Tyne and Wear

The north east county of Tyne and Wear is brimming with cultural quayside cities and sandy North Sea beaches like Tynemouth Longsands where the surf is almost always up. Visit Tyne and Wear to discover cosmopolitan Newcastle and Gateshead museums and galleries for a dose of its Roman heritage, cross neon footbridges between redeveloped quays, or chant with the ‘Toon Army’ at a Magpies game - you'll soon feel like a true Geordie! Head to Sunderland for sparkling shopping malls and landscaped Victorian parks, not to mention more football, and stop by Washington to visit the Wetlands, one of the most unique things to do in Tyne and Wear.

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View of Newcastle Quayside in Tyne and Wear

The north east county of Tyne and Wear is brimming with cultural quayside cities and sandy North Sea beaches like Tynemouth Longsands where the surf is almost always up. Visit Tyne and Wear to discover cosmopolitan Newcastle and Gateshead museums and galleries for a dose of its Roman heritage, cross neon footbridges between redeveloped quays, or chant with the ‘Toon Army’ at a Magpies game - you'll soon feel like a true Geordie! Head to Sunderland for sparkling shopping malls and landscaped Victorian parks, not to mention more football, and stop by Washington to visit the Wetlands, one of the most unique things to do in Tyne and Wear.

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Take in a play during Shakespeare season in Newcastle

Take in a play during Shakespeare season in Newcastle

Every autumn the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) heads north to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal for their annual season.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 
Trace a president’s past to Washington Old Hall

Trace a president’s past to Washington Old Hall

The ancestral home of first US president George Washington is an atmospheric stone manor with fragrant gardens, set in a picturesque village.

Location: Washington, Tyne and Wear

 
June events: Cheer on a winner at the Northumberland Plate Festival

June events: Cheer on a winner at the Northumberland Plate Festival

Put on your posh frocks and enjoy three days of racing and live music at one of the biggest events in the North East horseracing calendar.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 
Visit Jesmond Dene, a little green in the City

Visit Jesmond Dene, a little green in the City

Do you love to picnic? Visit NewcastleGateshead to experience the beautiful wildlife corridor that leads to the centre of Newcastle.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 
Wine tasting at Hotel du Vin

Wine tasting at Hotel du Vin

Take a trip around the world's wines in Newcastle.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 
Meet your food heroes at the Big Eat Weekend

Meet your food heroes at the Big Eat Weekend

If you’ve got a taste for Thai or a craving for cupcakes, get down to the Big Eat Weekend and get your fill of Newcastle’s best street food.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 
Coast along at Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Coast along at Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Hop on the metro from Newcastle and be transported to a chilled-out, seaside music festival that mixes live music, performing arts, food and crafts.

Location: Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear

 
Marvel at prehistoric cliffs and caves

Marvel at prehistoric cliffs and caves

The magnificent coastline of South Tyneside tells a story that stretches far beyond the stunning aesthetics of the golden sands and rugged cliffs.

Location: Marsden, South Tyneside

 
Enjoy winter ice skating at the Centre for Life

Enjoy winter ice skating at the Centre for Life

Ice skating returns to Times Square in Newcastle this winter, offering the perfect opportunity to start your winter break in style.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 
Go behind the scenes at Sunderland Empire Theatre

Go behind the scenes at Sunderland Empire Theatre

Tread the same boards as a young Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and the Beatles on a tour of this enchanting old Edwardian theatre.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

 
Explore the colourful history of Newcastle Castle

Explore the colourful history of Newcastle Castle

Step back in time to discover life through the ages, from the Norman invasion to Victorian slums, at the city’s recently revamped attraction.

Location: NewcastleGateshead, Tyne and Wear

 
July events: Fly to Sunderland for the International Airshow

July events: Fly to Sunderland for the International Airshow

Pack a picnic, head to the beach and lie back for dazzling aerial acrobatics, classic aircraft, live music, fireworks and traditional seaside fun.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

 
Watch films for free at the Tyneside cinema

Watch films for free at the Tyneside cinema

If the sound of free cinema and cheap drinks is up your street, then Tyneside Cinema’s free film night could be just thing.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 
Make a splash at Sandhaven Beach

Make a splash at Sandhaven Beach

Sandcastles, surf and smiles await in the fantastic seaside town of South Shields!

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

 
Go to the movies 1930s style at Tyneside Cinema

Go to the movies 1930s style at Tyneside Cinema

Live the glamour of 1930s cinema-going at this restored movie theatre, with free newsreel screenings, guided tours, a stylish bar and recent releases.

Location: NewcastleGateshead, Tyne and Wear

 
Discover a tale of forbidden love at Bessie Surtees' house

Discover a tale of forbidden love at Bessie Surtees' house

A tale of forbidden love to rival Romeo and Juliet is immortalised in Bessie Surtees’ 16th century house, tucked behind NewcastleGateshead's quayside

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 
Visit a unique Roman cavalry exhibition along Hadrian’s Wall

Visit a unique Roman cavalry exhibition along Hadrian’s Wall

2,000 years of history comes to life in Hadrian’s Cavalry, an exhibition celebrating the Roman cavalry regiments.

Location: Hadrian's Wall

 
Experience panoramic views on Grey’s Monument

Experience panoramic views on Grey’s Monument

Experience panoramic views and close encounters with a former Prime Minister, followed by a well-earned cup of Earl Grey tea.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 
Rainy Day Activities: Sunderland Museum

Rainy Day Activities: Sunderland Museum

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is a great place for the whole family to spend the day – and it’s free.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

 
Master your bread-making skills at Blackfriars Restaurant

Master your bread-making skills at Blackfriars Restaurant

Visit England’s oldest dining room in Newcastle and leave with some expert cooking skills from a master baker.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

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