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Eat, retreat and feel the beat. Here’s where to go this Bank Holiday weekend

From a dressy date night dinner to a super-fun shooting range with cocktails, here’s where to go and what to do this weekend...

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 26.08.2021


Fancy taking your Bank Holiday bevs to another level… literally? 3SIXTY takes nightclubbing to new heights.

Based at the top of Hadrian’s Tower – one of the tallest towers in the Toon – 3SIXTY is Newcastle’s answer to a luxurious cocktail bar and dining destination, serving up a one-of-a-kind experience that will leave you feeling like a VIP.

With a 360 degree view of Newcastle’s skyline (hence the name), 3SIXTY is perfect for this weekend – whether you’re looking for a leisurely afternoon enjoying a locally-themed cocktail or three (we’re obsessed), or you’re gunning for a glamorous night out. And all this with live entertainment every weekend, meaning we can soon bust out some moves surrounded by luxury… What’s not to love?!

HLN TOP TIP:  You have to try The Magpie. A fruity cocktail that’ll get your taste buds tingling, filled with our city’s finest Newcastle Pink Gin.

27 Rutherford Street, Newcastle, NE4 5BJ

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Sereniti Salt Retreat

It’s not very often that we have a long weekend, why don’t we treat ourselves to a little TLC? Sereniti Salt Retreat gives us a chance to get away from our busy lives and take some time out to relax.

Home to the North East’s first halotherapy room, Michelle Grogan combines holistic therapies with technology to create unique health and wellbeing packages tailored to our own needs; whether they be physical, emotional, energetic, or spiritual. Read all about it, in our interview with Michelle, here. 

Sereniti’s range of cutting-edge holistic treatments are proven to improve respiratory problems significantly, boost your immune systems and help to reclaim our skin’s natural radiance and generally ‘detox’ – just what we need on a bank holiday. And relax…

HLN TOP TIP: Make sure you pop in for a chat with Michelle to find the best therapies for you

Friars Street, Newcastle, NE1 5XE

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Point Blank Shooting

Point Blank Shooting is a state-of-the-art simulation shooting range and the ultimate, competitive socialising experience. But don’t be fooled ladies; shooting isn’t just for men. We can pull the trigger just as good, if not better.

The concept (which is the first of its kind in the UK) combines skillset shooting with cold beers, delicious cocktails and brilliant bites. Good job they aren’t real guns, right?

Bring out your competitive side with exciting leader boards and 200 different shooting scenarios all in an incredible speakeasy venue.


Oh, not forgetting their bottomless brunch every Sunday, which is perfect for this Bank Holiday weekend. With unlimited beer and prosecco flowing nonstop and as much pizza as you can eat – you’ve got everything you need for a perfect night out. Lock, stock, and barrel.

HLN TOP TIP: It’s thirsty work shooting. We recommend trying their Trigger Happy cocktail – you won’t be disappointed.

The Gate, 117 Newgate Street, Newcastle, NE1 5RF

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What better way to spend your Bank Holiday weekend than with some wining and dining? And we know just the place – NEST, a new neighbourhood restaurant which has been nesting into Chillingham Road’s enviable food scene nicely. Think of a quality dining experience within a totally relaxed ambiance.

With a carefully planned, eight-course tasting menu every evening from Thursday to Sunday – all accompanied by a devilishly decadent wine float – a night at NEST is always going to be one to remember. Date night dinner, anyone?



Pop into this gorgeously designed dining destination on Sunday and you’ll be treated to the roast with the most. (Trust us – we’ve tried it). Take sticky pork cheeks and apple salad to start, followed by slow-braised lamb and sticky toffee pudding with Newcastle Brown Ale ice cream, and you’ve got a perfect meal in our opinion. Or, if you’re looking for somewhere extra-special for a little through-the-day grazing, NEST’s deli boards – which feature charcuterie from Block & Bottle, alongside warm bites and something sweet – are next level

258–260 Chillingham Road, Heaton, Newcastle, NE6 5LQ

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