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5 fun ways to combat stress in Newcastle

Put down the stress balls and pick up your going-out shoes – stress relievers don’t get much better than these….

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 15.04.2023
man throwing axe


Where? Hatchett Harry’s, Unit 9 Forth Goods Yard, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3PG

How much? From £21.00pp

Picture whatever it is that’s really stressing you out – your boss, your boyfriend, your housework – squint a little, and hurl a really sharp object full-pelt at it. It’s bound to make you feel better.

And you can do it in Newcastle’s first indoor axe-throwing range.

Book a beginner’s 90-minute session and learn how to throw up to six different ways, including some snazzy trick shots, with competitive challenges and games throughout. We promise it’ll help you combat stress in no time.

Couple posing for camera in helmets and protective suits


Where? Smash Space UK, 58–60 Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7JE

How much? From £12.50pp

It’s weird how when you’re really angry, upset or stressed out, purposefully breaking things really makes you feel better, isn’t it?

And we’re not just talking about a case of: oops, you’ve scratched a little paint off. We’re talking full-scale, aggressive destruction. With intent.

Newcastle’s one and only “rage room” does exactly what it says on the tin – and we’re here for it. Book Smash Space UK and you’re allowed 15 minutes “smash time” to release your tension and destroy all manner of glass bottles, laptops, phones, plates, mugs, tiles and furniture.

All in a super-safe way – meaning you don’t need to stress about de-stressing.

golf ball on a golf course


Where? Parklands Golf Club, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 5HP

How much? £5.00 for 50 balls

Now, we’re all for a little aggression (in safe surroundings) to relieve our tension from time to time. But it’s also soothing to find an activity that can combine physicality with enough concentration to distract yourself from everything else that’s going on.

Enter: golf.

We’re not talking about heading out on the fairways yet, (although if you’re up for it, go for it!). But if you’re feeling the need to combat stress, a trip to the driving range could be just the tonic you didn’t know you needed.

There’s just you, a golf club and any number of golf balls in your own booth to have a go at. No-one watching, no-one comparing and no-one scoring. So, it doesn’t really matter if you’re no good at it. Just be prepared for that feeling of ultimate satisfaction when you hit that one great shot.

painting equipment


Where? The Paint & Sip Party Co., venues across Newcastle

How much? From £19.95pp

Now for something decidedly less aggressive… but equally as stress-relieving.


If a budding artist you are not, don’t be put off. This type of painting involves alcohol.

The Paint & Sip Party Co. are all about encouraging more of us to try our hand at something different, get a little messy and unleash some creativity. And because it’s not their first rodeo, they also recognise that the best way to release our inhibitions and combat stress is to let us drink while we do all that.

In their two-hour classes, you’ll find all materials provided and no experience necessary. They’re focused less on the art itself and more on laughter, music and having plenty of fun while you (loosely) focus on creating your own kind of masterpiece to take home.

woman pointing gun at camera


Where? Point Blank Shooting, 117 Newgate Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5RZ

How much? From £10.00pp

*Disclaimer: not really.

But having a virtual shooting range in your city really does come in handy for times like these.

With a similar principle to the stress-relieving properties of axe-throwing, but without you having to work up a sweat, a trip to Point Blank Shooting can see you blasting all your concerns to kingdom come – all while eating pizza and drinking cocktails from your own private shooting booth.

The Point Blank team will direct you to your booth and accompanying 132-inch screen, where you’ll learn how to use their tech, what’s in your personal armoury (the AK-47 is hella fun), how to combat stress and how to smoke the leader board. Which, let’s face it, is going to make anyone feel better.


If you’re going to give any of these stress relievers a go, tag us in your Instagram snaps using the hashtag #MyHLN

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