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Planning your bank holiday weekend? Here are 15 events to book in Newcastle

From dog socials to disco brunches. It’s the last one of the year, why not do something special?

Written by High Life North
Published 21.08.2021

FRIDAY 27th    

ABBA – The Greatest Hits – Dancing Queen! Bank Holiday Friday!

Green House Disco Garden’s ABBA Greatest Hits Party has returned with their dancing queen edition. Embrace your inner dancing queen by starting your bank holiday weekend by boogying and belting out ABBA’s legendary tunes.  Does Your Mother Know That You’re Out?

Start time: 4.00pm

Green House Disco Gardens, 7–9 Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1UQ

The Battle Royale “We Back”

From Battle of the Burger to Slice Wars, Argie Bhaji to Thai Kwondo, this time the team are back with one day of Battle Royale. 10 vendors, 1 day, all the beers and ice cream we need, not forgetting the fries, coffees, and of course music for their resident DJs.

Start time: 12noon

Wylam Brewery, Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park, Newcastle, NE2 4PZ

Paint and Sip Party

Unleash your creativity at this event. Think art, alcohol, and good-time vibes, what’s not to love? Create your own masterpiece with friends and family that you can take home and keep forever for the mems. Why not liven up your usual night in the pub by trying something new?

Start time: 7.00pm

The Corner House, Heaton Road, Newcastle, NE6 5RP


Noughty 90s Festival Newcastle

 What better way to celebrate bank holiday weekend than at a two-day 90s festival right here in the Toon? With headline performances from the legendary Peter Andre and DJ Sammy – yes, you’ve heard right – we can guarantee this festival will give you a fun-filled time with funfair rides, retro bars, and an RnB roller disco. Wowee.

Start time: 12noon

Leazes Park, Richardson Road, Newcastle, NE2 4BJ

Summer Time Live with Classic Ibiza

Get ready for an unforgettable evening with amazing live music, DJ’s and a headline ‘Classic Ibiza’ performance by The Urban Soul Orchestra. If you aren’t lucky enough to be jetting off to Ibiza this year, this event is the next best thing. Enjoy full festival style with glitter make-up stalls, live roaming entertainers, bars, and street food outlets.

Start time: 2:30pm

Newcastle Racecourse, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle, NE3 5HP

Magic Goes Wrong

Start your bank holiday off with some laughter. Multi-award-winning Mischief, known best for The Play That Goes Wrong, BBC One’s The Goes Wrong Show, are back with their biggest comedy catastrophe to date. They return to the stage with their hilarious new show created with magic legends, Penn & Teller.

Start time: 2:30pm/7.00pm

Theatre Royal, 100 Grey Street, Newcastle, NE1 6BR

A Tribute To The 80s

Take a step back in time and immerse yourself in an 80s tribute night like no other. DURANanDURAN is headlining the night, performing the biggest Duran Duran hits alongside a multimedia display, with Spandau Ballet True Gold, The Breakfast Club, INXS UK, and The Vinyl Chimes ready to make it a Summer bank holiday to remember.

Start time: 5:30pm

O2 Academy Newcastle, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SW


Martin Kemp’s Ultimate 80s DJ Show

80s icon and national treasure, Martin Kemp, returns to DJ all his favourite 80s hits, live and up close in Newcastle. Time to get your groove on and sing along to some 80s classics in the beautiful location of Wylam Brewery. Oh and our very own, Tommy Caulker from WHQ is supporting in playing 70s and 80s hits.

Start time: 7.00pm

Wylam Brewery, Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park, Newcastle, NE2 4PZ

Newcastle Mela

Enjoy a full weekend at one of the most vibrant and popular multi-cultural events in the North East. Immerse yourself in two days of fantastic entertainment from South Asian singers, musicians, and dancers and of course, delicious hot and cold food and a chance to get some retrial therapy from a range of stallholders. The best part? All of this is free!

Start time: 12noon

Exhibition Park, Claremont Road, Newcastle, NE2 4PZ

Aveika Summer Bank Holiday Brunch

As you know, we love a bottomless brunch here at HLN. So, we know just the place to celebrate bank holiday at – Aveika. On Sunday the luxurious late bar is hosting their famous Aveika Brunch that combines sharing platters of Aveika signature faves with bottomless prosecco and they’re offering beer too!

Start time: 12pm

Aveika, Sandhill, Newcastle, NE1 3AF

Disco Brunch

And the bank holiday bottomless brunch events don’t stop there. The newly refurbished beautiful boho bar Bohemia is serving us a bottomless brunch with sweet treats including pancakes, waffles and crepe mixed with live entertainment, performance, and dreamy disco vibes. What’s not to love?

Start time: 5.00pm

Bohemia, 20 Collingwood Street, Newcastle, NE1 1JF

Dog Social – Raiders of the Lost Bark

Whether you’re a dog lover or a dog owner it’s a chance for you to socialise and have fun with an array of four-legged friends in a safe and relaxed environment. With plenty of fresh bowls of water, doggy treats, and toys to occupy the pooches while you chat and unwind with a toastie, a selection of R Place donuts paired with a pint or a cuppa from Tynemouth Coffee.

Start time: 11.00am

Tyne Bank Brewery, 375 Walker Road, Byker, Newcastle, NE6 2AB


Klub Kids Newcastle Presents: CHICAGO Feat Brooke Lynn & Nicky Doll

The famous Klub Kids are coming to Newcastle with this fantastic drag show.

Bringing us the hit musical Chicago to the Klub Kids stage, starring drag queens Nicky Doll as Roxy and Brooke Lynn Hytes as Velma. A fun, fabulous and funny way to finish off your bank holiday weekend.

Start time: 7.00pm

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