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5 of the best St Patrick’s Day events in Newcastle this week

Kroud Karaoke and Bongo’s Bingo specials, live music and Irish dancing, some cheeky celebrity appearances and plenty of Paddy’s Day party spirit, all coinciding with the finale of the Guinness Six Nations? It’s going to be a fun week…

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 12.03.2022


Wednesday 16th March – Saturday 19th March

Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne

If you’re looking for some of the best St Patrick’s Day craic in the Toon, then look no further than Paddy Fest.

This year, the shamrock-covered festival will be taking over Times Square for four nights of special St Patrick’s Day-themed events – including a Bingo Bonanza, Let’s Play Darts, Kroud Karaoke and live streaming of the Six Nations Finale.

Newcastle St Patrick's Day Festival Filthy's Passing Clouds The Points


Thursday 17th March

Filthy’s, Passing Clouds and The Points, Newcastle upon Tyne

It’s the biggest party of the year in the Bigg Market, so you can expect the Guinness to be flowing (especially when it’s only £3 a pint).

Newcastle’s Irish quarter (the trio of bars Filthy’s, Passing Clouds and The Points) will open their doors from 1pm on St Patrick’s Day for an ultimate session of Irish partying, with live Irish bands and Emerald Isle-themed entertainment – think pots of gold, dancers, leprechauns, confetti showers, DJs and loads of prize giveaways – all day and night.


Thursday 17th – Sunday 19th March

Boiler Shop, Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle stalwart Bongo’s Bingo are seeing what is arguably the best night of the year in suitably sensational fashion – with themed decorations, cheesy singalongs, epic prizes up for grabs, crazy raves and bingo, bingo and more bingo.

We’re extra excited for this instalment of Bongo’s because there’ll be some very special celebrity guests performing on the night, too – Five! Yep, everyone’s favourite early-noughties boyband (sorry, Westlife) will be at Boiler Shop singing bangers from their back catalogue, including ‘Everybody Get Up’, ‘If Ya Gettin’ Down’ and ‘Keep On Movin’’.


Saturday 19th March

Newcastle Racecourse, Newcastle upon Tyne

Get yourself suited and booted this Paddy’s Day weekend and head down to Newcastle Racecourse for a winning combination of racing, rugby and plenty of razzle dazzle.

Enjoy all the thrills and spills of some of the best horse racing in the North East – while looking like the epitome of decadence and decorum in all your finery – and watch all the livestreamed matches of the final day of the Guinness Six Nations, while soaking up some special live entertainment.

It’s a family affair too, so don’t feel like you need to leave the little ones with their Nana – all kids have free entry and there’ll be children’s entertainment on offer, including Irish dancing and face painting to keep them in the party spirit, too.


Sunday 20th March

Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne

It seems fitting to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in as authentically Irish surrounds as we can this side of the UK. Enter: Tyneside Irish Cultural Society.

Founded to champion Irish music and culture across Tyneside and the North East, a night of evening’s entertainment doesn’t get much bigger for the Tyneside Irish Cultural Society than on St Patrick’s Day – and they’ve certainly got a line up to impress.

This feast of music, food and dancing – all hosted by storyteller Pat Speight – will feature the Tony Corcoran Ceili Band with special guests Benny Goodman (recently announced as the Gold Medal Folksinger of the Year by the English Folk Dance and Song Society), the Pitman Poets and Una ní Fhlannagáin.

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