1. Attend exhibitions and free talks at the Laing Art Gallery
Swing by the Laing Art Gallery for one of their free talks (held every Saturday) to learn more about the paintings in the permanent collection and discuss your insights with fellow art lovers.
2. Discover the beautiful Victorian landscapes of Saltwell Park and Tower
Add some Victorian flair to your day by taking a walk though Saltwell Park and Tower. Located in the heart of Gateshead, the park encompasses 55 acres of landscapes, woodland and ornamental gardens, as well as public sports facilities, a refreshment house, a lake, play areas, bowling greens, an animal house, an education centre and a maze.
3. Get some free training in the sunshine
Burn off some calories or buff-up your muscles at the Quayside Outdoor Gym. Take a turn at each of various fitness machines that line the banks of the Tyne, and cap off your workout with a jog along the nearby running path.
4. Unwind or get active in Leazes Park
Play a heated game of Frisbee at Leazes Park, the oldest park in Tyneside. The park underwent a £3.7 million refurbishment in 2001 and now includes tennis courts, a bowling green and a beautiful fish-stocked lake.
5. Find tranquility with free yoga classes
Clear your mind (and strengthen your abs) at Sahaja Yoga Meditation. Though there’s usually a fee to participate, all classes are free on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7.00pm until 8.30pm.
6. Cross Newcastle's 7 bridges
Get a jumpstart on your marathon training and walk across all seven bridges. Or, if that seems a bit too intense, walk along the paved path by the Tyne and bask in their architectural glory.