UK Breaks: Microgapping in Newcastle

UK Breaks: Microgapping in Newcastle

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Thanks mostly to creative-based regeneration, this former industrial centre now glows with urban sophistication. The spattering of art galleries, flourishing food scene, thumping nightlife and proximity to the coast make Newcastle a rewarding choice for the culturally adventurous.

1. Drink a very good beer

Go on a tour of Newcastle’s best breweries and enjoy an evening of crisp pilsners and flavoursome IPAs with Newcastle Beer Tasting & Brewery Tours. Visit four of the best breweries in Newcastle, each with a vast selection of beers that underpin the city’s emergence as a craft beer hub. You’ll learn lots about the beers, too, from how they are brewed to their flavours, so you can take that knowledge wherever you go.

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Drink in original taprooms among fellow beer enthusiasts and soak up that legendary Geordie camaraderie as you sip. It all begins at the Wylam Brewery, housed in the grade II-listed Palace of Arts. If you need to grab some food, then there’s an appealing small-plate menu on hand.

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Wylam Brewery

2. Seas the day at Cullercoats Bay

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Hop on Newcastle’s metro (their version on the tube) and you’ll be by the sea in less than 30 minutes. About 8.5 miles east of the city is Cullercoats Bay, home to Cullercoats Bike & Kayak. Jump on two wheels to cycle along the coast, taking in Cullercoats, Whitley Bay, and Tynemouth. Go it alone or with a guide from the CBK team. 

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Feeling brave? Make a splash on a kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP).  The calm waters of Cullercoats Bay are a great place to begin if it’s your first time. Once up and paddling, you’ll see centuries of history, unique geology and spectacular natural landscapes home to a symphony of wildlife. If you’re up for something even more daring, strap on a helmet for a coasteering adventure. CBK’s qualified guides know every nook and cranny of this area’s caves, coves and reefs and will tailor tours to your level of experience.

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Cullercoats Bike & Kayak

3. Enjoy a practical printmaking experience

A nub of Newcastle’s craft community, Northern Print is a printmaking studio that encourages and supports artistic talent and learning in the northeast.

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Whether you’re a curious first-timer or seasoned printmaker, get your hands dirty by experimenting with new and traditional techniques in a fully-equipped studio with resident artists who’ll help you along the way. Day courses run throughout the year.

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Northern Print

4. The best things in life are tea

Jesmond Dene House is a luxurious boutique hotel set in a serene woodland that feels much more country manor than city hotel. Things get even better inside where you can enjoy a day of sumptuous cake and tea at one of the best afternoon teas in Newcastle.

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Before you indulge in your collection of exquisitely crafted cakes, you’ll be served various finger sandwiches, posh sausages rolls, asparagus and goat’s cheese quiche, and three types of scone that come with clotted cream and homemade jam. And, of course, all the teas. 
Add some bubbles to your afternoon with a glass of prosecco or champagne with your food, or have an alcoholic ‘Noveltea’, which is tea infused with gin or rum. 

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Jesmond Dene House

5. Laugh out loud

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Allyson June Smith at #TheStandNewcastle March 21st

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Set in a townhouse cellar in Newcastle’s independent heartland – High Bridge Quarter – The Stand, one of Newcastle’s best comedy clubs, sees a rota of big names, recurring popular locals, and handpicked rising stars.

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The ground-level bar and bistro are continually praised for its good food, and its intimate comedy room means an audience member is likely to become involved with the comic’s performance… you’ve been warned.

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The Stand Comedy Club
18 Dec 2018(last updated)