend will return to the city next year for another huge celebration in Newcastle!'

Football could be coming home in 2028! That’s right, Newcastle have put themselves forward in a bid to host matches at the European Championships in a move that could bring upwards of £150 million into the local economy. Cllr Nick Kemp, Leader of Newcastle City Council, said: “We are renowned for our capability to host world-class events in Newcastle and our track record speaks for itself. We’ve just hosted the opening ceremony and fixture of the Rugby League World Cup, we’ve previously staged fixtures from the Rugby World Cup, the European Rugby Champions and Challenge Cups, and each year the world’s biggest halfmarathon begins in our city.” The FA is expected to confirm its final selection of host cities in January 2023 while UEFA, European football’s governing body, will announce the Euro 2028 host nation in September 2023. So, keep your fingers crossed until then!

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CELEBRATING NE1

CELEBRATING NE1

NE1's 2022 so far

WHAT A YEAR! 2022 HAS SEEN NE1 DELIVER A SPECTACULAR PROGRAMME OF EVENTS, FROM CITY-WIDE SUMMER CELEBRATIONS, TO THE EPIC DOUBLE HELPING OF NEWCASTLE RESTAURANT WEEK, DRAGON BOATS ON THE RIVER, FREE MOVIES IN OLD ELDON SQUARE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. WE HOPE YOU’VE ALL MADE SOME AMAZING MEMORIES IN THE TOON THIS YEAR - WE DEFINITELY HAVE! LET’S TAKE A LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND BEST EVENTS NE1 HAVE DELIVERED IN 2022 SO FAR... NE1’S SUMMER IN THE CITY

Well, it was a warm one, wasn’t it? What a summer we had in Newcastle, featuring over 110 free classes, activities, and workshops throughout the city centre during the summer months, with 13,000 of you amazing folk coming along and getting involved. From Alfie Joey reading kids stories, to watercolour painting, puppet-making, yoga sessions and ukulele lessons, not to mention the adrenaline rush that was the Tyne Bridge Zip Line, or the live performances from talented performers which wowed the crowds. Plus, if that all seemed a little like hard work, there were always loungers, deck chairs, giant games, and bean bags to lounge on in the suntrap that is Wesley Square, with even more new and vibrant seating further downriver! The Quayside was a hive of activity, with our stunning planters given a bold refresh by Bobzilla, and brand-new blooms overflowing to add a splash of green to the vista. On top of all this we added a snazzy installation from French artist Florence Blanchard to the stairs on King Street, and a trail to challenge the kids outside the Innside Hotel. Roll on next year… what will we think of next?!

52,000

NE1 RESTAURANT WEEK

If you live in or around Newcastle, January and August are probably two of your favourite months of the year because of NE1’s legendary Restaurant Week offerings! These two respective weeks see over 100 of the city's most loved restaurants step up to the plate and offer menus for just £10, £15 and £20 per head. We all know that buzz you get when Restaurant Week is coming up. You’re straight on the NE1 website with your pals or partner, lining up the restaurants you just have to visit, calling up as early as you can to secure a table. Remember circling toys you wanted for Christmas in the Argos catalogue when you were younger? This is the adult version of that! Pure excitement as you anticipate all of those tasty plates and even tastier savings! The August event proved one of the most popular Restaurant Weeks to date, as 52,000 of you fun-loving foodies took advantage of the city-wide offers! NE1’s Restaurant Weeks generated £1.5m of revenue across both events this year, an incredible boost for the city’s economy during two traditionally quiet months for the hospitality industry. A big thank you to everyone that got involved with this year’s Restaurant Weeks! Without you we couldn’t support our city’s amazing restaurant scene the way we do and put on these week-long foodie celebrations. If we’ve got your bellies rumbling just thinking about the notion of Restaurant Week, don’t worry - the next one is right around the corner in January 2023! So, keep your diaries free and get ready to get stuck into the best Restaurant Week yet!

Heads up! Keep up to date with Restaurant Week 2023 by scanning the QR code or visiting: getintonewcastle.co.uk

PEOPLE DINING OUT IN AUGUST

£1.5m

REVENUE GENERATED ACROSS BOTH RESTAURANT WEEK EVENTS THIS YEAR

84

FREE FAMILY MOVIES SHOWN

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS HELD IN THE CITY CENTRE 110+ FREE PLAY REBELLION

13,000

INDIVIDUALS GOT INVOLVED IN ACTIVITIES OVER THE SUMMER

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‘It’s never been done’ they said… That wasn’t going to stop us! This summer NE1 took over even more of Old Eldon Square, and installed Play Rebellion, a free open-air play space with an artistic twist, teaming up with Baltic and artist Pippa Hale, to create a buildable installation encouraging children to express their creativity, in an outdoor setting for the first time. And what a revelation it was! We saw crowds flock and play to their heart’s content in this unique space, with big beaming smiles, and boundless creativity! Watch out for more Play Rebellion in 2023!

SCREEN ON THE GREEN

NE1’s iconic Screen on the Green returned to Old Eldon Square in June, beaming out a month of international sport, followed by free silver screen action twice a day, every day throughout the school summer holidays. Record attendances throughout prove that this epic open-air cinema is a staple in Newcastle’s summer calendar! This year Screen on the Green showcased 84 free family movies, including modern blockbusters like Encanto, Spider-Man: No Way Home and Free Guy, as well as classics like Shrek, School of Rock and Chicken Run, something for everyone! We also screened the Women’s European Championships, culminating with England’s Women taking home the trophy, watched by a sea of excited spectators in the heart of the city, what a moment!

30,100+ ATTENDED ACTIVITIES AT OLD ELDON SQUARE

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DON’T BLINK, 2023 WILL BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT! HERE ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND BEST EVENTS COMING TO NE1 NEXT YEAR THAT YOU’LL WANT TO GET MARKED DOWN IN THAT BRAND NEW DIARY OF YOURS... NE1 RESTAURANT WEEK

January 2023 We absolutely cannot wait to get stuck back into another week of top quality deals from the best restaurants in our amazing city! NE1’s Restaurant Week will put an end to any January blues you may have with a tasty flourish. Whether you’re a curry connoisseur or steak super-fan, a vegan adventurer or a curious carnivore, NE1’s Restaurant Week is always stacked full of amazing deals across virtually any cuisine you can think of. Keep your eyes peeled on our website for Restaurant Week updates! getintonewcastle.co.uk

LEWIS CAPALDI

21 January 2023 This certainly won’t be another one of your mistakes! The unforgettable voice, the hilarious patter and the huge-hits. It just has to be Lewis Capaldi! The hilarious Scottish pop icon is crossing the border in January for his biggest show to-date in the city, as he takes on the Utilita Arena! utilitaarena.co.uk

MAGIC WEEKEND 2023

3 & 4 June 2023 We are thrilled to let you know that it has been confirmed that the Magic Weekend will return to the city next year, on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June 2023. It's a must for your sporting calendars - always a fantastic two-day event, with Rugby League fans flocking to Tyneside for a weekend of live sporting action, plus all of the family fun that comes with it. Don't miss it! rugby-league.com

SAM FENDER LIVE AT ST. JAMES’ PARK

9-10 June 2023 If you were one of the lucky people to get your hands on these searingly hot tickets then congratulations! You’re going to be a part of one of the most historic music events our city has seen in a number of years. Local legend Sam Fender has managed to achieve a childhood dream of his, selling out two dates at the home of his beloved Newcastle United. These hotly anticipated St.James’ Park shows are going to go down in history as a date to remember in NE1! Thousands of Geordies singing Fender’s anthems in unison - what a belter! samfender.com

MICHAEL BUBLÉ

1 & 2 May 2023 Don’t worry if you just haven’t met him yet, because now’s your chance! The Canadian heart-throb with the voice of an angel, the one and only Michael Bublé is coming to Newcastle! Gearing up for a suited and booted spring show at the Utilita Arena in May 2023, this will be Michael’s first return to the UK arena circuit in over four years. Get your tickets now and make your mam’s Christmas special when she finds them in her stocking! utilitaarena.co.uk

PRIDE 2023

22-23 July 2023 Get the dates in your diary, Pride will be back and better than ever in next year! After a hugely successful 2022 event that saw icons like Todrick Hall and Bimini perform live in the Toon, Pride 23 is already planning its next jam-packed long weekend of fun, music, activism and community solidarity. Keep your eyes peeled on the Pride website for the latest news and updates about what exciting happenings will be going down at 2023’s event. northern-pride.com

THE 1975

25 January 2023 Hot off the back of their hot new album, Being Funny in a Foreign Language, The 1975 are set for a huge show at the Utilita Arena this coming January! Expect Matty Healy and the gang to mesmerise you with their array of bubblegum-pop mega hits. Sing your heart out to bangers like Chocolate, The Sound, I’m in Love with You, Happiness and so many more. Tickets are flying out for this one, so bag your place to see one of the biggest bands in Britain now! utilitaarena.co.uk

LOOSEFEST

July 2023 It’s time to get loose again next summer! After the absolute blowout success that was LooseFest 2022, that saw superstars like Example, Young T & Bugsy, AJ Tracey and Black Eyed Peas take to the stage in NE1, it’s been confirmed that the festival will be coming back again next year! We can’t wait to see who they announce for this mega festival that turns the Town Moor into a musical wonderland. Get your tickets for this one ASAP they won’t be around long! loosefest.com

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