Sober Activities to do in Newcastle!

The best day trips and alternative activities to drinking in Newcastle.

Lyndsey Sleator
18th October 2022
Image Credit: Jenica Davis
In a city so renowned for its unreal nightlife, it is easy to think that Newcastle has little to offer other than blue trebs and £2 pints (these are amazing perks though!). But Newcastle is more than only an amazing night-out so whether you don’t drink, or just fancy a wholesome activity absent of hangxiety, look no further!
Dog and Scone Cafe - @dogandscone

Dog and Scone is the ultimate self-care café where you can hang out with the cutest dogs and drink coffee - can you think of anything better?

From toy Poodles to mini-Dachshunds, there is no shortage of adorable pooches here for you to hang out with! So if you are missing your dog from home, or just fancy having a relaxing afternoon playing with these cuties, Dog and Scone is a definite must-go for any dog lover.

Image Credit: @dogandscone Instagram

The Pottery Experience, Jesmond - @thepotteryexperience

The Pottery Experience is the ultimate pottery painting and making café in Jesmond where you can get creative by making and decorating your own mug, plate, or plant pot!

The workshop is within a chilled-out café environment, making for a fun and chilled-out activity that anyone can enjoy, plus you get to take your creation home to use forever - what's not to love?

Image Credit: @thepotteryexperience Instagram
The Baltic Art Gallery/Great North Museum

When it comes to culture, Newcastle is bursting with unique and historic art galleries and museums to explore - plus they are free of charge!

The Baltic Centre, situated on the Quayside is a unique contemporary art gallery, with constantly changing exhibitions and a spectacular viewing point of the whole of Newcastle. The perfect place for an artsy Instagram post.

The Great North Museum is also an engaging (on-campus!) museum packed with exhibitions showcasing everything from the Hadrian's Wall to Egyptian Mummies. Why not give these a go on your next day off uni!

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Grab a coffee with a friend!

One of my personal favourite things to do with my friends is to go on a coffee date. My favourite local coffee shops at the minute are Olive and Bean, Café 1901, and Ouseburn Coffee Co in Jesmond.

Bring-a-board night

While this is not a Newcastle-specific activity, this is an activity that I have done recently with my friends which I loved!

Circulating TikTok, this "trend" is simple but fun - each friend brings a different kind of food on a board. For example, we had a cheese board, a dessert board, and a pizza board, culminating to make the tastiest food night ever! Pretty wholesome if you ask me.

Have a day trip to Tynemouth Beach

One of the best parts of Newcastle is that it is only a 20-minute metro ride to the coast! Grab a picnic (or a Tesco Meal Deal!) and 'chillax' at the beach - what could be a better way of relaxing after a stressful week at uni?

Image Credit: Jenica Davis
Take a walk in Jesmond Dene / Exhibition Park / Leazes Park

Nothing is more relaxing than taking an autumn walk - so grab a friend and get some fresh air at one of Newcastle's many gorgeous green-spaces.

Image Credit: Jenica Davis

Take a trip to a pumpkin patch! - @eastgrange

While this last one is a little further afield in Durham, this activity is perfect for getting in the Autumn mood - Pumpkin Picking!

If you are lucky enough to have a friend who can drive, why not take a trip to East Grange farm which, throughout October, has an incredible pumpkin patch! Also a blooming sunflower field in summer, this farm makes for an amazing day out.

Image Credit: @eastgrange Instagram

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