Exams have finished, essays are completed, whatever stage you’re at in the university, you’re about to finish for a well-deserved break. Whether you’re staying in Newcastle for a few weeks to make full use of your accommodation, or you’ve decided to spend the entire summer here, we’ve got you. We have put together our very own summer to-do list around the Toon to ensure that boredom does not strike in the weeks ahead.
If indie music is your scene then be sure to check out the latest gig in Toon. The Wasteland festival will make its debut from the 12th - 14th July. Featuring artists such as Bloc Party and Frank Turner, this all-new indie extravaganza is set to take place at Spillers Wharf in Ouseburn, a short walk from the city centre and home to some of the trendiest pubs in Newcastle. Somebody cue Wonderwall.
Ladies Day at the Races
Fancy a glamorous outing to the races and dressing to impress? Then get your posh frocks and hats out for Ladies Day, and get ready to witness a sea of colour and frills. The annual event will take place on the 27th July at Newcastle Racecourse, and do not be deceived by the name; anyone is welcome. It’s one of the biggest events of the year at the racecourse, and the renowned best dressed competition is set to return with lots of expensive prizes waiting to be won. Students get a small discount on tickets.
Soak up the sun
You do not need to splash the cash for a memorable summer; sometimes good friends, a sunny day, and a beach are all you need. Take the Metro east to the coast and spend the day soaking up the sun, have a beach barbecue, and then finish off with a few drinks at a local pub. South Shields is a personal favourite; it’ll transport you back to when you were a youngster at a seaside resort. Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and Cullercoats are similar student hotspots when the sun finally decides to come out. Ice cream, slot machines, one long sandy beach, and even a priory at Tynemouth – what more could you want?
Sports and screenings
This summer is proving to be a hot one for sports, ranging from the Women’s Football World Cup to the Tour De France, from Wimbledon to the Cricket World Cup. Screen on the Green has made its return and will broadcast these events as well as two films a day throughout the summer, varying from Hollywood classics to family-friendly favourites. The screen will be located in outside in Old Eldon Square and seating will be provided, so you can sing-a-long to soundtracks and celebrate sporting successes with strangers. Pop-up events and activities will also be held there in collaboration with the Family Club at intu Eldon Square - so expect some free samples!
The city is set to be lit up with rainbows again, as this year’s Northern Pride Festival will run from the 19th – 21st July, taking over Exhibition Park and the Town Moor, where the schedule will be jam-packed with live music from Fleur East and Liberty X, food stalls, and fairground rides. 2019 marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, a rebellion that fuelled the gay rights movement, so this year’s march through the city is set to be bigger than ever.